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French Ligue 1 betting tips: Best bets for February 15-17

This week's best bets in French Ligue 1 from our football tipsters. Check our profitability for the season and get our latest Ligue 1 betting tips & predictions.

Lyon v Guingamp (Friday 19:45 GMT)

Lyon’s pursuit of second-place Lille suffered a setback as they were beaten 1-0 at Nice a week ago, but they remain in the qualifying spots for next season’s Champions League at this time and that away defeat was their first competitive loss in eight outings. Therefore nobody at the Groupama Stadium will be reading too much into the reverse, but at the same time they will be eager to get back to winning ways on Friday night because any more slip-ups could allow the likes of Montpellier and St Etienne to close the gap. The good news for Lyon is that they could not have wished for a better fixture to have right now than a meeting with rock-bottom Guingamp. The visitors have managed only three wins all season and while they have actually been more successful on their travels than they have been at home, they do still boast Ligue 1’s worst away. Lyon should be too much for them here and I expect them to claim all three points a clean sheet too. Guingamp have found the back of the net in each of their previous two competitive meetings with Bruno Genesio’s side this season, but both of those encounters took place at the Stade du Roudourou. Guingamp have managed just six Ligue 1 goals on the road this season, so this is a good opportunity for Lyon to record only their second clean sheet in the league in the past couple of months.

Lille v Montpellier (Sunday 14:00 GMT)

Lille strengthened their grip on second place in the table with a 2-0 victory at Guingamp last time out, and they now boast the best current form in the French top flight having won five straight games. They are not going to catch Paris St Germain this season, but if they can finish second in the table it would make it a brilliant campaign for a team that only just avoided relegation less than 12 months ago. So can they take another step towards the runners-up spot on Sunday? It will not be easy though, because the visitors are a Montpellier side that are just two places behind them in the table and seeking a Champions League place themselves. The visitors have gone five games without tasting defeat in the league – a run that includes three away games – but they have been unable to gain ground on the top three because they have struggled to turn draws into wins. Four of their last five matches have ended in stalemates and they have now drawn 10 times this season in the league – only one club have produced more! That does make it tempting to back the draw here, but Lille have been excellent at home this season and they did run out 1-0 winners when these two teams met back in early December. Now that they are back on their own patch, I fancy Lille to do the double over Montpellier.

St Etienne v Paris St Germain (Sunday 20:00 GMT)

Paris St Germain may have been without Neymar and Edinson Cavani in midweek, but that did not prevent them from finally bringing an end to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten run as Manchester United manager. A 2-0 victory at Old Trafford has them within touching distance of the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and they will now look to cap off a successful week by winning away from home in Ligue 1 for the first time in over a month. It will be a challenge though because hosts St Etienne can be very difficult to beat on their home patch – they have lost only once at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard so far this season and have dropped points on just three occasions. They go into this match on the back of a morale-boosting midweek win over Strasbourg that ended a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions, so can they make it back-to-back victories here or at least collect a point? All three of PSG’s league slip-ups have come away from home this season so an away win is far from a certainty, but they did wallop St Etienne 4-0 back in September and they did record a huge away win in Manchester in midweek. That gives me the confidence to back them here, but I am not expecting them to ruin riot like they did in the first meeting. St Etienne will make Paris St Germain work for their spoils.

Previous Ligue 1 Betting Tips For 2019

19Lyon win to nil @ 13/10PSG & +3.5 goals @ 21/20St Etienne to win @ 13/10U7
20Pepe scores & Lille win @ 11/10PSG -3 to win @ 6/4St Etienne Draw No Bet @ 11/10U5
21Strasbourg to win @ 7/5Lyon -1 to win @ 6/4PSG -1 to win @ 8/13+10.15
22Lille & +3.5 total goals @ 13/10PSG to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 @ 10/3-+3
23PSG win to nil @ 23/20Lille to win @ 6/5Lyon to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 @ 5/2+13.50


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One of the biggest changes in football betting is the move from the betting shop to online. This has given more choice to punters in terms or odds and markets but it has had another benefit as there has also been a move by the bookmakers to lure in customers by offering all sorts of benefits to having an online account.

Free bets are one such benefit, but the real innovation is that customers of the big betting firms can now watch and bet on live football matches online. There is an incredible array of live streamed matches from across the globe every single week, and customers in the UK now have access to matches in one of the most popular league competitions there is - the French Ligue 1.

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Outright betting on Ligue 1 remains a great way to make a profit while betting on the top flight of French football, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

Ligue 1 outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on subjects of league winner, relegation, to finish bottom etc, and these markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...

Ligue 1 Winner

The Ligue 1 Winner market is exactly what it the title says – you are betting on who will win the top-flight of French football. This market goes live very early on – you could bet on the 2018/19 Ligue 1 Winner market before the conclusion of the 2017/18 campaign – and the earlier you bet on it, the bigger the price you will get in most instances. Paris St Germain are very likely to start the season as clear favourites thanks to their dominance during the 2017/18 campaign and their continued heavy spending, so this market may not offer much appeal unless you fancy the likes of Monaco, Lyon or Marseille to spring a major upset.


The relegation market is simple – you are betting on a team to go down at the end of the season. It does not matter if that team finishes 18th, 19th or 20th – as long as they head down to the second tier at the end of the campaign your bet will be a winner. Newly-promoted teams tend to be short odds in this market, but the bottom half of the table has tended to be very congested in recent years and that has meant there were a whole host of clubs dragged into a relegation fight. Some teams have lost that battle and have handed punters a tidy return on their outright bets. 

To Finish Bottom

While the Relegation market asks you to pick a team that will go down, the To Finish Bottom market requires you to select a side that will be propping up the rest of the Ligue 1 table at the end of the season. You will see bigger odds in this market than you will in the Relegation one because you do not have three league positions that can potentially hand you a winning bet, but if you are betting on this market you need to do it before a team gets cut adrift at the bottom, otherwise their odds will shorten quickly and dramatically.


Betting on Ligue 1 matches has never been easier and there has never been so many markets to choose from for every single game – but which markets should you be using in an attempt to make a profit? offers Ligue 1 betting tips for a whole host of matches in France’s football’s top tier and the following markets feature regularly in our previews…


Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market is available for every football match you can possibly bet on, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.


The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Paris St Germain are 1/3 to beat Bordeaux, but that price offers very little in the way of appeal. However, you can still back PSG to win the match, at a better price, thanks to the handicap market. In this instance, PSG -2 to win the match is available at 3/1. So what does the -2 mean? It means Bordeaux will start the game with a fictional 2-0 lead and PSG must win by three goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe PSG will win by a single goal so you could go Bordeaux +2, which is available at 1/2. That means if PSG win the match 1-0 on the field, Bordeaux will actually be 2-1 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.


Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe Nice and Montpellier will be drawing at half-time but fancy Nice to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/Nice, which is currently available at 4/1. This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – Paris St Germain to win by 1 goal, Paris St Germain to win by 2 goals, Paris St Germain to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing Paris St Germain to beat Bordeaux at 1/3, which is hardly tempting, you may fancy them to run out comfortable winners by two goals. Backing PSG to win by 2 goals in this instance would offer a higher, and more appealing, price of 7/2.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect odds-on favourites Marseille to beat Lille but want a bigger price than 1/3. By going into this market you can get a price as big as 2/1 on Marseille to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Lille to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when Paris St Germain face Bordeaux you may expect PSG to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back Paris St Germain/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 21/20. It does not matter if PSG win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market is available for every match in top club and international competitions, and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even regular goalscorers Edinson Cavani, Neymar and Radamel Falcao will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.


Ligue 1 first turned professional in 1932 and since that time no less than 16 teams have been crowned champions of European football – making it one of the most competitive competitions in all of football.

While Lyon and Paris St Germain have enjoyed spells of dominance since 2000, winning seven straight titles and four straight titles respectively, no team has truly dominated the French game for a long period of time because only one club has managed to reach double figures when it comes to French titles won. That side is St Etienne with 10, but they have not been crowned kings of French football since the 1980/81 season.

Marseille are next up with nine but they would share the record if they had not been stripped of the 1992/93 title after being found guilty of bribery. That means they are second all-time with nine and their title drought now stands at seven years, while they have not finished inside the top three since finishing second in 2012/13.

If Monaco are successful this season they will go second all-time with nine Ligue 1 titles, but the defending champions have never managed to win back-to-back Ligue 1 titles in their history and they will face a stern test from a Paris St Germain outfit who will be looking to reclaim the trophy after their four-season streak was halted by the side from the principality last season.

PSG are six-time winners of Ligue 1, but it took the arrival of mega-rich owners to kick-start the club because they had only won two titles prior to the arrival of Oryx Qatar Sports Investments in 2011.


MOST LIGUE 1 TITLES: St Etienne - 10

MOST CONSECUTIVE LIGUE 1 TITLES: Lyon - 7 (2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08)

MOST POINTS IN A LIGUE 1 SEASON: Paris St Germain - 96 (2015/16)

MOST LIGUE 1 APPEARANCES: Michael Landreau - 618

MOST LIGUE 1 GOALS: Delio Onnis - 299

MOST GOALS IN A LIGUE 1 SEASON: Josip Skoblar - 44 (1970/71)

MOST WINS IN A LIGUE 1 SEASON: Paris St Germain - 30 (2015/16)

MOST CONSECUTIVE LIGUE 1 WINS: Bordeaux - 14 (March 14, 2009-August 23, 2009)

FEWEST DEFEATS IN A LIGUE 1 SEASON: Nantes - 1 (1994/95)

LONGEST LIGUE 1 UNBEATEN RUN: Paris St Germain - 36 (March 15, 2015-February 28, 2016)


1932/33Olympique LilloisCannes-
1934/35SochauxStrasbourgRCF Paris
1935/36RCF ParisLilleStrasbourg
1936/37MarseilleSochauxRCF Paris
1938/39SeteMarseilleRCF Paris
1945/46LilleSt EtienneRC Roubaix
1946/47Roubaix-TourcoingStade ReimsStrasbourg
1947/48MarseilleLilleStade Reims
1948/49Stade ReimsLilleMarseille
1949/50BordeauxLilleStade Reims
1950/51NiceLilleLe Havre
1952/53Stade ReimsSochauxBordeaux
1953/54LilleStade ReimsBordeaux
1954/55Stade ReimsToulouseLens
1956/57St EtienneLensStade Reims
1957/58Stade ReimsNimesMonaco
1958/59NiceNimesRCF Paris
1959/60Stade ReimsNimesRCF Paris
1960/61MonacoRCF ParisStade Reims
1961/62Stade ReimsRCF ParisNimes
1962/63MonacoStade ReimsSedan
1963/64St EtienneMonacoLens
1966/67St EtienneNantesAngers
1967/68St EtienneNiceSochaux
1968/69St EtienneBordeauxMetz
1969/70St EtienneMarseilleSedan
1970/71MarseilleSt EtienneNantes
1973/74St EtienneNantesLyon
1974/75St EtienneMarseilleLyon
1975/76St EtienneNiceSochaux
1978/79StrasbourgNantesSt Etienne
1979/80NantesSochauxSt Etienne
1980/81St EtienneNantesBordeaux
1981/82MonacoSt EtienneSochaux
1982/83NantesBordeauxParis St Germain
1985/86Paris St GermainNantesBordeaux
1988/89MarseilleParis St GermainMonaco
1991/92MarseilleMonacoParis St Germain
1992/93Marseille Stripped
Of Title After Being
Found Guilty Of
Paris St GermainAuxerre
1993/94Paris St GermainMarseilleAuxerre
1994/95NantesLyonParis St Germain
1995/96AuxerreParis St GermainMonaco
1996/97MonacoParis St GermainNantes
1999/00MonacoParis St GermainLyon
2003/04LyonParis St GermainMonaco
2011/12MontpellierParis St GermainLille
2012/13Paris St GermainMarseilleLyon
2013/14Paris St GermainMonacoLille
2014/15Paris St GermainLyonMonaco
2015/16Paris St GermainLyonMonaco
2016/17MonacoParis St GermainNice
2017/18Paris St GermainMonacoLyon

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