Team Stats

Goals

  • Top Scorers: Monaco (56 goals)
  • Lowest Scorers: Nantes (12 goals)
  • Best Defence: Nice (13 goals conceded)
  • Leakiest Defence: Lorient (38 goals conceded)

The battle of the top attack vs the top defence at the top of Ligue 1 – Nice have conceded less than a goal a game, while Monaco have scored just under 3 goals a game!

Types of results

  • Most Wins: Nice and Monaco (13 each)
  • Least Wins: Dijon and Lorient (4 each)
  • Most Draws: Saint-Étienne (8)
  • Least Draws: Lyon (1)
  • Most Defeats: Lorient (12)
  • Least Defeats: Nice (1)

No surprises here really, especially with Lorient doing so poorly

Records and Runs

  • Best Home Record: Nice (26 points from 10 games)
  • Worst Home Record: Metz (9 points from 8 games)
  • Best Away Record: Nice (18 points from 9 games)
  • Worst Away Record: Caen (1 point from 9 games)
  • Most Consecutive Wins: Nice (6 wins in a row)
  • Longest Unbeaten Run: Nice (11 games without defeat)
  • Longest Winless Run: Bastia (9 games without a win)
  • Most Consecutive Defeats: Lorient, Metz and Lille (4 defeats in a row)

Nice dominating both home and away – still unbeaten at home!

Match Records

  • Biggest Win: Metz 0-7 Monaco
  • Highest Scoring Game: Monaco 6-2 Montpellier
  • Highest Attendance: 57,091 (Marseille 0-0 Bordeaux)
  • Lowest Attendance: 4,319 (Monaco 2-1 Caen)

Monaco racking up some massive scores here (still someway off the Ligue 1 record of 12-1 for biggest win)

Managerial Changes

Marseille – Franck Passi (Interim during takeover) -> Rudi Garcia

With the takeover finally completed at Marseille (in October…), the new board wasted no time in naming Rudi Garcia as the new manager. He has had a noticeable effect at the Stade Velodrome, as Marseille have risen up 6 places to 6th and only lost 2 more games in the league (more than doubling the clubs points tally in the process). It will be interesting to see how the new board approach the transfer window in January as well…

Lorient – Sylvain Ripoli -> Bernard Casoni

With Lorient struggling at the bottom of the league, Ripoli decided to quit the job. Lorient were on just 6 points from 10 games at the time, and hadn’t drawn a single game. Bernard Casoni was brought in as the new manager and has slightly improved the team’s fortunes – taking 9 points from the following 9 games, which included a 3 match unbeaten run.

Lille – Frédéric Antonetti -> Patrick Collot (Caretaker)

Lille decided to part company with manager Antonetti precisely one year after appointing him, after the club had slipped to 19th place in the league. As of yet, the club haven’t made an announcement regarding the permament replacement for Antonetti, but Collot (the caretaker manager) hasn’t done his chances any harm by only losing 1 of his 6 league games in charge.

Nantes – René Girard -> Sérgio Conceição

Nantes also changed manager when they slipped to 19th at the start of December. Since switching managers, they have won 2 of their previous 3 league games to rise back up to 17th, and clear of danger for the time being.

Team Overviews

Angers

Current Position: 16th (19 points, 5 wins)

Top Scorer: Famara Diedhiou (6 goals)

Most Assists: Cheikh Ndoye/Karl Toko Ekambi (3 assists)

Summary: Angers are struggling a bit from second season syndrome, after their impressive 9th place last season. A decent start to the season had their fans hoping for a repeat performance, but just 2 points from their last 7 games has seen the club slide down the table.

Bastia

Current Position: 14th (20 points, 5 wins)

Top Scorer: Enzo Crivelli (6 goals)

Most Assists: Sadio Diallo/Allan Saint-Maximin (2 assists each)

Summary: Bastia are having another solid season, but still don’t seem to have enough about them to be able to climb into the top half. They shouldn’t be relegated, so should just focus on getting a consistent run of form going again.

Bordeaux

Current Position: 10th (25 points, 6 wins)

Top Scorer: Diego Rolan (4 goals)

Most Assists: Youssouf Sabaly/Jaroslav Plasil (3 assists each)

Summary: Things were looking good for Bordeaux after the first 6 games of the season, but they have only managed 2 wins since and find themselves clinging on to their top half spot.

Caen

Current Position: 19th (18 points, 5 wins)

Top Scorer: Ivan Santini (8 goals)

Most Assists: Julien Féret/Ronny Rodelin (3 assists)

Summary: Caen have really struggled to build on last season’s brilliant 7th place finish, and find themselves in the midst of a relegation battle this season. 

Dijon

Current Position: 15th (19 points, 4 wins)

Top Scorer: Júlio Tavares/Lois Diony (5 goals each)

Most Assists: Lois Diony (5 assists)

Summary: Dijon are beginning to find Ligue 1 life tough, with only 1 win in their last 9 games seeing them falling ever closer to the drop zone. Their solid start should give them confidence, as if they can repeat that after the winter break they will stay up comfortably.

Guingamp

Current Position: 5th (30 points, 8 wins)

Top Scorer: Jimmy Briand (6 goals)

Most Assists: Fernando Marçal (5 assists)

Summary: One of the biggest improvers from last season, when they finished 16th. A real team effort, with no real standout players – which is also a problem when they don’t play well.

Lille

Current Position: 12th (21 points, 6 wins)

Top Scorer: Eder (4 goals)

Most Assists: Eder (3 assists)

Summary: A torrid run of just 3 wins in 13 games at the start of the season saw Lille in real danger of dropping out of the league, but sacking their manager has done the trick – with the club now on the rise again, stopped only by the winter break. Fully capable of getting a top 6 spot.

Lorient

Current Position: 20th (15 points, 4 wins)

Top Scorer: Benjamin Moukandjo (7 goals)

Most Assists: Sylvain Marveaux (3 assists)

Summary: It’s been a terrible season for Lorient, as they find themselves bottom of the league – doing worse than all of the promoted sides. They have had a recent upturn in form to at least make the table look better for them, but it is hard to see them emerging from the drop zone this season.

Lyon

Current Position: 4th (34 points, 11 wins)

Top Scorer: Alexandre Lacazette (13 goals)

Most Assists: Mathieu Valbuena (3 assists)

Summary: Lyon have just dropped off a little bit compared to the last two seasons, and find themselves comfortably in 4th place, with a 5 point gap to PSG, and a 4 point gap from Guingamp. They will need Champions League football to keep hold of some of their best talents, but don’t look like they can overtake any of the 3 teams above them at the moment.

Marseille

Current Position: 6th (30 points, 8 wins)

Top Scorer: Bafétimbi Gomis (10 goals)

Most Assists: Maxime Lopez (3 assists)

Summary: Following one of the most protracted takeover sagas in a while, Marseille appear to be showing signs of improvement at last. Whilst they are doing much better than they did last season (that dreadful 13th place finish after Bielsa walked out), they haven’t hit the heights they did the season before, and will look to the transfer window as a chance to address that.

Metz

Current Position: 18th (19 points, 5 wins)

Top Scorer: Mevlüt Erdinc (6 goals)

Most Assists: Iván Balliu/Renaud Cohade (2 assists each)

Summary: The newly promoted side are doing OK, but find their season so far overshadowed by the actions of their fans in the game against Lyon. With the league being so tight, the punishment from that game could prove the difference between staying up and going down.

Monaco

Current Position: 2nd (42 points, 13 wins)

Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (11 goals)

Most Assists: Kylian Mbappé (5 assists)

Summary: A return to form for Falcao, coupled with an incredible attacking record, has seen Monaco returning as the closest challengers to the title. Easily the top scoring side in Europe’s top leagues, Monaco have surprised a lot of people by doing so well – even if Nice are doing better.

Montpellier

Current Position: 11th (22 points, 5 wins)

Top Scorer: Ryad Boudebouz (7 goals)

Most Assists: Morgan Sanson (7 assists)

Summary: Looks like another season of midtable mediocrity for 2011/12 champions Montpellier. However, they do have some decent players in their ranks, and are easily capable of putting together a few more wins to stake a claim for a top half place at the end of the season.

Nancy

Current Position: 13th (21 points, 5 wins)

Top Scorer: Youssef Ait Bennasser (3 goals)

Most Assists: Benoît Pedretti (2 assists)

Summary: Nancy are doing the best out of all of the promoted sides so far, and appear to have adapted well to top tier football. Their biggest problem, and the one that could easily see them dragged further down the table, is their lack of goal scoring threat – they are the joint 2nd lowest scorers in the league!

Nantes

Current Position: 17th (19 points, 5 wins)

Top Scorer: Emiliano Sala/Mariusz Stepinski (3 goals each)

Most Assists: Mariusz Stepinski (4 assists)

Summary: Nantes are doing slightly worse than their last two seasons, when they finished 14th. However, you would think that they will have enough about them to stay up – especially with only 2 automatic relegation places now. If they are going to stay up, they will need to find some firepower from somewhere, as Sala and Stepinski have scored half of the clubs league goals so far (6)!

Nice

Current Position: 1st (44 points, 13 wins)

Top Scorer: Alassane Pléa (10 goals)

Most Assists: Jean-Michael Seri (8 assists)

Summary: Easily the surprise of the season so far. Unlike RB Leipzig in Germany, Nice have been able to hold on to their lead all the way to the winter break – and were unlucky to only draw with PSG a few games before the break. With just the one loss so far this season, it is hard to see Nice falling away too spectacularly – and they should be able to get a top 3 finish.

PSG

Current Position: 3rd (39 points, 12 wins)

Top Scorer: Edinson Cavani (18 goals)

Most Assists: Angel di Maria (5 assists)

Summary: It’s all going wrong for PSG. They won the league by 31 points last season! They have already lost 4 games this season, which is only 1 less than they have lost in the past 2 seasons combined! Some of their signings just haven’t worked (such as Jesé) which could mean a few more big money signings in the January window in an attempt to turn it around.

Saint-Étienne

Current Position:  8th (26 points, 6 wins)

Top Scorer: Romain Hamouma/Robert Berić (3 goals each)

Most Assists: Kevin Malcuit (3 assists)

Summary: Too many draws has seen Saint-Étienne once again on the fringes of European qualification places, with the joint fewest wins of all the teams in the top half. Their lack of goals is hurting them as well, with just 18 goals from their 19 games.

Stade Rennais

Current Position: 7th (28 points, 8 wins)

Top Scorer: Giovanni Sio (5 goals)

Most Assists: Paul-Georges Ntep (5 assists)

Summary: It’s been another good season from Stade Rennais, as they look to build on 8th and 9th placed finishes in their last two seasons. A poor bit of form just before the winter break has seen them fall slightly, as they were 5th earlier in the season. Still, nothing to worry about.

Toulouse

Current Position: 9th (26 points, 7 wins)

Top Scorer: Martin Braithwaite  (7 goals)

Most Assists: Óscar Trejo/Martin Braithwaite (3 assists each)

Summary: Following their last gasp escape from relegation last season, Toulouse now find themselves in the top half – but their form has been dipping in their most recent games. The winter break should serve them well, and allow them to come back with the belief that they can stay in the top half this season.

Our Ligue 1 Team of the Season (so far)

GK: Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Étienne)

Ruffier has been excellent all season, conceding just 14 goals in the 17 games he has been in goal for! Keeping 7 clean sheets for the mid-table side is a good show for the keeper – and Saint-Étienne haven’t won either game that Ruffier hasn’t played in. Ruffier has earned his spot in this side, saving the most shots per game of any keeper this season – and conceding less goals than any keeper except Yoan Cardinale (Nice).

LB: Fernando Marçal  (Guingamp)

Guingamp have massively improved this season after nearly getting relegated last season, and in Marçal they have the defender with the most assists in Ligue 1 so far this season, having supplied his team mates for 5 goals.

CB: Thiago Silva (PSG)

As part of the PSG defence, you don’t expect to be tested much – so are measured on how well you can play with the ball. Thiago Silva has been consistently good at this throughout his stay at the Paris club – this season he has averaged an attempted 82 passes per game, with 93% of those finding their target. His defensive stats remain as impressive as ever – winning nearly 80% of his duels so far this campaign.

CB: Loïc Perrin (Saint-Étienne)

Another reason for Saint-Étienne’s good defensive record is the contribution of Loïc Perrin. Having played in 14 games this season, and averaged over 2.5 tackles a game, Perrin is possibly the only player more important than Ruffier for Saint-Étienne this season

RB: Ricardo Pereira (Nice)

Another full back who is excellent at creating chances for his team mates, and the first of a few Nice players in this team, is Ricardo Pereira. The Portuguese right back on loan from Porto has created 22 chances for his team mates, and registered 3 assists as Nice take their surprising place at the top of the pile for the winter break.

LM: Thomas Lemar (Monaco)

One of Monaco’s best youngsters at the moment is certainly living up to his billing, with personal best statistics of 6 goals and 4 assists so far for the free-scoring side. Creator of 30 chances for team mates, Lemar has had a big influence on the side this season – averaging around 1.5 shots, tackles and dribbles per game.

CM: Wylan Cyprien (Nice)

Another of Nice’s standout stars this season (leading to rumours that the previous Nice manager, Claude Puel, wants to bring him to his new club Southampton), Cyprien has been integral to Nice’s play this season. He has managed 5 goals so far this season – including a stunning free kick at the Parc des Princes, and has rarely lost the ball through either a stray pass (90% accuracy) or a blocked dribble (87% success rate)

CM: Marco Verratti (PSG)

Marco Verratti has probably been the best player for PSG so far this season, but has recently cast doubt on his long term future there. For the moment, he has been at the heart of the PSG midfield along with Thiago Motta, averaging 105 touches per game. He has chipped in with 2 goals so far this season, and is comfortably the most fouled player in the PSG side despite only appearing in 14 of the 19 games so far.

RM: Bernardo Silva (Monaco)

Monaco’s other winger, Portuguese maestro Bernardo Silva, is also having a decent season so far – contributing with 2 goals and 4 assists. Having created 23 chances for his team mares so far this season, as well as averaging nearly 2 successful dribbles and shots per game, it is clear to see that Silva is right at home in the Monaco side.

ST: Alassane Pléa  (Nice)

The top scorer for Nice so far this season, Pléa has struck up a good relationship with Balotelli (which is possible…) and managed 10 goals, which is a good tally for a player used to being a winger. With rumours that Balotelli could leave Nice in January, Pléa will need to keep up this form if Nice want to finish in a strong position.

ST: Edinson Cavani (PSG)

The top scorer in Europe’s top 5 leagues, yet Cavani still never seems to take as many chances as he should. 18 goals in 17 games is a good return, but after Zlatan, PSG fans are feeling a bit underwhelmed (Zlatan managed 38 in 30 games last season). Still, for all this negativity, PSG wouldn’t even be close to Nice without Cavani’s goals – and he is one of the best finishers in France at the moment.

Rest of season predictions

  • Winners: Monaco
  • Top 3 (Champions League qualification places): Monaco, PSG and Nice
  • Europa League qualifier (through league): Lyon
  • Relegated: Lorient and Metz (Nantes in playoff)
  • Top Scorer: Edinson Cavani
  • Most Assists: Morgan Sanson