The 18th edition of the French Ligue 1 begins on August 9 with a match between Monaco and Lyon and in the following article, we present you France Ligue 1 Betting Preview. The reigning champions, PSG, and French Cup winners, Rennes, opened the season in France with a clash in Super Cup. PSG got their revenge for a defeat in the cup final and secured a 2-1 victory despite trailing at halftime.
Last season, PSG comfortably took their eighth title and second in a row after ending the campaign with 16 points ahead of Lille. The Great Danes were the biggest surprise in 2018-19 as they finished as the vice-champions while Lyon ended in the third place. All three teams will play in the Champions League this year. St Etienne, Rennes, and Strasbourg, on the other hand, will compete in the Europa League.
FC Metz and Stade Brestois 29 earned promotion from Ligue 2, while Caen and Guingamp relegated from Ligue 1.
PSG, Lille, Lyon, and Monaco spent around £250 million on reinforcements so far this summer. Unlike the past few seasons, the Saints didn’t spend a lot of money in this transfer window. Nevertheless, they still have the strongest team, and it is no strange why they are the biggest favorites to win the third consecutive title.
France Ligue 1 Betting Preview – Winner and Top 3 Finish Odds
The defending champions PSG are the biggest favorites to win another Ligue 1 title, and various bookmakers are offering just 1.14 (-714) odds on the Saints to win another title. Thomas Tuchel spent more than £70 million on new arrivals in this transfer window. He bought defender Abdou Diallo from Borussia Dortmund and midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Everton while Pablo Sarabia came from Sevilla. The Parisians also got Ander Herrera on a free transfer after his contract with Manchester United expired.
Giovani Lo Celso moved to Real Betis, and teenage winger Moussa Diaby left for Bayer Leverkusen. Christopher Nkunku went to RB Leipzig; Grzegorz Krychowiak joined Lokomotiv Moscow while Timothy Weah is a new Lille player. Juventus snapped Gianluigi Buffon and Adrien Rabiot for free while Dani Alves returned to Brazil, and will play for Sao Paulo. Even though PSG might look weaker comparing them to last year, there is no doubt they are still the strongest squad in France and shouldn’t have troubles to defend the title.
Lyon’s biggest rivals for the second position should be Marseille, Lille and Monaco. The Kids made about £65 of profit with sales of midfielders Tanguy Ndombélé and Nabil Fekir, and left-back Ferland Mendy. Ndombélé moved to Tottenham Hotspur, Mendy left for Real Madrid while Fekir joined Betis in an unexpected transfer. Lyon got a couple of players from Lille as they bought midfielder Thiago Mendes and left-back Youssouf Koné while centre-back Joachim Andersen arrived from Sampdoria. The odds on Lyon to win the championship are 13.00 (+1200) while the highest odds on the Kids to finish in Top 3 are 1.53 (-187).
Marseille are Looking to Return to the Champions League
Marseille ended the 2018-19 season in the 5th place and without European football, and they are desperate to play continental football next year. However, their squad is looking weaker than the last year. They sold Lucas Ocampos to Sevilla and Clinton N’Jie to Dinamo Moscow. Mario Balotelli, Rolando, and Tomas Hubocan have all became free agents. Aymen Abdennour returned to Valencia following his loan spell at Velodrome. Darío Benedetto came from Boca Juniors while Álvaro González joined on loan from Villarreal. The Olympians are 31.00 (+3000) to win the Ligue 1, and they are 3.75 (+275) to enter Top 3.
Monaco nearly dropped down to Ligue 2 last year. They finished the season with only three points more than the 19th-placed Caen. Thierry Henry wasn’t the right choice for manager and Monaco began playing better with Leonardo Jardim’s return. The Monégasques sold Youri Tielemans to Leicester City for almost £42 million. They brought right-winger Gelson Martins from Atletico Madrid after his successful loan at Stade Louis II. Monaco also got goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte from Montpellier, and he will provide competition to Danijel Subasic. Monaco are 41.00 (+4000) to win the title, and they are 5.00 (+400) to finish in Top 3.
Lille Lost Vital Players In This Transfer Window
Lille, the most pleasant surprise of the 2018-19 campaign, are hoping to stay in Top 3 this time around. However, it’s not going to be easy given all the changes they made in this off-season. The Great Danes sold their best player Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal for £72 million while striker Rafael Leão joined AC Milan for £28 million. Thiago Mendes, Anwar El Ghazi, and Youssouf Koné also left Lille. They made around £75 million profit so far in the summer. Turkish attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici arrived from Trabzonspor. Victor Osimhen came from Charleroi. Timothy Weah joined from PSG while Benjamin André came from Rennes. Lille bought ten new players, and it’s going to take time before they get to know each other. That’s why they are 41.00 (+4000) to win the Ligue 1 while Lille are 3.75 (+275) to remain in Top 3.
France Ligue 1 Betting Preview – Relegation Betting Odds
Newly-promoted Brest and Metz are among the most serious contenders to relegate to Ligue 2. Dijon, Amiens, and Angers are also in the mix. Before going through the list of potential teams who could fight relegation, let’s get you through regulations. Two sides will relegate directly while the 18th-placed team is going to the relegation play-offs against the third-best team from Ligue 2.
Brest are the biggest favorites to go back to the second tier, and various bookies are offering 2.00 (+100) odds on them to relegate. Jean-Marc Furlan is working with arguably the weakest team in the league, and he’s facing a big fight to keep his side in the elite.
Dijon Sold Important Players This Summer
Dijon, who beat Lens in the relegation play-offs last year to remain in Ligue 1, are right behind Brest at 2.25 (+125). Considering they sold some of their key players this summer, such as Valentin Rosier, Chang-hun Kwon, Sory Kaba, and Wesley Saïd, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Mustards going down this season.
Metz won Ligue 2 and earned promotion to Ligue 1. They have slightly better odds to stay in the top flight. Several oddsmakers are giving 3.25 (+225) on Metz to go down. However, the Maroons didn’t sell their best players, unlike Dijon. In fact, they have more quality than last year. With some talented and young players in the squad, Metz could even finish the campaign among top 13 teams. Right now, they are looking better than Dijon and Brest.
Amiens also who bought new players and haven’t sold important ones in return. They secured elite status way before the end of the season last year. Although they are also 3.25 (+225) to relegate to Ligue 2, it would be surprising to see the Unicorns below Brest and Dijon in the standings.
The final side on this relegation list are Angers. They ended the previous season in the 13th place. Even though it’s hard to expect them in the top half of the table again, Angers should comfortably finish with at least ten points above the relegation zone. The bookies are giving them 5.50 odds to go down, which is a sign they think Angers will stay up for another year.
France Ligue 1 Betting Preview – The Verdict
In case PSG fail to get their third straight Ligue 1 title, it would be a sporting miracle. Therefore, the championship fight in France is not quite exciting. However, we’re probably going to have an interesting battle for the Champions League and Europa League places. The relegation battle, which should include minimum five teams, it’s going ti be exciting as well. Also, make sure to check out our 2019-20 England Premier League Season Betting Preview and Odds