French Ligue 1 2021-22 predictions: season preview
Last season, Lille won Ligue 1 for the first time in 10 years, ending Paris Saint-Germain’s three years reign as the French champions. The 2021-22 Ligue 1 season is contested among 20 teams, and the team finishing with the most points wins the league.
Ligue 1 teams that finish in the top 2 automatically qualify for UEFA Champions League. The third-placed team enters the third qualifying round of the Champions League before a play-off to reach the group stage. The fourth-placed team and the winner of the Coupe de France qualify for the UEFA Europa League. In cases in which the winner of the Coupe de France finishes in the top 4, the fifth-placed team gets the spot in the Europa League. The fifth or sixth-placed team will qualify for the newly formed UEFA Europa Conference League.
Teams that finish in the bottom two, will automatically be relegated to the Ligue 2. The third relegation spot is decided by a relegation play-off between the 18th-placed team in Ligue 1 and the third-placed team in Ligue 2, whilst the top 2 of Ligue 2 enter Ligue 1.
All these outright events of Ligue 1 are well-covered with our futures betting tips, while match predictions for French Ligue 1 cover the games that decide the outcome of the league.
Teams and key players of 2021-22 Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain lost the title to Lille last season, but still remain the strongest team in the league. This French team had one of the best transfer windows in history as they brought in world-class players with the likes of Messi, Ramos, Donnarumma and others.
Full list of teams participating in the 2021-22 Ligue 1:
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Olympique de Marseille
- Olympique Lyonnais
- Clermont Foot
Paris Saint-Germain failed to win the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 2017, after finishing second during the 2021-22 season campaign. Les Parisiens finished with 82 points which were just one point behind champions Lille. Paris Saint-Germain won 26 games while scoring the most goals in the league (86) and conceding 28 goals.
Les Parisiens sacked their manager, Thomas Tuchel, in the midst of last season after a fall out with the management. Tuchel took Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League final the season before and was sacked in December. Paris Saint-Germain announced Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager as he took them to a second-place finish and was knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester City in the semi-final.
Paris Saint-Germain had one of the best summer transfer windows in soccer history with the arrival of lots of top players on a free transfer. One of the greatest players in soccer history, Lionel Messi, joined the French side on a free transfer. Sergio Ramos joined Les Parisiens on a free transfer from Real Madrid after spending 16 years with Los Blancos. Gianluigi Donnarumma joined Paris Saint-Germain after becoming a free agent at AC Milan.
Les Parisiens signed Achraf Hakimi for a fee of about £60m. Paris Saint-Germain also signed Nuno Mendes on loan with an option to make it permanent for £40m. Georginio Wijnaldum joined on a free transfer after his contract with Liverpool expired.
Paris Saint-Germain are one of the strongest teams in the world. The acquisition of Messi already made them the favourite to win Ligue 1 and one of the UEFA Champions League favourites. The front three of Messi, Mbappe and Neymar will be too good for defenders to handle as Les Parisiens also have a very good attacking depth with Di Maria and Icardi.
Lionel Messi is one of the greatest soccer players with his ridiculous numbers and ability. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is still the favourite to win this year’s award after he won the Copa America. The Argentine captain has the most recorded assists (358) as he’s the most. Messi is the fourth-highest goalscorer in soccer history with 751 goals. He was the highest goalscorer in La Liga last season with 30 goals, overperforming his expected goals of 23.94. Messi is a serial winner and has won the second-most trophies in soccer history (38). He will be looking to win his first Ligue 1 title and also deliver the UEFA Champions League.
Kylian Mbappe has been exceptional since he was a teenager. The French international wanted to leave the club for Real Madrid during the transfer window but was unable as the club refused to let him go. Mbappe has only one year left on his contract but will be looking to win the title before he decides to go. The French striker scored the most goals in Ligue 1 last season with 27 goals, outperforming his expected goals of 22.09. Mbappe provided seven assists and created 40 chances in the league during last season’s campaign.
Other key players of Paris Saint-Germain apart from Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe:
- Angel Di Maria
- Sergio Ramos
- Marco Verratti
- Mauro Icardi
- Keylor Navas
Lille won Ligue 1 for the first time in 10 years after they secured their fifth league title finishing with one point ahead of Paris Saint-Germain. Les Dogues finished as league leaders with 83 points as they scored 63 goals while conceding the fewest goals (23).
Lille manager Christophe Galtier announced he will leave his role at the club just two days after securing the title. Les Dogues appointed Jocelyn Gourvennec as the new manager.
Les Dogues signed Gabriel Gudmundsson from FC Groningen for a fee of about £6m. Ivo Grbic joined the club on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid. Lille signed Amadou Onana from Hamburger SV for a fee of about £9m. Les Dogues sold Jean Onana to Bordeaux with Luiz Araujo also joining Atlanta United for a fee of about £14m. Boubakary Soumare left the club after four years with Lille, as he joined Leicester City for about £17m.
Lille losing Galtier might prove costly. Soumare will be a very big miss in the club, and with Lille not buying lots of players they might struggle in the 2021-22 season.
Burak Yilmaz is a very important player to Lille as he led them to the title. The Turkish striker is very clinical as he scored 16 goals, overperforming his expected goals of 9.97. Yilmaz joined the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2020 and has scored 20 goals in 42 games. He provided five assists and created 33 chances in the league last season.
Jonathan David was crucial last season too. The Canadian striker scored 13 goals, overperforming his xG of 9.22. David joined the club from Gent in 2020 and scored 14 goals in 56 games. He provided two assists and created 37 chances in the league last season.
Other key players of Lille apart from Burak Yilmaz and Jonathan David:
- Benjamin Andre
- Yusuf Yazici
- Jose Fonte
- Renato Sanches
Olympique Lyonnais finished fourth in the 2021-2 Ligue 1 season as they qualified for the Europa League. Lyon had 76 points scoring the second-most goals in the league (81) and conceded 43 goals. Les Gones finished with just two points behind Monaco and a CL spot.
Jerome Boateng joined Lyon on a free transfer after 10 years in Bayern Munich. Lyon signed Xherdan Shaqiri from Liverpool for a fee of about €11m. Emerson joined Les Gones on loan from Chelsea after impressing with the club and the Italian national team. Henrique also joined the club on a free transfer. Lille sold Maxwel Cornet to Burnley for about €15m as Jean Lucas joined Monaco. Memphis Depay left the club on a free transfer to Barcelona.
Lyon might challenge for the title with the addition of top players. Boateng is a world-class player and will improve their defence, and Emerson will be a great option as a left-back. Shaqiri is a very good player and is very creative and will be key to the team as they look to win their first Ligue 1 title since 2008. Depay will be a big miss for Lyon as he was their best player last season scoring the most goals for Lyon (20) and providing the most assists (12).
Karl Toko Ekambi has been very good for Lyon since he joined the club from Villarreal in 2020. The Cameroonian striker has scored 17 goals in 63 appearances for Les Gones. Ekambi scored the second-most goals for Lyon in the league last season with 14 goals, underperforming his expected goals of 17.32. The Lyon striker also provided the second-most assists for the club in the league with six assists while creating 54 chances.
Lucas Paqueta is very important for Lyon. The Brazilian international joined the club from AC Milan in the summer of 2020 and has scored 12 goals in 40 appearances. Paqueta scored nine goals in the league last season, overperforming his expected goals of 6.98. The Brazilian player provided five assists while creating 49 chances in Ligue 1 last season.
Other key players of Lyon apart from Karl Toko Ekambi and Lucas Paqueta :
- Xherdan Shaqiri
- Jerome Boateng
- Houssem Aouar
- Bruno Guimaraes
- Mathis Cherki
- Moussa Dembele
Monaco struggled seasons ago but are back to their best as they finished third last season. The Monegasques qualified for the Champions League play-off in which they eventually lost to Shakhtar Donetsk. Monaco had 78 points with 76 goals and 42 conceded.
Monaco signed Myron Boadu from AZ Alkmaar for a fee of about €20m. Jean Lucas joined the club from Lyon for €15m. The Monegasques signed Ismail Jakobs from Koln as Alexander Nubel joined the club on a free transfer from Bayern Munich. Monaco sold Henry Onyekuru to Olympiacos for €7m with Fode Ballo also joining AC Milan.
The Monegasques lost a lot of players on a free transfer with Youssef Ait Bennasser, Willem Geubbels, Keita Balde, Anthony Musaba, Antonio Barreca, Pietro Pellegri and Benjamin Lecomte left the club as their contracts expired. Monaco came close last season as they finished with just five points behind champions Lille. The Monegasques will compete for the title this season as they will be looking to win their first Ligue 1 since 2017.
Wissam Ben Yedder has been exceptional since he joined the club from Sevilla in 2019. The French international has scored 46 goals in 84 which is an average of 1.8 goals per game. Ben Yedder was the joint highest goal scorer in Ligue 1 during the 2019-20 season with 18 goals. The French striker scored 20 goals in the league last season, overperforming his expected goals of 19.63. He also provided seven assists while creating 49 chances.
Kevin Volland is a very important player for Monaco. The German striker joined the club in 2020 and has scored 20 goals in 51 matches. Volland got 16 goals last season, getting above his xG of 11.62. The German also provided seven assists and created 39 chances.
Other key players of Monaco apart from Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland :
- Aleksandr Golovin
- Aurelien Tchouameni
- Sofiane Diop
- Ruben Aguilar
- Caio Henrique
- Gelson Martins
Olympique de Marseille finished fifth in the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season qualifying for the Europa League. Marseille had 60 points, scoring 54 goals and conceding 47. Les Phoceens finished with 16 points behind fourth-placed Lyon and just two points ahead of Rennes.
Marseille sacked Andre Villas-Boas in February after he criticized them for signing Olivier Ntcham. The team were title contenders but since then everything went down the hill. Jorge Sampaoli was announced as the new manager, and he saw them to a fifth-place finish.
Konrad joined Marseille from Barcelona for about $4m as Matteo Guendozi and William Saliba both joined the club on loan from Barcelona. Pol Lirola signed for Les Phoceens for $9m from Florentina with Luan Peres also joining from Santos FC for about $5m.
Dimitri Payet has been one of the Ligue 1 best players since he joined the club from West Ham in 2017. The French international has scored 46 goals in 175 appearances for Marseille. Payet scored seven league goals last season, overperforming his xG of 5.93. The French is a very creative player with 10 assists and 76 chances in Ligue 1 last season.
Other key players of Marseille apart from Dimitri Payet:
- Arkadiusz Milik
- Florian Thauvin
- Boubacar Kamara
- Valentin Rongier
- Alvaro Gonzalez
- Duje Caleta-Car
Betting odds of 2021-22 Ligue 1
Takebet South Africa offers French Ligue 1 betting tips for future events aside from regular Ligue 1 betting predictions we provide every gameweek. Experts publish outright betting picks for the team to win the league, to finish in the top 3, to be relegated and the highest goalscorer award. To do this, we research betting odds on outright events given by bookies in the first place.
There are five teams with the highest probability to win the 2021-22 Ligue 1 title. PSG are the odds-on favourites, with Lyon being considered the second favourite for the title.
French Ligue 1 2021-22 winner betting odds:
- Paris Saint-Germain — 1.04 (-2500 American; 1/25 Fractional)
- Olympique Lyonnais — 26.00 (+2500; 25/1)
- Monaco — 26.00 (+2500; 25/1)
- Marseille — 34.00 (+3300; 33/1)
- Lille — 34.00 (+3300; 33/1)
Teams that finish in the top 2 automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League while the team that finishes in the third position qualifies for the Champions League play-off.
French Ligue 1 2021-22 top 3 finish betting odds:
- Paris Saint-Germain — 1.01 (-9999 American; 1/100 Fractional)
- Olympique Lyonnais — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Monaco — 2.38 (+138; 11/8)
- Marseille — 2.63 (+163; 13/8)
- Lille — 2.63 (+163; 13/8)
- Nice — 5.50 (+450; 9/2)
Teams that finish in the bottom two will be relegated automatically to Ligue 2 with the third relegation spot being decided by a play-off between 18th in Ligue 1 and third in Ligue 2.
French Ligue 1 2021-22 relegation betting odds:
- Metz — 2.20 (+120 American; 6/5 Fractional)
- FC Girondins Bordeaux — 3.00 (+200; 2/1)
- AS Saint-Etienne — 3.75 (+275; 11/4)
- Troyes — 4.00 (+300; 3/1)
- Stade Brest — 4.50 (+350; 7/2)
- Stade de Reims — 5.00 (+400; 4/1)
The highest goalscorer award is given to the player that scores the most goals in Ligue 1. Jean-Pierre Papin has won the highest number of Ligue 1 goalscorer awards (5). Kylian Mbappe won his third award last season and will be looking to win one more in the 2021-22 season. Lionel Messi has approximately the same chance to score the most goals.
French Ligue 1 2021-22 top goalscorer winner betting odds:
- Kylian Mbappe — 2.20 (+120 American; 6/5 Fractional)
- Lionel Messi — 2.30 (+130; 13/1)
- Moussa Dembele — 13.00 (+1200; 12/1)
- Neymar — 15.00 (+1400; 14/1)
- Wissam Ben Yedder — 21.00 (+2000; 20/1)
Coverage of Ligue 1 betting predictions
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As for the French Ligue 1 match predictions, experts post bets on teams and particular players. Big betting markets, the ones with lots of money coming on them, are used: 1x2, goal totals, handicaps and such. Small options like correct scores or the player to score are something we research as well when getting our French Ligue 1 picks for betting ready.
In-depth prediction articles feature single and combo bets with several matches.
Betting markets and odds of Ligue 1 predictions
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Some of the betting markets we use to pick valuable Ligue 1 bets:
- Asian/European handicaps
- Double chance
- Draw no bet
- Correct scores
- Players to score
Ligue 1 betting picks have odds in the range from 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional) to 3.00 (+200; 2/1) for singles, while our accumulators are around 10.00 (+900; 9/1).
French Ligue 1 match predictions
The experts of Takebet South Africa publish betting tips on Ligue 1 games as the main type of predictions. Tips involve matches of top teams such as Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Lyon, Lille, Marseille and their decisive games versus other opponents.
Each Ligue 1 match prediction is featured in an in-depth article with an overview of all stats and valuable information about the teams and the players which you may need for betting. In the course of the analysis, our authors spot insights and trends that lead us to valuable bets.
Betting tips on Ligue 1 teams and players
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Outright betting tips on teams and players include bets on who wins the Ligue 1 title, teams to qualify for Champions League from the top 3, teams to be relegated as well as tips on personal player awards such as the highest goalscorer and the player of the year.
Schedule of top 2021-22 Ligue 1 fixture predictions
Every gameweek we offer picks for the most important Ligue 1 games. Below you will find the calendar of the top 2021-22 Ligue 1 matches between Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon, Lille, Marseille and Monaco, which will be predicted by our dedicated team of experts.
- Marseille vs Monaco (11 September 2021)
- Paris Saint-Germain vs Lyon (19 September 2021)
- Lille vs Marseille (3 October 2021)
- Lyon vs Monaco (16 October 2021)
- Marseille vs Paris Saint-Germain (24 October 2021)
- Paris Saint-Germain vs Lille (31 October 2021)
- Monaco vs Lille (21 November 2021)
- Lyon vs Marseilles (21 November 2021)
- Lille vs Lyon (12 December 2021)
- Paris Saint-Germain vs Monaco (12 December 2021)
- Lyon vs Paris Saint-Germain (8 January 2022)
- Marseille vs Lille (16 January 2022)
- Lille vs Paris Saint-Germain (6 February 2022)
- Monaco vs Lyon (6 February 2022)
- Lyon vs Lille (27 February 2022)
- Marseille vs Monaco (6 March 2022)
- Monaco vs Paris Saint-Germain (20 March 2022)
- Paris Saint-Germain vs Marseille (17 April 2022)
- Marseille vs Lyon (1 May 2022)
- Lille vs Monaco (8 May 2022)
How experts analyse Ligue 1 games for sure predictions
Takebet South Africa employs analysts with in-depth knowledge about soccer that know the best way to disassemble the mass of results and statistics in order to find trends leading to bets of value. We are also knowledgeable about French soccer and its unique specifics.
The Ligue 1 teams are very physical in their approach and are always strong to compete for both aerial and ground duels. Most squads of the French top flight love to use the width of the field to stretch the opponent as they utilize wing-backs that are high off the pitch trying cut-backs as well as finding pockets of spaces. The defensive midfielders are usually very physical as they control the play and win balls back in cases of a counter-attack.
Some Ligue 1 teams sit deep blocking all passing lanes in a very tight shape with opponents finding it hard to break them. At any opportunity they hit on a fast counter-attack.
Some of the statistics we use in analysing Ligue 1 teams:
- Goals scored and conceded
- Big chances created and conceded
- Expected goals
- Shots on/off-target
- Levels of ball control
These statistics are used alongside head-to-head results, trends of money coming on betting markets, team and player form, the latest league news to drop betting tips (Ligue 1). Probabilities of events derived from this data are compared to betting odds to spot value.
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All Ligue 1 tips on Takebet South Africa are either single bets or accumulator wagers. Among singles, there are French Ligue 1 match predictions and preliminary outright betting tips. A wide range of betting markets is utilized in our picks: 1x2, Asian and European handicaps, over/under totals,double chance bets, correct scores, goalscorers and other prop bets.
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We do offer correct score predictions for matches of French Ligue 1. Experts predict scores using head-to-heads, recent team form, projected lineups and trends in the betting activity.
What are the betting odds of Ligue 1 tips?
Single bets on Ligue 1 have odds ranging from 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional) to 3.00 (+200; 2/1). Accumulator bets on the French league are around 10.00 (+900; 9/1).
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We do not offer live predictions for the games happening in Ligue 1, but our team of journalists will always keep you updated with live news on French Ligue 1.
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