Unfortunately I can’t keep up with the Le Beau Jeu podcasts but who knows what will happen in the New Year. My love for Ligue 1 has not gone though so without further a due, here I go with my Ligue 1 previews and predictions.

ARLES v LILLE

The best attacking team in the league against the worst defending team in the league. And now that’s been said of course it will be a 0-0 bore draw. Hopefully not. Lille unbeaten in the league since October. They have scored 22 goals since Marseille beat them 3-1 at the Metropole.

Moussa Sow is on a tear so far this season, a great signing from Rudi Garcia, free transfer from Rennes and he has 13 goals. With Eden Hazard and Gervinho either side it’s a tasty trio.

Arles just can’t stop conceding goals, Francisco Pavon and Alvaro Meija have not impressed for me, with a side that screams of rejects and not experience it’s hard to look past the away side.

Away win – Arles 0 Lille 3

BREST v MONTPELLIER

After a good three game winning streak Montpellier have been unlucky, tough games against Marseille and Lyon, the latter they could have won. An inspired second half saw them draw level but Lisandro Lopez broke the home sides hearts late on. They will be hoping to get back to winning ways against a Brest side that are stuttering now.

Alex Dupont’s men have won one game in five attempts, to have a chance of winning they need to keep it tight at the back; in the last five games they have only scored more than one goal once. Keep a clean sheet and it’s most likely they will win.

Draw – Brest 1 Montpellier 1

CAEN v NICE

It doesn’t seem that long ago Caen were flying high in the Ligue 1 table but now with seven defeats in a row the Stade Michel d’Ornano is an unhappy place. Languishing down in 19th they really need any kind of result to get back on track, they still have El-Arabi. His 10 goals seem to be the only bright spot in Caen’s season.

Nice will be on cloud 9, Emerse Fae’s 90th minute winner at home to Marseille was a fantastic result and took them up to 14th, it’s been a very stop and start season so far. Apart from Arles, lowly Nice have scored the least amount of goals in the league. This game will be far from a classic.

Home win – Caen 1 Nice 0

LORIENT v LENS

Les Merlus will look to bounce back from the freak game against Lille; the 6-3 defeat will be quickly forgotten. Kevin Gameiro did bag a brace and will be hoping to build on that, the nature of the league this year only a few week ago Lorient could have gone 2nd and now they are 12th.

Lens are struggling, only three wins this season, sitting in the relegation zone with worse teams like Nancy above them it’s time for Jean Guy Wallemme to shit or get off the pot, if Lens don’t start performing it’s time for someone else to step in and take the reigns.

Home win – Lorient 2 Lens 0

NANCY v SOCHAUX

Not a game I’ll be dying to watch, Nancy are god awful and Sochaux have the ability to be just as bad. Sochaux should be the favourites, with three wins in a row Ideye Brown and Modibo Maiga must get the majority of the plaudits – 13 goals between them.

Away win – Nancy 1 Sochaux 3

VALENCIENNES v PSG

Can’t see anything but a PSG win here, a great win against Brest they sit second in the table and Nene has been superb for 16 games of the season so far. Valenciennes are sitting just above the relegation , they don’t concede many goals, only one more than PSG actually this season however they don’t score many either.

Away win – Valenciennes 0 PSG 1

AUXERRE v MARSEILLE

The last game on Saturday night, think I might miss this one, planning a trip to the German market in Leeds, so I think that while I’m tucking into a bratwurst Marseille will be getting the better of Auxerre.

AJA have struggled to juggle the Champions League and League campaign and the league form has suffered, now they are out of the CL they have a chance now to concentrate on the league, Marseille are in cracking form and can’t see them losing this one.

Away win – Auxerre 1 Marseille 2

LYON v TOULOUSE

Sunday’s first game and although the away side are on a two game winning streak I have Lyon will have too much for TFC. Lisandro Lopez is playing very well his return has coincided with Lyon’s great form of late. Unbeaten in the league since the derby game against St-Etienne. A win against Toulouse would be their 10th unbeaten game.

Paraguyan striker Federico Santander has two in two; the 19 year old is the new hope for the Toulouse fans, maybe a lot of pressure for such a young player. What a chance to make a name for himself, a winner against Lyon would be an amazing story.

Home win – Lyon 3 Toulouse 0

MONACO v ST-ETIENNE

Monaco again have hit a bad patch and are looking down instead of up, on the same points as Lens in the bottom three only a much better goal difference keeps them apart. Goals are a big problem, Park has five this season.

A very flat performance against Rennes they will need to bounce back against a tough St-Etienne team that refuse to get beat, four draws in a row and Dmitri Payet is yet to score in any of them. Maybe the key to the win is for Payet to find his shooting boots again.

Hoping to tune into this one.

Draw – Monaco 1 St-Etienne 1

BORDEAUX v RENNES

This could either be an absolute classic or a wet squid, since it will be available to watch of course I’m going to option #1. Watch out for Jires Kembo he’s an exciting young talent who loves to run at players, fun player to watch.

Bordeaux with Ben Khalfallah and Anthony Modeste there is a recipe for goals. They struggle to keep a clean sheet; you have to go back to the 1-0 win against Lorient at the start of October to find one. Midfielder Fernando has been playing there as of late, when they get their team back to full strength, I expect them to qualify for Europe.

Away win – Bordeaux 0 Rennes 2

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