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Ligue 1 Betting: Free-scoring Monaco to continue their revival

France and Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder
Wissam Ben Yedder has been in fine scoring form since his £36 million move from Sevilla
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Two teams based on the French Riviera are worthy of attention this weekend, writes James Eastham...

"Monaco produced their most impressive performance of 2019-20 last weekend when they ran out convincing 4-1 winners over Brest, suggesting manager Leonardo Jardim is finally starting to get things right in his second spell at the club."

Best Bet: Back Monaco Draw No Bet at Montpellier @ [1.9]

Goals in store at Amiens

Amiens vs Marseille (16th vs 5th)
Friday, 19:45 BST
Live on BT Sport Extra 3 and Betfair Live Video

Marseille go into this Friday night's fixture on a seven-game unbeaten run (W3-D4-L0) but will struggle to keep a clean sheet at Amiens' Stade de la Licorne. First-choice centre-backs Alvaro Gonzalez and Boubacar Kamara are missing through injury and suspension respectively, leaving Marseille vulnerable.

Replacement duo Duje Caleta-Car and Lucas Perrin are expected to start at the heart of the Marseille defence, which doesn't inspire confidence. The former lost his place earlier in the season because of poor form, while the latter is a 20-year-old rookie with just 180 minutes of Ligue 1 football to his name in his career. Amiens have played some enterprising football this season and will be confident of getting on the scoresheet.

At the other end, it would be a surprise if Marseille failed to score. France wingers Florian Thauvin (injury) and Dimitri Payet (suspension) may be missing but ever-dependable Valere Germain has deputised impressively and centre-forward Dario Benedetto is the man to watch. The 29-year-old Argentinian marksman has scored four times in seven starts since his £14 million move from Boca Juniors in August.

Given the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two sides, backing 'Yes' in the Both Teams to Score? market is the smart selection.

Visitors the value pick

Montpellier vs Monaco (10th vs 12th)
Saturday, 19:00 BST
Live on BT Sport Extra 3 and Betfair Live Video

After a nightmare start to the season there are signs Monaco are turning the corner. They produced their most impressive performance of 2019-20 last weekend when they ran out convincing 4-1 winners over Brest, suggesting manager Leonardo Jardim is finally starting to get things right in his second spell at the club.

Monaco lined-up in a 3-5-2 formation that seems to suit the players. Gelson Martins was excellent in the right-wing-back role, on-loan Tiemoue Bakayoko is providing the midfield solidity the team had lacked since his 2017 transfer to Chelsea and the forward partnership of Wissam Ben Yedder and Islam Slimani are proving a real hit. Since their arrivals from Sevilla and Leicester City (on loan) respectively, the pair have hit nine goals and provided five assists between them in their 835 minutes on the pitch.

Montpellier are a solid and reliable Ligue 1 outfit that will be difficult to beat. They've won only three of their eight Ligue 1 fixtures to date, however, so will struggle to collect all three points against resurgent Monaco. Supporting the visitors on the Draw No Bet market is the canny play.

Nantes' luck set to run out

Nantes vs Nice (3rd vs 6th)
Saturday, 19:00 BST
Live on Betfair Live Video

Nantes are enjoying a revival under wily and experienced manager Christian Gourcuff this season but their excellent results are slightly misleading. All five of Nantes' wins have come by a margin of one goal, and they're a touch flattered to have got so many points (16 from a possible 24) on the board.

Set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation Nantes have been more solid than expected in defence considering they lack star names in that part of the pitch. The addition of Nigeria international winger Moses Simon on loan from Levante has made Nantes cleverer in the final third but the team look far from prolific in front of goal.

Man for man Nice look as strong as Nantes and should be quietly confident of avoiding defeat. Kasper Dolberg is the player to watch: the 21-year-old striker has settled quickly, scoring twice in 154 minutes on the pitch since his move from Ajax.

Nantes are [2.1] to collect all three points. Those odds look too short considering how little difference there is in quality between the sides. Back the draw or lay Nantes. With the second selection you'll make a profit if Nice win or the game ends all-square.

James’ 2019-20 P/L

Staked: 24pts
Returned: +18.83pts
P/L: -5.17pts

James Eastham,

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