Rude awakening for new boss Sousa

Monaco vs Bordeaux (16th vs 13th)
Sat, 19:00 GMT
Live on BT Sport Extra 2 and Betfair Live Video
Monaco's recent revival has seen the Principality outfit move out of the relegation zone and their improvement is set to continue with another win this weekend.
Under Leonardo Jardim the 2017 Ligue 1 champions have picked up 11 points from a possible 15 since the start of February and will be confident of claiming all three points on Saturday night. Monaco have won their last three home matches, beating Lyon, Nantes and Toulouse, and man-for-man and collectively the hosts look far stronger than Bordeaux.
Ex-Leicester City and Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa is expected to be named as Bordeaux's new manager ahead of this game. He's unlikely to have any input to the match but has a massive job on his hands to try to improve les Girondins' fortunes in the weeks ahead.
Bordeaux have lost five of their last seven matches, slipping from 10th to 13th in the standings. The lack of pattern, coherence or quality to their play has been apparent for some months, with ex-manager Ricardo Gomes looking out of his depth at times.
The Bordeaux players will be keen impress incoming manager Sousa but that alone won't make up for the difference in class between the teams. Monaco are odds-on to win so we prefer them at a bigger price on the Asian Handicap.

Hosts to build on triumph over Gunners

Rennes vs Caen (10th vs 18th)
Sun, 16:00 GMT
Live on BT Sport 3 and Betfair Live Video
Rennes produced a sensational performance to beat Arsenal 3-1 in the Europa League on Thursday night and the players will be on a high going into this game. As long as they can come back down to earth after that glorious victory over the Gunners the hosts are a strong bet to win this weekend.
Hatem Ben Arfa, Benjamin Bourigeaud and Ismaila Sarr were among the Rennes players to catch the eye, and all three will expect to play a part in this game. Rennes have an outstanding home record: they're unbeaten at Roazhan Park in their last 13 games in all competitions (W9-D4-L0), a fantastic run stretching back to early December.
The difference in quality between the teams is obvious when you glance down the likely starting line-ups. Caen are a far more limited side, with relegation is a very real fear.Caen have actually done well to avoid defeat in more than half their away games this season (W1-D6-L6) but they'll struggle to take any points off a Rennes side playing as well as the Bretons did on Thursday night.

L'OM too strong for Nice

Marseille vs Nice (4th vs 8th)
Sun, 20:00 GMT
Live on BT Sport 1 and Betfair Live Video
All eyes will be on Mario Balotelli as he faces former club Nice in the televised clash at Stade Velodrome on Sunday night. The Italy international has helped to transform Marseille's fortunes since making the move along the south coast and looks in the right frame of mind to put Nice to the sword.
Marseille have won four and drawn one of their last five matches. Balotelli's goals have played a key role: he's netted four times in 401 minutes on the pitch, thriving in a 4-4-2 system that appears to be bringing the best out of him. Marseille manager Rudi Garcia has made some bold selection decisions in recent weeks, with increased competition for places appearing to pay off.
Nice are the division's second-lowest scorers and their lack of a reliable striker - even when Balotelli was still on their books - has plagued them all season. Their tally of just 20 goals from 27 matches is desperately poor, and the absence of a single player in their squad that you would bank on getting into double figures for goals over the course of a season is a major handicap.
If and when Marseille take the lead it's difficult to see the visitors getting back into the game. The hosts are odds-on to collect all three points but we're happy to back l'OM on the Asian Handicap, knowing that with Balotelli in their ranks they have the potential to run out comfortable winners.
RECOMMENDED BETS
Monaco -0.5&-1.0 Asian Handicap to beat Bordeaux @ 1.90
Rennes -0.5&-1.0 Asian Handicap to beat Caen @ 1.80
Marseille -1.0 Asian Handicap to beat Nice @ 2.10

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