Ligue 1

Ligue 1 is the top professional league in France, and the fifth most followed league in Europe when it comes to popularity and TV viewing figures. Like all the major European leagues, it is a very attractive market on which to bet.

For those who want to wager on the league, and who want to make accurate Ligue 1 predictions, however, it is necessary to understand a little background about the league itself, and the format of the competition.

Ligue 1 consists of 20 teams who play each other each season on a home and away basis. These teams compete for the league title, prize money, and a place in European competitions next season. The top three teams at the end of the season qualify for the UEFA Champions League, whilst the fourth placed team enters the UEFA Europa League.  The remaining two places in the Europa League go to the winners of the two domestic cup competitions, unless one, or both of them, has already qualified for Europe because of their league place, in which case the 5th and/or 6th placed teams in the league qualify instead.

Teams at the bottom are also battling to escape relegation to the second tier of French football, Ligue 2. The bottom two sides are automatically relegated, whilst the team that finishes in 18th place goes into a two-leg play off with the team that finishes third in Ligue 2 to decide who will play in which league the following season.

Win easy with Ligue 1 tips

  In terms of Ligue 1 betting tips, whilst all teams in theory are equal, in reality those teams with the biggest budgets have the best players and dominate. Paris Saint-Germain – popularly known by the initials PSG – are the primary example of this. The best team in the league outside France, they have a comparatively short history, having been only founded in 1970. However, they really took off as a club in 2011, when they were acquired by Qatari owners, and now they are one of the wealthiest  in the world, with a sporting roster that includes some of the brightest names in football, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, and Edison Cavani.

However, in terms of Ligue 1 tips they do not always have it their own way in France. Although they have won the Championship in five out of the last six seasons, and odds-on favourite to do so again this year, AS Monaco (who technically are not a French club) won it in 2016- 2017 with a crop of exciting young players. However, given their financial strength relative to the other teams in the league, Ligue 1 predictions which have PSG as champions will not offer much value to the interested gambler. For your Ligue 1 betting tips, consider which teams finish behind them in the race for European places.

Last 10 winners of Ligue 1:

  • ( 2017 – 2018 ) Paris Saint-Germain
  • ( 2016 – 2017 ) AS Monaco FC
  • ( 2015 – 2016 ) Paris Saint-Germain
  • ( 2014 – 2015 ) Paris Saint-Germain
  • ( 2013 – 2014 ) Paris Saint-Germain
  • ( 2012 – 2013 ) Paris Saint-Germain
  • ( 2011 – 2012 ) Montpellier HSC
  • ( 2010 – 2011 ) Lille OSC
  • ( 2009 – 2010 ) Olympique de Marseille
  • ( 2008 – 2009 ) FC Girondins de Bordeaux

  • Ligue 1 betting tips for today

      Alternatively, you can choose to make Ligue 1 predictions for which teams will be relegated at the end of the season. Like many leagues, teams promoted the previous year will often struggle their first season in a higher league; other Ligue 1 tips today to take into account when considering relegation candidates are those teams which consistently find themselves batting relegation each season – Caen and Toulouse are recent examples.

    Another useful Ligue 1 tip today to bear in mind is that Ligue 1 is a comparatively high scoring league. The average number of goals per game in 2017 -2018 was 2.7 goals. This means that markets like over 2.5 goals could be an attractive betting option.