PSG tipped to retain Ligue 1 title in a COVID-hit season
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PSG tipped to retain Ligue 1 title in a COVID-hit season

Champions League finalists Paris St Germain are strong favourites to defend the Ligue 1 title in a season already derailed by coronavirus crisis.

The Friday curtain-raiser pitting Marseille and St Etienne was postponed after the Provence club reported four new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

The LFP was forced to reshuffle the fixtures and now Girondins de Bordeaux will host Nantes in the first match of the league. 

“I’m pessimistic. I don’t see this league happening in normal conditions. We’re not going to have so many dates for postponed games and soon we’re going to hit a wall,” St Etienne coach Claude Puel said.

PSG are expected to retain Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as they aim for an eighth title in nine years. Even if coach Thomas Tuchel has some remodelling to do with captain Thiago Silva leaving, it will take some special achievement to dethrone the capital side.

Olympique Lyonnais, however, are hoping to mount a challenge after being deprived of any European competition when they finished the previous season in seventh place.

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