The match of the week in France's Ligue 1 playlooked like it was going to be between Toulouse and Monaco. The latter team entered the week sitting second in the standings with Toulouse not far behind. In a contest that was played on Friday Pascal Dupraz's side received two goals from Danish player Martin Braithwaite, helping Toulouse to a 3-1 victory in a match that they hosted.

Braithwaite also assisted on the other goal that his side scored, a 65-minute marker by Argentinian Oscar Guido. All three of Toulouse's goals came in the second half with both of Braithwaite's coming in the final ten minutes.

Toulouse into third place for the moment.

Toulouse gained a full three points on Monaco and moved themselves up into third place for the time being. Even if they slide down before the end of the weekendthe gain on second-placed Monaco is something for Toulouse to feel positive about.

However, Paris Saint Germain, the heavy favorites to win Ligue 1 (bet365), still have to contest their match this weekend. PSG will face bottom-ranked Nancy on Saturday, a team that's managed just five points in seven total matches this season. In the winner's market for this upcoming match PSG are 1/3 with bet365, strong favorites to win. Should they in fact win as expected, they would move into 2nd place, supplanting both Monaco and Toulouse.

Nice stays at the top of standings.

Nice also played on Friday and, as hosts, they defeated Olympigue Lyonnais 2-0.Entering Friday they had just a one-point lead in the standings over Monaco. That leadis now up to four points with Nice starting to look like an under-rated team in France's Ligue 1.

A couple of weeks ago they were 40/1 longshots on Ligue 1's outrights with bet365.

Now that they have opened a lead that cannot be eliminated with one week's worth or results, it will be interesting to see how much they shorten when the sportsbooks update their ante-post odds after the weekend.

Other Ligue 1 matches on Saturdaywill see Bastia host Angers, Guingamp host Lille, Lorient host Nantes, and Montpellier host Caen.

Sunday features three matches as well as Rennes hostingBordeaux, St. Etienne hosting Dijon, and Marseille hosting Metz.

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