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Your Guide to Sunday’s Ligue 1 Action

Montpellier vs Nice (14:00 GMT)

Montpellier will be hoping to end Nice’s unbeaten league run when they meet at the Stade de la Mosson on Sunday afternoon. The hosts have won just one of their opening four league games, a 1-0 victory over Angers on the opening weekend. Since then, they have lost to St Etienne and been held by both Rennes and Guingamp.

Nice, meanwhile, have started the campaign superbly and can move level on points with Monaco at the top of the table with a win in this one. Mario Balotelli inspired Nice to a 3-2 victory over Marseille last weekend, but they were defeated by Schalke in the Europa League on Thursday.

In the corresponding fixture last season, Nice won 2-0.

St Etienne vs Bastia (16:00 GMT)

St Etienne will be aiming to end their run of draws as they take on Bastia at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday. Each of St Etienne’s last three matches in all competitions have ended on equal terms; they were held to a goalless stalemate by Toulouse, snatched a late equaliser away at PSG, before drawing 1-1 with Mainz in the Europa League on Thursday. Manager Christophe Galtier will be eager to get back to winning ways here.

Bastia, meanwhile, head into this match on the back of a 2-1 success over Toulouse last weekend. That result means the visitors have won two and lost two so far this season, leaving them 10th in the table.

In the corresponding fixture last season, St Etienne edged out a 2-1 victory.

Marseille vs Lyon (19:45 GMT)

In the final match of the weekend, Marseille and Lyon clash at the Orange Velodrome. The hosts have only won one of their four league matches so far and fell to a 3-2 defeat away at Nice last weekend. They head into this match a lowly 14th in the table.

Lyon, meanwhile, have also tasted defeat in the league recently. Bruno Genesio’s men have suffered back-to-back losses to Dijon and Bordeaux over the last two weeks, and although the mood in the Lyon camp was boosted by the Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb in midweek, the visitors know they can ill afford another domestic slip up in this match.

In the corresponding fixture last season, these two sides drew 1-1.

R.B.

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