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Ligue 1 online betting guide
France is the home of the reigning World Cup winners and of fantastic top-level action in Ligue 1. Some of the world’s best players, including Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé ply their trade in France, while millions of fans across the world get closer to the action by enjoying Ligue 1 betting.
Last updated: Dec 3, 6:11 AM UTC
Beating the books isn't easy. It's important to capitalize on any advantages that come your way, and that includes Ligue 1 betting. Sportsbooks offer odds boosters, early payouts and the like to help put the odds slightly more in our favor. Every little bit helps and we can use these promotional offerings to help maximise our winnings.
As well as promotional offers, it's important to do your research, or at least let someone else do it for you. That's where our expert handicappers come in. Specialists in their field, they'll find Ligue 1 picks to help inform your betting.
Paris Saint-Germain’s response to losing the title to Lille last season? Signing Lionel Messi. With the Argentinian legend in their ranks, alongside Kylian Mbappé and Neymar, it is hard to look beyond the club from the capital – especially given that on top of Messi’s signature, they have also brought in Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, Achraf Hakimi, and Gianluigi Donnarumma. The club has got off to a flying start, meaning they are huge favorites to win an eighth title in 10 years. But both Lille and Monaco have shown in the last five years that other clubs can stop them.
This year, the Parisians’ big rivals Marseille are among the most likely teams to challenge. Former Chile and Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli can call upon the likes of Dimitri Payet, Cengiz Ünder, and Arkadiusz Milik.
Lyon will also be optimistic of challenging PSG. Perennial champions in the 2000s, they now boast a squad including Xherdan Shaqiri, Jérôme Boateng, and Houssem Aouar, and are managed by Peter Bosz. Reigning champions Lille lost coach Christophe Galtier in the summer and may struggle to repeat last season’s efforts, while his new club Nice and Monaco could be other outside options.
After Messi’s arrival though, any team other than PSG winning the title would be one of the biggest shocks in recent footballing history.
This should be a fascinating market in 2021/22 – and may well be contested by three team-mates. Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar are all at PSG, and all three have the capabilities of scoring a ridiculous number of goals. It could be that whichever one of those superstars stays the most selfish ends up taking the glory – with Mbappé the marginal favourite according to the Ligue 1 betting odds early in the season.
But if Messi hits top form, not even the young Frenchman will be able to keep pace. The former Barcelona man once scored a mind-blowing 73 goals in a season, and has scored over 40 on no fewer than 10 separate occasions.
From outside of the capital, Lyon’s Moussa Dembele could lead the challenge. The former Celtic striker endured a tough season last year, going out on loan to Atlético Madrid, where he fainted on the training pitch and played little football. But he started this season well, with four goals in his first six appearances.
Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder reached 20 league goals for the first time in his career last season and will be looking to kick on again while 21-year-old Nice striker Amine Gouiri is a rising star in front of goal.
Finishing in the top three in France is a major prize because it means entry into the prestigious UEFA Champions League. Ligue 1 betting sites offer odds on the chances of each side finishing as one of this elite trio.
Paris Saint-Germain have finished in the top three for the last 10 seasons and after their summer transfer window it is inconceivable that they will miss out this time. However, it is worth checking out the Ligue 1 betting odds for longer prices on other teams with serious ambitions of joining PSG in the top three.
Both Marseille and Lyon missed out in 2020/21 and will be hoping to secure Champions League qualification this time around. Monaco and Lille, meanwhile, will believe they can again finish in the top three and secure Champions League qualification for the second season in a row. Other clubs in the running could be Nice, who poached title-winning coach Christophe Galtier from Lille, as well as Rennes, Lens and Montpellier.
One of the most open Ligue 1 betting lines is the market for relegation. Only two teams go straight down each season – with the side above them facing a play-off. The fight to stay in the top division promises to be as intense as ever.
Some huge, traditional clubs could face the drop this season – including Saint-Étienne, who actually hold the record for most Ligue 1 titles with 10 – one more than PSG and Marseille.
Troyes and Clermont were promoted last season and will likely be involved in a relegation battle this time around, but both are in with a fighting chance of survival according to the Ligue 1 betting odds early in the season.
Bordeaux, champions in 2009, are in danger this season, having finished in the bottom half in each of the previous three campaigns. Stade Reims, who initially impressed after promotion in 2018, struggled last time around and are also anticipated to be involved in the fight for survival. Metz, Stade Brest, Lorient, and Strasbourg are among the other likely relegation candidates according to Ligue 1 betting sites.
The perception that PSG are the only good team in France was proved very wrong by Lille, who pipped the three-time defending champions to the title on the final day of the season. Led by manager Christophe Galtier, and powered by the goals of veteran striker Burak Yilmaz, Les Dogues finished just one point clear at the top of the table.
Golden Boot winner
PSG may have lost their French championship crown but their prolific young striker was not to blame. Scoring 27 times in the league and 15 times in other competitions, Mbappé surpassed 40 goals in a season for the first time in his career. Still only 22, there is surely much more to come.
Player of the year
The darling of French football, Mbappé was named best player in the country for the second time in three years (the award wasn’t given in between as the season was curtailed by the pandemic). Having emerged at 17 during the 2016/17 season to lead Monaco to a shock Ligue 1 title, Mbappé then joined PSG and shone as France won the 2018 World Cup. A Champions League trophy and the Ballon d’Or now look well within his grasp.
Best young player
Monaco’s rising midfield star fought off competition from Eduardo Camavinga to be named the best young player of the season. After switching from Bordeaux in January 2020, Tchouameni has established himself as a key figure in midfield under manager Niko Kovac. A dynamic performer, Tchouameni has since made his debut for France.
Aka match result odds, the moneyline is the most straightforward bet available if we are looking to wager on a soccer match – which team do we think is going to win? We decide and place our bet accordingly. Important to note in soccer, unlike many other sports, the moneyline can also include the third option of betting on the tie (draw).
In a handicap bet, the sportsbook gives one side a notional head start. If one team starts 1.5 goals ahead, that means the other has to win by two or more for a bet on them to pay out. Handicaps are usually expressed to half a goal to remove the possibility of a tie/draw.
In an over/under bet, the sportsbook predicts a total for a particular statistic in a match. It is most often total number of goals scored in a game, but it could be total number of corners, yellow cards, tackles, or assists. We decide whether we think the total will be more (over) or less (under) than the given number and bet accordingly.
If you have an opinion on the results of several matches rather than just one, you can combine those predicted outcomes in a parlay. If all the results go your way, the odds are multiplied and you could be looking at a significant payout. You can use our bet calculator to work out your potential parlay returns.
No hidden meaning, this bet is exactly as it sounds. If we want to predict the exact scoreline of a match, we are able to wager on that outcome on soccer betting websites. This is not an easy bet to get right, but that means if we do, our return should be substantial.
When we believe a player will score during a match, we can bet on that outcome. The betting odds for them being the scorer of the first goal of the game will be longer. If we think they will score at any time, our chances increase but the odds shorten.
Both Teams to Score
Both Teams to Score, also known as BTTS, is an extremely popular bet among fans of soccer betting. This is a simple yes or no wager – do we think both sides in a particular match will score a goal or not? It is a particular favorite of bettors who like to combine several games in a BTTS accumulator.
Draw No Bet
This bet removes the option of the tie (draw). We bet on one side to win and if they duly triumph, we will pick up a payout. If they lose, we lose, too. But if the result of the match is a draw we will get our stake back.
A Double Chance bet enables you to cover two out of the three outcomes of a soccer match. For instance, if we stake our money on “Home team and draw”, we will win the bet unless the away team wins the game.
To win with a Scorecast bet, we need to correctly predict both the first goalscorer and the final score of a match. The soccer odds for scorecasts will always look very attractive – but that’s because there are two outcomes, which makes this a difficult bet to win.
Shots on Target
We can bet on one player having more or fewer shots on target in a match than a number set by the sportsbook. Alternatively, we can bet on the total shots on target of one or both teams. Take care to check out the definition of a shot on target on the soccer betting sites you use – this can sometimes get complicated.
This bet allows us to wager on one player, one team or both teams having more or fewer shots at goal (whether the shot is on target or not) than a number set by the sportsbook.
If we believe a particular player is going to score more than one goal in a match, this is the market we want. We will be able to find soccer odds about that player scoring two, three or even more goals during the game.
This is similar to a goalscorer bet, in that we wager on a player to assist – i.e. directly set up – a goal any time in the match. Many soccer betting websites also allow us to bet on a player to assist more or fewer than a certain number of goals over a season.
Soccer fans love the buzz generated by rumors of possible player transfers between clubs. Many soccer betting apps now offer the chance to put money on the likelihood of Player X joining Club Y before the end of a particular date, usually the closure of a transfer window.
This is an over/under bet with a certain number of points awarded for each booking and sending-off. The sportsbook then sets the total it thinks will be racked up in a particular game. If we think plenty of yellow/red cards will be awarded, we would bet on the over, and vice versa if we think the game will have a lower number than the given total. Booking points for a yellow or red can differ between sportsbooks, so it's always smart to check before betting.
Tackling is a particular skill in football. Some players are very good at dispossessing the opposition and we can bet on them carrying out more or fewer tackles in a match than a total set by the sportsbook. We can also bet on a team’s total tackles. It’s always best to check the definition of a tackle on the soccer betting websites you use – this can differ between sportsbooks and stat sites.
There is a wide variety of bets that can be placed relating to corner kicks. These include betting over or under on the total number of corners in a match, or on one team being awarded more than their opponents, or there being more in the first half than the second.
A parlay is a bet on several different matches or outcomes. Usually, all the results have to be right for you to get a return.
Many Soccer betting sites offer parlay insurance. This means if one of your teams or players lets you down, you still get all or part of your stake back.
Cash Out allows you to close your bet and get some winnings before a match is over. If you have backed one side to win but fear their opponents will equalize, you may want to cash out.
However, the amount you get back will not be as much as your payout would be at full-time.
Money back insurance
With a money-back offer, you have the insurance that if your bet loses in a particular way, you will receive your stake back – usually in the form of a free bet. One example is when you back a team to win on the moneyline and the match is a draw. It’s worth shopping around for these offers.
Free bet clubs
The idea is a simple one; if you are a member of the club and you wager a certain amount with them during the week, you receive a free bet at the weekend. Soccer betting sites encourage loyalty with offers like this.
With bet builders you can create your own bet from any number of markets, which means if your bet doesn’t exist, you can get it priced up. For instance, if you think one team will win on the moneyline, a particular player will score and there will be a certain number of bookings or corners, a sportsbook will let you build that bet – then give you odds for it.
Sportsbooks will often offer an enhanced price on a particular outcome to offer their customers extra value, but also to attract extra bets. The new boosted price could be about the next player to score, the final result of a match, or any other event.
2 goal early payout
Some sportsbooks will pay out on a bet as a win on the moneyline if the team in question goes two goals ahead. This means that if you have wagered on that team and they go two goals up, and their opponents come back to equalize or even win the match, you still win your bet.
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When we want to get involved in Ligue 1 betting online, it’s as simple as when we wager on any other sport. Most sportsbooks now carry Ligue 1 betting odds and will have a wide variety of markets to help you to get involved in the action.
There is a broad choice of Ligue 1 betting sites we can use to get involved in the elite French action. Look for a sportsbook that has a good reputation, that offers excellent customer experience and has a wide variety of Ligue 1 betting lines.
When we want to enjoy Ligue 1 betting online, there are many ways in which we can do so. The wide choice of markets includes match result betting, handicap betting and in-play wagering, while we can also bet on season outrights such as the winner of the league and who will be relegated.
Yes, you can. Virtually all sportsbooks now make it easy to bet through your device and offer a variety of Ligue 1 betting lines. As long as you are located in a territory where betting is allowed and of the legal age, you will be able to bet on your mobile.
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