Lille start life without former Chelsea striker to lead the line

Here are three cracking reasons to watch the very unpredictable Ligue 1 this weekend.

The ever unpredictable Ligue 1 is at it again. After conceding nine goals in two games, Evian kept a clean sheet against the Champions on Friday night and got the weekend off to a flyer. That now means after five fixtures, the clubs that finished in the top three have only won one game between them.

It is just another example of why Ligue 1 is amazingly unpredictable, but an absolute nightmare for betting experts. If you can call the results well, you deserve a medal.

Bielsa under the spotlight

Former Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa is under the spotlight this weekend. After losing 2-0 to Montpellier at home last Sunday, there have been a lot of questions regarding his tactics and the players he has chosen to let go this summer.

Guingamp’s Stade Roudourou is a typically tough place to go for most teams in Ligue 1. They make themselves very hard to beat, and attack down the wings at pace. This will give Marseille a tough task to pick up their first victory of the season.

Guingamp v Marseille – 4pm KO

Lille set to begin life without Salomon Kalou

The on-off transfer saga of former Chelsea player Salomon Kalou is set to end this week, with German club Wolfsburg the latest club to show interest in the Ivorian striker.

This means the French club begin to look for a new striker and begin life without the striker that has scored 31 league goals over the last two seasons. They have been linked with Guingamp’s Mustapha Yatabare and Ghanian star Abdul Waris, but that will have to wait till next week.

This weekend they take on Lorient and will look to Liverpool’s Divock Origi to provide the fire-power and hope that Nolan Roux and Ryan Mendes can add some support. Lille have yet to score from open-play this season, they home fans expect more.

Lille v Lorient – 7pm KO

Toulouse strike-force continues to shine

Alain Casanova’s Toulouse have scored four goals in two games this season and their strike-force of Martin Braithwaite and Wissam Ben Yedder have scored three of them.

They are one of the deadliest partnerships in Ligue 1 and with every game that passes they look even more dangerous. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored more goals than Ben Yedder over the past two seasons, and the young forward is starting to attract a lot of attention.

Bastia will struggle to continue both players on Saturday evening, expect at least one of them to find the back of the net regardless of the result.

Bastia v Toulouse – 7pm KO

Bon Match.

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