Pandora Hughes has lined up another Saturday multiple and she's banking on Lyon starting their Ligue One campaign with a win
“Brest only narrowly avoided the drop last time round and with only one win in six pre-season friendlies, the signs are not promising.”
Both sides go into this season with new managers after 2020/21 campaigns that proved to be a disappointment, but I'm backing Lyon to prevail here.
After missing out on Champions League football, Lyon dispensed with Rudi Garcia's services but Petr Bosz will have his work cut out to deliver improvement given that the squad looks significantly weaker than this time last season.
Still, they should have enough quality in their ranks to see off the visitors. Brest only narrowly avoided the drop last time round and with only one win in six pre-season friendlies, the signs are not promising. Back Lyon to kick off with a win.
The most valuable race on Saturday's Haydock card is this Group Three middle-distance event and it looks a strong renewal.
Among the interesting contenders here are the rapidly improving three-year-old Foxes Glen, who has been running well at a lower level and deserves a chance, and the reliable Euchen Glen, although the eight-year-old may not relish the rattling fast underfoot conditions that could prevail this weekend.
Besides, both look to have it all to do to get the better of the Godolphin entrant, Real World. The Dark Angel colt kicked off the season in fine style, winning the Royal Hunt Cup, before successfully stepping up to Listed class at Newbury and with more to come, is likely to take some stopping here.
A home game against the mighty PSG is a spectacular way to mark your return to the French top-flight, and Troyes will no doubt welcome the challenge as they resume their place in Ligue One after claiming the Ligue Two title.
That said, they could hardly have asked for a tougher challenge than going up against a star-studded PSG side hungry to recapture their lost crown.
Their defeat to Lille in the Super Cup suggests there is still plenty of work to do for PSG, but they did boast 71% possession stats in that game, and they've usually made routine work of brushing aside Ligue One's lesser lights, so I can't see Troyes springing a surprise here.
Total Odds for this multiple: 3/1. Remember, multiple prices are based on our Sportsbook product, so any winnings are exempt from commission.
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