A Marseillais makes the headlines in a bet of the weekend of 11/1
Marseille will want to make a statement at the start of their Ligue 1 campaign, while Montpellier are expected to continue their aggressive approach under new coach Olivier Dall’Oglio, so Sunday’s clash at La Masson stadium could be entertaining.
Montpellier hit the net 60 times last season, making them the fifth top scorer in Ligue 1, and will be confident to match Marseille, having finished just six points behind them in the final table.
But the visitors recruited well after a relatively disappointing fifth place last time. They brought in Gerson from Flamengo and Cengiz Under from Rome, whose extra creativity should make them more dangerous in the future, so I’m backing them to start with a win.
Flat race bettors Antepost are already looking to next year’s classics and there will be more clues on offer at the Curragh Sunday in the Phoenix Stakes, one of the main Group 1 contests for two-year-olds. .
Ger Lyons won this race with Siskin in 2019 and has two top contenders here, Dr Zempf and the undefeated Beauty Inspire, who last won the Anglesey Stakes and looks like an exciting prospect.
Key to this race, however, could be the Railway Stakes, won by Go Bears Go in June. The Kodi Bear colt has been a convincing winner over Dr Zempf and Castle Star, who clash here and should once again have the edge over his rivals.
Lille start their Ligue 1 title defense at Metz and look a good bet to start with a win over opponents who could have a tough season.
The home side finished tenth last time around, but they were just six points ahead of the drop zone and their form fell alarmingly in the second half of the campaign, as they failed has won only one of his last eleven.
Defending a title can often be more difficult than winning it in the first place, but Lille have managed to retain their key players and will want to start strong, so I’m backing them for three points here.
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