We’re almost halfway through the Ligue 1 season (almost because some games have been postponed owing to the “yellow vest” protests). PSG appear to be cantering towards another title, but how are their rivals faring? Let’s take a look at how Ligue 1 looks at Christmas.
Lille: Les Dogues have been one of the surprise packages of this Ligue 1 season. They just about escaped the drop last season, finishing just a single point above the relegation zone, but are 2nd to PSG this Christmas. Whether they’re able to hold on to Nicolas Pepe this January might well decide the direction of LOSC’s season. The Ivorian has been in fine form, and is reportedly a transfer target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Monaco: ASM’s story has been the exact reverse of Lille’s- they were runners up to PSG last season, but are already embroiled in a tough relegation fight this year. They’re second from bottom currently, and Thierry Henry’s recruitment as manager has not been able to lift spirits at the Principality club. They also finished last in their Champions League group and are now out of Europe altogether.
PSG: PSG are yet to be defeated this season and have a 13 point lead over Lille with two games in hand. They demolished third place Lyon 5-0 at home, and came away from both Marseille and Monaco with comfortable wins. Most of it has been down to their trio of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani. Brazilian striker Neymar, as seen on the infographic at Betting Sites, is a proven match winner. With 11 goals and five assists in the French top flight so far, the 26 year old looks to be in fine form in the French capital, and fans will be eagerly awaiting his battle against Manchester United’s defenders in their upcoming Ro16 Champions League clash.
Lyon: OL are in third place, two points behind Lille, but with a game in hand. Both Montpellier and Saint-Etienne are on Les Gones’ heels, with Marseille not too far either.
Lyon have been impressive in Europe too- they didn’t lose a game in a group that also had Man City, Shakhtar and Hoffenheim and took four points out of a possible six against Pep Guardiola’s men.
How are the two promoted teams faring?
Very well. Reims are 9th in the league, level on points with 7th place Strasbourg, but behind them on goal difference. Nimes are in 11th, ahead of more fancied sides like Nantes and Bordeaux