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Sunday's Ligue 1 predictions including Lyon vs. Metz

Sports Mole provides score predictions for all of Sunday's Ligue 1 fixtures, including Lyon vs. Metz.

Brest vs. Rennes (Sunday, 12.00pm)

Rennes' Clement Grenier celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 9, 2021© Reuters

Brest and Rennes will both be aiming to return to winning ways in Ligue 1 when the two sides lock horns at the Stade Francis-Le Ble on Sunday lunchtime.

The hosts were swept aside 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain last time out, whereas Les Rouge et Noir held leaders Lyon to a 2-2 draw in gameweek 19.

We say: Brest 1-3 Rennes

Rennes' resilience on the road could be broken in the absence of the ever-present Da Silva, and if there is any team with the attacking prowess to breach Stephan's defence, it is Brest. However, the visitors have got their Champions League charge back on track in recent weeks and will be determined to get off the mark for the New Year as quickly as possible, so this should be a 10th victory of the season for Les Rouge et Noir.

Our tipster partners are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or an away win.

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Nice vs. Bordeaux (Sunday, 2.00pm)

Nice's Pierre Lees-Melou celebrates with teammates after scoring against AS Monaco on November 8, 2020© Reuters

Two mid-table teams desperate to improve their domestic fortunes in 2021 will do battle at the Allianz Riviera on Sunday afternoon as Nice play host to Bordeaux in Ligue 1.

Adrian Ursea's men played out a 1-1 draw with Metz in their most recent outing, whereas Bordeaux returned to winning ways with a 2-1 triumph over Lorient.

We say: Nice 1-1 Bordeaux

Nice will be buoyed by their recent record against Bordeaux, and the loss of Hatem Ben Arfa is sure to affect the visitors' attacking prowess. However, the hosts have been nothing short of abysmal on their own turf and could struggle to break down a dogged Bordeaux defence, but with the prospect of Dolberg and Gouiri both starting up top, Ursea's men should do enough to nick a point.

Our tipster partners are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or an away win.

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Nantes vs. Lens (Sunday, 2.00pm)

Lens celebrate scoring against Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on September 10, 2020© Reuters

Nantes entertain Lens in Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon with both sides looking to address their recent poor form.

The hosts are without a win in their last 10 matches, while Franck Haise's men have lost three of their four outings.

We say: Nantes 1-1 Lens

Lens tend not to draw many matches, but their recent woes and the stubbornness that Nantes have shown in their two outings under Domenech suggest the two teams could be taking home a share of the spoils over the weekend.

Our tipster partners are predicting under 3.5 goals.

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Strasbourg vs. St Etienne (Sunday, 2.00pm)

Saint-Etienne head coach Claude Puel pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Strasbourg take on Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 on Sunday, with both sides having opened up a small gap ahead of the relegation zone in recent matches.

The hosts recorded an impressive 1-0 win at Lens last weekend, although St Etienne were leapfrogged by Reims in the table after losing 3-1 to them away from home.

We say: Strasbourg 2-1 Saint-Etienne

We can envisage a tight encounter between two sides looking to move clearer of the relegation zone, but Strasbourg's greater goal threats may prove the difference between the two sides.

Diallo and Ajorque's goal tally combined represents 75% of St Etienne's overall goals scored column this season, so if they are firing they can prove the match-winners on the day.

Our tipster partners are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or draw.

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Lille vs. Reims (Sunday, 4.00pm)

Lille head coach Christophe Galtier pictured on November 5, 2020© Reuters

Lille and Reims will both be out to record back-to-back victories in Ligue 1 when the two in-form sides face off at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday afternoon.

Les Dogues scraped a 1-0 win at basement side Nimes last time out, while Reims recorded a vital victory of their own over Saint-Etienne in gameweek 19.

We say: Lille 3-2 Reims

The result of this highly-anticipated tie could simply be determined by which marksman manages to find their shooting boots - the experienced Yilmaz or the up-and-coming Dia. Reims are renowned for their prolific form on the road and Lille have not kicked off 2021 in dominant fashion, but the hosts are nearly back to full strength at a crucial time, so we expect Les Dogues to just edge this one.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

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Lyon vs. Metz (Sunday, 8.00pm)

Lyon's Memphis Depay pictured on January 9, 2021© Reuters

League leaders Lyon host Metz in Ligue 1 on Sunday, with Rudi Garcia's side needing a win to hold off the chasing pack.

Metz, meanwhile, have failed to win their last three matches, but can move back into the top half of the table by causing an upset and avoiding defeat.

We say: Lyon 2-0 Metz

With Metz potentially missing their three top goalscorers, this should be a comfortable victory for Lyon.

While Garcia's side may have to remain patient in terms of finding the breakthrough, the amount of firepower they have in attack should ensure that the goal eventually comes, with Metz unlikely to be able to respond with any meaningful offensive threat.

Our tipster partners are predicting a home win.

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