Ligue 1 – Prepare your calendar: you can’t miss the 9 games of the season

Day 1 (weekend 6-7 August): OL – Ajaccio

The first day of L1 has no strictly speaking impact. The reigning PSG champions will begin their campaign in Clermont. But because of the beautiful images, it is rather towards Lyon that we will have to look. Because Groupama Stadium will find in this stadium the first to score: Alexandre Lacazette. Recruit OL badge this summer, the striker will find his audience and his cocoon. With the same success as in the past?
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Matchday 3 (West August 20-21): LOSC – PSG

A duel between the last two champions of France, which has always given Pierre-Mauroy pleasant matches in recent seasons, from the 2019 Lille demonstration (5-1) to this year’s PSG reaction (1- 5), going through the spectacular 0-0 of 2021 marked by the rescue of Presnel Kimpembe at the end of the meeting. Above all, this game that falls sharply at the beginning of the season could mark the return of Christophe Galtier to Pierre-Mauroy as Paris coach. Barely a great season after leaving the North, how would he be received if he returned with MbappĂ©, Messi and others?

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Matchday 4 (weekend from 27 to 28 August): PSG – Monaco

The first big clash of the season, between two European teams – Monaco can expect to qualify for the next Champions League and will play Europe in the worst case – which will mark a hell of a month for at the ASM. In the program of the Monegasques: Strasbourg, Rennes, Lens and, therefore, the current champion on their turf. Distrust of PSG: Monaco is the last team to beat MbappĂ© and his family twice in the same season of Ligue 1 (2020-2021).

Matchday 8 (September 18): OL – PSG

Meetings between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain are rarely missed. If last season’s Classics left us unsatisfied, the encounters between these two clubs often provided the spectacle, especially because of the ability of the Lyonnais to pose problems to the Parisians. We remember an OL – PSG last season that ended in a draw (1-1), but which offered us an intense and quality match.

Day 10 (Sun 9 to 10 October): Derbys in abundance

Having lost Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux, the L1 must forget some of the most significant derbies of years past. Consequently, it is further to Britain and the North that it will be necessary to turn to find traces of significant rivalries. Coincidentally, it is during this 10th day that Rennes will host Nantes while Lens will move to Lille. Level of regional superiority, this October weekend will be expensive.

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Day 11 (October 15-16): PSG – OM

After the first day poster, it is often THE date that Parisian and Marseille fans are looking for. The arrival of OM at the Parc dels Princes, that of PSG at the Velodrome. So this season, Paris Saint-Germain will first host Marseille’s rivals, the weekend of October 15 and 16. And just after the 4th day of the group stage of the Champions. The return will coincide with the round of 16 of the C1, as it will be played on the weekend of February 25 (25th round). It remains to be seen whether the two clubs will be affected by this long run.

Day 14 (November 6): OM – OL

It is often one of the hottest, even hottest, times of the season, both on the grass and in the stands. The meetings between OM and OL are never trivial, and this will be even less so for several reasons: it will be in the middle of a difficult month for Marseille (Lens, Strasbourg before, Monaco just after), it will make it possible. to judge the form of the players likely to leave for Qatar, as the international break will take place a week later, and above all, the last time the OM received the OL, the Marseilles have granted three (0 -3). Last season, on two occasions, Peter Bosz managed to thwart Jorge Sampaoli’s plans. The match will also be played on the benches.

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Day 16 (Wednesday, December 28): French Boxing Day

Boxing Day is an English holiday and a fantasy on this side of the Canal. Rugby and the Top 14 invented their own a few years ago. Football will remain the same in 2022, driven by the World Cup which will take up a lot of space this winter (November 21 to December 18). It will not be held on December 26 but on Wednesday, December 28. On paper, no spectacular poster but a Nice – Lens and a PSG – Strasbourg that will surely be worth watching.

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Will the spirits return to football or will they still be (a little) at the party? The World Cup obliges, there will be a Boxing Day I a match on January 1st. And the Parisians – many of whom will have just returned from Qatar – will move in the cold of the North, but in the heat of a Bollaert pushing their team. Sure the numbers will rotate to give the internationals some rest, it smells like a cheating match for PSG, who struggled to snatch a draw in stoppage time last season (1-1). In short, a game to extend the New Year with champagne football?

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