PSG v Montpellier
Another victory for PSG continues their perfect start to the 2021/22 campaign. They currently sit at the head of the table on 21 points, some seven points clear of the rest of the chasing pack, and they don’t look like stopping there.
New singing, Achraf Hakimi, was the key man during the week as he netted a brace from right back. His 90th-minute strike makes it back-to-back winners for the Parisians at that late stage of the game, having also done so against Lyon last weekend through Mauro Icardi.
Montpellier have been a difficult side to beat this term, going W2-D3-L2 up to this point. Those two defeats came by single goal margins against Marseille (3-2) and Lille (2-1), and having scored in every game so far we reckon they have what it takes to get past this PSG outfit, who’ve kept just two clean sheets from their eight outings in all competitions.
However, given the visitors have just three wins from their last 15 trips we can’t see them upsetting the French giants, and the home win and both teams to score looks the most likely option.
PSG TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Clermont v Monaco
Having started the opening two matches in perfect fashion, Clermont have since tailed off. Indeed, 2-0 victories over Bordeaux and Troyes saw them in dreamland towards the top end of the table, but having drawn three of their five winless outings since, they have been slowly dropping down the ranks.
Monaco, on the other hand, will be happy to have got back to winning ways during the week against St. Etienne and although that was slightly helped by a 33rd-minute red card for their opponents, they won’t care how they manage to pick up their points. They’ve now won half of their last six outings in all tournaments, as their sole defeat came against Marseille, and Niko Kovac’s men can feel happy with their current momentum.
We do think this will be an incredibly tight affair though given the hosts are yet to be beaten on home turf. They’ve drawn two of their three outings here, while Monaco in all competitions have had stalemates in two of their last three unbeaten trips.
CLERMONT AND MONACO TO DRAW
Marseille v Lens
This looks set to be the blockbuster encounter for gameweek eight. Both teams currently hold places in the top four of the table after impressive starts to the new campaign, with just two points separating them.
Marseille have a game in hand over their opponents though and having won four of their opening six unbeaten outings, they look the pick of the two at first glance. That includes two-goal winning margins over both St. Etienne and Rennes in their last two here at the Stade Velodrome. That now means they’ve scored at least a brace in five matches and goals could be on the cards considering.
Lens have actually only managed one victory in front of their home crowd this term, coming against Lille by one goal, as two of their stalemates ended 2-2, but it’s their form on the road that has climbed them up the league. They’ve won two of their three unbeaten trips, netting six goals across them and we can’t help but think we’re in for goals in this matchup.
The last meeting between the two ended two goals apiece and we certainly wouldn’t rule out a repeat of that scoreline.
OVER 2.5 GOALS
2-2 CORRECT SCORE