Ligue 1 top scorer odds: Can Nigerian stars be ‘best of the rest’?

Kylian Mbappe is the clear favourite among the Ligue 1 top scorer odds. The 24-year-old is the leading scorer in France’s top division and has more than double the amount of goals as his nearest challenger.

However, there's a potential side story developing among the chasing pack of Ligue 1 goalscorers, with a closer shootout anticipated between the best of the rest.

Among these leading candidates for the second-best top scorer in Ligue 1 are two Nigerian stars who have led the way for their respective clubs.

With the Ligue 1 Golden Boot all but secured by Mbappe, we look at some of the other standout picks for the runner-up spot.

Ligue 1 top scorer odds favour Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is Ligue 1's greatest player of the 21st century to date. (Photo by Philippe Lecoeur/FEP/Icon Sport) – Photo by Icon sport

Ligue 1 top scorer odds: Mbappe a cert

Mbappe Ligue 1 top scorer odds are currently placed at 1/50, shortening from 1/25 in December.

Therefore, the race for the Golden Boot seems a foregone conclusion. Unless Mbappe suffers a serious injury or an unlikely severe dip in form, he is almost guaranteed to notch a sixth successive top-scorer award.

The focus on Mbappe has now shifted to how many the Paris Saint-Germain talisman can put past his Ligue 1 opponents.

With 19 goals from 16 matches, Mbappe will have Josip Skoblar’s all-time record of 44 Ligue 1 goals in his sights.

To break this 52-year-old record-breaking though, Mbappe must better his current return of 1.2 goals per game to equal or better Skoblar’s average of 1.22 goals per game from the 1970/71 season.

Ben Yedder
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Best of the rest in Ligue 1 top scorer odds

Wissam Ben Yedder

AS Monaco’s top-scorer this season, Wissam Ben Yedder has nine goals in 12 Ligue 1 starts. The French striker has odds of 25/1 to be the league’s top scorer this season.

Ben Yedder started the season in eclectic form, notching four goals in his opening four matches. But a period of injuries and inconsistency followed after his promising start.

Since returning from the winter break, the 33-year-old has hit scoring form again with three goals in his last two appearances.

Whether or not Ben Yedder can maintain his consistency and avoid hot and cold scoring patches will be key to securing a runner-up spot behind Mbappe.

Alexandre Lacazette

Experienced striker Alexandre Lacazette has emerged as a key player for Lyon since new Les Gones boss Pierre Sage replaced Fabio Grosso in late November.

Lacazette has started every game under Sage and repaid his manager’s faith with five goals in his last six matches.

The 32-year-old showed his quality with a hat-trick in Lyon’s 3-0 win over Toulouse before the winter break and his Ligue 1 goalscorer odds have dropped to 50/1 as a result.

Lyon find themselves entrenched in a Ligue 1 relegation battle and any team hoping to avoid the drop needs a strong goalscorer. Lacazette will likely emerge as this figure, having scored over a third of Les Gones’ league goals this season.

Alexandre Lacazette's goals could be key for Lyon's Ligue 1 survival – Photo by Icon Sport

Akor Adams

Nigerian striker Akor Adams showed spells of attacking quality in the first half of the campaign, striking three goals in his first two matches for Montpellier. The 23-year-old also scored two further braces in wins against Lorient and Toulouse.

All seven of Adams’ Ligue 1 goals came in his first nine appearances for Montpellier and he has not hit the net since late October. Consequently, his top goalscorer odds have since dropped to 66/1.

The former Lillestroem is a streaky player, however, and seven of his last 12 scoring appearances have led to braces or hat-tricks. More Adams purple patches late in the Ligue 1 campaign cannot be ruled out for this reason.

Terem Moffi

Another Nigerian striker leading a group of Ligue 1 players all on six goals for the season is Nice’s Terem Moffi.

Moffi made a strong start to the 2023/24 campaign with three goals in five matches. A barren spell of seven games without striking were followed by another recent flurry.

In his last five games, Moffi has scored three goals. However, a sensational two-minute brace after coming off the bench in Nice’s 2-0 win over Lens in December may give Moffi momentum to kick on and spark another purple patch in the second half of the campaign.

Yet the bookmakers don’t see Moffi making up too much ground in the top scorer odds. The Nigerian forward is backed at 250/1 to become Ligue 1’s top scorer.

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