Ligue 1 is at the top level of the French football league system. It features 20 clubs with the sides playing each other twice (19 at home and 19 away) from August to May for a total of 380 games.
beIN Sports owns the TV rights and will be showing all 380 games live across their platforms. To find out how you can watch all the action check out High Press Soccer‘s guide on How To Stream Ligue 1 In The US.
If you’re looking to Bet On Ligue 1, here’s what you need to know.
For each game, most sportsbooks will offer three markets; Moneyline, Spread / Goal Line, and Total Goals / Over/Under. Other online sportsbooks like DraftKings and FanDuel offer multiple markets on every game.
All legal US sportsbooks have valuable FAQs and customer service, so if you have lingering questions, contact them directly, or you can hit me up on Twitter @Regista_Alex.
Below is a guide to some of the most popular betting markets available to help you understand how to bet on soccer and some tips.
HOW TO BET THE MONEYLINE
There are three possible outcomes to bet on the Moneyline; home team win, draw, and away team win. Soccer is different from other American sports in that the home team appears on the left side of the line.
Moneyline bets are settled on the result at the end of Regular Time (90 minutes plus injury time), which is the duration of every Ligue 1 game. Be aware that cup games in France like the Coupe de France can go to penalties. Whatever the outcome, all Moneyline bets will be settled on the result at the end of Regular Time.
Below, Troyes (+1000), are the home team and the underdogs. You would win $1000 if you placed $100 on Troyes, and they won. PSG (-380) are the away team and heavy favorites. You need to stake $380 to win $100 on PSG. If you placed a $100 wager on the Draw (+525), you would win $525.
HOW TO BET DRAW NO BET
Draw No Bet is the Moneyline with the draw option removed. A $100 wager on Troyes (+750) would win you $750 if they won. You would need to stake $1400 on PSG (-1400) to win $100. If the game finishes in a draw, your bet becomes a push, and your wagered money is refunded to you.
HOW TO BET DOUBLE CHANCE
Double Chance allows you to combine two of the Moneyline outcomes into one bet. If you think an underdog will pull off a shock result against a big favorite, this is a safer option to bet than just backing them to win on the Moneyline.
HOW TO BET THE SPREAD / GOAL LINE
The Spread / Goal Line in soccer is similar to Point Spreads in football or basketball and Puck Lines in ice hockey. Most sportsbooks will offer one goal line for games, and it can be +/- 0.5, 1, or 1.5 all the way up to 3 or 3.5 goals.
Below, if you backed Troyes +1.5 Goals (-115), your bet would cash if Troyes won, the game ended in a draw, or PSG failed to beat them by 2 goals or more at the end of Regular Time. If you backed PSG -2.5 Goals (+180), your bet would cash if they beat Troyes by 3 goals or more.
Sometimes sportsbooks Spread / Goal Line offer will be even like +/- 2 goals. If you backed PSG -2 Goals and they won 2-0, your bet becomes a push, and your wagered money is refunded to you.
The Asian Handicap is a betting system originating in Indonesia and introduces fractions of 0.25 and 0.75 to the spread. If you select one of these options, your bet is split between the two closest half numbers with the same odds.
If you wagered $100 on Troyes +1.75 Goals (-120), you’re actually wagering $50 on Troyes +1.5 Goals (-120) and $50 on Troyes +2 Goals (-120). If Troyes won, the game ended in a draw, or PSG won by 1 goal you would win $83.33. If PSG won by 2 goals, you would get a push on Troyes +2 Goals and lose on Troyes +1.5 Goals leaving you with a $50 loss. If PSG won by 3 goals or more, you would lose both bets.
If you wagered $100 on PSG -1.25 Goals (-160), you’re actually wagering $50 on PSG -1 Goal (-160) and $50 on PSG -1.5 Goals (-160). If PSG won by two goals or more, both bets would cash, and you would win $62.50. If PSG won 1-0, you would push on PSG -1 Goal and lose on PSG -1.5 Goals leaving you with a $50 loss. If Troyes won or the game ended in a draw, you would lose both bets.
If you wagered $100 on PSG -1.75 Goals (+105), you’re actually wagering $50 on PSG -1.5 Goals (+105) and $50 on PSG -2 Goals (+105). If PSG won by 3 goals or more, both bets would cash, and you would win $105. If PSG won by 2 goals, you would win on PSG -1.5 Goals and push on PSG -2 Goals winning you $52.50. If Troyes won, the game ended in a draw, or PSG only won by 1 goal you would lose both bets.
HOW TO BET TOTAL GOALS / OVER/UNDER
Total Goals / Over/Under in soccer betting is the number of goals you think will be scored in the game. Most sportsbooks will offer one goal line for games, and it can be Over/Under 0.5, 1, or 1.5 all the way up to 3.5, 4, or 4.5 goals.
If you wagered $100 on Over 3.5 Goals (+145) and the game finished Troyes 1-3 PSG, you would win $145. If the game finished Troyes 0-3 PSG, you would lose your bet.
If you wagered $100 on Under 2.5 Goals (+140) and the game finished Troyes 0-2 PSG, you would win $140. If the game finished Troyes 0-3 PSG, you would lose your bet.
Sometimes sportsbooks Total Goals / Over/Under offer will be even like 3 goals. If the game finished Troyes 0-3 PSG, it doesn’t matter if you back Over or Under 3 Goals both bets becomes a push, and your wagered money is refunded to you.
HOW TO BET TOTAL TEAM GOALS
Total Team Goals in soccer betting is the number of goals you think a team will score in the game.
If you backed PSG Over 2.5 Goals and they scored three goals or more you would win. If you backed Troyes Under 1.5 Goals and they scored two goals or more you would lose.
HOW TO BET HALFTIME/FULLTIME
Halftime/Fulltime betting is where you bet on what the result will be at half-time and what the result will be at full-time.
If you picked Troyes/Troyes (+1100) you would need Troyes to be winning at half-time and at full-time to win your bet. If you picked Tie/Troyes (+1600) you would need the result at half-time to be a draw and Troyes winning at full-time to win your bet. If you picked PSG/Troyes (+5000) you would need PSG to be winning at half-time and Troyes winning at full-time to win your bet.
This is a good option if you think a heavy favorite like PSG will dominate Troyes, score early in the game and run out winners. Or if you have a heavy favorite playing against a defensively strong team and you think they will break them down in the second half.
TO WIN IN SHUTOUT / WIN TO NIL
The To Win In Shoutout / Win To Nil soccer bet is when you think a team will win a game without conceding a goal. For example, if you backed PSG (+100), your bet would cash if they won the game 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, etc.
This bet offers better odds than the Moneyline and is a good option if a heavy favorite is playing an underdog who plays defensively and doesn’t score many goals. A good example would be Olympique Lyonnais playing Angers at the Groupama Stadium.
LIGUE 1 BETTING TIPS
Learning how to bet on Ligue 1 is easy. Picking winners consistently is the hard part. There’s no substitute for good research. Learn everything you can about the game, teams, and players, then try these three tips:
DO THE WORK: Don’t bet randomly or guess. Research Ligue 1 games you want to bet on before you place a bet and make educated guesses and informed picks. Research can lead to success, but you have to do the work.
FIND A GRIND: When starting out, don’t bet on everything. Focus your research on one or a few teams, and bet on them exclusively. There are 20 teams in Ligue 1, and it’s simply too much for you to become an expert on all of them straight away.
SHOP AROUND: Look around for the best price on a bet. Different online sportsbooks in your state might have it differently. Or they may have moved the line because of betting. Finding better odds on a bet might not help you win it, but it will increase your profits when you do.
BE AWARE! If you see odds that are significantly off across sportsbooks, chances are YOU missed something, so go back and double and triple-check!
For sportsbooks like Draftkings and Fandual, which offer multiple betting markets, I recommend looking through all the available options. There are bets presented differently and have different odds but are the same.
For example, First Team To Score: No Goals (+1100), Under 0.5 Goals (+1200), and a Correct Score of 0-0 (+1500) all need the game to end 0-0 to payout. But the odds for Correct Score 0-0 are better, and if you wagered $100, you would win $300 more.
WHERE TO BET LIGUE 1 IN THE US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in more than two dozen states. You can bet online in some states, but only in-person betting is allowed in most of them.
DraftKings Sportsbook is available in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
FanDuel Sportsbook is available in Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.