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Odds to Win Ligue 1: PSG wins again to keep 8-point advantage at top of table

Alphonse Areola PSG Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1 title

Another game, another win for Ligue 1 champions PSG as they maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the table following the 10th round of matches in France. The side cruised to victory, scoring three times in the last 10 minutes against Amiens to put the icing on the cake as they continue to show all the signs that they are capable of going the entire season unbeaten.

There were, however, wins for those clubs who might be loosely termed their closest rivals. Lyon comfortably saw off Nimes, while both Lille and Marseille won on the road.

PSG scores five again

PSG handed out another 5-0 thrashing, this time to Amiens, as they continued their assault on the French league crown. As a result, the club from the capital maintained its 100 per cent record in the league as well as an eight-point lead at the top of the standings, and they did it all without even naming Brazil captain Neymar in their match day squad – that should give you an emphatic idea of just how much strength in depth this PSG squad can boast.

Another win has seen their odds on being crowned Ligue 1 champions once again slashed even further. Having previously been at just -6600, PSG is now at the price of -10000 to get its hands on the league title.

Next up for them in the league will come one of their few genuine tests. On Sunday they travel to take on Marseille, where we may actually see their perfect record be wiped out. Their grip on the title, however, would look to be as firm as ever, and we have yet to enter the winter months.

Meanwhile, Lyon looked to get back on track with a comfortable 2-0 win over Nimes. Goals from Moussa Dembélé and an injury-time strike from Memphis Depay gave the home side the points, and means they are now in fifth, 13 points off PSG in first place.

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of this win for Lyon was the fact that the team managed to keep a clean sheet. Defensive discipline has been a shortcoming over the opening weeks of the season, and the side is currently conceding at a rate of over a goal a game. That is simply not good enough for a team that has title aspirations.

Nevertheless, the victory has seen their odds shortened on getting their hands on the league crown come the end of the season. Having previously been out at +5000 to finish top of the pile, those odds have now been shortened slightly to +3300.

Wins on the road for Marseille and Lille

Meanwhile, Marseille recorded its second win on the road this season, beating Nice 1-0 on Sunday night. Morgan Sanson scored the only goal of the contest – his second in as many outings – to snatch the points and keep his team in fourth place, with six wins from 10 games. Crucially, the team is also scoring at a rate of over 2.2 goals per game.

However, despite a second league win on the spin, the odds on Marseille winning the league have increased slightly since before the international break. Having been at +3300, the club is now out at +5000 to win the domestic crown and will certainly have something to prove when they host PSG this coming weekend.

And finally, there are no prizes for guessing this season’s surprise package. Lille won again – 2-1 away to Dijon this time – to keep themselves on the coattails of the runaway league leaders.

Lille sits second after three league wins in a row, eight points off defending champions PSG. They have won seven of their 10 outings and are conceding at less than a goal a game. If their defensive discipline holds, they could well push PSG over the next few months.

However, their odds on getting their hands on the title remain steadfast at +10000. Next time out they are at home to Caen, and their supporters will be confident of seeing a fourth league triumph on the bounce.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of October 22 at Bovada

  • Paris SG -10000
  • Lyon +3300
  • Marseille +5000
  • Lille +10000
  • Saint-Étienne +15000
  • Monaco +25000
  • Montpellier +75000
  • Nice +75000
  • Bordeaux +100000
  • Rennes +100000
  • Toulouse +200000
  • Nimes +200000
  • Racing Strasburg +200000
  • Caen +250000
  • Stade Reims +250000
  • Nantes +300000
  • Angers +300000
  • Dijon +400000
  • Guingamp +450000
  • Amiens +450000

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French sensation Kylian Mbappe bagged four goals as Ligue 1 champions PSG thrashed title rivals Lyon 5-0 this past weekend. Brazil star Neymar was also on the scoresheet as the club from the capital maintained its 100 per cent start to the domestic season and now boasts an eight-point lead over their nearest challengers.

A quick glance at the table is enough to see just the kind of dominance they currently enjoy in France. PSG is scoring at a rate of over 3.5 goals per game and is conceding just 0.66 goals per game. We may have only just entered October, but the direction of the Ligue 1 trophy is increasingly looking like a mere formality.

PSG THRASHES LYON

With both sides reduced to 10 men, PSG mauled Lyon 5-0 as it goes marching on toward another domestic crown. The star of the show was undoubtedly Kylian Mbappe, who scored four goals in just 13 minutes as the champions took the game away from their opponents in a ruthless second-half display.

Neymar and Mbappe are rapidly looking like one of the most potent attacking forces in Europe. The Brazilian’s guile and creativity are the perfect complement for Mbappe’s coolness in front of goal, and Lyon simply could not deal with them.

PSG was ahead inside 10 minutes and, to be brutally honest, there were precious few moments when yet another PSG victory looked in doubt from that moment. Right now, the Paris club is on a technical level which no one on the domestic front can match, and their price to wrap up another Ligue 1 crown is increasingly short.

Having been at -2000 just two weeks ago, PSG is now at -6600 to get its hands on the league title. Next up for the champions is a home tie against Amiens and it is difficult in the extreme to see anything other than another three points for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Lyon, meanwhile, remains the third favorite to be crowned champion despite its showing this past weekend, and is priced at +5000 to do so – that is double the +2500 they were at this time last week. Next up for Lyon is a home game against Nimes and it is now a must-win game for them.

MARSEILLE BACK ON TRACK WITH WIN

There was good news for Marseille, however, who looked to get themselves back on track with a comfortable 2-0 win over Caen. The club had previously gone two games without a win across all competitions, but three points this past weekend put the club back into third place with five wins from nine games, 11 points behind league leaders PSG.

The result has seen Marseille’s price drop slightly in its bid for the league title. Having previously been out at +4000 to wrest the title away from PSG, the side is now at +3300 to finish first come the end of the league campaign.

However, if they are to truly challenge PSG, then they will need to build up a head of steam, and they must be brisk about it. Their next league encounter is a tricky trip to take on Nice, which sits 12th, and it is exactly the type of game that Marseille must win if it wants to be taken seriously as title contenders.

And finally, two successive home wins for Lille have put them in with an outside chance of claiming the league crown. Lille sits second in the league table, with six wins from its nine games played and eight points behind table toppers PSG.

Lille has scored six goals in its last two matches and morale must be high in the camp. Their upturn in form has seen their price slashed on claiming the league crown and they are now at +10000 to get their hands on the title.

Their next match, however, will be on the road following two successive home games, and they travel to Dijon looking to make it three league wins in a row. Again, if they are to catch PSG, there can be few slip-ups, and a win is imperative.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of October 8 at Bovada

  • Paris SG -6600
  • Marseille +3300
  • Lyon +5000
  • Lille +10000
  • Saint-Étienne +15000
  • Monaco +25000
  • Montpellier +75000
  • Nice +75000
  • Bordeaux +100000
  • Rennes +100000
  • Toulouse +200000
  • Nimes +200000
  • Racing Strasburg +200000
  • Caen +250000
  • Stade Reims +250000
  • Nantes +300000
  • Angers +300000
  • Dijon +400000
  • Guingamp +450000
  • Amiens +450000

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Neymar bagged a brace for Ligue 1 champion PSG as they comprehensively beat Nice 3-0 this past weekend to maintain their 100 per cent start to their title defence. The Brazilian opened and closed the scoring either side of a Christopher Nkunku strike to help move the club from the capital eight points clear at the top of the table.

For the champions, the numbers simply look increasingly impressive. In addition to taking maximum points, they have now scored 27 goals in eight games at a rate of 3.37 goals per game and have conceded just six goals themselves. Meanwhile, there were no wins for the sides expected to challenge them, with both Monaco and Marseille losing and Lyon being held to a stalemate.

PSG CONTINUEs TO SAIL ON

We may only just be entering October, but it looks as if PSG is already building up an unassailable lead at the top of Ligue 1, with less than 10 rounds of the league played. In this match against Nice, the champions were already firmly in control by the time Wylan Cyprien was dismissed for the home side just before the hour mark.

It was yet another routine win as the Paris club looks to steamroll its way toward another domestic crown. In truth, the scoreline here could have been even greater in PSG’s favor had some of their forward players not been so wasteful in front of goal.

Right from the very first kick, it just seemed a matter of time until the visitors made their dominance pay off, and Neymar broke the deadlock after only 22 minutes, curling the ball in from 25 yards out. It is the first time in its history that PSG has won the first eight league games of a season.

The result has shortened the odds on PSG winning the Ligue 1 crown again even further. Having been at just -2000 this time last week, the reigning champions are now at -5000 to get their hands on the domestic league championship, and it would take an extremely brave or foolhardy soul to bet against them at this point. Next up for PSG is a UEFA Champions League commitment against Red Star Belgrade before they host Lyon next weekend in Ligue 1.

LYON DROPs POINTS IN TITLE BID

Lyon, meanwhile, has a huge chance to prove its title credentials in that match against PSG next week, but this past weekend saw them drop crucial points at home to Nantes. Despite opening the scoring in the first half through Houssem Aouar, they allowed Nantes back into the game after the interval when Gabriel Boschilia leveled for the visitors to leave the game tied at 1-1.

The result means that Lyon is down in fifth place with 14 points – a huge 10 points off PSG at the top of the pile. Nevertheless, the price has also shortened on an unlikely Lyon title win, from +3300 slightly down to +2500.

A club which has seen its price soar, however, is Marseille. The side was thrashed 3-0 by Lille this past weekend, with the home side scoring three goals in just 24 minutes to wrap up victory in the second half.

As a result, Marseille’s price to win the title has jumped from +2000 to +4000 – exactly double what it was this time last week. After eight games, Marseille is in sixth position with just 13 points and three defeats to its name already.

Next up for them is a UEFA Europa League encounter with Apollon Limassol, before they meet Caen in domestic action. Three points will be an absolute must if they are to have any chance whatsoever of reeling in PSG, but at this early stage of the running Marseille may well have already given themselves too much to do.

A lack of consistency is paving the way for PSG to reclaim their domestic crown even earlier than in the previous year. It is up to those chasing to find the right formula sooner rather than later.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of October 1 at Bovada

  • Paris SG -5000
  • Lyon +2500
  • Marseille +4000
  • Saint-Étienne +12500
  • Monaco +25000
  • Lille +20000
  • Montpellier +75000
  • Nice +75000
  • Bordeaux +100000
  • Rennes +100000
  • Toulouse +200000
  • Nimes +200000
  • Racing Strasburg +200000
  • Stade Reims +250000
  • Caen +250000
  • Nantes +300000
  • Angers +300000
  • Dijon +400000
  • Guingamp +450000
  • Amiens +450000

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It was another three goals and another three points for Ligue 1 champion PSG this past weekend, as they swatted aside Rennes 3-1 to maintain their 100 percent start to the season. Angel Di Maria and Thomas Meunier were both on the scoresheet as the club from the capital made it six wins from six to go five points clear at the top of the table.

The side has scored an incredible 20 goals already, at a rate of 3.33 goals per game, and their nearest challengers for the domestic crown are being left behind before the month of September is out. Lyon beat Marseille 4-2 in a thrilling game to leave both clubs on 10 points, eight behind the league leaders.

PSG LOOKs SIMPLY UNSTOPPABLE

Rennes, the last team to beat PSG in Ligue 1, could not repeat the trick as they were comfortably beaten 3-1 this past weekend. There was, however, the briefest suggestion of an upset in the cards, when Adrien Rabiot put one through his own net to give Rennes the lead.

But PSG hit back through Di Maria, before Meunier gave the champions the lead after the interval and new arrival Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put the icing on the cake. The result means that there is already considerable daylight between PSG and the rest, and it does not seem entirely unreasonable to ponder whether they will be able to go the entirety of the domestic league campaign unbeaten.

Not one of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani or Neymar managed to find the net in this clash but the stark reality is that PSG’s strength in depth makes several league encounters a mere formality. The club has scored at least three goals in all six league matches so far and the possibility of any side catching them in the title race looks increasingly remote with each passing week.

Next up for PSG is a home encounter with Stade Remmes, and head coach Thomas Tuchel must ensure that his players are fully motivated for such fixtures. With their 100 percent record still intact, the champions also remain overwhelming favorites at -2000 to win another Ligue 1 crown come the end of the season.

The strength of the side’s firepower is underlined by the fact that they have the three favorites to finish as top scorer in Ligue 1. Neymar is priced at +125, Cavani comes in at +162, while Mbappe is only slightly higher at +250.

MARSEILLE SUFFERs DEFEAT TO WIDEN GAP

In what was the game of the weekend in France, Lyon built on its hugely impressive win away to Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League with a thrilling 4-2 win over Marseille. For the visitors, it was a second successive loss. Having been beaten 2-1 by Eintracht in the UEFA Europa League in midweek, this reverse saw them fall a huge eight points behind PSG in the title race. Both Lyon and Marseille are on 10 points after six rounds.

Houssem Aouar gave the home side the lead before Florian Thauvin equalized for Marseille. Thauvin now has six goals in as many games this season, and is at +1000 to win the Ligue 1 Golden Boot.

But Lyon took the game away from their opponents in the second half, with Bertrand Traore having a hand in all three goals Lyon put past Marseille. The visitors pulled one back as the entertainment kept on coming, but ultimately it was too little too late as Marseille were left to rue a wasted opportunity.

The result has seen Marseille’s odds on winning the Ligue 1 title raise slightly, from +1800 to +2000. Their next league encounter is a home meeting with Strasbourg that has now become a must-win game if they are to have any chance of catching PSG at the top of the table.

Lyon, by way of comparison, have seen its price drop slightly from +4000 to +3300. The side is now unbeaten in its last three games across all competitions and will be looking to make it three wins in a row when they travel to Dijon on Wednesday night.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of September 24 at Bovada

  • Paris SG -2000
  • Marseille +2000
  • Lyon +3300
  • Monaco +5000
  • Montpellier +25000
  • Lille +25000
  • Bordeaux +50000
  • Rennes +50000
  • Nice +75000
  • Saint-Étienne +75000
  • Dijon +100000
  • Nantes +100000
  • Toulouse +100000
  • Nimes +100000
  • Stade Reims +150000
  • Racing Strasburg +150000
  • Caen +200000
  • Angers +200000
  • Guingamp +200000
  • Amiens +250000

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It was very much business as usual for PSG this past weekend as the reigning Ligue 1 champions thrashed St. Etienne 4-0, with both Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria getting on the scoresheet. With that result, the Paris club has now scored four goals in each of its past two league outings and is averaging an incredible 3.4 goals per game.

The result maintains PSG’s 100 per cent start to the new campaign and there is already considerable daylight between them and the chasing pack. The champions are five points ahead of Lille, Marseille and Toulouse and it is not an exaggeration to think that the destination of this season’s Ligue 1 crown may well be a foregone conclusion.

PSG HITs FOUR AGAIN

PSG’s 4-0 thrashing of St. Etienne may have been perfect preparation for its upcoming UEFA Champions League clash with Liverpool, but it had domestic ramifications as well. It put breathing space between the defending champions and the chasing pack, and with PSG’s hugely impressive firepower there was little resistance from their limited opponents.

The worrying part for the rest of Ligue 1 was that PSG was not even at full strength for this routine win. Kylian Mbappe was suspended while Neymar was rested for that trip to Anfield.

PSG has now scored at least three goals in all five of its Ligue 1 outings so far, and even seasoned title challengers such as Monaco and Lyon are being left behind in the dust. To put PSG’s domestic dominance properly into perspective, Lyon’s odds on winning the league title are at +4000, as are Monaco’s – the most recent side able to wrest the trophy from PSG’s grasp.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel is afforded luxuries his rivals cannot even begin to dream of, and as a result the price on his side to maintain its league crown is predictably short. PSG is at just -2000 to win another domestic league trophy come the end of the season.

PSG has a side which, on paper at least, should challenge the strongest in Europe, and with the league title almost certainly within their grasp the focus of the club will inevitably be on European competition. PSG is at +750 to win the UEFA Champions League, ahead of current European champions Real Madrid, and that is where Tuchel’s main task will lie over the coming months.

MARSEILLE STRIVING TO STAY ON PSG’s COATTAILS

PSG’s main challenge for the league crown may well come from Marseille, which recorded its second straight Ligue 1 win with a 4-0 thrashing of Guingamp over the weekend. The result included an impressive brace from Floriant Thauvin, as the club moved up to 10 points from its five matches played thus far.

The game also included a stunning volley from playmaker Dimitri Payet, and it cannot be denied that Marseille has players capable of hurting PSG, or at least challenging them in a title race. However, to give you some idea of the challenge facing Marseille, they are all the way out at +1800 to beat PSG to first place this season.

This was the second game of the league season that Marseille has scored four goals and despite a slow start in this latest outing, once they found their verve there was little doubt about the final outcome. Catching PSG may be easier said than done but if anyone is to do it, Marseille looks to be the one.

Lyon has collected just seven points so far, having lost two of its first five games, while Monaco has made an even worse start. The former league champions have won just one league outing so far and would appear to be too far behind too soon.

Next up in the league for Marseille, meanwhile, is a trip to Lyon, and the outcome could give a huge indication as to how far Marseille can go over the next few months. A victory away to one of the teams expected to finish in the upper echelon of the table would lay down a serious marker of intent in their challenge to PSG, while a defeat could see the reigning champions canter off into the distance before the winter months have arrived.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of September 17 at Bovada

  • Paris SG -2000
  • Marseille +1800
  • Monaco +4000
  • Lyon +4000
  • Bordeaux +50000
  • Montpellier +50000
  • Rennes +50000
  • Nice +50000
  • Saint-Étienne +75000
  • Dijon +75000
  • Lille +75000
  • Nantes +75000
  • Toulouse +75000
  • Nimes +100000
  • Stade Reims +150000
  • Racing Strasburg +150000
  • Caen +150000
  • Angers +200000
  • Guingamp +200000
  • Amiens +250000

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It was a fourth round full of excitement in France, with goals galore, making a case for the league’s slogan “League of Talents.” The champions, PSG, played at Nimes, opening Saturday’s matches, and it was an electrifying one. Nimes, which has started its campaign better than some could have imagined, entered the match managing six points in three matches. The titleholders, however, have been cruising. They have been in excellent form, winning all three of their games, and are at the very top of the table. PSG traveled to lowly Nimes, which hasn’t seen top-flight football in France since 1993, and the home team made sure to welcome the champions and let them know that they wouldn’t be taken lightly.

PSG, which continues to lead the league with 12 points, is bound to slip up sooner or later. Thomas Tuchel has been experimenting with his side and he has seen that they aren’t immortal, allowing teams to tie matches when it seems like they are out for the count. Bet365 paid -500 for a win for the away team, PSG, while a win for Nimes paid +1200. A case for a bet on Nimes could’ve been made, but be on the lookout for futures odds against PSG. You just may be in for a hefty surprise.

The Parisians dominated the first half. Neymar opened the score 35 minutes in, and went to celebrate his goal at the home team’s main stand, near a banner that mocked the Brazilian, calling him a crybaby. Angel Di Maria then scored an unbelievable olimpico goal, just as they all are, before halftime, catching goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni off guard near post. It was 2-0 at the interval, and Nimes manager Bernard Blaquart must have given his squad quite the halftime team talk because they came on the pitch guns blazing for the second half. Nimes scored in the 63rd minute and managed to then tie the match on a penalty that was not initially given, until the video assistant referee (VAR) came into action proving Thiago Silva had indeed fouled a Nimes striker in the box.

Mbappe earns winner and red card

However, it took only five minutes for 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé to put PSG ahead again, receiving a cross-field pass from French defender Presnel Kimpembe and firing it past the goalkeeper, who had no chance, in the 77th minute. Edinson Cavani put the nail in the coffin, scoring the fourth and last goal in stoppage time as he received a pass from German midfielder Julian Draxler, a second-half substitute, and coolly slotted it home. Despite a sensational performance, Mbappé certainly didn’t cover himself in glory at the end of the match. On the receiving end of a hard foul from midfielder Teji Savanier, the young Frenchman made his anger known. He shoved the opponent to the ground and received a straight red card for doing so. After already being booked earlier in the match, he and the Nimes player were sent for an early shower.

Monaco lose at the death

In another thriller, Monaco received Marseille and the home team was not looking to spoil another chance to chase leaders PSG. Right before halftime, however, Kostas Mitroglou had other plans and hit the marker from an excellent cross from Dimitri Payet. A misplaced back pass from Adil Rami to the goalkeeper just after halftime set goalscorer Radamel Falcao clear on goal in the 48th minute. His shot was blocked by a defender, but Youri Tielemans pounced on the rebound and equalized it at 1-1. Falcao finally got on the scoresheet five minutes later to put Monaco in the lead to the joy of the home fans. Manager Rudi Garcia didn’t start Florian Thauvin due to some conditioning problems, but when he brought on the Frenchman, he didn’t disappoint, tying the match 2-2 in the 75th minute. In the 88th minute, Garcia, the tactical mastermind, produced yet another genius change, bringing on super sub Valere Germain, who managed to settle the duel, scoring the winning goal in stoppage time, giving visiting Marseille the victory. You would’ve made good to bet on the away team with odds at Bet365 at +160 for a win for Marseille, while a win for home team Monaco paid +170.

Marseille moved up to fifth place with seven points, while Monaco has four points and is now in 13th place, not the dream start it hoped to have.

Dijon, which has started the campaign tremendously well by its standards lost at home to Caen and is still in second place with nine points.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of September 3 at Bovada

  • Paris SG -1600
  • Marseille +1600
  • Lyon +3300
  • Monaco +4000
  • Bordeaux +50000
  • Montpellier +50000
  • Rennes +50000
  • Saint-Étienne +50000
  • Nice +50000
  • Lille +75000
  • Nantes +75000
  • Dijon +75000
  • Toulouse +75000
  • Nimes +100000
  • Stade Reims +150000
  • Racing Strasburg +150000
  • Caen +150000
  • Angers +200000
  • Guingamp +200000
  • Amiens +250000

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Paris Saint-Germain made their 3-1 victory over SCO Angers look like child’s play on Saturday afternoon at the Parc des Princes. It was the first match of the season where the triple threat in Edinson Cavani, Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé all led the front line for Les Parisians. Each of the three also managed to get on the scoresheet.

PSG finally welcomed back Cavani, after the Uruguayan hadn’t played a match since picking up an injury in a victory against Portugal in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. He was the first to get on the scoresheet at the 12-minute mark, after being on the receiving end of a deflected cross in the box by Neymar. PSG started the match with three at the back and new German signing Thilo Kehrer made a mess of a loose ball clearance in the box and fouled an Angers forward. The visiting side was awarded a penalty and capitalized on the chance, tying the duel at 1-1.

It was all tied up at the interval when PSG manager Thomas Tuchel had enough with what he was watching and decided to change his three at the back formation to a four-man defence. The players must have felt more comfortable, as they quickly scored right after the start of the second half in the 51st minute. Mbappé managed to hit a beautiful volley from a pass by Di Maria, and 15 minutes later the French forward assisted Neymar to put the nail in the coffin and close out the game at 3-1.

Dijon impressive early on

PSG sits at the top of the table alongside Dijon FCO with nine points. Dijon went to Nice and both clubs played a hard-fought game that at the half was tied 0-0. Only in the 67th minute did Dijon score their first goal, and after that they piled on three more once the 80th minute struck to win 4-0 away from home. Youngster Jules Keita put on a show and scored a brace as well as getting an assist. It’s their third win in a row and second victory away from home this season. It hasn’t been the dream start for manager Patrick Vieira. The squad has managed to get only one point in three games and is in 18th place.

Bordeaux battles back to win

AS Monaco failed to sum three points again for the second week in a row and they will rue their chances against a manager-less FC Girondins de Bordeaux. The club from Bordeaux has started the season catastrophically after having ex-manager Gus Poyet sacked just weeks into the new season. Rumors are that Thierry Henry will take over as manager and the squad couldn’t have welcomed him with any better form than this encouraging win.

Bordeaux opened the scoreline just after halftime from the spot kick but conceded a goal about 10 minutes later, also from the penalty spot. Bordeaux was awarded another penalty, but credit to Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, who saved the shot in the 86th minute. In stoppage time, however, after a set of nicely placed passes, Kamano scored his second to seal the deal for Bordeaux and sum up their first three points of the season. Bordeaux is in 15th place with three points, and Monaco is in 10th with four points.

Rivals trailing

Lille OSC is having a good start to the season after last year’s misery. They beat EA Guingamp 3-0 at home and are in third place with seven points. Olympique Lyonnais won at home against Racing Strasbourg 2-0 and is in fourth place with six points. Olympique Marseille tied at home to Rennes and is in ninth with four points.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of August 27 at Bovada

  • Paris SG -1400
  • Marseille +1600
  • Lyon +2000
  • Monaco +2500
  • Bordeaux +35000
  • Montpellier +35000
  • Rennes +50000
  • Saint-Étienne +50000
  • Lille +50000
  • Nice +50000
  • Nantes +50000
  • Stade Reims +50000
  • Dijon +75000
  • Racing Strasburg +75000
  • Toulouse +75000
  • Nimes +75000
  • Angers +100000
  • Caen +100000
  • Guingamp +100000
  • Amiens +100000

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Week 2 of Ligue 1 brought us tons of action, but it was certainly a weekend to forget for PSG’s rivals. Last season’s second-, third- and fourth-place finishers all failed to add up three points this weekend, and it could very well haunt them as they see PSG and a host of other squads sitting at the very top of the table.

PSG were stunned playing away to Guingamp, as the home team put up an impressive display against the champions. Guingamp were the ones to draw first blood against an almost complete PSG side. They opened the scoring in just the 20th minute after a series of miraculous saves by Buffon. There was some confusion among the PSG defenders on the first goal, and they managed to concede another just minutes after the first, but it was controversially disallowed by the referee after having to use VAR, the video assistant referee, to view the legitimacy, or the lack of that, of the goal.

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel took off American striker Tim Weah at halftime for World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe to make his Ligue 1 debut this season. It was just what the doctor ordered as PSG hit the ground running in the second half. Neymar scored PSG’s first from the spot hit, and his second of the season, 15 minutes into the second half. The Brazilian attacker was brought down in the box after fooling and later being tripped by a defender. The match continued tied 1-1 up until the 80th minute when the Mbappe show commenced. The French attacker took advantage of a tired Guingamp defense and finally broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute to put PSG ahead 2-1. Ten minutes later he scored his second of the match, and sealed the deal for PSG to win away from home 3-1.

PSG tops the table with six points along with two squads that just managed to become promoted to France’s top flight league in Nimes and Reims. Dijon are also tied with six points at the top of the table.

Rivals don’t start according to plan

Monaco and Lille, who sit at fifth and sixth place respectively, played to a nil-nil draw in Monaco. Lille managed to keep Monaco at bay and a tie away from home will be a tremendous result by their standards. Monaco striker Radamel Falcao failed to score a penalty kick he was awarded after being brought down in the box in the 70th minute.

Olympique de Marseille also hasn’t had its dream start that it expected, managing only three points from the first two matches. Marseille lost 3-1 to newly promoted Nimes and sits at ninth place.

Lyon share the same points as Marseille and are in 10th place. They lost to Reims, who start their campaign exceptionally well with back-to-back wins in Ligue 1. They were champions of Ligue 2 last season and hope to replicate that same campaign, this time in the top flight.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of August 20 at Bet365

  • PSG -900
  • Marseille +1400
  • Lyon +1600
  • Monaco +2000
  • Montpellier +35000
  • Bordeaux +35000
  • Nantes +50000
  • Nice +50000
  • Lille +50000
  • Rennes +50000
  • St. Etienne +50000
  • Strasbourg +50000
  • Reims +50000
  • Toulouse +75000
  • Nimes +75000
  • Caen +100000
  • Dijon +100000
  • Guingamp +100000
  • Anger +100000
  • Amiens +100000

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Round 1 of Ligue 1 has kicked off and just as we’ve expected, the favorites have taken their places accordingly at the top of the table. There were no ties in this first round as we saw 10 teams take home three points this weekend.

Marseille and Monaco will have a lot to prove this season

On opening day, we saw Olympique Marseille, which did well to maintain its star power during the transfer window, pounce on lowly Toulouse 4-0. Dimitri Payet scored two and it was a stroll in the park for Marseille. They start their campaign on the right foot as three points and a four-goal differential put them at the very top of the league table in this first week – a pivotal first match in the right direction for the very long cup-filled season ahead. They made it to the final of the Europa League last season and missed out on Champions League qualification, finishing in fourth place, but as well as keeping their best players, they added a couple more offensive threats.

Monaco also made their mark early on with an impressive 3-1 win at Nantes. They will be thrilled to pick up the three points playing away from home. They decided to leave star striker Radamel Falcao on the bench and they were up 1-0 when they brought on the Colombian in the 70th minute.  It only took him 10 minutes to set up Montenegrin teammate Stevan Jovetic for the 2-0 lead, and a couple of minutes later Falcao put the ball in the old onion bag by himself and that was all she wrote as Monaco cruised to the 3-1 away victory. 

Lyon and PSG performances leave in awe

Lyon managed to sweep Amiens aside easily as they won 2-0 at home. They failed to include star attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, on the bench as he’s not match-fit. He was the center of attention during the transfer season and if it wasn’t for a sketchy injury record, he would’ve been a Liverpool player by now. 

As for PSG, it was smooth sailing in the defending champion’s debut. Thomas Tuchel in his first official game for the club let the Brazilian know that he would be in the spotlight in Paris. Neymar was used as a center forward, interestingly enough, in the middle of a front three, among Argentine Angel Di Maria and 20-year-old Christopher Nkunku. 

Neymar didn’t take long to put his name on the board as PSG’s midfield put the Brazilian free on goal after intercepting a blunder of a pass by the Caen keeper. Neymar did not falter in his strike and put the Parisians up one nil. Veteran goalkeeper Gigi Buffon kept his team in it with a series of good saves, after his PSG defenders were caught on the wrong foot of Caen’s attack.

Rabiot made it 2-0 after a great run and assistance by Di Maria. Caen’s goalkeeper Samba will want to put this match behind him as he was yet again in the middle of another goalkeeping error. This time it was a back pass that he turned into a nightmare and couldn’t control properly, which gifted young American striker Timothy Weah the third and last goal. 

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of August 12 at Bet365

  • PSG -900
  • Lyon +1200
  • Marseille +1200
  • Monaco +1400
  • Montpellier +35000
  • Bordeaux +50000
  • Nantes +50000
  • Nice +50000
  • Lille +50000
  • Rennes +50000
  • St. Etienne +50000
  • Strasbourg +50000
  • Toulouse +75000
  • Nimes +100000
  • Caen +100000
  • Reims +100000
  • Dijon +100000
  • Guingamp +100000
  • Anger +100000
  • Amiens +100000

 

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After a master class from Real Madrid in the Champions League final against Liverpool, proving once again to the world why Los Blancos are indeed the European giants, the FIFA World Cup in Russia was upon us to quench our thirst for football.  Plenty of the world’s finest players were on the biggest stage, and were put to the test to provide for their home country a taste of international glory.

We witnessed the French take home all the spoils, as they lifted their second FIFA World Cup trophy. When France’s 23-man squad was called up prior to the start of the tournament, their chances to win it all at Bovada were put at +650. They were also favorites in their group as we saw their odds placed at -350 to win Group C. It was a nail cruncher of a first phase for Les Bleus, but they skimmed their way past the opposition and managed to do quite the same in the knockout round.

Following a sensational summer of international football, many of the top-flight leagues will soon hit the ground running, and fans across the globe can once again rejoice that football is back and with that same energy and enthusiasm that we saw in the World Cup, this time in the form of club football coming to a theater, or television, near you this August.

The transfer market has provided us with entertainment as it always does. In Russia, a plethora of talent has lit up interest from suitors all over the world. Players’ stocks have risen just as they have fallen, while out on the pitch some players have taken to falling, literally. While the transfer window remains open for just another month, our favorite teams and players have been returning from vacation and have kick-started their preseason campaigns.

LIGUE 1 TO PROVIDE EXCITEMENT

The French may still be celebrating their achievements, but the Ligue 1’s show must go on. A couple of years ago, you wouldn’t think twice about switching your television to the first division of French football, but after Paris Saint-Germain broke the transfer record last summer, they’ve set their eyes on bringing home continental silverware, to add to their magnificent French collection of titles from last season which were the Coupe de France (French Cup) and the Ligue 1 title.

MORE CONTROVERSY TO FOLLOW AT PSG?

Adding Brazilian superstar forward Neymar a summer ago put PSG a cut above the rest. That summer also saw them sign wonder-kid Kylian Mbappé, hoping to add to the firepower of the Paris club. Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani was one of few stars that remained after a fire sale saw players leave the club. Some have said that they have the best trio of attackers in the world, but in their first season together, the two South Americans didn’t quite see eye to eye. They bickered on the pitch about who would take the penalties and free kicks. As an intense rivalry grew between the two, Mbappé looked on, respectful of his elders, but patiently waiting his turn. Ex-boss Unai Emery couldn’t keep the stars in line, and after Mbappé’s magnificent form in this summer’s World Cup, we may see tensions brew yet again, this time between all three of the attackers.

TURBULENT THOMAS TUCHEL TO TRANSFORM PSG INTO EUROPEAN GIANTS OR MISFIRE COMPLETELY?

PSG has also hired a new manager in German tactician Thomas Tuchel, betting on his show-no-mercy mantra. They hope he will shake things up a bit and improve performances, especially on the European front, unlike his predecessor, Emery. He will try to put an end to the controversial sibling-like rivalry between some of his players. Neymar himself has not had the best of World Cups, his stock has plummeted, and he’s deemed no longer non-transferable by PSG management. They have also brought in world-class goalkeeper Gigi Buffon, hoping that his experience will bring harmony to the locker room. PSG are -1000 to win Ligue 1 on Bovada, and +650 at Bet365 to lift the ever-so-coveted Champions League trophy.

PSG’s rivals, Monaco and Marseille, are booked at +1400 to steal the league title from the holders PSG.

Could a possible disagreement between the new manager along with the big egos at the Paris squad bring turmoil to the club and ruin their chances of lifting the domestic trophy? They will certainly be more focused on a stronger European push this season, as well as being distracted in the French Cup.

SECOND AND THIRD PLACE WILL BE UP FOR GRABS

Last season saw PSG glide past opponents to win the league by 13 points, with an amazing 79-goal differential. In second came the holders, Monaco, who managed to secure a GD of 40 and finish only two points ahead of third-place Lyon. The fourth-place side isn’t granted Champions League football in France, and Marseille will be frustrated to have put all their eggs in the Europa League basket last season. They made it to the final, but came up short against a resilient and veteran Atletico Madrid side. Monaco and Marseille are both placed at -125 to finish in the top three, with Lyon possibly out of Champions League contention at -110.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

  • Paris SG    -1000
  • Lyon    +1200
  • Marseille    +1400
  • Monaco    +1400
  • Bordeaux    +20000
  • Lille    +25000
  • Saint-Étienne    +25000
  • Nice    +30000
  • Montpellier    +35000
  • Nantes    +50000
  • Racing Strasburg    +50000
  • Rennes    +50000
  • Toulouse    +50000
  • Amiens    +100000
  • Angers    +100000
  • Caen    +100000
  • Dijon    +100000
  • Guingamp    +100000
  • Nimes    +100000
  • Stade Reims    +100000

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