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What happened in Ligue 1 this weekend

Ligue 1 round-up: Success for debutants and giants, more struggles for reigning champs

August 16, 2021 By Michelle Bonsu
It was a second straight win for PSG, but not a great weekend for other sides, including reigning champs Lille and title aspirants Monaco.

Matchday two of Ligue 1 probably had a lot more bandwagon fans tuning in, especially those hoping to catch a glimpse of Lionel Messi in action with his new side. Unfortuanately, that didn't come to pass, but nonetheless it was still an exciting weekend of action across French football's top flight.

Here's all you need to know following the latest bunch of matches.

Top five teams in Ligue 1 up to August 16

Here's how the table looks after the first two rounds of action in Ligue 1. Notably, neither Lille nor Monaco have been able to break into the top five, while newly promoted Clermont continue to impress in their first ever top flight campaign

Who are the top three scorers in Ligue 1?

Mohamed Bayo may not be a name that's familiar to many people who don't follow Ligue 1 regularly, but the 23-year-old Guinean international just may be talked about a lot more if he can keep up his impressive form for Clermont all season. He's scored three goals in his last two appearances - but will he be able to continue like this?

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Dimitri Payet is a man on fire: He's grabbed three goals so far from his first two games, which is as many as he scored in 13 ties last season. The Marseille man was snubbed for a call-up to the national side, but given he was part of the team who finished as runners-up at EURO 2016, perhaps a return to form could see him brought back in from the international wilderness.

And here are some other interesting tidbits and stats from last round:

Top Ligue 1 matches: August 20 to August 22, 2021

Brest vs PSG: Will the French giants win a third on the spin as they look to continue working their way up the table? With Lille struggling, the onus will be on Les Parisiens to pick up as many points as possible in order to establish a comfortable margin so as to avoid having to play catch up like they did last term.

Monaco vs Lens: Les Rouges et Blancs have been really slow to get out of the gates, so it's safe to say they'll be hoping that third time will be the charm as they take on Lens. However, that may be easier said than done, as although their upcoming hosts have failed to win their first two games as well, they are still sitting slightly ahead in the table thanks to two back to back draws.

Saint-Etienne vs Lille: Things haven't panned out so well for Les Dogues, who managed to hold off PSG en route to winning their first title in a decade. This time around, Lille, who are now under the guidance of a new manager, will have to play a bit of catch up as they've picked up just one point from their first two games. Still, the season is young, which means a lot can happen, but will Lille be able to get their act together when they face Saint-Etienne this weekend?

Make sure you don't miss out on these key games and stay on top of all the action by checking out our bespoke Ligue 1 match page.

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