2022/23 Ligue 1 Prediction: Ranks Suppose to Be Miserable?

Chuck Blake

Updated: Aug 02, 2022 05:36

Why the 2022–2023 Ligue 1 supposes to be fantastic

The 2022–23 Ligue 1 season will soon begin, and defending champion Paris Saint–Germain will be vying for a second straight league championship.While there should be no question about the championship competition at all, several teams have a chance to go to the Champions League.

As we give you with our 2022–2023 Ligue 1 season preview, events should be as intriguing at the lower echelons.

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Ligue 1 is opening this weekend, with PSG still the No.1 seed to conquer the French mainland.

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar taking place in November, this year's fixtures in the top five leagues will be different from those of the past.

The schedule is more intense than before, with the 1st round of Ligue 1 starting on the weekend of 6-7 August 2022.

As there will be no play-offs in the new season, the bottom 4 in Ligue 1 will be relegated directly to Ligue 2, while the top two in Ligue 2 will move up to Ligue 1. Here we bring you my preview of the new Ligue 1 season, starting with the 6 teams that performed well last season.

Defending Champions: Paris Saint-Germain


Defending champions Paris are miles ahead of all other domestic competitors.

Transfers in: midfielder Vitinha (Porto), defender Nuno Mendes (Sporting CP), striker Ekitike (Reims)

Transfers out: goalkeeper Areola (West Ham United), midfielder Xavi Simons (Eindhoven), midfielder Di Maria (Juventus), defender Dagba (Strasbourg)

Paris Saint-Germain are the reigning champions and the favourites to defend their title this season.

The team will still play a 4-2-3-1 formation, and the starting line-up could change a lot due to the heavy reinforcements that PSG has brought in during the transfer window this season. Of note is the signing of the young 20-year-old striker Hugo Ekitike from Reims, a homegrown star who had a great season in Ligue 1 before and attracted the attention of several European giants, but in the end, the reigning Ligue 1 champions had the last laugh.

With this, Paris, paired with their original luxury squad, believe they will have little problem in continuing to defend their title this season.

Teams capable of playing in Europe: Marseille, Monaco, Rennais, Nice, Olympique Lyonnais


Marseille have done too little in the transfer window to help their new boss emulate his predecessor’s achievement.

Transfer in: midfielder Cengiz Ünder (Roma), midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi (Arsenal), and midfielder Gündoz (Arsenal). Gündoz (Arsenal), striker Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), defender Isaak Toure (Le Havre) and defender Chancel Mbemba (Porto).

Transfer out: midfielder Kamara (Aston Villa), goalkeeper Mandanda (Rennais), midfielder Nemanja Radonjić (Torino).

Olympique Marseille finished second last season with a squad that is not to be underestimated.

However, with the departure of the rising star Kamara, Marseille needs to strengthen their midfield. Bakayoko, who is familiar with Ligue 1, is a key target for Marseille.

But as things stand, Bakayoko's move to Marseille will be difficult, as it is a three-way transfer negotiation, and the manager is not a fan of him. All in all, Marseille are still worth watching this season.


Monaco will be looking to replicate last season’s feat and claim a third consecutive third-place finish.

Transfer in: Takumi Minamino (Liverpool) and striker Embolo (Mönchengladbach).

Transfer out: goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte (Espanyol), Cesc Fabregas (Como), midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni (Real Madrid), striker Pietro Pellegri (Torino), defender Strahinja Pavlović (Salzburg)

Monaco ended up in third place last season with a 52.6% winning percentage. The home side has performed better, with a 63.2% winning rate, scoring 2 goals per game and conceding 0.84, with a relatively strong front line and a tight defensive line that is solid.

They are not very strong this season. But as a rich club, they are at the top of the table in terms of total players' value. Though they are not comparable to PSG, it must be said that they will be a good contender for the seats of Champions League in Ligue 1.


Rennais FC is looking for an opportunity to shine again.

Transfer in: goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (Marseille), striker Metehan Güçlü (Emmen), midfielder Gboho (Vitesse) and midfielder Seiliki (Middlesbrough).

Transfer out: defender Nayef Aguerd (West Ham United) and Striker Mathys Tel (Bayern Munich).

Rennais finished fourth last season and qualified for the Europa League. With a total of 82 goals scored, their attacking power is comparable to that of PSG and is one of the fantastic teams to watch this season.

The team only received 2 red cards last season and are playing a very cautious defence. The recruitment of the squad is not too big this summer.


Nice could do better than they did last season.

Transfer in: goalkeeper Marcin Bulka (Paris Saint-Germain), defender Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), striker Ilie (Rapid) and midfielder Alexis Trouillet (Auxerre).

Nice finished fifth place last season and finally qualified for the group stage of the Europa Conference League.

The team had a balanced home and away performance, picked up 6 red cards on the season and was quite reckless in defence. And with an average of less than 1 goal conceded per game, the backline is relatively solid.

There were few changes to the squad, but not so much in terms of reinforcements.


An immensely reinforced Olympique Lyon would be a threat to PSG for the battle of championship.

Transfer in: midfielder Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), defender Tagliafico (Ajax), midfielder Johann Lepenant (Caen) and striker Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).

Transfer out: Emerson (Chelsea) and Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham)

Olympique Lyonnais finished in 8th place last season. having won the Ligue 1 title 7 times in their history, they are also the 5-time champions of Coupe de France and the 7-time champions of Trophée des Champions.

Olympique Lyonnais had ups and downs in recent seasons, with manager Peter Bosz in his second year in charge of the team, who has delivered 23 wins, 14 draws and 11 losses in 48 games so far with a 48% win rate. It's a great performance overall.

The team has not made many reinforcements this season, but they are hoping to be back in their prime.

Clevpicks Prediction of 2022/2023 Ligue 1:

Champion: Paris Saint-Germain

Top 3: Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Rennais

Top 5: Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Rennais, Monaco, Nice

Relegation: Ajaccio, Clermont, Lorient, Auxerre

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