There’s no two ways about it. Last weekend was a miserable return to Ligue 1 action for anyone who followed my tips last time out. Instead of dwelling on a bad week, let's see if we can do better this week.
<p>This week's fixtures contain four bets for us. Three are on Saturday, with the fourth on Sunday. There are no crazies this week but one could be classed as masochistic as I’m once again backing a side that has let me down on multiple occasions this season.</p><p>First up is the game between Angers and Lyon. This game kicks off at 16:00 UK time and features one of the best sides in the league right now. Lyon have a really nice side with a mix of seasoned players in the right areas and some young tyros offering pace and power just where you need it. Of course, Lyon have been known as a selling side so there is a question how long this Lyon side can stay together, but equally, what can they achieve during that time?</p><p>At odds of 1.93 with <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&a=f682f8e1-79b8-45d0-939a-7163c28d604b">Pinnacle</a> for an away win, this is actually fairly indicative of the Ligue 1 bets I’ve got going this weekend. They are generally safer bets, this isn’t a change in policy, just the way the selections came out this weekend.</p><p>Kicking off at 19:00 UK time, Toulouse v Montpellier is one of the 2 evening games I’ll be betting on this Saturday. This is also the longest odds selection I’m making in Ligue 1 this week and after last wee's disappointment, I’m hoping Toulouse dust themselves down and get back on the victory march as I’m backing them to win at home at odds of 2.87 with Pinnacle.</p><p>Up next is the one that has me more worried than any other: Monaco v Dijon.</p><p>Monaco have let me down more times than any other club this season, they keep cropping up as selections and keep losing. That’s probably why Leonardo Jardim lost his job and Thierry Henry has had the chance to make his mark at the club where everything started for him. I hope he can turn things around because Monaco, despite all their troubles, really don’t deserve to be this far down the table. They’re lucky that the league is so tight as just a few wins can get them back up into the higher echelons.</p><p>The odds aren’t particularly great but the 1.76 offered by <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&a=61bcef2b-3e24-4aa3-8010-62079368b790">SBOBet</a> still, somehow, represents value. As you may have guessed, I’m not particularly enthused by this system selection but I’m backing it as it’s proven itself many times over.</p><p>Finally, my only Sunday game. This one kicks off at 14:00 and is between Stade Rennais (or Rennes) and Reims. Rennes have been inconsistent this season but Reims are really a very small side and the team from the Brittany capital should have too much for them. Again, the odds are low but the 1.73 provided by Pinnacle is enough to keep us in the game, just.</p><p>Bet safe and sensibly, please don’t fall into the trap of thinking we’re “due” a win after last weekend; we’re absolutely not. Long-term betting and planning will see us through rough patches and I’m confident this season will end in profit.</p><p>My bets:</p><p>Angers (10th) v Lyon (5th) – Betting on a Lyon winner here at 1.93 with Pinnacle.</p><p>Toulouse (9th) v Montpellier (3rd) – Toulouse to bounce back at odds of 2.87 with Pinnacle.</p><p>AS Monaco (19th) v Dijon (16th) – Monaco to win at 1.76 with SBOBet.</p><p>Rennes (11th) v Reims (13th) – Rennes to win at home at odds of 1.73 with Pinnacle.</p>