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Who wins Ligue II 2017/2018?

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The Ligue II will start on July 28. 20 teams will fight for 2 promotion spots and 1 playoff spot. This season will introduce the “pre-playoffs” novelty, where the 4th and 5th team from the league will play against each other. Then the winner will face the 3rd placed team and the final winner will battle versus the 18th placed team in the Ligue I for another promotion spot.

Bastia, Lorient and Nancy-Lorraine are the relegated teams from the Ligue I and will try to bounce back in this season. With the budget for new transfers and the potential squad that they can have, they’ll be candidates for those first positions.

FC Lorient had the best squad of the three teams the last year and is the main candidate for a promotion spot. For this season, they may keep an important number of players, which in a lower division might shine. And some players that were on loan for some Ligue II teams are back. Denis Bouanga, who had an excellent performance with FC Tours, may be a nice addition to the squad managed by Mickaël Landreau. The offensive midfielder made 18 goals in 36 matches and his services might be needed. Bastia, on the other side, will be losing some important players due to expiring loans. So far there are not so many clues about how Hervé Sekli wants to reshape the team for the coming season, but they’ll need to bring some quality footballers if they want to achieve promotion. AS Nancy-Lorraine is, in theory, the weakest of the relegated teams and will also see a major revamp of the squad. With a lot of players rescinding their contracts or going back to their original clubs after the expiring loans, the Uruguayan Pablo Correa will have to rebuild a squad that struggled in the first division and it won’t be an easy task to do.

From the teams that remained in the Ligue II, RC Lens is the better squad and has a very good chance to be promoted. Last year they were only 1 point behind promotion and this season might finally see them coming back to the first division. Lens will have a €40 million budget for this season, the highest in the league, which means that they might even dispute some important players with the teams mentioned above. They should also retain some of the good footballers that performed well in the past season, such as the Spanish forward Cristian López (16 goals in 30 matches) and the central midfielder John Bostock.

Other teams that were also in the top positions the last season might have a chance too. Teams such as Stade Brestois 29 and Nîmes Olympique proved to be competitive enough for the league and some of their best players are in the radar of different competitors. How they’ll manage to keep the current squad and improve it with some important transfers will be the key aspect to look out in this season.