Top But Ligue 1 2015

That come in auto 2013/14 season once Marseille brought in €32 million via thé Champions League. Making the Champions League à la every team short of PSG have the right to totally échanger the direction ns a club. In England, lacking out on the Champions ligue hurts ont you can"t draw thé very sommet players but the nouveau TV deal assures elle that money won"t be a problem et you have the right to simply continue to poach talent from thé continent. In France, your top players will leave and you won"t oui the de largent to change them (see Marseille this season). This creates much more long-term fluidity: si Marseille manquer the Champions league these prochain two seasons while St Etienne make it, there is a good joie St Etienne can quickly passage Marseille in thé pecking order. Europa ligue spots take on added sens here oui well oui it"s a competition french teams ont a meilleur chance ns making a long run in. There is dramma in each spot amie climb native 6th à 1st, ensuring an ext meaningful jeux down the stretch.

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1. Marseille

Bielsa’s teams have been covered longue enough for it à become a peu of a meme marqué there is a factor for tous the adulation: his teams space a hell of a parcelle of drôle to watch. Si you choose open, high-tempo, pushing soccer the leads to mortier of chances and goals you couldn’t oui dreamed a meilleur team 보다 Marseille critical year. Marseille directif the league most of the season avant collapsing so late in games and down the stretch de the season in disastrous fashion, missing out on the champions League. Ne sont pas Champions ligue in alliance 1 means non money et time venir say goodbye à a parcelle of players. 6 ns the 11 players who played 1300 minutes are gone. Deux elite players in Imbula and Payet will certainly hurt auto most:

(for joueur card methodology please see thé players section below)


Getting auto ball back from thé press automatically transitions right into shooting quickly. Marseille dirige the ligue in shots et deep passes passant par a vast margin and shot thé ball really quickly parce que le a team who has cette a lot.


One du the gros problems to be they ran out ns gas at thé end ns games et then so late in thé season, which je wrote around previously. This was harmed passant par rarely rotating and it’s hard venir see comment they won’t prevent a similar slump this year if they continuez to phat so full-bore, ont the team is not lot deeper et will oui Europa ligue to deal with as well. Critical year’s heights will certainly not be reached marqué there is toujours enough here to make a run at auto Champions League. Batshuayi must be able venir replace Gignac and the defense could an extremely easily improve, but finding a joueur to change Payet’s table-setting skills will be priority #1. Florian Thauvin et Romain Alessandrini will have the joie to make more plays marqué the many intriguing player is Abdel Barrada.

Barrada put up some really impressive attack numbers in 276 minutes (sub impact helps, specifically in Marseille games which become even more wildly open late). Barrada has actually started current friendlies et looks to be given a starting spot at the start of the year à prove hey can repeat last years numbers over a full share of minutes.


2. Lyon

Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. It"s easy venir picture Lyon oui a swashbuckling, attacking team battling PSG parce que le the title behind talented forwards like Fekir et Lacazette marqué the stats à faire not bear the out.


Grenier fits thé team favor a glove but now ce will it is in up venir someone prefer Rachid Ghezzal, that struggled critical season, to volonté the round forward more. Nouveau signing Beauvue native Guingamp is no that belles of player, cette scored goals last year marqué completed surmonter in thé 4th percentile. He will be auto 4th meilleur forward Lyon has.


It"s hard venir picture thé same amount of goals scored without grenier returning and hitting top-form immediately in December. I"d put them under 50% to finish top 3. Something short de that will be a catastrophe that can see their stars leave. It’s an enormous season for Lyon ont they attempt to build a long-term page daccueil near auto top de the table.




He could be too young to volonté many protocole this year à la a haut team, marqué is one to watch in auto years à come.

El Shaarawy, Carillo, and co, will likely replace what Monaco is losing up front. Kondogbia remains thé question, can they change his midfield quality? castle should aller it well enough venir finish 2nd in auto league, whereby they have finished in xG each du the past deux seasons. Arguably auto most important part of the season is right now, as they try to make the coporation, groupe stages de the champion League and keep thé revenue coming in.

Others venir watch, depending conditions météorologiques your tastes

If you like watching an excellent players: PSG. Critical season they didn’t look fully focused in domestic competitions et struggled parce que le most du the season. Castle won auto treble. They will win the league again but I’d recommend watching them mainly in thé Champions League.

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There are deux weaknesses venir watch et see si they fix. Both involved thé back du the PSG defense. Teams gone into the des boites with auto shortest average paragraphe length and had auto highest perfect % inside auto box. This is PSG"s chart ns pass origins à completions within the des boites (goals are light green et large circle, shots bright blue moyen circle, completions smallest circle):


Now groups don"t volonté to the boîte near enough for this to cost them the ligue (though ce almost did critical season) marqué it"s a difficulty that needs to be fixed à challenge in the Champions League. Cette is interesting to remarque zero goals jaune shots came from surmonter starting on the byline against PSG compared to the super amount native Bordeaux, particularly from your left side. The can"t be good news pour Diego Contento, Bordeaux"s most-used left-back.

If elle enjoy for sure stifling defenses choose Atletico Madrid: St Etienne is her team à watch. Deep surmonter turned into shots at a rate 35% below ligue average (saving at the very least 5 jaune 6 goals), and as you can see passe were tough à complete everywhere against them.


Pass into caisse map (from smallest à largest circles=incomplete, complete, shot, goal. Comparer to Lille"s below)

The big worry is what happens si Max Gradel leaves. Gradel take it 4.2 shots/90 if their next 4 attacking players combined took a total of 6.1. This was par far the highest "one-man attack" in the league. Romain Hamouma would certainly be the likely replacement, you can see auto differences between thé two in their player cards:


If amie want a similar team, cible don"t want venir be one ns those St Etienne glory-hunters and want venir cheer on année under-dog, marche with Nantes. Nantes required opponents wide more than any divers team et allowed thé lowest shot lallure in the league. They collection out to disrupt opponents and do cette excellently.

If elle want à watch a team who had thé most glaring weakness last year, clock Lille. Your back-line conceded nearly 40% an ext shots than would be expected from the passe they confronted (

Lille defensive passes into des boites map, par rapport with St Etienne over (from smallest to largest=incomplete, complete, shot, goal).


Top 6 Prediction







Pastore attacking completion map. (dots space at completion destination, darker color=closer à goal the passage got team, medium circle size=shot, biggest circle size=goal)



Walib Mesloud-29, Lorient

After play his whole career in alliance 2, auto Algerian international made his marque on the top attribuer with année excellent season playing à la a intéressant team through subpar strikers in front ns him. Amie can see the ratio of passes that were completed inside thé box and turned right into shots is significantly lower than Pastore"s or Maurice-Belay"s.


Repeatedly find receivers nous the edge of the boîte but not more in, his lack du vision jaune a failure nous the part of Toivonen et Habibou, the renne strikeforce, to get deep enough?

Adrien Regattin-23, Toulouse

Romain Alessandrini-26, Marseille


Alexandre Lacazzette-24, Lyon


N"Jie only seems comfortable taking longue shots from the right side de goal.

Diego Rolan-22, Bordeaux

Michy Batshuayi-21, Marseille

Alassane Plea-22, Nice

Anthony Martial-19, Monaco


Verratti forward completion map


Tiemoue Bakayoko-20, Monaco


Jeremy Toulalan-31, Monaco

Youngsters à watch:

Adama Traore-20, Monaco

Adrien Rabiot-20, PSG

Andre Biyogo Poko-22, Bordeaux


Not rather Verratti yet nous the repoussante10 side. His forward passe generally get to thé edge du the définitif third at best. Hey did volonté forward and score année open-play goal this la semaine in your Europa ligue game.

Albert Rafetraniaina-18, Nice


He"s native Madagascar if you to be wondering about auto name.

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Top le3 Going Forward

Raphael Guerreiro-21, Lorient

Brice Dja Djedje-24, Marseille

Layvin Kurzawa-22, Monaco


Top 3 center Backs


Thiago Silva-30, PSG

Moustapha Bayal Sall-29, St Etienne

Others of interest

Wallace-20, Monaco

Aymen Abdennour-25, Monaco


This chart spectacles a factor why Abdennour is amazing Barcelona. Compared with Wallace (who has actually a slightly passer rating) Abdennour shows a much higher range du passing. Wallace tends to feed thé ball to one spot conditions météorologiques the left side seulement shy de the halfway line, Abdennour has actually significantly more aggressive passe toward the centre of the pitch in the opposition half.

Final Words

Now that amie know tous this, you and me both oui more reason than ever avant to watch ligue 1. Join with me in following auto perfect secondary ligue this season. Comments, tweets, questions, criticisms always welcome below or conditions météorologiques twitter