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This weekend'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.

Monaco v Nimes (Friday 19:45 BST)

Monaco started the season well enough as they ran out 3-1 winners at Nantes, but it has been all downhill since then and even at this early stage of the season you have to believe that any hopes they had of somehow pipping Paris St Germain are over. Leonardo Jardim’s men have taken just two points from their last four Ligue 1 outings and a midweek defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League means they are now winless in their last five competitive fixtures. They desperately need to end this mini-crisis now, but can they do it when they entertain newly-promoted Nimes on Friday night. Nimes made a flying start to the season with back-to-back wins, including a 3-1 success against Marseille, but a couple of defeats brought them back down to Earth and they have now gone three games without a victory. Therefore this has to be considered a winnable match for Monaco, but in the form they are in I do not trust them. Therefore I am going with Both Teams To Score – Nimes have drawn just one blank so far while Monaco have kept just one clean sheet in six competitive fixtures.

Lille v Nantes (Saturday 16:00 BST)

With 10 points taken from their first five games Lille must be very happy with how their season has started. Having narrowly avoided the drop last season, this good early form is a sign that they are on the up and they will be eager to extend it when Nantes pay a visit on Saturday. The visitors limped out of the blocks with back-to-back defeats, but they have developed some consistency since then by taking five points from their last three games and they will believe they can take something from this match too. I do not like their chances though – Lille have been strong at home so far thanks to 3-0 and 3-1 wins, so I am backing the hosts to make it three wins from three home outings by winning a match that sees at least two goals. After all, Lille to win & over 1.5 total goals has been a winning bet on three of their five matches so far and Nantes have conceded at least two goals in each of their away games.

St Etienne v Caen (Saturday 19:00 BST)

St Etienne must be disappointed with how their season has begun. They may have only lost once so far – a 4-0 thrashing at Paris St Germain a week ago – but they have also recorded only one victory and they need to start turning those draws into wins if they are to challenge for European football. Their big problem has come in front of goal – they have scored just two goals so far this season so it is good news for them that they are facing a Caen side that have managed only one clean sheet so far. The visitors have an identical record to St Etienne, with their sole defeat also coming at the hands of PSG, but I find myself leaning towards the home side here. They are always a tough nut to crack on their own patch so they get my backing to win a low-scoring encounter.

Rennes v Paris St Germain (Sunday 14:00 BST)

Paris St Germain have already opened up a five-point lead at the summit by winning all five of their games so far, but they go into this match on a bit of a downer after conceding a last-gasp goal to lose at Liverpool in the Champions League in midweek. Nobody in the PSG camp will be pressing the panic button though – they should put that disappointment firmly behind them by beating Rennes on Sunday. The home side are in decent form, but as long as PSG show up and play to the level they have been playing so far they should maintain their perfect Ligue 1 record. Simply backing PSG to win the match offers no appeal, so in search of a bigger price I am going PSG -1 in the handicap market. Thomas Tuchel’s side have overcome a one-goal handicap in all five of their league games so far and can do it again here.

Lyon v Marseille (Sunday 20:00 BST)

Marseille are leading the pursuit of Paris St Germain after taking 10 points from their first five league outings. Wins over Monaco and Guingamp sandwiched the international break and they will now be focused on making it three straight wins in domestic competition when they visit Lyon on Sunday night – but can they? The home side have underwhelmed during the first month of the season, recording two wins and two defeats in five games while failing to string together positive outings, so they will also be eager to walk away with the spoils here. Lyon did win their opening two home games, against poor opposition, but they were beaten when they entertained Nice last time out and Marseille’s most recent away day saw them win at Monaco. So when you factor in those results and L’OM being the team in better form right now, you have to like the visitors’ chances of leaving with something to show for their efforts.

Previous Ligue 1 Betting Tips

WeekTip 1Tip 2Tip 3Tip 4Tip 5Profit/Loss:
10pt Stake
1Marseille -1 to win @ 23/20Monaco Draw No Bet @ 4/6Nice Win & -3.5 Total Goals @ 6/4Lyon Win To Nil @ 21/20PSG -2 To Win @ 4/5+26.67
2Lyon to win @ 4/6Caen to win @ 13/8PSG win to nil @ 23/20Monaco win & both teams to score @ 15/8Marseille win & +1.5 total goals @ 11/10U50
3Lyon win & -3.5 total goals @ 13/10PSG -2 to win @ 4/6Dijon-Draw @ EVSMonaco to win @ 13/10Marseille win & +2.5 total goals @ 6/5U7
4Lyon -1 to win @ 21/20PSG win & +3.5 total goals @ 11/10Dijon to win @ 11/10Toulouse Draw No Bet @ 11/8Monaco/Draw @ 6/4U5.25
5Nice v Rennes - Draw @ 9/4PSG -1 to win @ 4/7Dijon to win @ 21/20Toulouse Draw No Bet @ 11/10Marseille win & +3.5 total goals @ 7/5U0.29

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2018/19 LIGUE 1 PREDICTION MARKETS

Ligue 1 Winner

Without Paris St Germain

To Finish In Top 3

To Be Relegated

LIGUE 1 LIVE STREAMING & IN-PLAY BETTING (18+. T&CS APPLY)

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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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LIGUE 1 BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON OUTRIGHT MARKETS

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.

Relegation

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.

LIGUE 1 BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON LIGUE 1 MATCHES

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?

Bettingpro.com 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…

Winner

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.

Handicap

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.

Half-Time/Full-Time

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 HISTORY

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.

LIGUE 1 RECORDS

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)

LIGUE 1 SEASON

SEASONCHAMPIONSRUNNERS-UPTHIRD PLACE
1932/33Olympique LilloisCannes-
1933/34SeteFivesMarseille
1934/35SochauxStrasbourgRCF Paris
1935/36RCF ParisLilleStrasbourg
1936/37MarseilleSochauxRCF Paris
1937/38SochauxMarseilleSete
1938/39SeteMarseilleRCF Paris
1939-45SUSPENDED
1945/46LilleSt EtienneRC Roubaix
1946/47Roubaix-TourcoingStade ReimsStrasbourg
1947/48MarseilleLilleStade Reims
1948/49Stade ReimsLilleMarseille
1949/50BordeauxLilleStade Reims
1950/51NiceLilleLe Havre
1951/52NiceBordeauxLille
1952/53Stade ReimsSochauxBordeaux
1953/54LilleStade ReimsBordeaux
1954/55Stade ReimsToulouseLens
1955/56NiceLensMonaco
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
1964/65NantesBordeauxValenciennes
1965/66nantesBordeauxValenciennes
1966/67St EtienneNantesAngers
1967/68St EtienneNiceSochaux
1968/69St EtienneBordeauxMetz
1969/70St EtienneMarseilleSedan
1970/71MarseilleSt EtienneNantes
1971/72MarseilleNimesSochaux
1972/73NantesNiceMarseille
1973/74St EtienneNantesLyon
1974/75St EtienneMarseilleLyon
1975/76St EtienneNiceSochaux
1976/77NantesLensBastia
1977/78MonacoNantesStrasbourg
1978/79StrasbourgNantesSt Etienne
1979/80NantesSochauxSt Etienne
1980/81St EtienneNantesBordeaux
1981/82MonacoSt EtienneSochaux
1982/83NantesBordeauxParis St Germain
1983/84BordeauxMonacoAuxerre
1984/85BordeauxNantesMonaco
1985/86Paris St GermainNantesBordeaux
1986/87BordeauxMarseilleToulouse
1987/88MonacoBordeauxMontpellier
1988/89MarseilleParis St GermainMonaco
1989/90MarseilleBordeauxMonaco
1990/91MarseilleMonacoAuxerre
1991/92MarseilleMonacoParis St Germain
1992/93Marseille Stripped
Of Title After Being
Found Guilty Of
Bribery
Paris St GermainAuxerre
1993/94Paris St GermainMarseilleAuxerre
1994/95NantesLyonParis St Germain
1995/96AuxerreParis St GermainMonaco
1996/97MonacoParis St GermainNantes
1997/98LensMetzMonaco
1998/99BordeauxMarseilleLyon
1999/00MonacoParis St GermainLyon
2000/01NantesLyonLille
2001/02LyonLensAuxerre
2002/03LyonMonacoMarseille
2003/04LyonParis St GermainMonaco
2004/05LyonLilleMonaco
2005/06LyonBordeauxLille
2006/07LyonMarseilleToulouse
2007/08LyonBordeauxMarseille
2008/09BordeauxMarseilleLyon
2009/10MarseilleLyonAuxerre
2010/11LilleMarseilleLyon
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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