League 1 | FFL predictions for the 2022-2023 season – Part 1

The Ligue 1 version 2022-2023 will experience some exciting new features. Four descents in Ligue 2, the arrival of Christophe Galtier in PSG and the return of the Tolisso – Lacazette duo in Lyon. Not to mention OM, who only have this competition to play from December.

While Ligue 1 will resume its rights in just a few days, we have the idea to submit our prediction on the course of 20 elite clubs for the coming season. A piece of advice, stay seated.

AC Ajaccio

The Corsicans were promoted to Ligue 1 this season, after an eight-year absence. However, it’s not for lack of trying to climb faster. But each time, the defeat decided otherwise. In 2018, ACA lost the play-off 4-0 against TFC, and in 2020 it finished 3rd in the standings, a few points behind the second lensois. Unfortunately, only the first two were promoted due to the health crisis. Bye bye the hope of Liguain.

We had to wait until last season to see the Ajacciens confirm their fourth promotion in their history. The basic ingredient? An airtight defense earned them a new record in Ligue 2, with 19 goals conceded. It is enough to bring a little order to our dear and tender Ligue 1, which has been too much for our taste in recent years.

FFL forecasting : A strong, rough, bitter start to the season, where every trip to the Island of Beauty will be a pure dream for all visitors. However, we expect a sharp decline in the coming months. Because the magic recipe of the promoted one is good, but it is not passed by Tanang Santos.

The person to follow : Romain Hamouma. After experiencing the descent into hell with the Greens, Romain has put the odds on his side to do it again this season. Take the elevator only in the direction of descent, the new concept developed by Hamouma.

Angers SCO

Few clubs have managed to be consistent at the professional level. Since 2015, SCO d’Angers has been playing in Ligue 1, and for seven years, the club has always finished between 9th and 14th place. Only Real Madrid in the Champions League can claim to have such consistency.

With the departure of Mohamed-Ali Cho, Thomas Mangani and Angelo Fulgini, the Angevins decided to further reduce the technical dimension of their game. kick and hurry French style.

FFL forecasting : As every season, Angers is one of the clubs at risk for maintenance. And every time, SCO has managed to mope majestically in the soft underbelly of the ranks. But since we’re crazy about the FFL, we’ll risk a very daring bet: The upsets won’t finish between 9th and 14th place. We warn you, we’re crazy here.

The person to follow : Adrian Hunou. The former supersub of Stade Rennais left Minnesota for Maine-et-Loire. He had to hydrate well before realizing that he had just traded skyscrapers for the ponds and streams of Angers.

Auxerre

Ten years. It has been a decade since Ligue 1 teams visited the legendary Abbé-Deschamps stadium. To do so, Auxerrois had to knock out Sochaux and Saint-Étienne, all of whom lost in the play-offs during penalty shootouts. The man in this adventure? Jean-Marc Furlan. With his hat turned upside down on his head, the 64-year-old likes to break codes, and hopes his players do the same to their opponents’ kidneys.

It’s a safe bet that AJA remembers the best years of the elite. However, we should not make the dream a reality, at the risk of eating disappointment after disappointment every weekend. With the oldest workforce in Ligue 1 – 27 years on average – experience is on the side of the Burgundians. As for the enthusiasm of the youth, maybe we will go back.

FFL forecasting : AJA and Ligue 2 lived a 10-year love story, before breaking up last May. But let’s hope the Auxerre supporters are reassured. As they say, one Ligue 2 season lost, ten regained.

The person to follow : Gaëtan Charbonnier. Harry Windsor’s official look-alike, Gaëtan is also AJA’s main offensive weapon in his spare time.

Brest Stadium 29

Michel Der Zakarian’s men narrowly missed out on the Ligue 1 soft underbelly title last season. With seven points behind LOSC, there was nothing they could do. We already know their goal for next year; win this title and end a 41-year drought since their last coronation. It was the French championship… in the second division. A premonition?

FFL forecasting : Stade Brestois is neither too high nor too low in the final standings. At the same time as we said, Breton supporters will sign directly to finish 10th in Ligue 1, right?

The person to follow : Michel Der Zakarian. The defensive line specialist swapped his special weapon last year for a vulgar 4-4-2. Like Didier Deschamps, Der Zakarian paved the way for his time. Michel, it’s time to return the bus to Bizot’s goal. We will not campaign hard enough for a return to the good old 0-0.

Last season, the Clermontois discovered for the first time in their history the cruel world of Liguain. Gone are the days when Auvergne was a rugby land. He now has to accept living with the round ball and the players rolling on the ground for a flick. We are too much, of course, but since when does good faith guide our every word?

Clermont was the last club to progress last season. Thus they achieved the double wish to see all our licensees: send Bordeaux and Saint-Étienne to Ligue 2. And for that alone, CF63 deserves our eternal respect.

FFL forecasting : With four descents scheduled for the end of the season, the chances of seeing Clermont in the elite took a big hit. But let’s be silly, let’s predict the fierce fight until the last day to hold. Before we end up moving everything together, let’s not forget the main thing.

The person to follow : Maxime Gonalons. The bugger is back in France. After experiences that were not folichonnes in the side of Rome, Seville and Granada, Maxime will bring all his experience at the top level to lead, little by little, the people of Auvergne towards Ligue 2. Super Max.

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