In the most predictable duel dominance of a division since both of the Old Firm were at large in the SPL, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are already running away with Ligue 1 to start a title battle that seems certain to go the whole distance.
There is no Eurozone money crisis as far as the French duo are concerned, with both spending an eye-watering amount on some of the world’s top talent – Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Edinson Cavani in the case of PSG, James Rodriguez and Falcao for Monaco. I wonder just what it was that attracted Falcao to leave Atletico Madrid for a £12m a year, tax-free contract?
But whatever the motives, the quality is already telling in the results: Monaco top the table from PSG on goal difference with both sides winning six and drawing three of their nine fixtures, and bwin are now betting on which of the sides will remain unbeaten the longest.
Value-hunting punters will naturally be drawn to the 11/10 about Claudio Ranieri’s side, but in truth if you want to keep your cash the 13/20 on Paris has to be the call.
There obviously isn’t a great deal between the sides, but a look at the fixture list over the coming month shows that Monaco face the tougher task. Three of their next five games are away from home, including trips to third placed Lille and Nantes, who currently sit on fifth position, while one of their home matches sees them host a still-dangerous Lyon side.
By contrast, three of PSG’s next four are at home, and their only fixture against a side that currently make up the top six over the next ten games is at home to Nice.
Laurent Blanc’s side do have Champions League commitments, something newly-promoted Monaco do not have to worry about, which does make the odds slightly on the skinny side.
But PSG are far superior to the mid-table fodder they are facing over the next eight weeks or so, as shown when they came from behind with ten men to beat Marseille last time out, and Blanc’s men can stretch their unbeaten run for some time yet.