French Ligue 1 Soccer Betting Guide for 2021
Ligue 1 has been and continues to be home to some big names in soccer. This is our detailed betting guide to the best league in France.
French Ligue 1 betting in Canada is particularly important because there’s a shared heritage with that country. On this page, you will see:
- What the best Ligue 1 betting sites are
- Popular wagers and types of odds available
- French Ligue 1 betting advice on how it works and a brief history
An Introduction to Ligue 1
First thing’s first, a good place to start our guide to French Ligue 1 betting is by making sure you understand the basics. Here are our top 10 facts about this league:
There are 20 teams in total, who all play each other home and away during the regular season
Points are awarded for a win (3) and any matches that end in a tie (1)
The team with the most points after all 38 games have been played are crowned Ligue 1 winners and champions of French soccer
Teams that finish in the top three places qualify for the UEFA Champions League the following season
Whoever finishes fourth goes into the UEFA Europa League
The two teams that finish bottom and second bottom in the Ligue 1 table are automatically relegated to Ligue 2
Those teams are replaced with the top two sides in Ligue 2 for the following season
Whoever finishes third bottom goes into the relegation/promotion play-offs that also involve the teams that were third, fourth and fifth in Ligue 2 during the regular season
If two teams finish level on points, then goal difference and goals scored are used to separate them
Even if two teams are still level after those tiebreakers, then head-to-head goal difference and fairplay rankings are used to classify them in the final table
How Ligue 1 Odds Work
There may be some of you out there who have never placed a bet before. If that’s the case, then this section where we explain how French Ligue 1 betting odds work should be instructive:
These prices above are typical for betting on the match result of a Ligue 1 game. PSG, that’s the popular abbreviation of Paris St-German, are favourites to win.
For every C$5 you stake on PSG, you will receive C$4 in profit if they do indeed justify favouritism and win. That is a total return of C$9 on your bet as you get your stake back.
You can bet on a draw or tied game in soccer. A C$4 wager on the score being level here returns C$13 – that is C$9 profit.
Lyon, the popular short form of Olympique Lyonnais, are the outsiders. Betting C$1 on them gives you a return of C$5 and C$4 of profit.
We’ve used decimal odds in our example, but the American money line system is also popular in Canada. You may also see prices quoted in fractions – the British way – and there’s more on how these compare in the odds calculator below:
Ligue 1 Betting Options
It’s good to know your options. Here are some of the most popular Ligue 1 betting types available on sportsbooks:
What is Ligue 1 Live Betting?
- Ligue 1 betting odds are also available on matches as they happen live
- This is known as live or in-play betting
- Regular fixed odds markets end when a soccer match starts
- Live betting then kicks in with prices constantly updating to reflect what’s happening on the pitch
- Popular live betting markets include next team to score and next goalscorer
A Brief History of Ligue 1
The French league enters its professional era with Ligue 1 originally called National and later Division 11932
Jean Nicolas scores a record seven goals in a single Ligue 1 game for Rouen against Valenciennes1938
Racing Paris score a record 118 goals, the most by any team in a single Ligue 1 season1960
Josip Skoblar sets the Ligue 1 record for most individual goals in a single season with 44 for Olympique de Marseille1971
Saint-Etienne win a record 19 home games in Ligue 11975
Saint-Etienne win the last of their record 10 Ligue 1 titles1981
Delio Onnis sets the record for most Ligue 1 career goals with 299 scored1986
Marseille win the UEFA Champions League, but are stripped of a fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title due to a bribery scandal1993
France win the FIFA World Cup on home soil with many Ligue 1 stadiums used for tournament finals games1998
Ligue 1 adopts its current name2002
Jeremy Menez becomes the youngest player ever to score a Ligue 1 hat-trick aged 17 years and 260 days2005
Lyon win a record seventh consecutive Ligue 1 title2008
Mickael Landreau sets the record for most Ligue 1 appearances with 618 games played2014
Zlatan Ibrahimovic equals the record for most consecutive Ligue 1 games scored in with nine, also achieved by Vahid Halilhodzic in 19852016
Monaco match PSG’s record for most wins in a single Ligue 1 season with 30 on route to the title2017
That’s all from our guide to betting on Ligue 1. French soccer really resonates in Canada and you should now have everything you need in order to get betting on this league.
For even more Ligue 1 betting advice, see the FAQs section below that holds answers to common queries.
What is Ligue 1?
Ligue 1 is the top division of professional soccer in France.
What are the most popular Ligue 1 bets?
To refresh your memory, these are some of the most popular bets placed on Ligue 1:
- Match result
- Correct score
- Goalscorer markets
- Total goals over/under
- Handicaps and spread betting
- Outright winner
- Relegation betting
- Top goalscorer
What are the best Ligue 1 betting sites?
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Can I bet on Ligue 1 on mobile?
You can bet on Ligue 1 and many other soccer leagues from around the world on mobile.
What is Ligue 1 live betting?
Live betting is where you can bet on Ligue 1 matches as they happen.