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Odds to Win Ligue 1: Rivals Rendezvous at Top of Table

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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