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League 1 | FFL predictions for the 2022-2023 season – Part 3

After having presented the first and second part of our predictions, we now submit the third to you. At the FFL, we like logic, unlike the strategists at Ferrari.

In the previous issue, you may have had trouble getting over it. The Derby du Nord and the two Olympics were a big deal, it is true. But the rest day is not for today. On the program today: Monaco, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice and you know who.

AS Monaco FC

On the last day last year, the Monegasques hoped to finish second. And thus obtain a direct qualification in the Champions League. But a Lensois goal in the 90+6th minute put an end to all suspense, also breaking their series of 9 consecutive victories in Ligue 1.

It is with this vengeful, or even dejected, state of mind that AS Monaco will approach this new exercise. One in two chance, heads or tails. In the meantime, the only clue that we can get our teeth into is the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League. And against PSV Eindhoven, ASM has done half the job. A 1-1 draw at home. We expect more than the crack on the return to respect a French tradition.

FFL Prediction : Monaco is one of those outsiders who can just as well continue their progression or fall in the maze of the rankings. We call it the Lyonnais syndrome, Lille also works.

The man to follow : Louis II. With the lowest attendance in Ligue 1 last season, the Monegasque enclosure is a twelfth man for visitors. To see an average of 5,781 fans per game in Europe, you have to go to England. Not in the Premier League, not even in the second or third division, but in the fourth tier (4,924). Daghé Munegu.

Montpellier HSC

Last year, the MHSC finished the championship with a bang. No wins in the last 9 meetings. The last success dates back to March 20, but it counts for half since it was in Bordeaux. The last victory at home? January 23. It makes you want to take out a subscription.

But the Héraultais have obviously not finished with the playoffs. The warm-up matches followed the trend to perfection: 5 games, 5 losses. In their defense, they only played European leaders: Rodez, Espanyol Barcelona, ​​Clermont, Toulouse and Crystal Palace. The season at La Mosson is going to be very, very long.

FFL Prediction : We don’t know about you, but next year’s four descents could create some nice surprises. It is not impossible that the 2012 French champions will not taste Ligue 2 BKT again.

The man to follow : Wahbi Khazri. The Tunisian had a gargantuan season last season; crazy goals and capital relegation with the Greens. By far the Montpellier player with the most scores to settle with Ligue 1. Unless he joins his old friends from Saint-Etienne next year.

FC Nantes

When we talk about hype, that of FC Nantes was colossal last year. A polished game, guys who enjoy playing together, all under the leadership of the druid Kombouaré. And as if that were not enough, the course ended with a victory in the Coupe de France, and therefore a Champions Trophy to play against PSG.

However, it might have been better for the Niçois to win the Coupe de France. A 4-0 loss that makes the Canaries laugh yellow, or that cuts their wings. We let you choose the word game that suits you best.

FFL Prediction : With their victory in the Coupe de France, Nantes will compete in the Europa League. Who says C3 says match on Thursday evening. It smells good of the team trying to play on all fronts, but who must choose their fight from November.

The man to follow : Nicolas Pallois. With his surgical left leg to organize the Nantes game, forget about Messi, the Canaries have Monsieur Pallois. Add to that devastating shoulder blows and pressure shots as soon as an opponent comes within 25 meters, and you get a player who has no room for improvement.

OGC Nice

The end of the Aiglons season was extremely smooth. Not only did they lose the Coupe de France final against Nantes (see above), but on top of that they had the pleasant surprise of finishing 5th. Tied on points with Stade Rennais, of course, but it was the Bretons who finished fourth thanks to goal average. Gladly leaving the Europa League Conference in Nice. All the more frustrating as the Azureans lost a point in the championship due to overflows during the reception of OM. In short, a season placed under the sign of regrets.

FFL Prediction : For this new exercise, Galtier has left the ship, and Lucien Favre has returned. Will the Swiss manage to grab the podium with the Aiglons like in 2017? Nothing better than intravenous hope for Nice supporters.

The man to follow : Aaron Ramsey. Freshly arrived from Juventus Turin, the Welshman remains on a last official match of anthology. The guy managed to lose the Europa League final to Glasgow Rangers by missing his penalty. Suffice to say that his level of confidence is at its highest before starting this new season. A reinforcement of choice.

Paris Saint Germain

The Parisians remain on a succulent season under the orders of Mauricio Pochettino. Eliminations in the round of 16 of the Champions League and the Coupe de France, as well as a Trophée des Champions lost against LOSC. Mauricio was on the verge of achieving a clear round, before stumbling in the league.

With his departure, and the arrival of Galtier, Paris Saint-Germain become a threat on the European scene. However, we are careful not to specify for which competition, we are never too careful with PSG.

FFL Prediction : Certainly the easiest prognosis to make. Winner of eight of the last ten championships, there is very little chance of seeing PSG finish second in Ligue 1. But we are not going to lie to you, it is not in Ligue 1 that Paris will be expected at the turn of this season. And to be honest, it was not to win Ligue 1 Uber Eats that Neymar and Messi came to the capital. Even if its reputation precedes it all over the world.

The man to follow : Kylian Mbappe. The suspense surrounding his future was a soap opera all on its own. Finally, Mbappé queda in Paris.

But it may well be that the conditions accepted by PSG to see him stay will have some repercussions within the club.

The coming season will show us if Kylian was right to stay, or if he missed a huge opportunity to finally win the Champions League. Either way, he will be a genius in his own way.

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