St Etienne vs. Reims (Saturday, 12.00pm)
The hosts' resurgence continued last weekend with a hugely impressive 2-0 win at Rennes, while Reims held Lens to a 1-1 stalemate.
We say: Saint-Etienne 1-0 Reims
The quicker that Dia finds his shooting boots again, the quicker that Reims will return to winning ways, but a well-drilled Saint-Etienne defence will feel confident of prolonging his goalscoring drought. The visitors do not concede many goals either, but with the prospect of their experienced captain missing out once more, we expect Saint-Etienne to continue their excellent form with a third win on the bounce.
Nantes vs. Marseille (Saturday, 4.00pm)
Antoine Kombouare kicked off his reign as Nantes manager in perfect fashion with a 3-1 triumph over Angers, while Marseille enjoyed a 3-2 midweek win over Nice to end their own barren spell.
We say: Nantes 1-2 Marseille
Nantes and Marseille are both still vulnerable at the back, and at least one of these sides' momentums will take an immediate hit after the delirium of ending their winless runs last time out. Larguet could opt to make a raft of changes in spite of his side's midweek triumph, and with key players like Thauvin and Rongier well-rested, we can envisage Marseille continuing their revival with a first top-flight away win of 2021.