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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Red-hot Alassane Plea looks a nice price

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Alassane Plea of Nice
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Lyon v Troyes BT Sport 3, 3.30pm

Seven straight wins have helped Lyon storm up to second place in Ligue 1 and it's hard to see their golden streak ending at home to Troyes.

A 3-1 win over Caen last time out boosted Troyes' chances of avoiding relegation (or the relegation playoff) but they may struggle to frustrate their in-form hosts for long.

Recommendation
Lyon to be leading after 30 minutes
1pt 19-20 Coral, Ladbrokes

Key stat
The first goal in Troyes' last five games has been scored in the fourth, eighth, first, 23rd and 16th minutes.


Caen v Monaco BT Sport 3, 4pm
Monaco still seem to be reeling from their 7-1 mauling at PSG, losing 3-1 at Guingamp before a goalless draw at home to Amiens.

However, the battle for Champions League qualification should focus their minds for the trip to Caen, who have a decent home record but have picked up just two points from their last seven games.

Recommendation
Monaco
1pt 10-11 general

Key stat
Monaco have taken 40 points from a possible 42 against teams, like Caen, in the bottom eight.


Marseille v Nice BT Sport 2, 8.05pm
Marseille scored a 116th-minute winner in Salzburg on Thursday to progress to the Europa League final but they still have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League with a top-three finish in Ligue 1.

Nice look awkward opponents for a weary Marseille side, though, and their striker Alassane Plea has scored eight goals in his last six outings.

Recommendation
A Plea first goalscorer
1pt each-way 8-1 bet365

Key stat
Nice have lost just one of their last ten – a 2-1 defeat to champions PSG.

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