The rise of football in France has evolved Ligue 1 into one of the most respected leagues in the world. Heavily regarded as some of the most defensive football in Europe, betting on Ligue 1 can provide some great opportunities for football bettors throughout the 380 match season. The high level of play in this league provides a great market for football bettors and sports fans alike. Our comprehensive guide to betting on Ligue 1 Football will help you successfully, enjoyably, and profitably place bets on the top teams in French football.
Ligue 1 football hosts some of the most globally regarded football players and teams in the world. Each year football bettors wager millions of pounds on Ligue 1 and have nearly 8 millions fans in attendance each season. Commonly known to french speaking individuals as Ligue Un, the top French football league is undoubtedly the most popular sport in France and well known across Europe. After the 38 games are completed by all 20 teams in the Ligue 1, the team with the most points are crowned the Ligue 1 Champions. After the completion of the season each team will have played every team in the league twice, once at home and another away. This format allows each team to schedule there year around having the advantage of playing at home and also facing the difficulty of playing in other teams home stadiums. Playing a match at home in Ligue 1 Football is a huge advantage and should be considered when predicting match outcomes.
Ligue 1 is made up of 20 teams and after the completion of a season the top two teams are automatically guaranteed a place in the group stage of the Champions League. The team that finishes in third place are granted a Champions League playoff spot, meaning they enter the competition in its third stage of qualification.
Ligue 1 results also depict which teams will participate in the Europa League next season. Teams placing fourth out of 20 will go straight to the Europa League. The alternative two spots granted to the french football teams are awarded to the winners of the two French Cups, Coup de France and the Coup de la ligue.
On the contrary the teams finding themselves in the last two positions after the season comes to an end will be relegated from the Ligue 1 to Ligue 2. The teams who finish in the top three positions in Ligue 2 get promoted and will compete in Ligue 1 the upcoming season. A team finishing in third of Ligue 2 will be granted a playoff against the team finishing third last in Ligue 1. The winner of the playoff will be given a spot to compete in Ligue 1 the next season and the loser will be relegated / stay in Ligue 2.
The National was established in 1932/33, prior to this there wasn’t any form of professional football in France. Originally the league was made up of 20 teams and then split into groups of 10. The winners of each group would go head to head to decide the champions of the league, while the bottom three teams from each group would get relegated to the second division. A more traditional promotion / relegation system was implemented in 1934/35 when the league was cut to 14 teams and renamed Division 1. Following WWII the league added 4 spots to make a total of 18 teams in the league and then again in 1965/66 the number of spots was increased to 20. It was until 2002 that the league rebranded, changing the name to Ligue 1. Over the years Ligue 1 has been one of the most well rounded leagues in Europe. 19 clubs have won the league, and 12 teams have won two or more times. Out of this evenly matched group of teams Saint-Etienne has had the most success winning the title 10 times.
Football being the most popular sport in France and being host to numerous different leagues offers great opportunity for football bettors. All major bookmakers price up Ligue 1 football markets but with so many options in France football it is nearly impossible to accurately evaluate each match and set odds accordingly. Bookmakers often overlook certain games and offer odds that may present value to an experienced football bettor looking to place a bet on Ligue 1 matches. Ligue 1 odds and bookmaker offerings are similar to most other football betting markets and understanding them can help maximise profits and long term football betting success. Bookmakers cover a wide variety of outcomes across Ligue 1 football, ranging from outright bets, title winners, futures, props, top four finishers, and even asian handicaps. The standard odd types are Match Result, Asian Handicap, and Goal Total Over/Under all available for each match.