Bordeaux v PSG
Bordeaux picked up just their second win of the season last time out, though both victories have come against teams currently residing in the bottom four of the table. PSG are of course a different proposition and have claimed victory in 10 of 12 league games this season, while they’ve won nine of 11 unbeaten meetings with Bordeaux in all competitions since 2016/17.
Only bottom two sides Metz and Saint-Etienne have conceded more goals than Bordeaux this season, and the hosts look set to struggle against the division’s leading scorers. However, although PSG’s firepower is undeniable, even if Lionel Messi is a major doubt for this fixture, they aren’t always the best at registering clean sheets. They’ve registered just four shutouts from their 12 league appearances so far, including just two from five encounters with teams 14th or lower in the table.
PSG TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Marseille v Metz
Metz’ poor end to the previous campaign has bled over into the new one, as they’re now just W2-D7-L14 since the start of March. Even those two victories came over a Dijon side that finished rock-bottom last term and a Brest outfit that are currently mired in the relegation zone. All seven points they’ve picked up so far this season have come against teams in the bottom half of the table, while six of them were garnered versus those in the bottom six.
Marseille head into this fixture unbeaten in five appearances across all competitions, recording victories over Lorient and Clermont domestically. Although they drew on three occasions, these were against the two sides above them in the table, PSG and Nice, as well as Lazio in Europe.
Each of the past three head-to-heads between these two sides have ended in stalemates, but Marseille are W9-D4-L1 at home in the league since mid-February, while Metz have lost five of their past seven on the road and conceded at least twice in six of these games. Marseille have scored at least twice in nine of their past 12 at home, and should have the firepower to outgun their struggling visitors this time around.
MARSEILLE TO WIN
Nice v Montpellier
Montpellier have recorded just three victories from their past 17 away days and are yet to register a win on the road this season, losing three of five games, with the defeats inflicted by Lille, PSG and Monaco. Their record away to Nice leaves a lot to be desired having failed to win any of their past eight in this fixture, losing all five trips since 2015/16, so they’re certainly up against it here.
Christophe Galtier led Lille to the title last season and his Nice side are currently second in the standings behind runaway leaders PSG. They remain unbeaten at home, winning three of six games, and the club are W7-D4-L1 at the Allianz Riviera since the start of March. The 23 goals they’ve registered this term is just three short of the Parisian’s total, with strike pair Andy Delort and Amine Gouiri forming a fine partnership at the sharp end.
Delort actually began the season as a Montpellier player and bagged two goals in three games for them, and has since added a further five goals from eight appearances at his new club. Only Kylian Mbappe has scored more Ligue 1 goals than him over the past three seasons, and with Montpellier managing just a single clean sheet from their past 18 on the road, he’ll fancy his chances of contributing another here.
ANDY DELORT TO SCORE ANYTIME