Ligue 1 stars Mbappe, Neymar, Fekir, Depay, Thauvin & Cavani back in Action!

Ligue 1 kicks-off on Friday, August 10th with Marseille hosting Toulouse! The French fans have celebrated a glorious summer with the likes of Kylian Mbappe helping Les Bleus lift the World Cup! However, this Friday, Fantasy Football Managers will be looking to the likes of Florian Thauvin to earn precious fantasy points in the long and exciting quest to be crowned best Ligue 1 Fantasy Manager!

While PSG may be clear favorites to repeat as champions, in particular with Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all on the club’s payroll, Lyon- as long as they keep Nabil Fekir, have an exciting and fun core in Fekir, Memphis Depay, Bertrand Traore and striker Mariano. Marseille have some good players, and not just Thauvin, but it will be hard for them to compete with PSG in a long season due to the low budget limiting the club’s ability to lure quality signings.

Finally, Monaco have sold players again this summer but they have made a habit of rebounding and performing well with the help of clever signings and quality work by coach Leonardo Jardim.

So who will be on your Ligue 1 Fantasy Team? How about Cavani who is PSG’s all-time leading scorer (he surpassed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s record last season), or perhaps iconic Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon?

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Marseille miss out as Monaco & Lyon qualify for Champions League

Despite winning 2-1 at home, Marseille failed to qualify for the Champions League with that privilege going to Monaco and Lyon. Monaco recorded a relatively easy 3-0 win at Troyes with Marcos Lopes being decisive again.

The Portuguese attacking midfielder, also known as Rony, scored twice for the Principality club. The most nail-biting game was Lyon’s home match against Nice. The visitors took the lead and it looked as if Marseille would sneak in as the third and final French team to make the Champions League. However, as has become customary in the last 9 Rounds in Ligue 1, Dutchman Memphis Depay carried Lyon with his goals and assists. Depay scored a hat-trick and made sure of Lyon’s comeback to secure Champions League qualification.

Making the Champions League is very important not only because it signals return to top European competition for Marseille but also due to the financial rewards of playing in what is considered the world’s elite club tournament.

Marseille fans will have to wait at least another year before seeing their team take on the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City & Juventus. Do you know French football? Can you compete with the best Fantasy Football managers in Ligue 1? If so, test your skills here https://ligue1fantasy.com

Will Marseille’s week go from bad to worse?

Marseille 0-3 Atletico Madrid. The scoreline suggested a comprehensive win for Atleti, however, Marseille fans would beg to differ. The OM supporters would argue their team was in the ascendancy for the first twenty minutes of the game yet Dimitri Payet’s injury deprived the club of its star performer.

Atleti were never going to concede silly goals & the Spaniards were always going to put up a fight in the middle of the park. The end result was a deserved triumph for Atleti who presented coach Diego Simeone with his 2nd Europa League trophy since joining the club. For Marseille, a promising week may yet end on a more sour note if OM fail to beat Amiens in Ligue 1 later today.

The southern French club is fighting with Monaco and Lyon for 2 Champions League spots. Ligue 1 champions PSG have obviously secured the other spot reserved for France in Europe’s elite competition. The consequences of missing out on Champions League football for another season will be dire not just in terms of finishing 4th in Ligue 1 behind PSG, Monaco & Lyon but also the missed opportunity of bringing in much needed revenue.

The Champions League guarantees a financial windfall via both the allocated revenue for French clubs but also via game day tickets and further merchandise sales. Marseille will likely beat Amiens but their fate will be decided by Monaco and Lyon. If the latter two sides win their games, then Marseille must settle for a disappointing 4th place finish in Ligue 1.

In what appeared to be a promising season at one stage has slowly descended into a chaotic and disappointing one. Things may still get worse if OM fail to snatch 2nd or 3rd place in the French League.

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Round 38 – Ligue 1 player picks

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With an intriguing Ligue 1 season set to  draw to a close, we look at the players we believe could make an impact on the final round of games.

Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 63 points

Lopes has had a strong season over the 2017/18 campaign and he will be disappointed to have conceded three last time out.

The French-born Portuguese keeper will be hoping to add to a haul of 14 clean sheets across the campaign as his side target second place.

Kamil Glik, Monaco – 60 points

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Ligue 1 fantasy picks for week 37

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Here are the players we tip to make an impact in this week’s Ligue 1 action!

Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 63 points

Having been at Lyon for 18 years, Lopes is something of a legendary figure at the club nowadays.

The French-born Portuguese keeper will be hoping to add to a haul of 14 clean sheets across the campaign as target what would be a highly impressive second placed finish.

 Djibril Sidibe, Monaco – 30 points

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Ligue 1 Player of the Week – Bertrand Traore (Lyon)

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With the Ligue 1 season now quickly drawing to a close, all attention towards the top end of the table is geared towards 2nd – 4th place. Which three sides will make it into the Champions League next season? Which team will have to settle for Europa League football next term? Things are certainly heating up near the top of the table, with Lyon maintaining their slender grip on second place, a point ahead of Monaco having finally leapfrogged the principality over the last week or two. They are on a long run of wins at the moment, and much of the thanks for that is down to Bertrand Traore, their talismanic midfielder who has been so important to their campaign.

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Ligue 1 picks for the weekend ahead

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The 2017-18 Ligue 1 season is drawing to a close and there are still battles to be won across the division – especially in the battle for a European place.

With that in mind, we look at the players that are favourites to pick up some big points this time around.

Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 63 points

The Portuguese international sees his name in our picks thanks to his contribution to his side’s immense form.

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Ligue 1 Player of the Week – Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

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With the French Ligue 1 title recently being sewn up by Paris Saint-Germain, attention now largely turns to two aspects of the league. Firstly, the relegation battle is always of interest, with three of any five teams still looking threatened with the drop, while secondly the battle for European qualification remains wide open.

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This weekend’s Ligue 1 picks

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Check out our picks ahead of the weekends Ligue 1 action!

Alphonse Areola, PSG – 93 point

The academy product has grown into a key member of the PSG squad, having spend time on loan at the likes of Villarreal.

With 15 clean sheets already registered, could he be an outsider for the World Cup?

Kamil Glik, Monaco – 52 points

Glik has secured an impressive 11 clean sheets this season for a Monaco side that have hit a rich vein of form and face Guingamp on the weekend.

The Polish centre back has been a stalwart of the Monaco team since his arrival at the club and will be a pivotal player in their upcoming tie.

Joris Gnagnon, Rennes – 39 points


Gnagnon  has kept nine clean sheets this campaign, as well as bagging a couple in the process.

His fifth placed side face Nantes this weekend as they pursue European football.

Presnel Kimpembe, PSG – 48 points

The Paris Saint-Germain academy player has continued to grow in stature for his side over 2017/18, becoming a regular performer for the super club.

Having secured 12 clean sheets for the champions-elect, the French centre back will be keen to add to that tally as his side travel to Saint-Etienne for some Friday football.

With his side traveling to Bordeaux, he will be hoping to add another as his side close in on the title.

Angel Di Maria, PSG – 83 points

The Argentine midfielder will be hoping for a big end of the season as the World Cup approaches and will be hoping to make an impact against a Bordeaux team that have won their last two matches.

With 11 goals and seven assists, the weekend’s game won’t be guaranteed but he’ll be a favourite to make a difference.

Florian Thauvin, Marseille – 108 points

The Frenchman’s exceptional campaign continues, with him now the highest scoring player in Ligue 1 – a formidable accomplishment.

With Marseille travelling to Lille, he will likely be confident of claiming a few more this weekend.

Nabil Fekir, Lyon – 80 points

Fekir has been the star of the campaign and will be hoping he can build upon his 16 goals in 2017/18.

He will likely look back at 2017/18 as a season that couldn’t have gone much better in a personal capacity in spite of his side’s shortcomings.

Marcos Lopes, Monaco – 83 points

Up against Guingamp, Lopes will be hoping to deliver the form that has seen him deliver 13 goals this season.

With a successful campaign under his belt, Lopes is finally showing he can fulfil the promise he showed at Manchester City.

Radamel Falcao, Monaco – 77 points

Falcao’s excellent season shows remains in the top bracket of world strikers.

With 18 goals this season, the iconic Columbian will be hoping to add to his tally.

Valere Germain, Marseille – 34 points

The former Monaco man’s side ace a struggling Lille and the 28-year-old will be keen to add to his eleven goals and five assists.

With Thauvin alongside him, the striker will be rightfully confident of achieving this.

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Ligue 1 Player of the Week – Memphis Depay (Lyon)

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Time now to find out the identity of the best player in Ligue 1 this past weekend. There were some great individual performances of course – Guingamp’s 4-0 home win against Troyes saw some great outings for the home XI, for example. The one who stood above all the others, however, was none other than Lyon star Memphis Depay. The 24-year-old ran the show as Les Gones ran riot at Stade Saint-Symphorien, emerging 5-0 victors on the road.

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