According to the forecasts of the Football Observatory, Olympique de Marseille will confirm its good start to the season to finish in second place in the standings. On the other hand, there is concern about the Greens …
The ambition returned to Marseilles. The end of last season had been promising and the recruitment made during the summer transfer window only reinforced expectations around OM. And the successful start of the season by Jorge Sampaoli’s men is also a bearer of hope. After six days, the Ciel et Blancs are still undefeated and point to second place in the standings, admittedly five lengths from the PSG but with a late match to play at Nice.
And the statistics also seem to plead the cause of the Phocaeans. To believe the Observatory of Football (CIES), which is based on an algorithm taking into account the experience of the players, the summer recruitment and the past results, OM should indeed be the first rival of PSG this season. The capital club seem untouchable, but the Olympians should finish in second place, ahead of theOlympique Lyonnais. Third last season, Monaco will fail this time at the foot of the podium, in front of Lille, the defending champion, and Nice.
Real, City, Inter and Bayern sacred?
At the bottom of the table, Troyes should only move to Ligue 1. ESTAC would be promised to the red lantern. In difficulties for several months, Saint-Etienne would also be scheduled to go down to Ligue 2, Brest having to play the dams. The season may also be long for two other strongholds of French football: Nantes and Bordeaux, promised to the 15e and 16e places.
In other championships, bonus is most often given to leavers. Like Bayern Munich, expected to add a new title to its collection despite competition from Wolfsburg, Inter Milan should thus retain its crown in Serie A, ahead of Naples and AC Milan, Juventus risking to finish at a modest 6e square. In England, the Big Four should not change and Manchester City should retain their throne ahead of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, which CIES does not see on the podium despite the certainties displayed since the start of the year. Change is however expected in Spain where Real Madrid are the first favorite for the league title, ahead of Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona.
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