Ligue 1 has a pair of matches on tap Friday, but with PSG paying next to nothing in its match we look instead at what should be a close game between St. Etienne and Toulouse.The most successful French club of all time is a long way off from its glory days of the 60's and 70's when it struck fear into the hearts of opponents across the country. St Etienne is sitting idle in 10th spot in the 20-team standings, and a win at home today would temporarily launch it into sixth spot.
A win for the Les Verts is available at Uwin.com at evens (2.00), and though their 5-4-1 (W-L-T) record might lead you to wager here, keep in mind they are winless in league play in their last five games. They were able to win a Coupe de France fixture last week, but will find Toulouse a more formidable opponent here.
The visitors have also struggled as of late, winning once in their last five games which was a 1-0 win against Sochaux close to three weeks ago.
During that same stretch, not a single game went over 2.5 goals, which leads us to the under in this match - listed at 1.57. Not the greatest of odds indeed, however, with three of those five only generating one or less goals, maybe the under 1.5 at 2.85 looks better to you. Add to that St. Etienne's inability to allow or concede a ton of goals (only one match in their last five has produced two goals) and that latter bet looks a bit more attractive.
Toulouse's 7-7-5 (W-L-T) record has it currently sitting in 12th spot in the French top flight table, only two points behind its opponents. The visiting side hasn't been too bad on the road as it has three wins and a draw from its nine away matches, with an even goal difference which has averaged a low 1.78 goals in total.
The away win is listed at 3.80 while the draw result - a result I favour despite the lack of draws this season at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and Toulouse only drawing once on the road - is available at 3.20.
With both teams keeping scores quite low in recent games, why not take a chance on a correct score pick here? A home 1-0 win is at 5.70, a 0-0 bore draw is at 7.10, a 1-1 draw is at 5.85, and the 1-0 away win is at 8.75. Even if you threw down $10 on each of those bets and only one of them hits, you're still up.
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