The kick-off to a new season is always a special moment. Will their be any surprises on this first day?
If the promoted sides Caen, Brest and Arles-Avignon are on the road, the top three from last season, OM, OL and Auxerre will be at home. Big matches to start off the season? Not really, but we should keep in mind Auxerre – Lorient, Rennes – Lille, Montpellier – Bordeaux, OL – Monaco. As for PSG, there is a lot of expectation surrounding their game against Saint-Etienne.
A new season and not much activity in the transfer market for the moment. Will this stability be a gauge of immediate automatisms, quality and a tight division? That remains to be seen … In any case, for those teams aiming at the top, just like those hoping to avoid relegation, the main thing is to start off well without giving yourself any extra handicaps, even if the last two editions proved that an excellent start (OL and Bordeaux) to the season is no guarantee of success at the end …
OM are putting their title up for grabs. OL want to take back “their crown”. Lille are looking at the podium… Caen no longer want to yo-yo between divisions … Arles-Avignon and Brest are aware of the extent of their task … Montpellier want to confirm last season’s form…
Some important players have like Govou, Chamakh, Boumsong, Koscielny, Costa, Dia have left the L1… others could follow in August. Certain players have changed clubs, in the image of Briand, Montano, Bodmer, Nené, Vahirua, Le Tallec… As far as arrivals in France are concerned, there is nothing major to report just yet …
Lens – Nancy
Auxerre – Lorient
OL – Monaco
OM – Caen
Rennes – Lille
Toulouse – Brest
Sochaux – Arles-Avignon
Nice – Valenciennes
PSG – Saint-Etienne
Montpellier - Bordeaux