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Ligue I France Odds

Ligue I France

Who wins Ligue I 2017/2018?

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After years of domination from Paris Saint Germain, Mónaco took the 2016/2017 title surprising everybody. For the 80th season, starting on August, there is some uncertainty with some new factors arising.

Starting with the defending champions, it’s hard to say if they can keep the astonishing performance they attained last season, winning the league and reaching semifinals in the UEFA Champions League. Monaco merged some experienced players, such as Falcao, Joao Moutinho, Andrea Raggi and Danijel Subasic with some young promises which added a lot of quality to the equation: Kylian Mbappé and Bernardo Silva studded from the rest, but players like Thomas Lemar and Tiemoué Bakayoko also had a great season. The problem is not within the experienced players, which in majority will remain for this season, but with these young promises, which in all probability will leave the club. Bernardo Silva already signed with Manchester City, and Mbappé is linked with several elite clubs for a millionaire fee. If Leonardo Jardim can keep the main structure, or replace the leaving players with some new gems, we might see Monaco disputing the title once again.

Paris Saint Germain had to settle by winning the national cup last season. After years of utter dominance, last season they lost a main player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which hurt a little their offensive power in the first months, with some inconsistent performances. Cavani did a good job replacing Zlatan, and Di María and Draxler had also a good season, however this improve over the first months came maybe a little too late. PSG is always the main contender for the title. They have the best squad in France, and can always bring new quality players to replace the leaving ones. Will be no surprise at all if they come back to dominate the league this season.

OGC Nice had also a surprising season, reaching UCL spots, thanks to a committed team and the main inclusion of Mario Balotteli. When he is in a good mental state, he’s a quality player who stands out for the rest. If he remains at Nice, they can surprise us again with a good performance. The two Olympiques, the other established teams of the league, can also at any moment take the lead. Both Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille are heavily depending on finding some gems before PSG does. They both have a good squad, but to beat the giants, they may need a little more.

A last minute surprise came to us with OSC Lille signing Marcelo Bielsa as their manager. Any team managed by Bielsa is worth of our attention. He already did a splendid job in his spell on Olympique de Marseille and he is known for getting the best performances of otherwise unknown players. If he can imprint his idea to his team, we can see a team fighting for the first spots of the league. However, in order to do this, Lille may need one or two quality signings, especially in the attacking zone.