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Second Place Marseille +110 Favorites to Win France’s Ligue 1 Without PSG

Josh Ricker

by Josh Ricker in Soccer

Dec 19, 2019 · 6:29 AM PST

Monaco vs Marseille
Marseille players react after the French League One soccer match between Marseille and Lens at the Veledrome stadium in Marseille, France, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lens won 1-0. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
  • Ligue 1 fans can now bet on what team they think would take home the Ligue 1 title if there was no PSG
  • There is only a ten-point difference between the second-place team in Ligue 1, Marseille, and the tenth place team, Angers, sitting at 35 and 25 points respectively
  • Currently, Marseille are the favorites in the bet at +110

In the past decade, Paris Saint-Germain have taken home six of the last ten Ligue 1 titles. It has not historically been this way, but since being bought out by Qatar owners in 2011, PSG has been utterly unstoppable. This often leaves fans with the question of, who would win Ligue 1 is PSG did not exist? This considering PSG have already raced out to a seven-point lead in the league and have Ligue 1 odds of -25000. The last team do to so was a Monaco side propelled by the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Liverpool defensive midfielder, Fabinho.

Odds to Win Ligue 1 Without PSG

Team Odds
Marseille +110
Lille +450
Lyon +650
Rennes +700
Monaco +900
Nantes +2500
Stade Reims +2800
Saint-Etienne +4000
Bordeaux +5000
Angers +5000

Odds taken Dec. 18

In this year’s campaign, it is a tight race at the top, as there is only a three-game difference between seventh place and second. Marseille look like the favorites, four points atop of third-place Lille.

Nevertheless, Lille and Rennes on 31 and 30 points, have won four out of their last five and look to be in flying form. Stade Reims lies further down the table at 27 points and could be a sleeper if they start scoring goals, having only conceded nine times across 17 games. Impressive stuff from David Guion and his squad.

Can Anyone Catch Marseille?

Moving forward, Lille is a closely stalking their fellow French counterparts, however, Victor Osimhen is likely to leave in January, which could spell trouble for their team’s goal-scoring efforts. Lyon was also dealt a major blow, losing Dutch forward Memphis Depay to an ACL tear. Rennes plays Bordeaux on Saturday and with their game in hand on Marseille, could come within two points of the second-place team led by Steve Mandanda.

The rest of the teams close to the top of the table are all outliers and do not really have a chance of moving up this year. While Monaco and St. Etienne are usually players in the competition, they are in a rebuild mode and will be unable to claw their way any closer to the top of Ligue 1.

Best Bet

The best bet in this scenario is to rock the chalk and go with Marseille at +110. It seems like the easy way out, but it is the most logical way to spend your money on this prop, given the recent circumstances. Between injuries and possible upcoming transfers, it is hard to put your money on any underdog. If you want to be risky, Rennes is a solid bet as well, with tremendous value at +700.

Check back after the weekend, and if they claw back closer to Marseille on the same amount of games, they should be the next closest bet. Overall, Marseille’s depth and experience is the reason I feel that they will go the distance and come in second place this season in Ligue 1.

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