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French Ligue 1 2022/23 Preview, Tips & Odds
The new season of the first French football league is just around the corner, where current champion Paris Saint-Germain will be chasing their second consecutive championship title. Although there shouldn’t be an iota of doubt when it comes to the title race itself, as well as the first favorite, there are numerous teams on the shortlist for places leading into the Champions League.
Through this preview, we will mention who our favorites are for the championship title, as well as who we see in the fight for Europe in the next season. Also, we are going to try to explain why we see some teams in the relegation battle, and we will also mention the biggest transfers in Ligue 1 this summer. So let’s go!
Favorites For The Title
Already when you read this subtitle, only one team was on your mind. And it was the same for us. This year’s defending champions, Paris Saint Germain, are miles ahead of all title contenders. Last season’s record 10th Ligue 1 title hardly quenched Paris’ thirst to become the most successful club in French football history.
The Parisians could soon break the record for the number of championships won, which currently belongs to Saint-Etienne, which was relegated to Ligue 2 in the last season. More importantly, Paris has an all-star team that can dominate the competition.
Still, the world’s most expensive transfer Neymar, seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, and super-good Kylian Mbappe will lead the Paris attack in the new season. At the moment, we can’t think of any defense in Ligue 1 that can match such an attack, especially after the aforementioned trio have already played a season together and have found a common language on the field.
If we have to choose one team that we think could upset the plans of Paris in defense of the title, then it is the immeasurably strengthened Olympique Lyon. In addition to keeping players like Lucas Paqueta, Karl Toko Ekambi, and Houssem Aouar in their squad, the team worked through an interesting transfer window.
Runaway sons of Lyon – Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso – returned to the club from Arsenal and Bayern, while Nicolas Tagliafico arrived from Ajax. After an embarrassing eighth-place finish last season, which is their worst Ligue 1 finish in the 21st century, it’s safe to say that Lyon have decided to take matters into their own hands this season.
Of course, the aforementioned reinforcements of Lyon will be enough to fight for second place, but it would take a lot of top players to help Lyon for the Ligue 1 title, but miracles are possible. Of all the teams believed in making Europe next season, Lyon will be under the most pressure ahead of the new season.
Favorites for Europe next season
In addition to the two teams already mentioned, we see two more teams as potential favorites to fight for third place, which ensures qualification for the Champions League next season. One of those two teams is Monaco, who will try to repeat last season’s feat and win the third consecutive third place. Philippe Clement, who replaced Niko Kovač in the middle of last season, proved his managerial abilities while leading the team of Club Brugge, and also in Monaco.
Monaco will finish in the Top 3 | 2.25 | bet365
Of course, not everything will go according to plan for the people of Monegasque, especially when we remember last season’s matches of Rennes. A string of poor results at the end of the season ended up costing them the much-coveted Champions League qualification, as they finished three points behind Monaco in fourth place. If they could get back to winning ways from the very beginning of the new season, Rennes could certainly make life difficult for Monaco and Lyon in the upcoming Champions League race.
Rennes will finish in the Top 5 | 2.25 | Ivibet
We believe you are already wondering why we are not mentioning Marseille as a potential candidate for the Champions League, but the answer is simple – Jorge Sampaoli has left the Velodrome after just one season in charge of the team. The Argentinian manager was a key figure at Marseille last season, leading the team to their second runner-up finish in three Ligue 1 seasons. Only time will tell if Igor Tudor, who guided Verona to mid-table Serie A last season, can replace Sampaoli. There are already rumors that the locker room has somewhat turned against the Croatian manager, but the same can be said for the club’s management, which did not bring anyone significant to the club before the new season.
Lyon will finish ahead of Marseille | 1.80 | 20bet
Who could be relegated?
An epic start to last season for the Clermont Foot side in their first season in Ligue 1 last season ultimately proved to be enough to retain their top flight status for at least another year. It was more than obvious that Pascal Gastien’s men ran out of steam as the season wore on, and their unconvincing performances in the second half of the season resulted in a 17th-placed finish. We can hardly believe that the team can repeat the start of the season like last year, and without that, unfortunately we see Clermont as one of the teams that will leave us at the end of the season.
Clermont Foot will be relegated | 2.37 | bet365
Lorient, the team that ended the season level on points with Clermont, is one of our main favorites for relegation this season. Of all the teams that secured the stay last season, Lorient has the fewest wins (8). Unfortunately, they did not bring anyone significant to strengthen the team this summer either, which is certainly not in their favor in order to avoid another season where they will fight to stay in the league until the last round.
Of course, as some of the teams that are favorites for relegation are the newly promoted teams Toulouse, AC Ajaccio and Auxerre. While the top two earned direct promotion to Ligue 1, Auxerre beat St. Etienne in the relegation playoffs.
With that victory over Etienne alone, they earned our respect, and they would even be singled out from the mentioned three, where they could potentially stay in the league this season. As for our relegation candidates, our favorite is Lorient who have done next to nothing in this transfer window to build a squad worthy of mid-table.
Lorient will be relegated from the league | 1.60 | Ivibet
The biggest Ligue 1 transfers
In this section, we will mention the biggest transfers in and out of the league. While we were researching the summer transfers that happened in France, we can’t escape the impression and comment that even 4 of the 6 biggest Ligue 1 transfers this summer were from the league. It only speaks to the quality that this league carries, and what kind of players play it. So let’s see the top 10 transfers of this summer in Ligue 1.
Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco to Real Madrid – €80m
Vitinha from Porto to Paris Saint-Germain – €41.50m
Nuno Mendes from Sporting to Paris Saint-Germain – €38m
Sven Botman from Lille to Newcastle – €37m
Nayef Aguerd from Rennes to West Ham – €35m
Cheick Doucoure from Lens to Crystal Palace – €22.6m
Mathys Tel from Rennes to Bayern – €20m
Arthur Theate from Bologna to Rennes – €19m
Takumi Minamino from Liverpool to Monaco – €15m
Mohamed Bayo from Clermont Foot to Lille – €14m
As you can see, the most active in bringing in players is, as expected, Paris Saint-Germain, who worked the most to strengthen the central part of the field, because they are secured in attack with Mbappe, Neymar and the one and only Leo Messi.