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Your Guide to Ligue 1’s Saturday Night Action

Saturday: Angers vs Nice (19:00 GMT)

Angers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run this Saturday as they welcome Nice to the Stade Jean Bouin. The newly-promoted side have adapted to life in the top flight extremely well so far, recording 2-0 victories over both Montpellier and Gazelec Ajaccio with a draw against Nantes sandwiched in between.

Nice, meanwhile, didn’t get their campaign off to the best start, losing to Monaco and drawing with Troyes, but did manage their first win of the new season last weekend by defeating Caen 2-1 at home. Claude Puel will now be hoping his side can build on that win and add more points to the board this weekend.

Saturday: Troyes vs Montpellier (19:00 GMT)

Troyes will be aiming to bounce back from last weekend’s hammering at Marseille as they face pointless Montpellier at the Stade de l’Aube. The home side were given a harsh lesson about life in Ligue 1 in their last outing, as they were hit for six away to Marseille. Manager Jean-Marc Furlan will be hoping to see a positive response from his players in this one, as they search for their first win of the campaign.

Montpellier, meanwhile, are still waiting for their first point. They have suffered three consecutive losses so far, against Angers, Rennes and PSG respectively, and are also yet to hit the back of the net. Manager Rolland Courbis will be anxious for his side to end their losing streak as soon as possible, and a match against a side who conceded six last weekend may be the ideal place to do just that.

Saturday: Lille vs Gazelec Ajaccio (19:00 GMT)

Lille meet Gazelec Ajaccio at the Stade Pierre Mauroy this Saturday in a match between two sides still awaiting their first wins and goals of the season. Whilst Lille may have drawn blanks so far, they have managed to keep clean sheets in their previous two games, holding both Monaco and Bordeaux to goalless stalemates.

The visitors, however, have lost their last two, going down 2-0 against both PSG and fellow newcomers Angers. On paper, this match doesn’t look like it will end in a goal-fest, but it does present both teams with ideal opportunities to take advantage of their opponent’s poor form.

Saturday: Rennes vs Toulouse (19:00 GMT)

Rennes are searching for their third consecutive victory this Saturday as Toulouse visit Roazhon Park. The hosts beat Montpellier 1-0 in Week 2 and followed it up with a fantastic victory away at Lyon last time out. Philippe Montanier’ side, therefore, will be full of confidence heading into this one as they try and take advantage of Toulouse’s inconsistency.

The visitors won their opening weekend fixture against St Etienne, but lost away at Caen the following week. However, in their last outing, they produced a positive performance and managed to hold Monaco to a 1-1 draw. It’s difficult to know what to expect from Toulouse, but manager Dominique Arribage will be hopeful his side can take something from this one.

Saturday: Reims vs Lorient (19:00 GMT)

Reims will be out to recover from last weekend’s loss as they take on Lorient at the Stade Auguste Delaune on Saturday evening. The hosts got their season off to a flying start, winning against Bordeaux and Marseille, but came crashing back down to earth last weekend with a 1-0 loss away at Nantes. Manager Olivier Guegan will be hoping that result was just a blip rather than the start of a run of poor form.

Lorient, meanwhile, are still searching for their first victory this season. They had managed two draws in their opening two fixtures, against Lyon and Bastia respectively, but fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to St Etienne last weekend. Manager Sylvain Ripoll will be hoping to see a better performance from his players in this one.

R.B.

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