France Ligue 1 Soccer Picks: Monaco vs. PSG

Nikki Adams

Saturday, February 28, 2015 8:51 PM GMT

Can Monaco build on their impressive UCL performance when they host Paris St. Germain on Sunday? Here's a primer on these Ligue 1 highflyers and our soccer picks for this must-see weekend fixture.

PSG In Title Race
Paris St. Germain look to maintain the pressure on Olympique Lyonnais, two points ahead and currently leading France's top-flight table. Les Parisiens have form ahead of this clash, but Monaco will be buoyed after a stunning 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium that shocked the world over and sent seismic shockwaves through soccer betting markets.

Overall, PSG are sat second in the table with a 14-10-2 mark and 52 points, a record comprised of a 9-4-0 mark at home and a 5-6-2 mark on the road. PSG have won three of their last four trips across all competitions without conceding a goal (3-1-0); their last loss on the road was a 4-2 loss to Bastia in early January.

As it is, the Zlatan-Ibrahimovic-inspired Rouge-et-Bleu are riding an eleven-game undefeated streak across all competitions, which includes eight wins and three draws. Most recently, they enjoyed a morale-boosting draw over Chelsea in the home leg of their R16 Champions League tie. Which they followed with an assertive 3-1 win over Toulouse the same weekend.

PSG will be confident about their chances against Monaco on Sunday. They'll be the fresher side having had no midweek commitments, and they will be keen to capitalise on that advantage by taking at least a point, if not all three. The last five meetings in a row between these high-flyers have settled on draws, the last four of which went 1-1 including their meeting in Paris earlier this season. You can back the draw at +210 on your soccer picks. A 1-1 score is trading at +500 soccer odds while a scoreless draw is going for +600. A 2-2 draw, however, is trading at a high of +1600 at Bet365.

 

Can Monaco Build On Momentum?                
No Falcao. No Rodriguez. No Problem. Monaco beats Arsenal 3-1 in London to take the significant edge in their R16 Champions League, all while stunning soccer betting fans on both sides of the Channel. Few could have predicted the win at the Emirates – heck, even bookies were trading it around +700 on the soccer odds board before it eventually closed on +650 at Bet365 – but, when all was said and done, it was the team from the principality standing victorious and Dimitar Berbatov soaking in all the accolades.

It was a brilliant performance by Leonardo Jardim's side as they outplayed, outmuscled and outscored Arsene Wenger and his collection of underachieving world-class players and they thoroughly deserved the win. This was supposed to be a cushy draw for Arsenal but avoiding the heavyweights of Europe's top club competition didn't prevent a familiar gloom descending over the Emirates.

Overall, Monaco are fourth in Ligue 1 with a 12-7-6 record and 43 points. At home, they are 5-5-2 while on the road they are 7-2-4. Les Rouges et Blancs will have to be careful about the hangover affect that is common after a gauntlet throwing win, such as theirs was in London. It's obvious, once again, few are expecting Monaco to continue the momentum into the weekend as they are matched at the disadvantage to PSG, despite having home advantage. Monaco are trading at +225 to win outright while PSG are matched on +138 soccer odds for the win.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict:
Monaco are on cloud nine right now. Nobody gave them a chance in Champions League but now that they are a win away from advancing into the quarterfinals more than a few will start to buy what they are selling. It remains to be seen whether they can take the momentum into their Ligue 1 date with PSG and come through as the underdog soccer pick at +225. It's possible, but not a sure thing. What we do know is that this matchup has a penchant to settle on the draw, which makes it the most tempting soccer pick at +210 soccer odds.  It's worth noting, for soccer bettors that want to hedge their bets, backing Monaco or the draw result is trading at -167 in double chance betting.


Free Soccer Pick: Draw at Bet365

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