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Lille Cling to the Possibility of Dethroning PSG in Ligue 1

Lille has a three-point advantage over the reigning champions with six games to go

PSG won seven of the last eight Ligue 1 titles, and the last three years they did without too much opposition, but not this year because Lille, AS Monaco, and even Lyon have other plans.

Let’s take a look at what happened in the last fixture and how the sports betting odds to win the Ligue 1 have changed.

Lille's players celebrate after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Metz (FC Metz) and Lille (LOSC)

Ligue 1 Breakdown

Lille Belongs to the Top

After beating PSG two weeks ago, Lille proved that they can handle the pressure of being on top by beating Metz 2-0 on the road last weekend. Burak Yilmaz and Zeki Celik scored for the visiting side, who has conceded just one goal in the last five Ligue 1 games.

Lille recently defeated PSG and Marseille, while also drawing against Monaco, which means the game against Lyon should be the toughest left.

The current Ligue 1 leaders with 69 points have scored 53 goals, 18 goals less than PSG, but they own the best defensive unit in the tournament after allowing just 19 goals in 32 games.

PSG returned to the winning column after beating Strasbourg 4-1, also on the road. Kylian Mbappe opened the can with his 21st goal of the season, and Pablo Sarabia, Moise Kean, and Leandro Paredes finished the job.

The reigning Ligue 1 champions are just three points behind Lille, and yes, they are more focused on winning the UEFA Champions League, but their squad is strong enough to win both.

AS Monaco defeated Dijon 3-0 to remain in third place, just four points behind Lille, while Lyon also won 3-0 against Angers and now, they are in fourth place with 64 points. AS Monaco owns the best Ligue 1 offensive duo in Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland, who have scored 31 goals between the two.

What about Relegation?

Dijon is already going to Ligue 2. They haven’t won in their last five games and they only have 15 points, 13 points less than Nantes, who is in nineteenth place and still fighting to get out of the relegation zone.

Nantes is chasing Nimes, who has 30 points, but Lorient is also dangerously close to the relegation zone with 32 points. Strasbourg, Bordeaux, and Stade Brestois, all with 36 points, still have some work to do in order to secure a Ligue 1 spot for next year.

Ligue 1 Top Scorers

  • Kylian Mbappe (PSG): 21
  • Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco): 17
  • Memphis Depay (Lyon): 16
  • Boulaye Dia (Reims): 14
  • Kevin Volland (AS Monaco): 14

Next Weekend Best Games

The Ligue 1 action will begin on Friday with Lille playing host to Montpellier. Lille should win without too much trouble, but Montpellier hasn’t lost in the last five games.

PSG will play host to Saint-Etienne on Sunday. Saint-Etienne is in thirteenth place, but they have won their last two games in a row.

AS Monaco and Lyon will be playing on the road, also on Sunday. AS Monaco will be visiting Bordeaux, while Lyon will be facing Nantes.

Odds to win the Ligue 1

Despite being in second place, three points behind Lille, PSG commands the Odds to win the Ligue 1 with a -138 value. Of course, they’re followed by Lille with a +200 value, while Lyon is offering +900 and AS Monaco +1200.

Taking Lille right now is a smart move, because as we already said if PSG has to choose between winning the Ligue 1 or the Champions League, they would choose the latter.

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