Ligue 1 Matchday 5 – Preview and Free Picks

Last Updated on August 29, 2022 3:10 pm by Erwin Noguera

This Sunday ended matchday 4 of Ligue 1 in France, where all teams played their respective matches with the mission of getting 3 points to help them fight to be at the top of the standings, and, now more than ever, they can do it, after the dangerous PSG drew their match against Monaco.

This draw for the Parisian team ties them at the top of the table with two very strong and dangerous contenders, Marseille and Lens, all with 10 accumulated points. They are followed by Lyon, Lorient, LOSC, and Auxerre, with 7 points, but it should be noted that Lyon and Lorient have played one game less than the rest of the teams.

At the bottom of the table is Ajaccio, who have only been able to take 1 point out of a possible 12 at the start of the season.

As will happen in some of the main soccer leagues in Europe, Ligue 1 will play its 5th matchday in the middle of the week, being these calendars so tight to try to play as many matches as possible before the 1-month break that we will have in November-December due to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

This matchday will be played in full this Wednesday, August 31, 2022, with 5 matches at the same time, where Lyon vs. Auxerre and Lorient vs. Lens stand out, which have started the season very well and promise to give great games. Then we will have PSG visiting Toulouse, and Marseille hosting Clermont.

Next, we will have a preview of the 4 best matches that we can enjoy on this new Ligue 1 matchday.

Ligue 1 Matchday 5: PSG vs. Toulouse

When: Wednesday, August 31 at 03:00 pm ET

Moneyline odds: PSG -500 / Toulouse +1200 (Source: MyBookie.ag)

Draw Offs: +640

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The highlight of this matchday will be the game between Paris Saint Germain and Toulouse on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at the Parc des Princes, home of PSG, to close this round of Ligue 1.

The current champions of Ligue 1 and one of the teams with the best squad of players in the world, PSG comes to this matchday 5 sharing the first place in the standings with Marseille and Lens, the three teams have the same record of 3 wins and 1 draw, for 10 points out of a possible 12, but PSG has the incredible statistic of 18 goals scored in only 4 games played and that is why they are first.

PSG comes from an extremely difficult match in their last matchday at the Parc des Princes against Monaco where they could not get beyond a 1-1 draw on the scoreboard. In this match, Monaco scored the first goal in the 20th minute through Kevin Volland. While PSG equalized the match in the 70th minute when Neymar converted a penalty.

On the other hand, Toulouse did not start the season as they would have dreamed, but they still managed to get 5 points out of a possible 12 to be in tenth place in the standings, only 2 points away from fourth place.

Toulouse had played 3 very good matches in the first three rounds, but in their last match, they were crushed by Nantes with a score of 1-3. In this game, Toulouse started winning after scoring a goal in the 15th minute, but then they could not resist the onslaught of the home team and ended up losing.

PSG vs. Toulouse Betting Pick: PSG

Ligue 1 Matchday 5: Marseille vs. Clermont

When: Wednesday, August 31 at 03:00 pm ET

Moneyline odds: Marseille -250 / Clermont +680 (Source: MyBookie.ag)

Draw Offs: +410

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One of the most interesting matches we will have on this matchday 5 of Ligue 1 will be the one between Marseille and Clermont this Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at the Stade Velodrome, on the beautiful Mediterranean coast of France at 03:00 pm ET.

Marseille confirmed at the start of the season that they are fully prepared to face PSG in the fight for the championship trophy. 

Les Phocéens has started with their full arsenal available, with the addition of Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez and the goal-scoring start of Portuguese defender Nuno Tavares. They are on an excellent level of play.

Right now, Marseille is sharing first place with PSG, but in the statistics, they are shown in second place, as, they have scored 8 goals less than the Parisians.

Marseille comes into this match with 2 consecutive victories where they have proven to be a step above their opponents. The last one was against Nice, the disappointment of the season, with a crushing score of 0-3.

On the other hand, Clermont has had a decent start to the season, where they have managed to get 2 wins and 2 losses in their 4 games played. With these 6 accumulated points, Clermont is in ninth place in the standings, but, only 1 point away from fourth place.

Clermont had the misfortune to start the season by hosting PSG, where they were crushed by a score of 0-5. Then, they managed to recover in the best possible way and won two consecutive matches, Reims (4-2) and Nice (1-0).

Finally, Clermont could not continue their winning ways last matchday, as they were defeated by Lorient with a score of 1-2.

Marseille vs. Clermont Betting Pick: Marseille

Ligue 1 Matchday 5: Lorient vs. Lens

When: Wednesday, August 31 at 03:00 pm ET

Moneyline odds: Lorient +520 / Lens -185 (Source: MyBookie.ag)

Draw Offs: +340

Where Can I Watch? beIN SPORTS / Fanatiz / Star + / DAZN

Where Can Stream? beIN SPORTS App / Star + App / DAZN App

The best match we will have on this matchday 5 of Ligue 1 will undoubtedly be the one between Lorient and Lens next Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at the Stade Bollaert-Delelelis, home of Lens at 03:00 pm ET.

The last 5 times they met in the tournament they had all possible results. The home side accumulated 2 wins, while the visitors had 1 win. In 2 matches they finished level on the scoreboard.

Lens comes into this matchday with the confidence, the spirit, and, above all, very inspired by starting the season in the best possible way with 3 wins and 1 draw, to be equal on points in first place with PSG and Marseille.

Lens is now dreaming of fighting for the championship, and even more so after seeing how Monaco managed to get a good draw against PSG. So, it just has to keep on winning to continue with this objective.

In their last game played, it got a very good win against Rennes, with a score of 2-1.

On the other hand, we have Lorient another team that started the season in the best possible way with 2 wins and 1 draw in the 3 matches they have played.

Lorient has shown a very good level of play and could follow the path of victory in this match against a direct rival such as Lens.

Les Merlus comes from a very good victory against Clermont, with a score of 2-1.

Lorient vs. Lens Betting Pick: Lens

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