|Creation date||1932 (2002 as Ligue 1)|
|Number of teams||20 teams|
|Relegation league||Ligue 2|
|Main French cups||Coupe de France|
|Last season winner||Monaco|
Our Top Players
|Cool Facts:||UEFA Champions League winner in 2014–15 with Barcelona
Most expensive player ever (€222 million transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017)
|Cool Facts:||Has been labelled best young player in the world at the age of 19
Became the second teenager after Pelé to score in a World Cup Final, during the french victory in 2018
|Position:||Att. midfielder (10)|
|Cool Facts:||Ligue 1 Assist Leader in 2012–13, 2014–15
Was involved in a collision with Christiano Ronaldo in the Euro 2016 final (France vs Portugal), forcing the Portuguese off after 25 minutes of play
What you need to know about the French League
The Ligue 1 is the top french league. It puts 20 professional teams in contention, competing for the title of French football champion.
Key Ligue 1 football tips
Think twice before placing bets on free kicks
While physics used to be more important than technique, these past two seasons the French league has become an increasingly technical championship. One consequence of this being the ratio of goals scored on free kicks decreasing dramatically and to now represent only a third of all goals scored.
Bet on the extremes
In the last few years, the amount of goals per game has steadily been increasing to reach the average score of 2.61 goals last year. With the progress of teams like AS Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain or Olympique de Marseille, more and more high scores are seen in France. So one of the most important Ligue 1 football tips is to bet on the “+2.5 goals” (almost half of the matches during the last season), especially with Paris Saint-Germain games.
However, and this is the paradox of Ligue 1, this increasing quality of football is still not always showing in the scores. Indeed, analysis of the last few years has shown that close to 25% of the games still end in a 1-1 draw or a 1-0 home win. So betting on those low scores in the French league should also give you great returns.
Bet well on Ligue 1
Favour home teams
If you want to bet smartly on the French league, you need to know that playing at home is very often a guarantee of success in Ligue 1. Analysis of the last few years shows that close to 50% of the matches usually end up with a victory of the locals. Combine this with the low ratio of wins in away games (around 26.6%) and you know exactly how to bet in a game where both teams are of equivalent level – go for the team playing in front of its crowd. Or bet on a draw (around 24.2% of games) which are often offered at 3.00 to 3.20 odds.
How to place a Ligue 1 winning bet
All the Ligue 1 football tips in the world won’t get you far if you don’t do some intensive research. Check sports news to see teams’ form and to catch any important injuries. Then and only then, look for Ligue 1 football tips available out there for the game you want to bet on. Remember also, that placing a bet is now much more than just choosing the champion. Many other betting options are available to you to bet on the French football league. From game winners to correct scores, amount of corners or even amount of cards, you can choose the type of bet that suits you most.
Finally, once you feel confident and ready to place your bet, make sure you take advantage of all offers available to you. Indeed, there are tons of free sign up offers, welcome rewards or even matched deposits that you can use. Make sure you take advantage of these to maximise your profits. There is no better bet than a winning bet you made for free.