Ligue 1 Tips: In-form Nice among the smart picks as league action resumes
James Eastham looks at the latest odds and the best plays ahead of the weekend fixtures in France's top flight...
Oppose the overrated hosts
Neither of these sides has impressed so far this season yet Bordeaux probably stand a better chance of avoiding defeat than the odds imply. The visitors are to win, with The Draw .
Nice the choice in derby clash
Nice have won three and drawn one of their opening four games. They have scored 10 times and are yet to concede. The players have adapted quickly and easily to the 4-4-2 tactics introduced by new manager Christophe Galtier, whose appointment was a major coup after he led Lille to the Ligue 1 title against the odds last season.
Low goals the pick in Troyes
Montpellier's goals count is bound to go down following the loss of two players that had scored a combined tally of 36 goals at a rate of one goal every 177 minutes for Montpellier since the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
Promoted hosts to come unstuck
After five matchdays visitors Brest are five points below Clermont in the standings, but man for man do not look an inferior outfit. They earned a deserved 1-1 against unbeaten Angers last weekend and, like Clermont, have already claimed a point away to Lyon (1-1).
Lorient's fine form set to continue
Lorient are W2-D2-L1 from their opening five games of the campaign and have already avoided defeat against sides that are the equal of Reims, if not better than them.