Ligue 1 Tips: Flying start for Monaco as Canaries fail to take off
The 2021-22 Ligue 1 season gets under way on Friday night. James Eastham reveals the crucial odds and picks from the opening weekend of action...
Hosts too strong on opening night
What a contrast with Nantes. The visitors in yellow and green - nicknamed the Canaries - go into the season with several clouds hanging over their heads and concerns about whether they'll be able to survive in the top flight.
It all points to a comfortable home win. Monaco should have too much class, confidence and form for the visitors, who look second-best in virtually every area of the pitch.
Underrated Lorient the smart selection
St Etienne posted a W1-D2-L3 record from their pre-season friendlies but the only times they avoided defeat were when they faced opposition from an inferior division. Against sides that operate at the same level as them their record was a dismal W0-D0-L3.