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Ligue 1 preview: PSG look odds on to retain title

1:50 PM WAT 17/07/2018
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There are just over three weeks to go until some of the biggest leagues across Europe kick off for the new campaigns. And with France the newly crowned World Cup winners, there will surely be added interest and focus on the happenings in Ligue 1 this season.

Last term, PSG wrested the title back from Monaco, who beat their rivals to the post in 2016/17. However, having sold the best components of that title winning team has meant Monaco building from square one.

First things first

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It will come as little surprise to see current champions PSG splashing the cash once again. Having broken the bank to sign Brazil starlet Neymar last season, the deal to bring teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe to the club on a permanent basis has now been concluded as well.

Add to that equation the singing of veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon from Italian giants Juventus, and PSG would look to have all the ingredients to be crowned league champions once again. The club from the capital are the clear favourites to win another league title and are priced at just 1.10 to do so, according to Oddsshark.

PSG won the crown by a huge margin of 13 points last time out, and the likes of Monaco, Lyon and Marseille will be looking to run them closer on this occasion. Lyon, who finished third last season, have bolstered their full-back options with the arrival of Leo Dubois and are at 13.00 to claim the crown.

To be blunt, with PSG so far out in front it may well be worth checking out the options to finish in the top three if you are looking for higher odds and potentially a bigger pay out. Monaco and Marseille are both priced at 1.80 to finish in the first three positions, with Lyon slightly higher at 1.90 – if you are looking for a wild card option then Bordeaux are priced competitively at 13.00.

The season gets underway on 10 August, but prior to that comes the French Super Cup. The two biggest clubs currently vying for bragging rights are PSG and Monaco, and this tie could well set the tone for the upcoming campaigns.

Again, it is the club from the capital who come is as the fancied team to walk away with the victory. PSG are priced at just 1.44 to win the Cup, with Monaco out at 6.00 to do the same, and while predicting scores is hardly an exact science, a 3-1 win for PSG is priced at 10.00, offering a ten-fold return on any investment.

On 12 August, PSG get their title defence up and running against minnows Caen and it should be a walk in the park for the champions. The visitors are at a massive 21.00 to cause an upset, with the champions at just 1.10 to make a winning start to the new season.

The first league game of the season, on 10 August, sees Marseille take on Toulouse in what should be a closer run encounter. If Marseille are intent on staying on PSG’s coat-tails they will need to make a winning start to the campaign, however, and are priced at just 1.40 to do exactly that.

And with PSG seemingly so far in front at the top end of the table, it may well be worth turning your attention to the bottom of the league standings and who will be trying not to fall through the trapdoor into Ligue 2. Favourites for the drop are recently promoted Nimes, who look to have a proverbial mountain to climb.

Nevertheless, you can close to triple any investment by backing Nimes for the drop. The side are priced at 2.87 to go straight back down to the second division at the first time of asking.

Meanwhile, you can triple your money by backing Amiens or Reims for the drop. The former finished in 13th place last term but are priced at 3.00 to fall through the trapdoor this coming May – the same price as Reims to be playing Ligue 2 football in the 2-19/2020 season.

Ligue 1 first round fixtures:

Friday, 10 August

(1.40) Marseille x Toulouse (9.00); draw (4.20)

Saturday, 11 August

(2.30) Angers x Nimes (3.10); draw (3.20)

(2.40) Lille x Rennes (3.10); draw (3.10)

(1.72) Montpellier x Dijon (5.00); draw (3.50)

(3.40) Nantes x Monaco (2.25); draw (3.10)

(1.90) Nice x Reims (4.00); draw (3.40)

(1.85) St Etienne x Guingamp (4.33); draw (3.40)

Sunday, 12 August

(1.20) Lyon x Amiens (11.00); draw (7.00)

(1.61) Bordeaux x Strasbourg (6.00); draw (3.60)

(1.10) PSG x Caen (21.00); draw (9.00)