Ligue 1 Betting

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Ligue 1 Betting Tips

Welcome to our Ligue 1 betting tips and predictions page. This is where we focus on making sure you capitalise when betting on the latest fixtures in Ligue 1, with accumulator tips and single selections both on offer exclusively from the top tier in French football.

Ligue 1 is considered one of the top leagues in European football and with that, it means that there is plenty of quality on show. Some of the best players in the world are plying their trade in France at the moment, including the likes of Neymar, Nabil Fekir and Radamel Falcao who play for PSG, Lyon and Monaco respectively.

Everything that is to do with betting on Ligue 1 will be covered on this page, whether it is betting on full-time result markets, both teams to score, number of goals in the match or goalscorers. We will make every effort to ensure our tips pages are regularly updated with the latest tips as early as possible, ensuring that you can take advantage of odds as soon as they come out and before any potential changes. All of these bets will be thoroughly researched by our experts and reasoning behind all selections will be offered so that you can see why we have chosen each leg.

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Betting on Ligue 1 football

Ligue 1 is quite a competitive division and one in which most teams believe they can beat each other. This means that you can usually find good odds on teams to win a match, with only Paris Saint-Germain usually having really low odds such as 1/10 to win matches. That is great news for when you are building an accumulator bet, with the competitive individual match odds leading to a better overall price. However, it also means that the games are a little closer, and upsets can occur which sees the favourites to win a match lose to a team ranked lower in the league table.

You will rarely see teams sitting back and ‘parking the bus’ in the French league, instead they will attack and try to win the game. This makes betting on the over 2.5 goals and both teams to score markets quite appealing in Ligue 1, and in the 2018/19 season the average percentage of games that finished with BTTS was 50% showing that statistically it happens one in every two matches.

In terms of which teams specifically were good to bet on in the BTTS market last season, statistically Strasbourg were the club who had the most games finishing with both teams scoring with it happening in 65.79% of their games. Rennes were also a good team to back in the both teams to score market with it happening in 63.16% of their games, as were Toulouse and Lyon with 22 of their 38 games last season seeing that outcome occur.

If it's your first time betting on the Ligue 1 then it could be worth using a free bet to get started. Alternatively, to find out more about the bookmaker sign up offers we have then read our bookmaker offers pages for a run down on all you need to know about them.

History of Ligue 1

Ligue 1 is the top division in French football, which was first founded in 1932. It was initially known as the ‘National’ before being renamed Division 1 after just one year. It remained known as Division 1 until 2002 when it was then completely rebranded and became known as Ligue 1.

The competition features 20 professional clubs each season, with one winning the league title, three gaining qualification to the UEFA Champions League and one qualifying for the Europa League. On top of that, two clubs are relegated automatically to Ligue 2 each season whilst the team finishing third from bottom must play a relegation play-off against the team who wins the promotion play-off semi-final in Ligue 2. Most of the clubs are based in France, although the presence of AS Monaco does mean that it is a cross-boarder competition.

The most successful club in Ligue 1 history is AS Saint-Étienne who have won the title on 10 occasions, although their last triumph came way back in the 1980/81 campaign. Marseille are just behind with nine titles, whilst Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Nantes all have eight. Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) hold the record for most successive titles, having won it seven times in a row between 2002 and 2008.

Ligue 1 is considered as one of the top domestic divisions in European football and is currently ranked fifth in UEFA’s coefficients behind Spain’s La Liga, England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A and the German Bundesliga.

2018/19 Ligue 1 season

The 2018/19 season was the 81st edition of French top flight football, and it saw PSG claim their eighth Ligue 1 title. In truth Thomas Tuchel and his side ran away with it, winning the league with five matches to spare and finishing 16 points ahead of second placed Lille. There is definitely something of a gulf in class between PSG and the rest of the league at the moment, with star names such as Neymar playing their football at the Parc des Princes which other clubs cannot compete with due to inferior finances.

Lille finished in second place meaning they have qualified for the Champions League, whilst Lyon enjoyed a run of five wins out of six towards the end of the season to claim third place and the final Champions League spot. Saint Étienne secured Europa League football with a strong fourth placed finish, with the other two spots in that competition taken by Rennes who won the Coupe de France and Strasbourg who won the Coupe de la Ligue.

At the bottom of the table, it was a bad season for Guingamp who managed to win just five of their 38 fixtures and finished in 20th place, meaning relegation to Ligue 2. Caen also suffered demotion after finishing second from bottom, whilst Dijon finished in 18th and were forced to play the relegation play-off. They came up against Lens but ultimately had too much for their lower league opponents, beating them 4-2 over two legs to ensure survival.

Kylian Mbappe finished as the league’s top goalscorer with 33 goals, whilst Nicholas Pepe and Edinson Cavani also had strong seasons with 22 and 18 goals respectively.


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