Ligue 1 wk 7: Montpellier host PSG, as Lille await Monaco

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 22/09/2017

League leader PSG return to Ligue 1 encounter as they travel to face Montpellier at Stade de la Mosson in the week seven, while second place AS Monaco travels to take 17th place Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the Friday night fixture.

However, third place Saint-Etienne host Rennes at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard with fourth place Bordeaux clash with tenth places Guingamp.

Montpellier vs PSG


The previous round brought Montpellier their second win after the one in the season-opening match. They visited Troyes and won with a narrow 0-1. Mendes was the scorer of the one goal in the match.

With seven points, they are currently sitting at the 12th place in the league table. Only one of the six matches they’ve played so far saw more than two goals scored in total.

Paris Saint Germain

PSG is on an amazing streak of 8 consecutive wins, across all competitions. As far as the Ligue 1 is concerned, they have 6 wins, 4 clean sheets, 21 goals scored, and only 3 conceded goals. All in all, an impeccable record and PSG is rightfully sitting at the top of the league table.

In the previous round, they hosted Olympique Lyonnais and won with a score of 2-0. Interestingly, both goals were own goals. Cavani, their top scorer, missed a penalty, thus failing to score his eighth goal of the season.

Head to head

They are rather tied when it comes to their head to head encounters (39 in total so far). PSG have a slight advantage with 14 wins, while Montpellier has 12.

During the previous season, both teams won on their own turf with clean sheets (Montpellier won at home with a score of 3-0).

Prediction: Montpellier 1-3 PSG 

Lille vs Monaco 

Monaco is the side Lille are least looking forward to playing at the moment, with the home side just a point above the relegation places following a terrible start to the campaign, which has seen them pick up only one win from their first six games.

The side’s only win so far came from the opening day game at home to Nantes, which they took 3-0.

Monaco meanwhile looks to have got back on the right track after an unexpected 4-0 thrashing away to Nice earlier this month. They followed that up with a creditable 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig in their first Champions League game of this campaign, before a straightforward 3-0 victory over newly promoted Strasbourg at the weekend.

Head to Head 

In 31 previous meetings, Monaco have won 11 games, Lille have won 10 and there have been 11 draws.

Lille Team News

Thiago Mendes, Hamza Mendy, and Adam Soumaoro are all expected to miss the game through injury.

Monaco Team News 

Midfielder Thomas Lemar and defender Kevin N'Doram are both on the injured list for Monaco.

Prediction: Lille 0 -3 Monaco 

Saint-Etienne vs Rennes

St Etienne have had a fantastic start to the season and currently sit in the European qualification places in Ligue 1 but can they keep it up when they welcome Rennes this Sunday night

The home side is 4th at present with four wins from their six games despite scoring only seven times. but their tight defense has seen them concede on just four occasions however.

Rennes meanwhile are struggling with just one win from their first six games leaving the side in 15th position in Ligue 1. Their chronic lack of goals problem has been improved upon with the team netting nine times so far, but that has not translated into victories.

Tunisian international Wahbi Khazri on loan from Sunderland looks to have sparked some invention, however, and he scored a brilliant goal in the team’s unexpected 3-1 win at Marseille following the international break.

Head to Head 

In 31 previous meetings, Rennes have won 12, Saint Etienne have won seven and there have been 12 draws.

St Etienne Team News

Midfielder Florentin Pogba and attacker Romain Hamouma are both expected to miss the game through injury.

Rennes Team News

Defender Mexer, attacker Jordan Tell, and midfielder Yoann Gourcuff are all currently injured.

Prediction: St Etienne 2-1 Rennes


Other Ligue 1 fiixture

Nice vs  Angers

Bordeauxvs Guingamp

Caen vs Amiens

Lyon vs Dijon

Metz vsTroyes

Strasbourg vs Nantes

Marseille vs Toulouse