Ligue 1 Tips

Here you will find betting tips for France's Ligue 1.
Freiburg v Frankfurt Betting Tips: Hosts to start the season in good fashion
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Freiburg v Frankfurt Betting Tips: Hosts to start the season in good fashion

Match-day one in the Bundesliga is finally upon us although Freiburg and Frankfurt will have to wait until Sunday to start their respective seasons. Both teams experienced relatively good campaigns last term and so both will now be looking to progress further this time around. As they were separated in the final table by just six points, overall, there wasn’t too much between these two last season and so it’s not all that surprising that there isn’t the greatest disparity in the betting ahead of this match. Having said that, at the prices, only one team stands out. At 6/4,…

Lille v Caen Betting Tips: Growing injury list can cost Bielsa’s men
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Lille v Caen Betting Tips: Growing injury list can cost Bielsa’s men

After a couple of stagnant years, it’s fair to say that there was plenty of optimism floating around Lille at the start of the season. Under the guidance of Marco Bielsa, the man who has shaped some of today’s finest coaches, the club from the north of France were expected to thrive. Thrive is exactly what they did on match-day one when recording a comfortable 3-0 victory over Nantes; however, jubilation quickly turned to frustration as they were beaten 3-0 last time out by newly promoted Strasbourg. With a keeper sent off and a number of players injured early doors,…

Rennes v Dijon Betting Tips: Away side too big in the betting
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Rennes v Dijon Betting Tips: Away side too big in the betting

Having lost both of their opening matches, by scorelines of 3-0 and 4-1, it would be very easy to assume that Dijon are a team to oppose this season. After all, they avoided the drop by just a single point last time around and are fancied by many to fall out of the top-tier this season. Having said that, Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men, fixture wise, haven’t had the easiest of starts as they’ve faced both Marseille and Monaco in the opening two weeks, and have perhaps performed a fair bit better than the bare results suggest. In the betting, Rennes, who’re also…

Nice v Guingamp Betting Tips: Visitors can add to Nice’s woes
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Nice v Guingamp Betting Tips: Visitors can add to Nice’s woes

After enjoying a fruitful campaign last season, one that saw them finish inside the top four for the second season running and thus earn a place in Champions League qualifying rounds, Nice have made a poor start to the current campaign. Two matches in and Lucian Favre’s men are without a win and, more embarrassingly, are without a single point to their name having lost to both St Etienne and Troyes. What’s more, the club from the French Riviera have a growing injury list and come into this fixture having both played (and lost) away from home in the Champions…

Lorient v Troyes Betting Tips: Ligue 1 side to profit from playing at home
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Lorient v Troyes Betting Tips: Ligue 1 side to profit from playing at home

Having lost 2-1 in the first-leg of this play-off, Lorient’s grip on their Ligue 1 status has definitely loosened slightly, but, back in front of their own fans, the top-flight club really ought to fancy their chances of turning things round and thus remaining in the elite division for another season at least. Nothing can be taken away from the performance of second division Troyes on Thursday night; they defended pretty well for the most part and took their chances when they came. However, you could argue that the hosts were perhaps fortunate to score twice having created little in…

Troyes v Lorient Betting Tips: Goals expected at Stade de l’Aube
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Troyes v Lorient Betting Tips: Goals expected at Stade de l’Aube

On Thursday night, Troyes and Lorient go head-to-head for the right compete in France’s top division next season. Having dropped out of the top tier last season, Troyes have performed well in Ligue 2 and will be looking to cap things off by returning to Ligue 1. On the other hand, Lorient have endured a poor campaign overall but can still save themselves by coming out on top (over two legs) against second division opposition. From a betting point of view, there probably isn’t too much between this pair, despite the disparity in divisions. Lorient may well be the Ligue…

Lorient v Bordeaux Betting Tips: Visitors to secure Europe and send hosts down
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Lorient v Bordeaux Betting Tips: Visitors to secure Europe and send hosts down

This final match is of huge significance for both of these teams; Bordeaux know that a win would give them a decent chance of securing 5th spot and thus a place in next season’s Europa League, while Lorient are in desperate need of a win if they’re to stand any chance of staying in the division, and even that might not be enough, such is the nature of their predicament towards the foot of the table. Unlike so many games at this time of year, although their needs are contrasting, it’s nice that both of this pair still have something…

St Etienne v Bordeaux Betting Tips: Goals on the cards at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
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St Etienne v Bordeaux Betting Tips: Goals on the cards at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Two teams who’re still in the hunt for European football go head-to-head on Friday night as 7th place St Etienne play host to 5th place Bordeaux. Of the two, it is Bordeaux who’re currently in with the best chance of securing that fifth and final European spot, but, if they were to win here, as a result of their game in hand, St Etienne would be right in there as the division turns for home. Although both could really do with a win here, from a betting point of view, backing either to come out on top doesn’t appeal too…

Angers v Lyon Betting Tips: Visitors won’t have it all their own way
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Angers v Lyon Betting Tips: Visitors won’t have it all their own way

After both losing last time out, this pair will be looking to get things back on track as they face off on Friday night, but only one of them makes any appeal with the betting the way it is. Having somewhat unluckily come up short against Ligue’s 1’s two biggest hitters in PSG and Monaco in recent weeks, Angers are finally fancied to get a decent result against one of the division’s top five. Lyon have shown in recent weeks that they’re far from infallible and, with one eye likely on the Europa League, look somewhat overpriced ahead of this…

Angers v PSG Betting Tips: Hosts to get competitive at Stade Raymond Kopa
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Angers v PSG Betting Tips: Hosts to get competitive at Stade Raymond Kopa

PSG travel to take on Angers on Friday night as the club from the capital look to maintain their assault on Ligue 1’s summit. On the face of it, this match might look like a formality, but in reality it could cause the French giants a few problems. Angers have been enjoying an excellent season and are certainly no pushovers. Stéphane Moulin’s side have made themselves tough to beat on their own patch and could make life tough for the visitors here. The two bets that catch the eye ahead of this one are ‘Angers to Score Over 0.5 Goals’ and…

Lille v Nice Betting Tips: Visitors too big in the betting
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Lille v Nice Betting Tips: Visitors too big in the betting

Two teams who’ve been in decent form in Ligue 1 recently go head-to-head on Friday night as Lille play host to high-flying Nice. Nice’s superb season did look for a long time as though it might culminate in title glory, but this now looks fairly unlikely with both Monaco and PSG ahead of them in the table. The gap between themselves and top spot is only five points, and, although it’s unlikely that the two big guns will both falter, Nice will want to continue winning in order to be on hand to take advantage of any slip-ups. Lille are…

Nice v Bordeaux Betting Tips: Goals on the cards at Allianz Riviera
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Nice v Bordeaux Betting Tips: Goals on the cards at Allianz Riviera

Nice’s reign at the top of Ligue 1 has of course come to an end and it doesn’t look as though the side from the French Riviera will be returning to the top of the pile any time soon, but they’ve enjoyed a fantastic campaign nonetheless and look almost guaranteed, barring an almighty collapse, to fill the third and final Champions League spot. A win on Sunday would put the hosts another step closer to achieving their goal; however, they’re coming up against a Bordeaux side who’ve been scoring for fun lately and aren’t likely to get this one all…

Marseille v Dijon Betting Tips: Trip to the Vélodrome to prove fruitless
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Marseille v Dijon Betting Tips: Trip to the Vélodrome to prove fruitless

Marseille look to continue their assault on the top four early on Saturday evening a they play host to a struggling Dijon side at the iconic Stade Vélodrome. In truth, given the visitors form on the road, Les Olympiens couldn’t have asked for a better fixture to get back in the swing of things after the international break. Although this season is so far going far better than the last, Marseille, despite their status as one of France’s biggest, most historical clubs, have failed to really set Ligue 1 alight and will thus be looking to finish with a flourish over the…

Caen v Monaco Betting Tips: Jardim’s men to remain top of the pile
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Caen v Monaco Betting Tips: Jardim’s men to remain top of the pile

Having secured a place in the last eight of the Champions League during the week, Monaco get back down to business in Ligue 1 on Sunday as the travel to take on Caen at Stade Michel d’Ornano. The visitors will undoubtedly be riding high having beaten Man City to set up a mouthwatering tie against Borussia Dortmund, but there is still the small matter of a title race to focus on before their European adventure continues. Sunday’s fixture against Caen looks to be an excellent opportunity for the hosts to maintain their position at the top got the table. With no…

Marseille v Angers Betting Tips: Hosts to dominate at Stade Vélodrome
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Marseille v Angers Betting Tips: Hosts to dominate at Stade Vélodrome

Having recovered from being mauling by PSG when beating Lorient last time out, Marseille have been presented with a home fixture against Angers on Friday night – a match that, if they’re serious about challenging for the fourth and final European spot, they really ought to be winning, and winning well. With last weekend’s convincing 4-1 victory away at Lorient under their belt, the hosts are fancied to get the better of this opposition and can do so in good style. At odds of 5/6 and 2/1 respectively, ‘Marseille to Score Over 1.5 Goals’ and ‘Marseille to Win -1 Handicap’…

Bastia v Nantes Betting Tips: Both teams can profit at Stade Armand Cesari
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Bastia v Nantes Betting Tips: Both teams can profit at Stade Armand Cesari

The sole fixture in the French top flight on Wednesday night sees Nantes travel to the island of Corsica to take on relegation-scrappers Bastia. There might be ten points between these two in the table, but, in reality, there probably isn’t too much between them in terms of quality. Bastia, despite being in the relegation zone, have scored the same amount of goals as their opponents and have conceded just a single goal more. Nantes have simply had a better knack of clinging on to 1-0 wins, whereas the Corsican side have recorded far too many draws. Despite the disparity…

Celta Vigo v Espanyol Betting Tips: Sánchez Flores’ men can go well at Balaídos
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Celta Vigo v Espanyol Betting Tips: Sánchez Flores’ men can go well at Balaídos

As things currently stand in La Liga, these two teams are separated by just a single point in the table having performed with plenty of credit since returning from the continental winter break and will no doubt be looking to continue their progression here. Considering the fixture pile-up that they’re experiencing, alongside the fact that they scraped a point against a struggling Gijón side at the weekend, it’s surprising that Celta come into this match as such warm favourites. OK, they’re a decent side, but Espanyol are capable of making it tough for anyone and could quite easily upset the hosts…

Nancy v Toulouse Betting Tips: Everything points to a lack of goals at Stade Marcel Picot
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Nancy v Toulouse Betting Tips: Everything points to a lack of goals at Stade Marcel Picot

Nancy play host to Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Saturday night at Stade Marcel Picot – a fixture that certainly won’t get goal-lovers excited. In Nancy and Toulouse we’re looking at two teams who’ve found goals very hard to come by of late. Couple this with the ultra-defensive nature of the visiting team when playing on the road, and the prospect of goals in this fixture begins to look very, very slim indeed. On this basis, the bet that catches the eye here is ‘Under 1.5 Goals’ at 17/10. In recent weeks, goals have been a rare commodity for Nancy. The…

Nice v Montpellier Betting Tips: Fans at Allianz Riviera in for goals
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Nice v Montpellier Betting Tips: Fans at Allianz Riviera in for goals

Having lead the way in Ligue 1 for almost the entirety of the first half of the season, Nice now find themselves down in 3rd place, but if they can continue winning then there’s every chance that they can, at the very least, keep the pressure on the top-two. Having said this, against a visiting Montpellier side who’re in decent form right now, the hosts will need to be at the top of their game to get the desired result on Friday night. Although the visitors aren’t likely to make any real headway in Ligue 1 this season – they’ve…

Bastia v Monaco Betting Tips: Another good opportunity for league leaders
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Bastia v Monaco Betting Tips: Another good opportunity for league leaders

Free-scoring Monaco continue to impress in Ligue 1 this season and appear to have been presented with another big opportunity to continue their title assault on Friday night. Bastia are among those teams that are struggling in the French top flight this season and, having lost 5-0 in the reverse of this fixture, could be in for another tough night. From a betting point of view, the two angles of attack here are ‘Monaco to Score Over 2.5 Goals’ and ‘Monaco to Win & Over 2.5 Goals’ at odds of 21/10 and 13/10 respectively. Having scored no less than 75…

Saint-Étienne v Lorient Betting Tips: Hosts to regain the winning thread
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Saint-Étienne v Lorient Betting Tips: Hosts to regain the winning thread

Saint-Étienne welcome a struggling Lorient to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday afternoon for a match that looks a very winnable one from the perspective of the hosts. This season, Saint-Étienne have thrived on their own patch and face a Lorient team you’ve found things very tough on the road. There are two bets that stand out here and these are: ‘Saint-Étienne to Win’ and ‘Saint-Étienne to Win & Under 2.5 Goals’ at odds of 1/1 and 3/1 respectively. Having lost just once, the hosts currently boast Ligue 1’s second best defensive record at home. Christophe Galtier has seen his side concede just five goals…

Monaco v Metz Betting Tips: No respite for Les Grenats on the road
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Monaco v Metz Betting Tips: No respite for Les Grenats on the road

Metz travel to take on league leaders Monaco on Saturday night – a task that is currently a very daunting one for almost anyone in this division, let alone one of Ligue 1’s lesser teams. Much has been made of Monaco’s scoring exploits this season and for good reason. 70 league goals in 24 matches is incredible and, especially at home, the principality team really are a force to be reckoned with. In the betting, it is impossible to go against the hosts and they’re fancied to continue their impressive run by racking up another big win. At odds of…

Osasuna v Real Madrid Betting Tips: Los Rojillos to concede yet more goals
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Osasuna v Real Madrid Betting Tips: Los Rojillos to concede yet more goals

League leaders Real Madrid travel to take on the ever-leaky defence of Osasuna at El Sadar on Saturday night – a match that presents the high-flying visitors with an excellent opportunity to further their title claims by racking up a fair few goals. As touched on several times when talking about Osasuna this season, the hosts continue to struggle and, as each match-day passes, it’s looking more and more likely that Los Rojillos will be plying their trade in the second division next season. The attacking might of Real Madrid should be more than capable of going to Pamplona and heaping…

Marseille v Guingamp Betting Tips: Goals fancied at Stade Vélodrome
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Marseille v Guingamp Betting Tips: Goals fancied at Stade Vélodrome

Marseille play host to Guingamp at The Stade Vélodrome on Wednesday night as both teams look to bounce back from disappointing 1-0 defeats last time out. Since being battered by league leaders Monaco a few weeks ago, Marseille have taken a slight downturn in fortunes while their seemingly impeccable defence has certainly become a lot easier to breach. As for Guingamp, the visitors continue to both score and concede plenty of goals, a trend that could easily continue here. In the betting, it is ‘Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score’ that appeals most at odds of 11/8. Marseille, despite…

Montpellier v Monaco Betting Tips: High-scoring visitors to march on
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Montpellier v Monaco Betting Tips: High-scoring visitors to march on

Having hit the front in Ligue 1, Monaco look to continue their march towards the title as they travel to take on Montpellier at Stade de la Mosson on Tuesday evening. It’s no secret just how good Monaco have been this season, and although some people might say they’re playing in a league that can be easily dominated, their exploits (particularly going forward) remain especially noteworthy. As the side who’ve scored by far the most goals, Monaco face a Montpellier team who’ve conceded the second highest in Ligue 1, so goals could once again be on the cards when Les Monégasques take…

Guingamp v OGC Nice Betting Tips
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Guingamp v OGC Nice Betting Tips

Ligue 1 leaders Nice travel to take on Guingamp on Wednesday night in a match that, given the form of both right now, doesn’t look an easy task for Lucie Favre’s men. It is perhaps a surprise, especially considering we’re now 14 matches in, to see someone other than PSG sitting top of Ligue 1, but Nice have enjoyed a decent campaign so far and currently head the table, although PSG and Monaco are hot on their heels (just one point behind). It is perhaps because of Nice’s surprisingly strong form, along with Monaco’s blistering scoring run, that a team…

AS Nancy v FC Metz Betting Tips
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AS Nancy v FC Metz Betting Tips

Two of last season’s promoted teams face each other in the top flight for the first time since 2008 in a match that, even at this early stage, could have big implications in the fight for survival. Having stepped up from Ligue 2, both of these teams will have entered this campaign with staying alive as their mission. On that front, Metz have proved more successful so far, although, Nancy aren’t in major trouble just yet but, as they currently sit inside the relegation zone, things will begin to get nervy as we approach the half-way point. From a betting…

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