Marseille favourites for Ligue 1 title

PARIS, - Olympique Marseille are the favourites to win the Ligue 1 title this season, which starts on Saturday, according to a poll among French football professionals released on Thursday.

Amongst 409 players, coaches and club presidents polled by French sports daily L'Equipe, 47.43 percent named Marseille favourites, compared with 20.54 for champions Girondins Bordeaux and 10.51 for Olympique Lyon.

Marseille, chasing their first title since winning the Champions League in 1993, finished runners-up to Bordeaux last season. Seven-times champions Lyon were third.