France: Ligue 1
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
By analogy with the previous season the current championship of France attracts attention to the teams of Unai Emery and Leonardo Jardim. It is obvious that after the strengthening of the capital city club during previous shoulder season the defending champion would find it difficult to defend its title. As now according to 6 rounds the Monegasques are behind the Parisians with 3 points:
PSG – 18, Monaco – 15, Saint-Étienne – 13, Bordeaux – 12, Olympique Lyonnais – 11 …
Monaco (the head coach Leonardo Jardim)
It is getting clear that with every round the winning series of PSG will increase as for today there is no good opponent for the hosts of Stade de France. And the last Sunday match against Olympique Lyonnais (2:0) perfectly proved this fact.
And that is why the vice-champion race is becoming more actual for France. And here Monaco is a definite favorite. Let us remind that the previous round was won by the Monegasques over Strasbourg -3:0 (Marcos Lopes, Falcao 2).
Lille (the head coach Marcelo Bielsa)
Now the red and whites had come to Stade Pierre-Mauroy to play with the main “mistake” of the current season. This is the way the team of Marcelo Bielsa is called now. Let us remind that at the beginning of the new Ligue 1 championship the team was considered to be the favorite according to the experts. Lille is taken stable 4th-5th lines.
Now the hosts of Stade Pierre-Mauroy take the 17th place and only one point separates it from the delegation zone.
We still don’t understand the excitement for Marcelo Bielsa. If they say that Alex Ferguson, Facio Capello, Marcello Lippi, Carlo Ancelotti, Josep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Zinedine Zidane we immediately recollect the victories that were gained by their teams.
But what about Marcelo Bielsa? He didn’t win any champion’s title. And why did the bookmakers immediately point that simple club as the favorite? One more miracle. But now everything is clear!
Lille - 5.25, draw - 3.60, Monaco - 1.70;
Monaco to win - odds 1.72 5Dimes