Despite PSG’s recent dominance, Ligue 1 is still an exciting league and surprises are to be expected every now and then. Case in point: Lille’s triumph last season.
Lille overcame the odds and beat a star-studded PSG to last season’s title. Now, the question is whether PSG will reclaim the Ligue 1 title, or if Lille, or another team, will dare to do the impossible.
PSG have revamped their squad—not that it wasn’t already filled with world-class players in every position—and they now have the world’s best Forward, Lionel Messi, among their ranks, making the Parisians’ task of reclaiming their title even easier.
So, will Messi lead PSG to the Ligue 1 title this season, or are we in for another thrilling title race?
Here’s our Ligue 1 betting preview.
At the end of the season, which is in May, the team with the most points wins the Ligue 1 title.
If two or more French teams are tied at the top with the same number of points, then goal difference is used to break that tie.
If those tied teams have the same goal difference, then the team that has scored the most goals is given the higher ranking.
In case those tiebreakers don’t separate the tied teams, then a playoff at a neutral venue is scheduled by the Ligue de Football Professionnel, which is the league’s governing body.
For the first time in a decade, Lille is the defending champions and they may be PSG’s closest threat once again this season.
PSG, on the other hand, has never gone consecutive seasons without winning the league since their 2011 takeover by Qatar Sports Investments, and their massive summer coup means that they are the bookies’ favorites.
The likes of Marseille, Monaco, and Lyon are still expected to compete alongside Lille. Truthfully, though, the main question seems to be this: how far ahead will PSG finish ahead of the chasing pack?
Paris Saint-Germain – PSG may have lost the Ligue 1 title last season, but they definitely won the summer transfer window with their Galactico-like signings.
Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Danilo Pereira, and Georginio Wijnaldum all joined the Parisians, and they still managed to keep wantaway Kylian Mbappe for at least one more season.
With such signings, they are not only Ligue 1 favorites but favorites for every trophy that they compete in this season. Though nothing in football is guaranteed, the Ligue 1 title seems destined to head to the Parc des Princes yet again.
LOSC Lille – Lille played some great football last season and ended up winning the league. They finished the season with 83 points, which was 1 point better than second-place PSG. To add insult to injury, they also defeated PSG in the French super cup at the start of the season.
However, Les Dogues have a hard task ahead of them if they want to defend their title. PSG’s summer splurge means that Lille needs to be in top-notch form, and they also need to replace key players that left in the summer transfer window.
They sold Boubakary Soumaré to Leicester and Mike Maignan to Ac Milan, two important players who were instrumental in Lille’s historic title charge.
Marseille – It’s been a while since Marseille was challenged for the Ligue 1 title. The last time that Marseille won Ligue 1 was over a decade ago when Didier Deschamps was at the helm.
Last season, they finished in fifth place, which was only good enough to earn them a spot in the UEFA Europa League. This season, they’ve made a few decent signings that could potentially help them challenge for the title.
Gerson, a talented midfielder, was signed from Flamengo, and Leonardo Balerdi was signed from Borussia Dortmund.
Arkadiusz Milik joined Marseille on loan in the January transfer window and is expected to play a major part this season.
Olympique Lyonnais – Lyon used to rule France in the 2000s. They historically won seven consecutive league titles during that period, but they haven’t won the league since 2008.
Last season, Lyon was involved in a thrilling title race. They eventually finished in fourth place, seven points behind champions Lille, but it was the first time that they actively challenged for the title in recent seasons.
If Les Gones want to be involved in this season’s title race, they’ll need to do it without many key figures. Head coach Rudi Garcia left the club and his replacement is Peter Bosz.
Other stars such as Memphis Depay, Maxwell Cornet, and Joachim Andersen also left the club in the summer transfer window.
AS Monaco – Monaco historically won the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title and is the only other club to have ever disrupted PSG’s recent league dominance.
Monaco was also part of last season’s thrilling four-team title race. They eventually finished third but were only five points behind champions Lille.
Montpellier HSC – Montpellier only have 1 ligue title to their name. They won their maiden title in 2012, just before PSG’s league dominance began.
However, they haven’t been challenged for the title since then and have largely become a mid-table club. Last season, they finished in eighth place.
Stade Rennais – It’s been decades since Rennes won the league. In recent seasons, Les Rennais has become known for producing exciting talents such as Eduardo Camavinga, Real Madrid’s new teenage sensation.
Last season, they finished in sixth place and qualified for the newly created UEFA Europa Conference League.
RC Lens – Lens was promoted to Ligue 1 last season after spending five seasons in Ligue 2. Many pundits expected Lens to struggle last season, but they proved their doubters wrong with numerous outstanding displays.
They eventually finished in seventh place and almost qualified for Europe, which is an astounding achievement for a newly promoted club.
This season, Franck Haise’s men will be looking to reach new heights, and a possible title charge may be in their sights. The last time that they won the league was in 1998.
OGC Nice – The last time that Nice was involved in a title race was during the 2016/17 season, and they eventually finished third that season. Last season, they finished ninth and accumulated 52 points.
Head coach Adrian Ursea left the club at the end of last season, but Christophe Galtier, who guided Lille to the Ligue 1 title, replaced the Romanian coach.
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