Second-place Nice is hosting relegation-threatened Clermont Sunday, while Saturday, Lyon travels to play AS Monaco in the most-anticipated match of the round. Our sportsbook is offering a great price for our Ligue 1 Round 23 Parlay.
Nice vs. Clermont: Easy home win
Nice defeated holders PSG on penalties in the Coupe de France, with a great performance by goalkeeper Marcin Bulka. It was their seventh win in a row across all competitions, and they’re currently enjoying a stellar 2021-22 campaign. Now second in Ligue 1 after 20 matches, Nice are 11 points behind leading Paris Saint-Germain.
Winning the league last year with Lille, Christophe Galtier then moved to Nice. He gelled together a strong team after a busy summer transfer window. Kluivert, Jean-Clair Todibo, Melvin Bard and Calvin Stengs have all impressed this season under Galtier. Nice have one of the more prolific one-two punches in the top-flight league with Amine Gouiri and Andy Delort, who’ve combined for 18 goals.
Les Aiglons are on a five-game winning run in Ligue 1, entering this clash as heavy favorites at -170 on the three-way money line, according to the latest soccer odds. They have the joint best defense in the league, with just 18 goals allowed in 22 games. Nice aims to finish in top two and earn a Champions League place for the first time since the 2016-17 season, They finished in third under Lucien Favre that season.
They will be without Pablo Rosario, who’s banned for this clash, while Calvin Stengs has been ruled out (injured). One of the men to watch for the home team will be Denmark international Kasper Dolberg, who possesses great movement, dynamism and pace. Nice scored at least two goals in each of their last five games, covering the spread on two occasions. This is only the second time the two teams play one another in a competitive match, with Nice winning the reverse fixture, 2-1, on the road, back in November.
They are one the most consistent teams in France, and we’ve cashed many tickets this season after including them in our soccer picks and parlays We will do it again. On the other side, Clermont made a promising start to the season but, as things stand now, they will fight hard just to avoid relegation. Clermont Foot have looked surprisingly solid at the back, though their recent record is a poor one. They lost seven of their 11 road games, conceding 25 goals in the process.
Pick: Nice -1 (-105)
AS Monaco vs. Lyon: Value on the visitors
In a match played behind closed doors, Lyon managed to rebound from one goal down to beat Marseille, 2-1, on home soil. For the second time in 15 games across all competitions, Lyon managed to score two goals. Tuesday’s win moved the visitors to seventh place, entering this clash on the back of eight unbeaten games in Ligue 1. However, they’re still underdogs here, priced at +270.
On the other side, AS Monaco is one of the best home teams in the league, with 21 points in 11 games. The team won six of those games, scoring 23 goals in the process. They’re two points behind the top four, eager to return to winning ways after losing, 3-2, to Montpellier before the international break. Lyon have a great record against AS Monaco, beating them in five of their previous six domestic-league mutual encounters, including a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture back in October, 2021.
If you’re betting online, you have to check all the markets. As previously stated, our sportsbook offers a great range of props for the top European soccer leagues. There are two ways to bet this match. Over 2½ goals in the match is priced at -140 and should be an easy winner, but for our second pick of the parlay, we’re going with the visitors.