Can Anyone Stop PSG In Ligue 1 This Season?
Paris Saint Germain go into the new season with a different manager and hope to better a treble winning season. Can they do it in the Champions League with Tuchel?
Paris Saint-German won last year’s French league in a stroll, finishing top of the standings with a 13-point lead over AS Monaco, and clinching the title with five games to spare. PSG boasted the best offence (108 goals) and defence (29 goals conceded). They also featured the league’s top scorer Edinson Cavani (28 goals), Brazil’s Neymar (the world’s most expensive player) and Kylian Mbappe (one of the top young players in the game).
PSG’s roster is just as strong as it was last campaign, and they’ve added legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. New manager Thomas Tuchel from Borussia Dortmund replaced Spaniard Unai Emery, who took over at Arsenal. PSG gave a small taste of what we might expect from them under Tuchel this season when they trashed AS Monaco 4-0 in last week’s French Super Cup final.
Monaco, Lyon and Marseille all bolstered their squads in the off-season in hopes of knocking PSG off its perch. But there’s no reason to believe they won’t dominate much like they did in 2017-18. The capital club remains far too strong for the remainder of the field, and teams such as Monaco and Lyon, no matter how ambitious they are, simply don’t have the resources to compete with big-money PSG.
Six-time French champion Stade de Reims are back in Ligue 1 after a two-year absence, having clinching the Ligue 2 title last season with a 15-point lead over second-place Nimes. But they lost a number of key players in the off-season, including Jordan Siebatcheu, the team’s top scorer with 17 goals, who was sold to Rennes.
Nimes returns to Ligue 1 for the first time in 25 years when former France international defender Laurent Blanc played for the southern side. A club with a very modest budget and few resources compared to other topflight clubs, Nimes’ main goal will be to remain in Ligue 1 and avoid going back down to the second division after one season.
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Marseille V Toulouse – Over 1.5 (Tonight)
Nantes v Monaco – X2
Angers v Nimes – Over 1.5
Lille v Rennes – Over 1.5
Nice v Reims – 1X
Montpellier v Dijon – 1X
St Etienne v Guigamp – 1
Lyon v Amiens – 1
Bordeaux v Strasbourg – 1
PSG v Caen – Over 2.5