Weekend Ligue 1 Predictions: Savanier can help push Montpellier closer to safety

 | 12th April | 

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There are just six rounds left of the 2023/24 Ligue 1 campaign, but there is plenty left to decide at the top and bottom end of the table.

Below you can find our weekend Ligue 1 predictions for three fixtures staged across Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend Ligue 1 Betting Tips - April 13/14

  • Both Teams To Score - No in Stade Rennais vs Toulouse FC @ EVS
  • Teji Savanier To Score Anytime in Clermont Foot vs Montpellier HSC @ 2/1
  • Draw or Stade Brestois 29 & Both Teams To Score - Yes in Olympique Lyonnais vs Stade Brestois 29 @ 13/8

Both Teams To Score - No in Stade Rennais vs Toulouse FC @ EVS (Saturday, April 13 - KO, 20:00)

It's been a woeful last few games for Rennes, who have failed to score in any of their last three, losing 2-0, 1-0 and 1-0 to Strasbourg, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, respectively.

Such form has left them four points behind the European spots with just six games remaining, so they need to get their act together soon if they harbour any ambitions of finishing in the top six.

However, they might find it tough on Saturday against a side that is not yet out of the woods in the relegation battle. Toulouse have taken four points from their last two games to lift themselves up into 11th and six points behind their hosts at Roazhon Park, but they might need another win to make absolutely sure of their Ligue 1 status.

A mean defence has been integral to those four points, with Les Violets keeping a clean sheet against both Strasbourg (0-0) and Clermont (3-0). Their backline has been pretty solid all season in truth - only eight clubs have conceded fewer goals than their total of 36 in Ligue 1.

Rennes are one of those teams, with Les Rouge et Noirs conceding 34 in 28 league outings, and neither side's defence was breached when they played out a goalless draw in Toulouse last December.

BTTS - No has landed in Rennes' last four games, and three of Toulouse's last four, so that might be the way to go on Saturday.

Teji Savanier To Score Anytime in Clermont Foot vs Montpellier HSC @ 2/1 (Sunday, April 14 - KO, 14:00)

Back-to-back 2-0 victories over Le Havre and Lorient has put Montpellier in a favourable position to avoid the drop to Ligue 2, with La Pallaide now six points clear of 16th-placed Lorient. The job is not yet over though, which means they should be suitably motivated to achieve a positive result in Clermont-Ferrand on Sunday.

Clermont are currently bottom but should be on a high after claiming a point at leaders PSG last Saturday. They are still five points off the relegation play-offs though, and seven points behind automatic safety, so wins are required, and fast.

A first clean sheet at Stade Gabriel Montpied since December 10 would help them to achieve that objective, but Montpellier's Teji Savanier might have something to say about that. The 32-year-old has scored eight goals in 28 Ligue 1 appearances this season, three of them coming in his last four outings.

All four of those goals have been from the penalty spot, and that might be where he profits from on Sunday.

Clermont have conceded seven penalties in Ligue 1 this term - only Nantes and Lens (both eight) have been penalised on more occasions - and their last home game against Toulouse saw them go one down in the eighth minute courtesy of a Vincent Sierro spot-kick.

Draw or Stade Brestois 29 & Both Teams To Score - Yes in Olympique Lyonnais vs Stade Brestois 29 @ 13/8 (Sunday, April 14 - KO, 19:45)

With six games remaining, who can stop Brest in their quest for Champions League football next season? Les Pirates have lost just once in their last 17 league games and are currently second, four points clear of fourth-placed Lille.

Sunday's match at Parc Olympique Lyonnais could be regarded as their toughest test left, though, with Lyon unbeaten in their last five matches and looking to sneak into the top six after a poor start to the campaign had made that objective seem like a long way off.

They are now just five points behind sixth-placed Lens, but a point might be the best they can hope for this weekend. Brest beat them 1-0 in September courtesy of a late Steve Mounie strike and they have been a tough nut to crack all season.

Lyon's last league game at home saw Reims claim a point in a 1-1 draw and Brest are a level up on Will Still's side. I think the visitors will do enough to get a point on Sunday, and possibly more.

I don't foresee a high-scoring encounter but both sides should be able to get themselves on the scoresheet - Lyon have scored in 13 of their last 14 league matches, while Brest have found the net in seven of their last eight.

Check out the rest of our Football Betting Tips here.

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