It’s almost a bit strange going in to a new season of Ligue 1 without PSG being defending champions.After a full round of 37 games, it was Monaco that could secure last season’s league title. But PSG are looking strong ahead of the 2017/18 season – especially since the big Neymar transfer.
Through the most expensive transfer in history, PSG has gotten reinforcement on the offensive through the previous Barcelona player. He was in the top 10 goal scorers as well as one of the top 10 assist players in La Liga last season. The addition is expected to take the team to a new level – which becomes extra obvious when you take a look at the odds. PSG is in a comfortable top position, with an odds that gives 1.20 times the stake. In second place is defending champions Monaco, for 6.50 times your wager.
But although PSG is probably heading to a league victory – Ligue 1 is still sure to deliver another exciting season. The spots for Champions League are very coveted, and a whole bunch of teams will be going after them. For the coming season, six teams are being mentioned as aspirants to the CL-spots. The teams that are mentioned for the most part includes PSG, Monaco, Marseille, Lyon, Nice and Bordeaux.
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In our odds comparison, you’ll find the best odds for all League 1 games. The french league comes with plenty of close top games, which comes with plenty of great odds for you to bet on. In the list above you’ll find all games that are available to bet on. You can but a bet or game in the odds basket by simply press the cart-symbol, and collect all of the best odds!
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The list above covers all of the favorites to win this season’s Ligue 1, and the winner’s odds for the league title – L’hexagoal.
Schedule and results
A season of Ligue 1 runs from fall until springtime. Usually, the league begins in the beginning of August and ends at the end of May. The league is played over 38 rounds, where a total of 190 games will be played.
You can find the current schedule above. We do also keep you updated on how the games end, and are always updating with results from the latest games.
The League 1 table
As mentioned before, we collect all of the results from every single round in League 1. The combined result from all of the games are totalized in a table that we keep on the top of this page. There, you can follow your team through the season.
The team at the top of the table when the season is over will win the entire league. The two bottom teams will be degraded to League 2, and the 18th team will have to beat a team from League 2 in order to stay in the top league. The teams placed 1-3 will get to play Champions League the following season, and the team that finishes 4th will get to play in the Europa League.
The history of League 1
The french top league has a storied history behind it, and was played as early as 1932/33. Beck then the league was called the French Division 1. Today, League 1 counts as one of the bigger European football leagues, although it’s not quite as highly ranked as La Liga or Premier League.
Lyon dominant during the 2000’s
Lyon didn’t win their first league title until 2002. But after the season 2007/08 the team had a total of seven titles – which means that they managed to win the league seven times in a row! That achievement made Lyon the most successful team in League 1 during the 2000’s – a rare luxury.
PSG stole the throne
Lyon lost its flow after the 2007/08 season – and teams lika Lille, Marseille and Montpellier won the following titles instead. After that, the league changed forever as PSG started to renovate their team during the 2011/12 season. With all of the players PSG managed to sign, none of the other teams had a chance against them. PSG won the league for four years straight, until Monaco broke the trend in 2017.
Exporting of french players
Even though League 1 isn’t considered to be one the top of european football, the league does produce a lot of talent. Most of the players gets refined while playing in League 1, and is later transferred to bigger clubs in England or Italy. A few examples of players that were fostered in french teams before they were sold are Frank Ribery, Samir Nasri and Michael Essien.
Difficulties with Champions League
French clubs has also reached great success in the European cups – even if they’ve been struggling with winning. Stade de Reims-Champagne managed to reach the final of Champions League during the season 1955/56, but lost the title to Real Madrid. The same teams met again in the final of 1958/58, and once again Real Madrid managed to win.
The latest french success in Champions League came during the season 2003/4, when Monaco reached the final. But just like the french teams before them, Monaco lost the final game. PSG is now considered to be the big french hope for Champions League, but the team is yet to reach more than a quarter final.
The french cups
The domestic cups in France are called Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue. The final of Coupe de France is played in may every year, and the winner qualifies for Champions Leagu. The Coupe de la Lige final is played in march or april, and the winner there will qualify for Europa League.
The french supercup, known as Trophée des Champions, is when the winner of Ligue 1 plays against the winner of Coupe de France. This game is usually takes place in July or August, right before the league start.
Le Classique: PSG – Marseille
The game between PSG – Marseille is the french equivalent to the spanish El Clásico. Le Classique has gotten a lot of attention recently, because of PSG’s quest to become a power factor in European football.
Even though there is some competition between PSG and Marseille, Le Classicue has always been more of a commercial arrangement. The game is all about promotion of french football – but it is also an interesting game between the two biggest teams in League 1.
League 1 winners
The first ever winner of Ligue 1 was Lille, but then under the name of Olympique Lillois. The team with the most titles, at the moment, is St Etienne with a total of 10 titles. But even if they’re still in the lead, St Etienne haven’t won the league since 1981.
The new gigant in french football, PSG, is however well on their way to reach St Etienne’s level. The team is just lining up titles, and it’s not impossible that they at some point will pass the current record of 10 titles.