Sticking to the same format as the La Liga predictions, I am releasing the first of three parts in a Ligue 1 preview! This article was written by a new author for the site! Please welcome Tristan, who will be writing the occasional piece when he is able to find time in his busy school life. Anyways lets get into it and check out his predictions!
20th Place- Amiens SC
Being promoted to Ligue 1 from their successful 2016-2017 season, was huge for Amiens. They finished this past year comfortably in 13th, but talent is lacking. This transfer window, they sold their star midfielder Tanguy Ndombele to Lyon. This leaves a huge hole in the center of their team. On top of that the expired loans of Lacina Traore and Gael Kakuta keave their attack lacking as well. Amiens just don’t have the caliber of players to stay up in Ligue 1.
19th Place- Angers SCO
In a similar place as Amiens with a mid table finish last season, but a huge talent loss are Angers. Angers lost their top striker Toko Ekambi to Villareal for 18 million. With the striker Angers finished 14th last year, how they’ll fare without him remains to be seen. Last season they had 52 goals scored against them and their defense hasn’t made any real changes. Bringing in no strikers makes their team very vulnerable. With a bad attack and a subpar defense, Angers is my bet as another relegated team.
18th Place- SM Caen
Last season Caen was just a point away from playing a relegation game. This transfer window has been focused on attack for them with the likes of Enzo Crivelli, Yacine Bammou, and Casimir Ninga. Unfortunately the defense of Caen hasn’t changed much. With the same amount of goals scored on them as Angers, it isn’t looking like the new attack will be enough to keep them from relegation.
17th Place- EA Guingamp
Guingamp was another team with a mid table finish last season, but their transfer window activity makes it look like they can only move down. Losing key midfielder Clément Grenier will make the team weaker in the center of the park and they did not bring in any big signings. This team will most likely be weaker than last season, and not bringing in a big signing does not help change that.
16th Place- FC Toulouse
Toulouse scraped by last season, winning their relegation game to keep them up in Ligue 1. Unfortunately they lost some huge players this transfer window. Star center back Issa Diop was sold to West Ham, starting keeper Alban Lafont leaves as well for Fiorentina, and to top it off Max Gradel’s loan has expired and he is returning to Bournemouth. Toulouse still has a decent team, but losing these key players leads me to believe that they will finish near the bottom of the table.
15th Place- LOSC Lille
This 15th place finish would be an upgrade for Lille from last season, but still a low table finish. They lost about as much as they gained from this transfer window. Getting Jérémy Pied, Loic Remy, and other quality players would bring them up the table. However to counter that they lost key midfielders Yves Bissouma and Ibrahim Amadou. They have gotten a little bit substandard, but there are other teams in worse positions.
14th Place- FCO Dijon
Last season Dijon placed 11th letting in a woeful 73 goals. With no major signings, and the expired loan of center back Papy Djilobodji, it may be even worse than last season. They did sign one solid player in Gourcuff. The center attacking midfielder holds up the center of the field very well and may be the key to Dijon scoring more goals then they let in. This is a team that could definitely slide if their defense doesn’t improve.