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Paris Saint-Germain are five points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table
Auxerre are struggling to pull clear of the relegation zone so far this term
PSG will look to make a fast start in their final game before World Cup 2022
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Only three teams are still unbeaten in Europe’s top five leagues (Ligue 1, Serie A, the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga) as the World Cup 2022 break looms: Real Madrid, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.
Whereas few anticipated Napoli doing so well in the first portion of 2022/23, Madrid’s strong start was predictable. Even less surprising is undefeated PSG’s position at the summit of the standings in France. By far the wealthiest club in the country, the club from the capital were the overwhelming favorites to win the title with the best online sportsbooks before a ball had been kicked. Twelve wins and two draws later, nothing has changed.
PSG cannot necessarily take the Ligue 1 crown for granted. They did not finish on top of the pile in either 2016/17 or 2020/21, as Monaco and Lille respectively stole their thunder (the latter were managed by Christophe Galtier, now PSG’s boss). But barring some sort of dramatic structural or financial change, it is becoming increasingly hard to see anyone other than the Parisians winning the title.
Lens have done a good job of sticking reasonably close to PSG so far, with five points separating the two teams ahead of matchday 15. That margin is likely to be trimmed to two points by the time PSG take to the field against Auxerre, since Lens host Clermont Foot on Saturday.
Galtier has had a good start to his Parc des Princes tenure. PSG advanced to the knockout phase of the Champions League with a minimum of fuss, and they are certainly playing better than last season under Mauricio Pochettino. This is a club where off-field noise is guaranteed, but Galtier has done a decent job of keeping the focus on the soccer. For now.
This year’s relegation battle in Ligue 1 could be one of the most dramatic of recent times. Since 2016/17, two teams have been automatically demoted to the second tier and a third has competed in the relegation play-offs against the third-place finisher in Ligue 2.
This season, though, four teams will go down automatically. That is because, from the 2023/24 campaign onwards, Ligue 1 will feature 18 teams rather than 20. A fifth of the sides currently in the top tier of French soccer will not be there in 12 months’ time.
Auxerre are among the clubs that are vulnerable. Currently 15th in the table, they are just two points and two places above the drop zone. Only one of their last 10 outings has produced a victory.
There have already been six managerial changes in Ligue 1 since the start of the campaign, including Auxerre’s decision to ditch Jean-Marc Furlan in favor of Christophe Pelissier.
The ex-Lorient head coach has been tasked with steering the club into mid-table, but that will be easier said than done, at least in the short term. A trip to PSG is certainly not the type of assignment that Pelissier would have wanted on the eve of the World Cup.
The opening game of the first-ever winter World Cup takes place just seven days after this game. We have already seen several players cruelly ruled out of the tournament through injury (including France duo N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba), and no potential participant will want to take any risks with his fitness this weekend. Galtier already felt some of his PSG players were trying to protect themselves last time out.
“Automatically, [the World Cup] is in the heads of the players, when they’re hearing that such and such a player is injured and is ruled out of the World Cup,” he said after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Lorient.
“There will always be a piece of news that will make them doubt. For some, there was a certain restraint, we were sometimes a bit fearful in the duels.”
For that reason among others, we will probably see PSG look to make a quick start to this match in a bid to wrap up the win as quickly as possible. Being two or three goals up at the interval would allow the French champions to take their foot off the gas in the second half. The last thing PSG’s stars would want is for this match to still be on a knife edge in the closing stages.
Auxerre have the second-worst away record in the division and they will not be expecting to get anything from Sunday’s trip to the capital. Back PSG -1.5 in the first-half Asian handicap.
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Teams: PSG vs Auxerre
Location: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Time: Sunday 13 November 2022, 7 AM EDT
How to Watch: beIN Sports
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