Ligue 1 Games and Players to Watch This Weekend

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Ligue 1 Games and Players to Watch This Weekend
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Ligue 1 was back with us last weekend as the opening round of matches in France produced 24 goals and plenty of talking points.

Preseason, Olympique Lyonnais looked like they were destined for a difficult campaign following a number of departures. But Remi Garde’s Yoann Gourcuff-inspired side thumped four past OGC Nice Cote d’Azur at the Stade Gerland in the pick of the games.

Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain were held to a surprising draw in Montpellier, although those familiar with Le Championnat will be aware that the capital club are notoriously slow starters.

AS Monaco got off to a winning start as they returned to the top flight after a two-year absence in Bordeaux. Les Girondins’ resolute defence was eventually breached by Emmanuel Riviere and Radamel Falcao, both inside the last 10 minutes.

Olympique de Marseille also kicked off in strong fashion; they raced into a 3-0 lead inside of 15 minutes at newly promoted En Avant Guingamp, eventually winning 3-1. Elie Baup’s side kicked off their anticipated title challenge in impressive style despite some shaky defending.

The results put Laurent Blanc’s PSG side under immediate pressure going into this weekend. Here are some games and players to watch out for in Ligue 1 this weekend.

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