Nice v Lyon
Lyon may only be sixth in the table, but they’ve only lost once in their past 11 matches across all competitions as that was inflicted by a stoppage-time winner from PSG’s Mauro Icardi at the Parc des Princes. They’ve not been short on firepower despite the continued absences of Moussa Dembele, Lenny Pintor and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, netting four times away at Sparta Prague midweek, with Karl Toko Ekambi, Houssem Aouar and Lucas Paqueta amongst the goals.
Peter Bosz’s side did however concede three times in that fixture and in the league alone, both teams have scored in 19 of Lyon’s past 24 matches, including nine of 11 on the road. In all competitions, both sides have also netted in each of the five head-to-heads with Nice over the past two campaigns, with each of these clashes featuring at least three goals, while both encounters last term saw five goals.
Nice have only won two of their past five games now, also losing two of these. However, they were perhaps a tad unfortunate in their defeat to Troyes last weekend as they failed to score despite having more attempts on goal than their hosts. They’ve netted an average of two per game in their home fixtures this season, but with just five clean sheets from 28 home league matches since the start of 2020, they’re unlikely to keep the visitors at bay.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Monaco v Montpellier
Monaco have already played 17 times this season in all competitions, but clean sheets have been hard to come by as they’ve only managed that feat on three occasions, coming against Sparta Prague and Sturm Graz in Europe, as well as struggling Bordeaux domestically. Both teams have scored in five of their last seven outings, and that appears a probable outcome once again here with it happening in five of six head-to-heads with Montpellier over the past three seasons.
Montpellier registered just their second clean sheet of the season last weekend against Lens, though both shutouts have come on home turf as the other was garnered against rock-bottom Saint-Etienne, while they’ve conceded at least twice in three of four road trips. Both teams have scored in a massive 27 of their past 32 league games, and the only time it hasn’t occurred in 10 games on their travels since the start of March was when they drew a blank away to PSG.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Marseille v PSG
PSG fans have been barred for this fixture and their players can expect a hostile atmosphere, but it’s unlikely to phase them with a strong head-to-head record with Marseille. They’ve lost just once in the past decade across all competitions, winning seven of the last eight meetings as six of these victories came by at least two clear goals.
Marseille have only taken maximum points once in six appearances across all competitions, including one of four league games as they’ve lost encounters with second-placed Lens and last season’s champions Lille. However, whereas Marseille have won just three of their last 17 away days in Ligue 1, they’ve fared much better at the Velodrome. They’ve lost just once in their last 13 league games here, winning nine of these, though of course there’s no tougher assignment in Ligue 1 than taking on the Parisians.
PSG have lost just once in their past 17 league games, winning 11 of the past 12, while they’ve also bagged victory in 11 of their past 13 on the road. Fitness could also play a key role here, with the visitors enjoying an extra two days to prepare for this clash. Angel Di Maria should be fresh having served a suspension in Europe, Mauro Icardi also sat that game out due to personal problems, while Neymar could return here having missed the win over Leipzig with an adductor problem. Leandro Paredes and Sergio Ramos miss out, but Jorge Sampaoli only made one change to his Marseille side between their past two fixtures with Lorient and Lazio, so PSG should have too much in the tank for them.
PSG TO WIN