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Odds to Win Ligue 1: PSG wins again to move closer to retaining crown

Kylian Mbappe PSG Paris Saint-Germain Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1 title France soccer

At times it was not pretty, but in the end PSG got the job done once again, beating Caen 2-1 to maintain a 17-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 with a game in hand over their closest rivals. French striker Kylian Mbappe was once again the man to make the difference, with the youngster bagging a brace to ensure that the champions left with all three points on their way to yet another domestic crown.

Meanwhile, Lille managed to hang on to second spot with a narrow 1-0 win over Dijon, after two draws in a row. And Lyon also got back to winning ways with a 5-1 thrashing of Toulouse.

MBAPPE IN FINE FORM

Kylian Mbappe scored twice as PSG beat Caen 2-1 to maintain its 17-point lead at the top of the table. The defending champions were forced to come from behind to take all three points but struck the winner with just three minutes of normal time remaining as it now seems just a mere formality until they officially wrap up the title.

The France international Mbappe has now scored seven goals in his last five games across all competitions and has arguably been PSG’s best player in this Ligue 1 title defence. PSG pressured during the first half but could not find the breakthrough.

Casimir Ninga gave Caen the lead on 56 minutes before Mbappe leveled from the penalty spot three minutes later and then netted that late winner. PSG now turns its attention to Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.

Certainly on the domestic front, there is no one to match them. They have won 23 of 26 league games and lost just once, are scoring at over three goals per game and boast the best defensive record in the division.

This latest win has slashed the odds on a PSG title triumph even further. The defending champions are now as low as -500000 to retain their league crown, and away trips to Nantes and Dijon could see another six points chalked up.

LILLE GETs BACK TO WINNING WAYS

A late own goal from Wesley Lautoa was enough to give Lille all three points against Dijon this past weekend. The result left Lille in second place, five points ahead of Lyon in third, and it is looking more than likely that the club will be playing Champions League football next season.

Lille dominated this game and had 16 shots on goal over the 90 minutes, but only made the breakthrough 18 minutes from time when Lautoa put through his own net. The result was positive but the 17-point gap to PSG in first place, with just 11 games remaining, looks a nigh-on impossibility to overturn with less than a third of the season remaining.

Despite the victory the odds on a Lille title triumph have risen from last week. Having been at +50000, the club is now out at +75000 to finish top of the pile come May. Next up for them is a tough trip to St-Etienne.

LYON THRASHes TOULOUSE TO STAY THIRD

And finally, Moussa Dembele helped himself to a double as Lyon thrashed Toulouse 5-1 this past Sunday afternoon. Memphis Depay had opened the scoring for the home side after only 10 minutes before the visitors found an equalizer five minutes later.

But a lucky strike from Bertrand Traore on the half-hour restored Lyon’s lead, and from there the home side had it pretty much all their own way. Nabil Fekir made it 3-1 from the penalty spot before halftime while Dembele put the icing on the cake with two late goals of his own.

Lyon is in third, five points behind Lille in second but a massive 22 points behind PSG at the top of the table. Lyon is the only side to beat PSG in the league so far this season, a reminder that greater consistency could have seen them challenging for the title this term.

As it is, they are all the way out at +100000 to get their hands on the crown come May. Next up for them is a trip to Strasbourg on Saturday afternoon.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of March 4 at Bovada

  • PSG -500000
  • Lille +75000
  • Lyon +100000
  • Montpellier +450000
  • St-Etienne +450000
  • Marseille +450000
  • Nice +450000
  • Rennes +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Nimes +450000

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PSG was back to its imperious best this past weekend, brushing aside Nimes to open up a 17-point lead at the top of the table with a comprehensive 3-0 win. French forward Kylian Mbappe was once again in inspired form, bagging a brace as the defending champions sauntered to victory and what looks like another domestic trophy, after their main title rivals both dropped points over the weekend.

Lille drew for the second round in a row, being held to a 1-1 draw away to Strasbourg. And Lyon’s inconsistency once again came back to haunt them – after a hugely impressive goalless draw with Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, they were beaten 2-0 by relegation candidate Monaco.

PSG WINs YET AGAIN

Kylian Mbappe scored twice as PSG brushed Nimes aside 3-0 while barely breaking a sweat. The goals took Mbappe past 50 Ligue 1 goals already in his short career, and he is shaping up to be one of the most consistent finishers currently operating in European football.

Christopher Nkunku opened the scoring for the champions five minutes before the break and from there, the league leaders barely looked back. Mbappe then doubled the lead on 69 minutes before putting the icing on the cake a minute from time – he now has 22 goals in the league so far this season.

All of which makes PSG’s numbers even more impressive with a third of the season still to play. The club from the capital has won 22 of 25 league games to date, losing just once. They are scoring at a rate of over three goals per game and boast the best defensive record in the division.

And already so far ahead in the odds to win the league title, this latest victory has done nothing to change their price on retaining their domestic crown – PSG remains at -200000 to finish top of the pile come May. Next up for them is a trip to Caen where another three points could help them on their way.

LILLE HELD TO FALL FURTHER BEHIND

Lille dropped points in the title race for the second week running as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Strasbourg. A win would have made it six victories on the bounce away from home, but having taken the lead, they could not hold on to collect three valuable points.

Jonathan Ikone gave Lille the lead just three minutes before the interval, and given their fine defensive record this term, it was reasonable to think that the visitors would try to shut out the game in the second half. But Anthony Goncalves fired in an equalizer on 68 minutes for a share of the spoils, leaving Lille to reflect on the fact that they have now dropped four points over their last two games.

Six draws, five defeats and a disappointing return in front of goal has left them 17 points behind PSG and highly unlikely to catch them now. However, this draw has done nothing to change their odds on a title win, with the side still out at +50000 to pip PSG to the post. Next up is a home game against Dijon and they simply must get back to winning ways.

LYON LOSEs ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Monaco moved five points clear of the relegation zone with a comfortable 2-0 win over Lyon this past Sunday evening. Goals from Gelson Martins and Rony Lopes were enough to wrap up the points as Lyon failed to capitalize on Lille dropping points on the road.

Martins opened the scoring on 18 minutes before Lopes doubled the advantage before half an hour had been played, leaving Lyon shell-shocked and without an answer. Lyon is now five points behind Lille in second and just three ahead of St-Etienne in fourth.

Again, though, this defeat has done nothing to alter Lyon’s odds on an unlikely title victory. The club remains out at +25000 to somehow find a way past PSG. It hosts Toulouse next weekend.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of February 25 at Bovada

  • PSG -200000
  • Lyon +25000
  • Lille +50000
  • Montpellier +450000
  • St-Etienne +450000
  • Marseille +450000
  • Nice +450000
  • Rennes +450000
  • Bordeaux +450000
  • Monaco +450000
  • Strasbourg +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000

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It was close again, but PSG did what was needed as it picked up another 1-0 victory, away to St-Etienne, moving closer to another Ligue 1 title win. Kylian Mbappe scored the only goal of the game with 17 minutes remaining as the club from the capital extended its lead to 12 points with two games in hand.

Their cause was helped by Lille stuttering for the first time in weeks as they could only manage a goalless draw at home to Montpellier. Lyon, however, got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Guingamp.

PSG PICKs UP ANOTHER WIN

Kylian Mbappe netted the only goal of the game as PSG recorded a narrow 1-0 win away to St-Etienne this past weekend. The result put them 12 points clear at the top of the table and, with two games in hand over their nearest rivals, it is difficult to envisage another destination for this season’s title other than PSG’s trophy cabinet.

Mbappe got on the end of a fine pass from Brazilian veteran Dani Alves and finished for his 19th goal of the season – the young striker is at just -200 to finish the Ligue 1 campaign as the top goalscorer. PSG pressed late in the game looking to add to their tally but could not find a second goal.

Nevertheless, they now have 20 wins from 23 games and have lost just once. PSG is also scoring at a rate of three goals per game and boasts the best defensive record in the division.

This latest victory has slashed their odds on a title triumph even further. The defending champions now come in at just -200000 to retain their domestic crown – they host Montpellier in midweek looking to extend their lead at the top of the table even further.

LILLE DROPs POINTS IN RACE FOR SECOND

Lille, meanwhile, dropped points for the first time in weeks as they could only manage a goalless draw at home to Montpellier. The home side peppered their opponent’s goal, firing 12 shots at the target, but could not break down a stubborn resistance.

The draw has seen them lose ground on PSG but has also allowed Lyon to pull closer in the league table as well. The difference between second and third is now down to just four points.

Lille continues to punch above their weight and will now want to see the job home and ensure they finish as the best of the rest. They are priced at just -350 to ensure a top-three finish, thereby qualifying for next season’s edition of the UEFA Champions League.

However, dropped points this past weekend has seen their price double on an unlikely title triumph. Having been at +25000, Lille is now at +50000 to finish top of the pile – they are away to Strasbourg this coming Friday night where the side will be lean to get back to winning ways.

LYON CUTs LILLE’S LEAD WITH WIN

And finally, Nabil Fekir’s strike made sure Lyon took all three points as they beat struggling Guingamp 2-1. Fekir’s goal came in the 35th minute after Felix Eboa Eboa had cancelled out Martin Terrier’s early strike.

The performance was typical of Lyon throughout this season, as they let their guard down after taking the lead and gifted their opponents a way back into the match. Lyon’s defensive backline has been far too porous over the course of the campaign and goes a long way to explaining why they have not offered a more sustained title challenge to PSG.

Lyon is conceding more than a goal a game and is simply not scoring enough goals to allow that kind of ratio. Changes will have to be made over the summer transfer window if Lyon is to be more consistent next season.

Despite this win, their price has not changed on an unlikely title win this term. Lyon remains at +25000 to finish in first place. Next week they are away to lowly Monaco looking to add to this victory and build up a head of steam.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of February 18 at Bovada

  • PSG -200000
  • Lyon +25000
  • Lille +50000
  • Montpellier +450000
  • St-Etienne +450000
  • Marseille +450000
  • Nice +450000)
  • Rennes +450000
  • Bordeaux +450000
  • Monaco +450000
  • Strasbourg +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000

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PSG got back to winning ways this past weekend in Ligue 1 with a narrow 1-0 victory at home over Bordeaux. Edinson Cavani scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot as the defending champions maintained their 10-point lead at the top of the table.

There was also a win for Lille in second place, as they continue to live up to their tag as the best of the rest. They now have a six-point cushion over Lyon in third, after Lyon lost 1-0 away to Nice to bring their run of good form to an abrupt end.

PSG BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Edinson Cavani got the only goal of the game as PSG beat Bordeaux 1-0, but the bad news for the French champions is that the Uruguayan striker could miss their Champions League tie at Old Trafford against Manchester United. The Uruguayan striker went off with a thigh complaint, to be replaced by Kylian Mbappe.

With Brazil striker Neymar also out with a broken metatarsal, PSG is suddenly looking lightweight in attack. However, on the domestic front with a 10-point lead over second place, it is unlikely to make too much of a difference.

PSG has won 19 of 22 league games so far this season, losing just once. They are scoring freely at over three goals per game – meaning they are on track to break the 100-goal barrier in Ligue 1 – and boast the best defensive record in the division.

This latest win has done nothing to change the odds on PSG retaining their domestic crown, however. The club from the capital remains at just -100000 to finish top of the pile come May, and next time out faces a tough trip to an in-form St-Etienne side.

LILLE WINs AGAIN AS FORM CONTINUES

Lille looks to be making second spot their own in Ligue 1 after a comfortable 2-0 victory away to struggling Guingamp. After a goalless first half, Rafael Leão struck just two minutes after the interval before striker Loic Remy put the icing on the cake from the penalty spot four minutes into injury time.

It was Lille’s fifth league win in a row and they look to have hit form at just the right time. While they are unlikely to catch PSG, they are managing to stay ahead of the likes of Lyon, Montpellier and Marseille in the race for second.

Lille has won 15 of 24 league games played so far this season and only PSG has won more. They are not prolific scorers but their almost airtight defence, currently leaking goals at less than a goal a game, has meant that they don’t need to be.

Lille remains at +25000 to wrest the title from PSG’s grasp but they are priced at +187 to finish as best of the rest – in a table that excludes PSG. Next up for them is a hugely important home game against Montpellier.

LYON SLIPs UP AGAIN

Lyon slipped up at the worst possible time as they looked to build up some momentum. Following that huge 2-1 win over PSG last time out, Lyon came crashing back down to earth this past weekend, losing 1-0 away to Nice and falling further behind Lille in second place.

Lyon had won four games in a row prior to this defeat but their lack of consistency has haunted them once again. They have won just half of their league games all season, which is nowhere near enough for a team that had designs on the title back in August.

Lyon has problems at both ends of the field. They are not prolific enough in front of goal and are conceding too many to grind out narrow victories, a set of circumstances that has left them a huge 16 points off PSG in top spot.

This loss has lengthened Lyon’s odds on an unlikely title triumph, and like Lille they now find themselves out at +25000 to win the league. They are at home to Guingamp next time out in a game where three points is an absolute imperative.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of February 11 at Bovada

  • PSG -100000
  • Lyon +25000
  • Lille +25000
  • Montpellier +150000
  • St-Etienne +150000
  • Marseille +200000
  • Nice +450000
  • Rennes +450000
  • Bordeaux +450000
  • Monaco +450000
  • Strasbourg +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Dijon +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Caen +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000
  • Amiens +450000
  • Guingamp +450000

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Defending champion and current table topper PSG faced defeat for the first time in Ligue 1 this season as Lyon came from behind to win 2-1 on the weekend. Angel di Maria had given the champions an early lead but Lyon rallied to take the points, showing that more consistency over the first half of the campaign could well have led to a sustained title challenge.

Lyon remained in third place, however, as Lille also put on a show as they thrashed Nice 4-0. PSG’s defeat means Lille is now 10 points behind the table toppers, but at this stage of the season it is unlikely to make too much difference.

PSG FALLs TO FIRST LOSS OF SEASON

League leader PSG suffered its first defeat of the Ligue 1 campaign as Lyon came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win. The champions took the lead after only seven minutes through Angel di Maria, and at that stage it looked as if the game might turn into another rout.

But young forward Moussa Dembele leveled for the hosts just after the half-hour mark and the game as a contest was back on. And Dembele won the penalty when Brazilian central defender Thiago Silva brought him tumbling down inside the penalty area, with the referee pointing to the spot.

Nabil Fekir stepped up and converted the resulting spot kick to give Lyon the lead just four minutes into the second half. From there, it was a long time trying to shut out a rampant attacking force.

This was PSG’s first defeat after scoring first since January 2015, which goes some way to showing the size of Lyon’s achievement. Lyon has now beaten PSG more than any other side since the Qatari era began seven and a half years ago.

Unfortunately, in terms of an actual title race, this slip-up from PSG is unlikely to make too much difference in the long run. It was their first defeat of the season and 18 wins in 21 league outings has allowed them to build up a gap of 10 points over Lille in second place.

This loss has lengthened PSG’s title odds, but not by enough to give the likes of Lille and Lyon hope. PSG is now at -100000 to retain its crown, and next week they host Bordeaux where they will be expecting to get back to winning ways.

Lyon has however seen its odds shorten on an unlikely title win following that victory over the champions. Having been out at +20000, the side in third is now down at +15000 to finish top of the pile come the end of the season.

Lyon has now won four games in a row across all competitions and, in a table without PSG, they are the favorites to finish as best of the rest at -350. Their next league encounter is away to Nice where they will be looking to extend their impressive recent winning streak.

LILLE THRASHes NICE TO STAY SECOND

A fourth win in a row for Lille left them 10 points off PSG as they thrashed Nice 4-0 this past weekend. Nicolas Pepe’s excellent solo strike was the pick of the bunch on 37 minutes but this was a strong team performance as Lille proved just why they have been so consistent so far this season.

Pepe now has 16 goals for the campaign in Ligue 1, with only Kylian Mbappe ahead of him in the scoring charts. Rafael Leão had put Lille ahead after only seven minutes and from that moment they were on cruise control – they added two more in the final 15 minutes to put the icing on the cake.

Lille has now won 14 league games this term – only PSG has won more – and their tight defence has allowed them to pick up points on a regular basis. They are conceding at less than a goal a game, and another win has seen their price slashed on a title win.

Having been out at +40000, Lille is now at +25000 to finish top of the pile. They are however at just -200 to secure a top-three finish and qualify for next season’s edition of the UEFA Champions League.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of February 4 at Bovada

  • PSG -100000
  • Lyon +15000
  • Lille +25000
  • Montpellier +150000
  • St-Etienne +150000
  • Marseille +200000
  • Nice +450000
  • Rennes +450000
  • Bordeaux +450000
  • Monaco +450000
  • Stradbourg +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Dijon +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Caen +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000
  • Amiens +450000
  • Guingamp +450000

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There was yet another win for current Ligue 1 champion PSG as they thrashed Rennes 4-1 this past weekend, maintaining their 13-point lead at the top of the table. Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani bagged a brace and Kylian Mbappe was also on the scoresheet as the table toppers saunter toward another domestic title in Ligue 1.

Meanwhile, the two sides immediately below them in the table also picked up victories as they look to maintain some sort of pressure on the champions. Lille remains second after an excellent 2-1 win away to Marseille, while Lyon won its third straight match on the road with a 1-0 victory at Amiens.

PSG PUTs FOUR PAST RENNES

Edinson Cavani helped himself to a double as PSG put on another show in their 4-1 win over Rennes this past weekend. The champions have dropped just four points all season and sit an almost unassailable 13 points ahead of Lille in second place.

The financial might of PSG has badly skewered the competition in France and as this season has shown there is no side that can match them on the domestic front. It would now seem only a matter of time until they formally wrap up the league crown.

A quick look at their numbers for the season so far confirms the lack of competition. They have won 18 of their games, are the only undefeated side in the division, are scoring at over three goals per game and have leaked just 11 this term – their goal difference stands at a staggering 55.

This win has slashed the odds on a PSG league title even further than before. The champions are now at just -200000 to retain their crown, and face one of their toughest tests next time out when they visit Lyon.

LYON WINs AGAIN TO STAY THIRD

Lyon has now won its third straight match on the road across all competitions after a narrow 1-0 win away to Amiens, but they may have found their consistency too late. The side now sits four points ahead of St-Etienne in third and just three points behind Lille in second, but in all honesty the players on this Lyon squad should have offered a far sterner challenge to PSG than they actually managed to do.

Lyon has won just half of its league encounters and five defeats at this stage of the season is simply not good enough for a side expected to challenge for silverware. They have been profligate in front of goal while leaking over a goal a game – in short, there have been too many inconsistencies across the board from this Lyon outfit.

This latest win has done nothing to change their odds on a very unlikely title win, with Lyon still out at +20000 to finish top of the pile. They host PSG next time out in what will be a true test of just how far this team could have gone this season.

LILLE STILL IN SECOND AFTER ANOTHER WIN

Mario Balotelli scored in his Marseille debut but it was not enough to prevent the side losing 2-1 at home to high-flying Lille. The visitors have now won five games in a row across all competitions and have undoubtedly been the highlight of an otherwise predictable Ligue 1 campaign, as they continue to punch above their weight and find themselves above both Lyon and Marseille – the two teams marked out to challenge PSG – in the standings.

Lille may be 13 points off the league leaders but they have won over half of their league games so far and have a well-organized and disciplined defensive backline. The team does not score a great number of goals but when you are not conceding, it does not take two or three to win a game.

This latest victory has cut Lille’s price slightly on overcoming that 13-point deficit to PSG. The club is now at +40000 to finish top of the pile come the end of the season, and hosts Nice this coming Friday night.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of January 28 at Bovada

  • PSG -200000
  • Lyon +20000
  • Lille +40000
  • Marseille +150000
  • Montpellier +150000
  • St-Etienne +200000
  • Nice +450000
  • Rennes +450000
  • Bordeaux +450000
  • Monaco +450000
  • Strasbourg +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Dijon +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Caen +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000
  • Amiens +450000
  • Guingamp +450000

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Defending league champion Paris Saint-Germain underlined its dominance of French domestic football with a 9-0 mauling of struggling Guingamp this past weekend. There were hat tricks for both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe as well as a brace for Neymar, as the league leaders maintained their 13-point advantage over the chasing pack – that lead only looks to be increasing over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, there were victories for all three sides largely considered to be their closest contenders in Ligue 1. Lille remains second while Lyon managed a last-gasp winner over St-Etienne, and Marseille remains some way off in seventh despite picking up three points on the road at Caen.

PSG PUTs ON SHOW

Plying the league’s bottom side, champion PSG turned on the style and panache as it thrashed Guingamp 9-0 this past weekend. The result only served to underline just how easy the champions find some of their so-called challenges in league football these days, with the side scoring at a rate comfortably over three goals per game while leaking just 10 goals all season. In addition, they remain the only undefeated team in Ligue 1 this term.

This most recent victory has done little, however, to change the odds on what will surely be another PSG league title triumph come May. With a 13-point lead over second place, the defending champions remain at just -100000 to lift the trophy once again and it is already looking like a procession toward the title with the winter months of the campaign yet to be concluded.

DEMBELE SNATCHES WIN FOR LYON

Moussa Dembele scored a last-gasp goal for Lyon as it came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win away to St-Etienne. Dembele came off the bench to grab the winner five minutes into injury time to grab a crucial three points for his side. The result leaves Lyon in third place, just three points behind second-place Lille.

Romain Hamouma had given St-Etienne the lead but Lyon rallied after the interval, equalizing through a Nabil Fekir penalty. Lyon has been let down by a lack of consistency throughout the season so far, but proved here it has the emotional fortitude to pull out a result against a league rival.

Lyon dominated the second half and deserved the three points, and will now look to use this win as a building block for success over the second half of the season. Their price on an unlikely league title has not changed, with the side remaining at +20000 to finish top of the pile come the end of the campaign.

LILLE WINs AGAIN TO STAY SECOND

Lille came from behind to beat Amiens and record its third win in a row across all competitions. They left it late this time, with Xeka grabbing the winner in the 85th minute after Lille had gone behind after only five minutes of the game.

Amiens has been struggling in Ligue 1 this term but gave Lille a real fright this past Friday night. However, the technical quality of the home side shone through eventually, allowing them to stay ahead of Lyon in the race for second place.

Lille dominated the vast majority of the encounter and got its reward with time running out. They have arguably been the surprise package in Ligue 1 this season and have shown a greater consistency than the likes of Lyon and Marseille.

The victory has cut their odds on actually winning the league crown, although they remain a long shot. Having been out at +75000, Lille now comes in at +50000 to wrest the title away from PSG.

MARSEILLE BEATs CAEN FOR THREE VITAL POINTS

Marseille got back to winning ways with a narrow 1-0 victory away to Caen. The side had not won for seven league matches prior to this weekend and as a result has slipped a long way down the standings.

Marseille currently sits seventh, just a point behind Strasbourg in fifth, but has won less than half of its league games so far this season. They can rally with a run of positive results over the next few months, but remain out at +50000 to go all the way and win the league title.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of January 21 at Bovada

  • PSG -100000
  • Lyon +20000
  • Marseille +50000
  • Lille +50000
  • Montpellier +150000
  • St-Etienne +200000
  • Nice +450000
  • Rennes +450000
  • Bordeaux +450000
  • Monaco +450000
  • Strasbourg +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Dijon +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Caen +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000
  • Amiens +450000
  • Guingamp +450000

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There would look to be no stopping PSG right now, as the Ligue 1 champions and league leaders inched closer to their next domestic crown with a comprehensive 3-0 win away to Amiens. With the likes of Lyon and Marseille dropping points yet again, PSG finds itself a massive 13 points ahead of the chasing pack before the month of January is out.

Trying to stick close to the champs, however, is Lille, which remains second after a comfortable 3-1 win away to Caen. And with Lyon dropping points at home, St-Etienne moved level with them after a 1-0 win away to Guingamp.

PSG WINs YET AGAIN ON WAY TO TITLE

Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were both on target as PSG sauntered to a 3-0 win away to Amiens this past weekend. French teenager Mbappe looks to be on course to pick up the Golden Boot award for Ligue 1, a feat he is priced at just +137 to achieve.

In this game, it took the champions until the 57th minute to make the breakthrough, but once they did, the floodgates opened. It now looks like it would take more than a minor miracle to prevent PSG from getting its hands on the league crown.

The side is undefeated in the league so far this season and has won 16 of 18 games played to date. They have the best attack in the division, scoring at a rate close to three goals per game, and the best defence, leaking just 10 goals.

Another win has slashed PSG’s odds of another league crown yet again. The defending champions are now at just -100000 to retain their crown, and they are likely to collect a further three points when they host Guingamp next time out.

Lille picks up three valuable points

Meanwhile, Lille got back to winning ways in Ligue 1 with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Caen. The win leaves the club in second place, albeit 13 points behind PSG and having played two games more than the champions.

However, it is worth pointing out that Lille is the only other side in Ligue 1 to have a win total in double figures – 11 – and their best bet may well be to finish up as best of the rest. In a table that excludes PSG, Lille comes in at +550 to finish top of the rest.

Their odds on a top-three finish are slightly shorter, however. You can back Lille to qualify for next season’s edition of the UEFA Champions League by finishing in the top three at just +187, and right now they sit four points ahead of St-Etienne in fourth place.

Unsurprisingly, their odds on finishing top of the pile are long in the extreme. You can back Lille to snatch the title at odds of +75000, while they will look to continue their winning streak when they host Amiens next time out.

St-Etienne also closing in on top-three finish

With both Lyon and Marseille slipping up yet again, St-Etienne could well sense an opening for a top-three finish. The club also won on the road, snatching a 1-0 win away to Guingamp to move level on points with Lyon on 33. Only goal difference is keeping St-Etienne down in fourth place at the moment, and with them now having won three games in a row across all competitions, the momentum is most definitely with them.

St-Etienne is priced long to finish as best of the rest excluding PSG, and is out at +1800, but there is no denying they are enjoying an excellent campaign. They have won nine of their 19 games played thus far, and are currently priced at +600 to manage a top-three finish – they are not among the favorites, but given their form over the first half of the season it cannot be discounted either, especially as Lyon has been so inconsistent.

Next up for St-Etienne in the league come crucial home games against Marseille and Lyon. Should they win both of those, then the momentum for that top-three finish would well and truly be with them.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of January 14 at Bovada

  • PSG -100000
  • Lyon +20000
  • Marseille +50000
  • Lille +75000
  • Montpellier +150000
  • St Etienne +200000
  • Nice +450000
  • Rennes +450000
  • Bordeaux +450000
  • Monaco +450000
  • Strasbourg +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Dijon +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Caen +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000
  • Amiens +450000
  • Guingamp +450000

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Defending Ligue 1 champion and current table topper PSG moved closer to another league title with a narrow 1-0 win over Nantes this past weekend. With none of their title rivals managing to pick up a much-needed three points, the club from the capital moved 13 points clear at the top of the table with two games in hand over some teams.

Their cause was helped by an uncharacteristic slip-up by Lille, which lost 2-1 at home to Toulouse. However, they were able to hang on to second place as Lyon was only able to secure a 1-1 draw away to Montpellier, which sits fourth in the table as the league heads into its short winter break.

PSG records another win on way to title

French sensation Kylian Mbappe scored the only goal of the game as PSG beat Nantes 1-0 to go 13 points clear at the top of the table. It was his 13th goal in just 12 games and the sheer wealth of attacking talent at the disposal of PSG coach Thomas Tuchel was made apparent once again.

The club from the capital has won 15 of 17 league games while drawing the other two to remain undefeated in Ligue 1 – the only side to be so at this stage of the season. In addition, the club is scoring at a rate close to three goals per game and boasts the best defensive record in the league, having leaked just 10 goals all season.

While the win has done nothing to change the odds on PSG retaining its league crown, it is becoming increasingly evident that they should successfully defend their crown. The champions are at just -25000 to finish top of the pile once again, and after the winter break they travel to Amiens.

Lyon can only draw on the road

Lyon conceded a late goal away to Montpellier and was forced to settle for a point when, in all honesty, they were in desperate need of all three. Nabil Fekir gave Lyon the lead midway through the second half and at that stage they just needed to see out the game to pick up the victory.

But once again Lyon’s porous defence let them down at a terrible moment. Ruben Aguilar was allowed to level for the hosts with just nine minutes remaining on the clock, leaving the away side and its fans frustrated once again this season.

Lyon currently sits third in the table, two points behind Lille but with a game in hand. Should they win that, they can leapfrog their rivals and then try to close in on PSG.

And the draw has also done nothing to change Lyon’s odds on an unlikely title win. The side remains at +12500 to finish top of the pile come the end of the season, and after the winter break hosts Reims knowing that more consistency will be needed over the second half of the season.

Lille slips up on home soil

And finally, Lille surprisingly lost at home to Toulouse 2-1 to open the door to both Lyon and Montpellier below them in the table. All looked to be going according to plan when Rafael Leão gave the home side the lead after only 17 minutes, and Lille looked to be on its way to a victory.

But a pair of penalties in the second half handed all three points to Toulouse. Max-Alain Gradel converted both spot kicks, one after 49 minutes and the second after 64, to take the points and set Lille back in its title quest.

Lille remains second in the table but, as mentioned above, Lyon could overtake them should they win their game in hand. Lille is one of only two teams – PSG being the other – to have won 10 games this season, but they may now have to concede the title.

This loss has seen their odds lengthen from +20000 to +25000. Marseille, currently down in sixth, is at the shorter price of +15000, but has lost too many games at the halfway stage to be considered a serious contender.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of December 24 at Bovada

  • PSG -25000
  • Lyon +12500
  • Marseille +15000
  • Lille +25000
  • Montpellier +50000
  • St-Etienne +100000
  • Nice +250000
  • Rennes +400000
  • Bordeaux +450000
  • Monaco +450000
  • Strasbourg +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Dijon +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Caen +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000
  • Amiens +450000
  • Guingamp +450000

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Perhaps the slimmest of silver linings has been handed to PSG’s rivals in France’s Ligue 1 after the current champions and runaway league leaders dropped points for the first time this season. The club from the capital was held to a 2-2 draw away to Bordeaux.

It was an open invitation to those around them to try to cut the gargantuan lead that PSG has managed to build up over the first few months of the campaign. Yet while Montpellier was able to pick up a win to go second, Lyon dropped points in an entertaining game away to Lille.

PSG finally held to a draw

There was bad news for PSG – not only were they held to that 2-2 stalemate with Bordeaux but they also lost Brazilian talisman Neymar to injury. The forward had opened the scoring for the champions before having to depart and the hosts were able to equalize after the break.

However, Kylian Mbappe put the champions back in front with under 25 minutes to go and at that point you would have backed PSG to close out the game. But their winning streak was brought to an end by Andreas Cornelius, who found an equalizer just six minutes from time.

Despite the setback, PSG’s advantage over its rivals remains enormous. The Paris club sits 14 points above Montpellier in second, is still undefeated and is scoring at a rate of over three goals per game – it is the form of champions, without a shadow of a doubt.

Their first dropped points of the season has done nothing to alter their odds on winning the title come May. PSG remains at -25000 to defend its Ligue 1 crown and there will be precious few willing to bet against them doing just that.

Montpellier heaps more misery on Monaco

There was yet more misery for Thierry Henry and Monaco as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Montpellier. The result left Monaco next to bottom with just two wins and 10 points to their name in 15 matches this term, with Henry having won just one of his nine matches since taking charge.

Monaco had taken the lead, but Montpellier struck with two late goals in the last 10 minutes to snatch the points. The result moved them up to second, with eight wins and 29 points garnered from their 15 encounters so far this season.

Furthermore, Montpellier has the second-best defensive record in the division, behind, of course, PSG. They have conceded just 11 goals to date and if they can maintain that impressive rate, they have every chance of staying ahead of their rivals.

The result has slashed their odds on actually going all the way and winning the league title. Having previously been out at +50000, Montpellier is now at +10000 to finish top of the pile come May – next up for them is a huge home game against Lille where their credentials will be put to the test.

Lyon rallies against Lille to snatch point

And finally, Lyon came from two goals down against Lille to snatch a share of the points. Lille had opened up a two-goal lead less than half an hour into the game through Loic Remy and Nicolas Pepe and it looked as if the visitors were heading for defeat in what was a must-win game for them.

But they rallied and fought back after the interval, first through Bertrand Traore, just after the hour mark, before Moussa Dembele found an equalizer with just four points remaining on the clock. The draw and dropped two points, however, meant Lyon slipping down to third, still 15 points behind PSG.

In addition, the result saw Lyon’s price on winning the league crown once again lengthened considerably. Having previously been at +6600, Lyon is now out at +12500 to get their hands on the domestic prize – the same as Marseille – and they look to have dropped far too many points to maintain a sustained challenge.

Lyon may have won as many games as Montpellier, but their poor defensive record is letting them down. They are conceding over a goal a game and it is that, more than any other factor, which has put paid to their title credentials.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of December 3 at Bovada

  • PSG -25000
  • Montpellier +10000
  • Marseille +12500
  • Lyon +12500
  • Lille +20000
  • St Etienne +100000
  • Nice +200000
  • Rennes +400000
  • Bordeaux +450000
  • Monaco +450000
  • Strasbourg +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Dijon +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Caen +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000
  • Amiens +450000
  • Guingamp +450000

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There were another three points, another victory, another step toward the title for defending French champions PSG as they beat Toulouse 1-0 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the domestic campaign. An early goal from in-form Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani was enough to wrap up the points as the club from the capital remains a barely believable 15 points ahead of the chasing pack.

Meanwhile, a Jason Denayer goal was enough for Lyon to see off St-Etienne as they sit second. The big question is whether they can do enough to catch PSG, but the title is already looking a foregone conclusion.

PSG picks up another win

PSG faces a stern challenge in the UEFA Champions this week when Liverpool comes to town, but they are hardly being challenged on the domestic front this year. Their 1-0 win over Toulouse this past weekend was their 14th in a row and it looks like the title race is all but over before December has arrived.

The champions have set a new record for games won at the beginning of the season and there are already murmurs about whether they can win all their 38 league games. Right now they are brushing aside all comers with no sign of their form abating.

The likes of Marseille and Lyon were thought to be able to offer a more sustained challenge, but simply no one has been able to contain this PSG machine. You really do have to do a double take when you have a glance at their numbers in Ligue 1.

Alongside those 14 wins in a row is a hugely impressive record of 46 goals scored and just seven leaked. That makes their goal differential +39 – Montpellier, with the second best goal differential, is on +12.

Despite yet another victory this past weekend, nothing has changed regarding the odds on another title triumph for PSG. The club remains on -25000 to get their hands on the title and it would seem only a matter of time until it is announced officially.

Their next league encounter could be a tricky one as they travel to take on Bordeaux, who find themselves in mid-table this term. If recent history has taught us anything, however, it is that this will be yet another domestic encounter that PSG bypasses with ease.

Lyon wins but it will not be enough

PSG’s closest challenger at this point is Lyon, which managed a 1-0 home win over St-Etienne and is second in the league standings. They have won over half of their league games but have lost three times already this season, and their defensive frailties have been exposed ruthlessly on more than once occasion.

Nevertheless, they are unbeaten in their last five league outings and if they can keep up this run of form throughout the winter months, they could well come to challenge PSG as the season nears its conclusion. That would, however, mean PSG dropping points somewhere along the way.

On paper at least, Lyon probably looks to be the best of the rest, and second may well be the best they can realistically hope for, given the riches available to PSG. Nevertheless, following a slow start to the season they are finally putting a run together that shows they are capable of challenging – after all, they did beat Manchester City away from home in the UEFA Champions League earlier this season.

Their biggest problem has been consistency and the sooner they can iron out that wrinkle, the better for Ligue 1 as a competition. However, despite their victory this weekend, the odds on Lyon actually winning the league title have increased.

Having been at +5000 to finish in first place, Lyon is now out at +6600 to pip PSG to the post. Next up for them on the domestic front is a trip to Lille, and if they can win there – against one of the stronger sides in the division – then it could be a real sign that Lyon is back where it belongs.

The problem remains, though, that it could well be too little, too late.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of November 26 at Bovada

  • PSG -25000
  • Lyon +6600
  • Marseille +12500
  • Lille +20000
  • Montpellier +50000
  • St Etienne +100000
  • Nice +200000
  • Rennes +400000
  • Bordeaux +450000
  • Monaco +450000
  • Strasbourg +450000
  • Reims +450000
  • Dijon +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Caen +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000
  • Amiens +450000
  • Guingamp +450000

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There would appear to be just no stopping PSG, on the domestic front at least, as the defending league champions thrashed Monaco 4-0 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season and extend their lead at the top of the table to 13 points. A hat trick from Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani helped the club from the capital on their way as their lead is beginning to look insurmountable.

PSG was able to extend its advantage in first place as title rivals continue to drop points. Lille was held to a goalless draw at home while surprise package Montpellier fell to a 1-0 defeat at Angers.

PSG goes marching on

Edinson Cavani put in a stellar performance as PSG romped to a 4-0 win over Monaco and new manager Thierry Henry. Previously tipped as a potential title contender, Monaco is joint bottom of the league with just seven points to its name and is now in the midst of a real relegation scrap.

Following Cavani’s hat trick, Neymar put the icing on the cake from the penalty spot, condemning the home side to its second successive 4-0 loss. PSG could have had even more goals had Julian Draxler and Kylian Mbappe not had goals ruled out for offside, and the gap between PSG and the rest is simply enormous right now. Monaco, lest it be forgotten, was the last team to take the league title off PSG, in the 2016-17 season.

The win means that PSG’s odds on retaining its league crown have been shortened yet again. The champions are now at just -25000 (previously at -20000) to lift the league trophy once again, and their next match is a home encounter with struggling Toulouse.

One team, meanwhile, that did see its price drop was Lyon, which won a highly entertaining game against Guingamp 4-2. The game burst into life after the interval, with five of the six goals being scored in the final 28 minutes of the contest.

Guingamp had taken the lead through Marcus Thuram after 21 minutes and it looked as if Lyon may well be heading for a surprise defeat. But the visitors struck back, Memphis Depay scoring two of the goals that set Lyon on the path to victory.

Lyon sits fourth, 15 points off the top, and must tighten up a leaky backline if it is to start climbing the table. Their price on winning the title has dropped to +5000, having previously been up at +6600, and next up for them is a home clash with St. Etienne.

Marseille picks up crucial home win

Marseille’s stuttering form continued as they recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Dijon. Goals from Lucas Ocampos and Adil Rami were enough to give the home side the points, but five defeats already this season would appear to have done the damage to their title aspirations.

The club sits seventh, a massive 17 points off PSG in first place, and despite a win this past weekend its price on winning the title has actually risen. Having previously been at +6600, alongside Lyon, Marseille is now at +7500 to pip PSG to the post. Next up for Marseille is an away game with Amiens and three points will be vital if they are to show any credentials this term.

And finally, Lille stayed put on +10000 to win the title despite a disappointing goalless draw with Strasbourg. The side has now drawn one and lost two of its last three games across all competitions and the wheels are threatening to come off the excellent form which took them all the way to second earlier in the season.

Lille remains in second place following defeat for Montpellier at Angers, and while their defensive record is excellent, scoring goals would appear to be a problem. They are currently scoring at a rate of just 1.6 goals per game which, compared to PSG’s record of 3.5 goals per game, is nowhere near prolific enough to win the title. Next up for Lille is a trip to Nice.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of November 12 at Bovada

  • PSG -25000
  • Lyon +5000
  • Marseille +7500
  • Lille +10000
  • St Etienne +50000
  • Montpellier +100000
  • Nice +150000
  • Rennes +200000
  • Bordeaux +250000
  • Monaco +250000
  • Strasbourg +250000
  • Reims +400000
  • Dijon +450000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Caen +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000
  • Amiens +450000
  • Guingamp +450000

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PSG broke records by winning its 12th straight game at the start of the campaign to go 11 points clear at the top of the table before we have even reached December. Goals from Kylian Mbappe and Neymar gave the champions a 2-1 win over Lille on Friday night and it increasingly looks like the league title is as good as decided with only a third of the season played.

PSG’s position was made even stronger by the fact its nearest rivals dropped points over the weekend. Lyon was held at home by Bordeaux, while Marseille was trounced 3-0 by an in-form Montpellier side.

PSG BREAKs RECORD WITH WIN

PSG broke Tottenham’s 58-year-old record by beating Lille 2-1 to make it 12 league wins in a row at the start of the season. Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe got the first with a wonderful curling effort from outside the penalty area.

Neymar added a second to make sure of the points before Nicolas Pepe pulled one back from the penalty spot for the visitors. The result gave the table toppers an 11-point cushion over both Montpellier and Lille, and it is nigh on impossible to see anyone catching PSG even at this early stage of the campaign.

The price on PSG retaining its Ligue 1 crown is even shorter than before and is now down at -20000. It would now take more than a minor miracle for the club from the capital to not win yet another league crown, and coach Thomas Tuchel is likely to divert more attention to the UEFA Champions League.

The club takes on Italian side Napoli this week and a win would be vital to prove that it can now compete with the biggest clubs on the continent. Domestically, PSG is streets ahead of the chasing pack.

LYON DROPs POINTS AGAIN

Meanwhile, Lyon missed the point to go third as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bordeaux. The visitors were the better side and Lyon, in all honesty, deserved to lose this game, but took the lead against the run of play through Houssem Aouar on the stroke of halftime.

Bordeaux continued to press throughout the second half and finally found a deserved equalizer when Andreas Cornelius struck with just over 15 minutes to go. From then on, Lyon was fighting to stay in the game and can count themselves as fortunate to have taken a share of the spoils.

The result leaves Lyon in fourth place, having won just half of its games and a massive 15 points off PSG at the top of the table. Their defence continues to be their Achilles heel as once again they failed to keep a clean sheet, and it cost them dearly this past weekend.

As a result, the price on Lyon winning the league title has doubled from +3300 all the way up to +6600. Their next league encounter is away to bottom club Guingamp where only a convincing win will do.

MARSEILLE BEATEN AND LOOKs DOWN AND OUT

A second-half blitz gave Montpellier a 3-0 win over Marseille to leave the latter looking out of the title race once and for all. Marseille has now lost five of its first 12 league games and is conceding at an alarming rate of 1.75 goals per game.

On this occasion, it took just 19 minutes for Montpellier to take this game away from Marseille. As a result, Montpellier has now taken second spot in the league, albeit a huge 11 points behind PSG and at a massive +100000 to actually win the league title.

Marseille, by way of comparison, has seen its price on winning the crown rise once again after yet another setback. Having already been at the high price of +5000, they are now at +6600, alongside Lyon, to finish the campaign in first place.

Next up for Marseille in Ligue 1 is a home game with Dijon. It goes without saying that a win is an absolute must, but given their inconsistent form, it is difficult to say if they will manage it.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of November 5 at Bovada

  • PSG -20000
  • Lyon +6600
  • Marseille +6600
  • Lille +10000
  • St Etienne +50000
  • Montpellier +100000
  • Nice +150000
  • Bordeaux +200000
  • Rennes +200000
  • Monaco +200000
  • Strasbourg +250000
  • Reims +400000
  • Dijon +400000
  • Toulouse +450000
  • Caen +450000
  • Nantes +450000
  • Angers +450000
  • Nimes +450000
  • Amiens +450000
  • Guingamp +450000

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It would seem that nothing can stop PSG right now, as the defending Ligue 1 champions cruised to another victory in domestic football, 2-0 over Marseille this time in the 11th round of league fixtures. Second-half goals from Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler were enough to wrap up the points as the leaders held on to their eight-point advantage over Lille in second place.

Lille did what it could to keep pressure on the champions with a victory over Caen, while Lyon secured all three points on the road. The likelihood of anyone catching PSG would appear to be fading fast, however.

PSG EQUALs RECORD WITH WIN

The 2-0 win for PSG also helped the team equal Tottenham Hotspurs’ run of 11 league victories at the start of a season. Mbappe’s opener on 65 minutes set the side on its way before Daxler converted a wayward Neymar shot to make sure of the points in injury time.

Mbappe is on fire this season. The teenager has 12 goals in 10 games across all competitions and is looking stronger with each passing week.

The 11th straight win has done nothing to change the odds on PSG winning the title, however. The current champions remain at the ludicrously low price of -10000 to retain their league crown and they may look out of sight now, before the winter months have even arrived.

Next up for PSG could well be its biggest test of the Ligue 1 season so far, however. Lille, in second place, will be the visitors as they try to do what they can to put a little life into the title chase.

LILLE WINs AGAIN TO HANG ON TO PSG’s COATTAILS

Lille is doing all it can to remain within touching distance of PSG, recording a narrow 1-0 win over Caen. The victory was the club’s fourth in a row, and eighth in just 11 league outings, keeping it eight points off the top of the table.

It took until the 56th minute for Rafael Leão to break the deadlock, but ultimately his strike was enough to seal the points for the home side. Lille’s excellent defensive record has kept it in contention, but there is no doubt the team will be put to the test next time.

However, a fourth win in a row has not changed the odds on Lille getting its hands on the Ligue 1 crown. The side remains at +10000 to grab the title, behind the likes of Lyon and Marseille despite its excellent and consistent form.

Marseille has now lost four of its 11 league games, yet is at the shorter price of +6600 to be crowned champion. Defeat to PSG this past weekend left Marseille a massive 14 points off the top of the table.

LYON WINs TO STAY ON FRINGES OF TITLE FIGHT

And finally, Lyon picked up a narrow 2-1 win away to Angers to stay on the periphery of a title challenge. The victory took the side on to 20 points, still a huge 13 points behind league leaders PSG, but there is certainly the technical quality within the Lyon squad to climb the table – what is missing so far has been consistency.

Lyon has won over half its league games but has also lost three and is conceding at a rate of over a goal a game. They have, however, now won their last two league games on the bounce and if they can build up some momentum over the coming months, they could well be PSG’s nearest title rival.

The win this weekend has also not altered their odds to win the title, however. Lyon remains at +3300 to find a way past PSG come May and, after the champions have made such a stunning start to the domestic campaign, anyone getting remotely close to them looks increasingly unlikely with each passing week of the campaign.

Odds to win 2018-19 Ligue 1

Odds as of October 29 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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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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