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The title holders and their biggest star proving impossible to look past as the season draws closer, meaning it's tough to find real value in France

Paris Saint-Germain are close to unbackable favourites to retain their Ligue 1 crown ahead of the 2014-15 season kicking off this weekend.

Laurent Blanc's reigning champions are paying just $1.12 at bet365 to come out on top again, with Monaco second favourites at $8.

Such is the dominance of the big spenders from the capital that Ligue 1's traditional heavyweights are rightly being given no chance by punters.

Lille at $29 and Lyon and Marseille, both $41, are considered the next closet challengers.


Back Monaco to spring a huge surprise and win the title at $8

Get on Cavani as top-scorer at $9

PSG's superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is similarly dominant in top goal-scorer betting, with the Sweden international paying just $1.66 to claim the golden boot.

Monaco's Colombian marksman Radamel Falcao is second favourite at $6.50 but it remains to be seen if the former Porto and Atletico Madrid man will still be playing in the competition when the transfer window closes, with Real Madrid heavily tipped to swoop for his prized services.

Ibrahimovic's PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani could be worth a look at $9, particularly if the Swede succumbs to injury or transfer advances from elsewhere.

Caen ($2.20) and Guingamp ($2.50) are among the favourites to be relegated in 2014-15.