France's Ligue 1 matches finished up for the weekend on Saturday. Perceived powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain was among the winners as they defeated bottom-ranked Nancy 2-1. PSG now sit in second place and they remain huge favorites to win Ligue 1 at 1/4 with Betfair. Meanwhile top-ranked OGC Nice defeated Lyon 2-0 in a result that keeps the momentum on the Eaglets' side.

A good question with France's top football league is just how good OGC Nice are. The Eaglets are third favorites at 12/1 with Betfair and yet they have a margin-for-error lead in the standings that will take more than one week to overcome.

Nice, through nine matches for all teams, have a surprising four-point lead over PSG following weekend action that saw both teams win.

Nice's odds were much longer

I didn't take note of Ligue 1 outrights pre-season. However, a few weeks ago I did note Nice at 40/1 in the ante-post/futures market for Ligue 1 with bet365. The club's odds have since shortened with 12/1 the best available at time of writing.

In answering how good Nice are, the matches that they have upcoming soon won't necessarily provide answers. Nice face Salburz on October 20th in a match that's a part of UEFA Europa League play. Salzburg is a team that I find sort of fuzzy as well. They sit third in Austria's Bundesliga, but they enter the match winless in their last three.

With the upcoming match taking place in Austria I think that Nice fans should have conservative expectations. However, I like odds with 888Sport on Nice at 7/4 in the "Draw no bet" market (ie. if the match ends in a draw, your bet gets re-credited). 7/4 in a match where they might only be minor underdogs is a pretty good option in my view.

Nice play Metz next in Ligue 1

When Nice play their Ligue 1 match next week it will be against home-team Metz. Beating 2000-to-1-longshots Metz won't prove much either for Nice. However with two matches ahead, both of them on the road, and plenty of travel upcoming perhaps if Nice can go back-to-back here with wins the double result can be taken to mean something.

It's an interesting week to watch for Nice fans, one that might see odds shorten more so than they already have. Their supports would be smart to grab 12 to 1 in case that ends up 8 to 1 in a week's time.

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