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Ligue 1 Saturday preview: PSG closing in on title

Paris Saint-Germain can take a huge step towards retaining the Ligue 1 title when they host relegation-threatened Ajaccio on Saturday.

It's a quiet day in the French top flight on Saturday with just two games on the agenda but both have plenty riding on them as we head into the final weeks of the campaign. 

Strasbourg will attempt to pull further clear of relegation danger when Nice come to town at 16:00. 

The late game, which kicks off at 20:00, sees league leaders Paris Saint-Germain welcome strugglers Ajaccio to the French capital.

Strasbourg still have relegation concerns

WhatStrasbourg v Nice
WhereStade de la Meinau, Strasbourg
When16:00, Saturday 13th May 2023
How to watchEuropean Soccer Live Streaming Highlights and BT Sport 4
OddsStrasbourg 11/8, Draw 23/10, Nice 2/1

After a seven-year absence from Ligue 1, Strasbourg returned to the top flight in 2017/18 and they are battling to hold on to their place. 

Head coach Julien Stephan led Le Racing to sixth place last season - their highest league finish since 1979/80 - as they missed out on qualifying for Europe by just three points. 

However, Stephan struggled to maintain those standards this campaign and he was sacked on 9th January with the club sitting 19th after winning just one of their opening 17 games. 

Mathieu Le Scornet was confirmed as his successor and he has overseen seven wins from his 17 fixtures at the helm. 

Crucially, Strasbourg have won three of their last four outings to climb out of the relegation zone and up to 14th, although they are only three points clear of 17th-placed Nantes with four games left to play. 

They have beaten relegation rivals Ajaccio and Nantes during that sequence, while also earning a win against mid-table Reims, and that should offer hope when they host Nice on Saturday. 

Nice, like Strasbourg, have struggled to match last season's exploits when they sealed fifth place and a route into the Europa Conference League. 

Les Aiglons are eighth and seven points adrift of fifth-placed Lille but have shown signs of improvement over recent weeks. 

Didier Digard, who replaced Lucien Favre in the dugout in January, saw their chances of fighting for a European berth slip away after a seven-game winless run through March and April. 

Back-to-back wins over Troyes and Rennes has restored some positivity and they do tend to perform well on the road, boasting the fourth-best away record in Ligue 1. 

With that in mind, Nice are worth considering at 2/1 to earn victory at 11/8 Strasbourg on Saturday. 

Keeping clean sheets has been a problem for Nice in their recent away fixtures, failing to earn a shutout in three of their last four games and both teams to score can be backed at 4/5

When considering a potential goalscorer, Strasbourg frontman Habibou Diallo, priced at 8/5 to score anytime and 4/1 to score first, appeals. 

The 27-year-old has registered 18 times in Ligue 1 and has netted three in his last three appearances.

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WhatParis Saint-Germain v Ajaccio
WhereParc des Princes, Paris
When20:00, Saturday 13th May 2023
How to watchEuropean Soccer Live Streaming Highlights and BT Sport 1
OddsParis Saint-Germain 1/10, Draw 10/1, Ajaccio 18/1

Paris Saint-Germain are closing in on a successful defence of the Ligue 1 title and they aren't expected to slip up against Ajaccio

It appears to be just a matter of time until PSG are officially crowned champions and they'll be hoping Reims can help to speed up the process on Friday. 

Reims travel to second-placed Lens, who trail PSG by six points after winning each of their last three outings. 

Defeat for Lens would offer PSG the chance to pull nine points clear with a victory over Ajaccio and they would have just three games left. 

After back-to-back defeats to Rennes and Lyon, PSG have won four of their following five Ligue 1 fixtures, including a 3-1 triumph at home to Lens, to tighten their grip on top spot. 

They have been struggling to deliver at home over recent weeks with three of their last four games at the Parc des Princes ending in defeat. 

However, it's difficult to see anything but a win when they welcome 18th-placed Ajaccio to the capital. 

Ajaccio aren't mathematically down just yet but they sit 11 points adrift of safety with just 12 points still available and an immediate return to Ligue 2 is on the cards. 

They've won just six times this term and are the lowest scorers in the division, registering only 22 times. 

Backing a PSG win doesn't offer great value at 1/10 but it's worth exploring the hosts to seal victory in emphatic fashion. 

PSG are comfortably the top scorers in Ligue 1, netting 79 times, and over 3.5 goals has landed in 10 of their 17 outings at home. 

A PSG win with over 3.5 goals, priced at 11/10, looks the way to go.

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