Ligue 1 Preview – Matchweek 9

By  Football Pulp - 13 October 2016

After a tiresome international break, teams in France are back to the basics and their focus is back on contesting for the Ligue 1 crown. The rugs will be tightened and the aims will be set straight, with all the spotlights set to highlight the live action from Matchweek 9. The frenzied atmosphere across France has caught the attention of the audience, and teams are once again ready to participate in breathtaking battles.

The league leaders, Nice, are at full strength to face Lyon, while Toulouse, Monaco and PSG are all set to increase the intensity. Quite a strange start to the season we have witnessed with PSG struggling to secure the top spot, while Lille is fighting hard in the relegation zone. Some unexpected results have been witnessed in the opening 8 weeks, making this season one of the toughest of the last few decades.



All rounds of fixtures will be played in Ligue 1 Matchweek 9, starting on Friday, October 14, 2016, with Toulouse and Monaco recommencing the proceedings. Here’s Ligue 1 Matchweek 9 preview to take you through all the focal points of this week’s live action:

Fixtures in Focus

Toulouse v Monaco

Toulouse was cruising after an impressive victory over PSG, but their loss to Caen broke their momentum. The defeat brought an end to the three-match winning streak of Toulouse, but the side is looking confident to seal a win against Monaco this Friday. Monaco, on the other hand, has impressed a lot this season and with only one defeat in 8 matches, the team is looking threatening with their attack. A top flight clash will put pressure on both sides!



Nice v Lyon

Lyon was impressive at the start, winning the opening two fixtures but fell slightly off track, managing to win only two games in their last 6 fixtures. Lyon is sitting at the 5th spot and if they want to inflict defeat on Nice away from home, a composed strategy is required. Surprisingly, Nice have been impressive throughout, but we need to see whether Lyon is capable enough to put a dent in Nice’s title hopes.

Team to Look Out for


The league leaders, Nice, have shown outstanding form so far this season with only one defeat in 8 matches. However, even though the team’s dazzling performance has stunned many but the football pundits are still not convinced. The star performer, Super Mario, is still under the burden of his ruthless behavior and his side's dependence on him is a weak link. Moreover, the team is also equipped with power packed defense line, the major strength of Nice, and a ruthless attack serves as an icing at the top. Another fairy tale in the making!



Player to Make Headline

Edison Cavani earned the player of the month award for September with 8 goals, making him the leading goal scorer of the season. He is in fine touch and with his abilities; he is expected to shine this season.



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