French Ligue 1 Predictions

Free Ligue 1 (France) predictions and betting tips

French Ligue 1 has been rising in the past years, with top players like Messi and Mbappe emerging or coming in. It holds the fifth position in the UEFA league rating. Takebet South Africa offers free French Ligue 1 predictions on decisive games with valuable odds.

To pick Ligue 1 tips, our soccer experts analyse odds and then go deeper into statistics, including ball control, goals and chances, conceded goals and shots, expected goals, cards and corners. Finally, we check out team news for our predictions.

Our match predictions entail both singles and accumulators. We employ big and small betting markets in our free French Ligue 1 betting tips: we use popular options such as 1×2 and handicaps alongside less popular player props and correct scores.

The 2022-23 Ligue 1 season features Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Neymar (PSG), Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Lucas Paqueta (Lyon), and other stars to bet on.

Preview of our 2022-23 French Ligue 1 predictions

Last season, PSG won Ligue 1 and resumed its three-year reign as the French champions, broken by Lille for a year. The 2022-23 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 Ligue 2. A relegation play-off decides the third relegation spot 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 games that decide the league outcome.

Teams and key players of 2022-23 Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain remain the strongest team in France’s league predictions, with considerable chances to win yet again. PSG has a star-packed roster as they brought in world-class players such as Messi, Ramos and Donnarumma, with Mbappe and Neymar already starring on the pitch.

Complete list of teams participating in the 2022-23 Ligue 1:

  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Lille
  • Olympique de Marseille
  • Angers
  • Lens
  • Lorient
  • Olympique Lyonnais
  • Nice
  • Nantes
  • Strasbourg
  • Montpellier
  • Clermont Foot
  • Rennes
  • Monaco
  • Reims
  • Troyes
  • Brest
  • Toulouse
  • Ajaccio
  • Auxerre


Paris Saint-Germain won back the Ligue 1 title from Lille in the 2021-22 season after finishing first with 86 goals scored. The team won 26 matches, drew eight and lost four, with 90 goals for and 36 against, a difference of +54. We heavily feature this team in our France’s League 1 predictions!

Christophe Galtier replaced Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager in July 2022.

One of the greatest players in soccer history, Lionel Messi, joined the French side on a free transfer before the last season. 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.

Kylian Mbappe has been exceptional since he was a teenager. The French striker scored the most goals in the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season with 27 goals, outperforming his expected goals of 22.09. In addition, Mbappe provided seven assists and created 40 chances during that campaign.

Paris Saint-Germain are one of the strongest teams in the world. The acquisition of Messi on top of the roster made them the favourites to win Ligue 1 and one of the UEFA Champions League favourites. The front three of Messi, Mbappe and Neymar are too good for defenders to handle.

Other key players of Paris Saint-Germain apart from Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe:

  • Neymar
  • Sergio Ramos
  • Marquinhos
  • Marco Verratti
  • Mauro Icardi


Lille won Ligue 1 for the first time in 10 years before losing it to PSG last season. In the 2020-21 season, Les Dogues finished as league leaders with 83 points. However, in the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season, they were 10th only with 55 points and a 0 goal difference (48 GF/48 GA). This team is typically featured in our France League 1 betting tips.

Les Dogues appointed Paulo Fonseca as the new manager before the 2022-23 league season.

Jonathan David is crucial to the team. David joined the club from Gent in 2020 and scored 15 league goals in 38 appearances in the 2021-22 season.

Other key players of Lille apart from Jonathan David:

  • Benjamin Andre
  • Yusuf Yazici
  • Jose Fonte


Olympique Lyonnais finished eighth in the 2021-22 Ligue 1 as they failed to qualify for international leagues. Lyon had 61 points, scoring third-most goals in the league (66) and conceding 51 goals, with apparent problems in defence. This club is often featured in our France League 1 tips.

Karl Toko Ekambi has been very good for Lyon since he joined the club from Villarreal in 2020. The Cameroonian striker scored 10 league goals for Les Gones last season, second-most after Moussa Dembele (14). With six goals bagged in the UEFA Europa League, Ekambi was the best scorer for Lyon.

Lucas Paqueta is essential too. The Brazilian international joined the club from AC Milan in the summer of 2020 and scored eight goals last season.

Other key players of Lyon apart from Karl Toko Ekambi and Lucas Paqueta:

  • Jerome Boateng
  • Houssem Aouar
  • Mathis Cherki
  • Moussa Dembele


Monaco struggled seasons ago but are back to their best, finishing third two times in a row. As a result, the Monegasques qualified for the Champions League third qualifying round of play-offs. Monaco had 69 points with 65 goals scored and 40 conceded.

Wissam Ben Yedder has been exceptional since he joined the club from Sevilla in 2019. The French striker scored 25 goals in the 2021-22 league season, overperforming his expected goals again. He also provided the team with two UCL goals and five goals in Coupe de France.

Kevin Volland is a significant player for Monaco. The German striker joined the club in 2020 and scored nine goals last season as the second-best.

Other key players of Monaco apart from Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland:

  • Aleksandr Golovin
  • Sofiane Diop
  • Ruben Aguilar
  • Caio Henrique
  • Gelson Martins


Olympique de Marseille finished second in the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. The team received 71 points, 15 short of the champions, PSG. Marseille scored 63 and conceded 38 goals last season.

Igor Tudor was announced as the new manager to lead the team in the 2022-23 league season.

Dimitri Payet has been one of the Ligue 1 best players since he joined Marseille from West Ham in 2017. Payet scored eight league goals last season, the most for the club. The Frenchman is a very creative player too.

Other key players of Marseille apart from Dimitri Payet:

  • Arkadiusz Milik
  • Valentin Rongier
  • Duje Caleta-Car

Betting odds of 2022-23 Ligue 1

Takebet South Africa offers French Ligue 1 betting tips on tournament outrights aside from regular match betting predictions. Experts publish picks for the team to win the league, finish in the top 3, be relegated, plus the highest goalscorer award. To do this, we research betting odds on outright events given by bookies in the first place.

Five teams have the highest probability of winning the 2022-23 Ligue 1 title. PSG are the odds-on favourites, with Lyon being considered the second favourite for the title. Check all French League 1 betting odds now!

French Ligue 1 2022-23 winner betting odds:

  • Paris Saint-Germain — 1.10 (-1000 American; 1/10 Fractional)
  • Lyon — 17.00 (+1600; 16/1)
  • Marseille — 21.00 (+2000; 20/1)
  • Monaco — 29.00 (+2800; 28/1)
  • Rennes — 51.00 (+5000; 50/1)

Teams that finish in the top 2 automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League, while the team that ends in the third position qualifies for the Champions League play-off.

French Ligue 1 2022-23 top 3 finish betting odds:

  • Paris Saint-Germain — 1.005 (-20000 American; 1/200 Fractional)
  • Lyon — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
  • Marseille — 2.37 (+173; 11/8)
  • Monaco — 2.75 (+175; 7/4)
  • Rennes — 3.75 (+275; 11/4)
  • Lille — 5.50 (+450; 9/2)

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 the best league goalscorer awards (5). Kylian Mbappe won his fourth award last season and will be looking to win one more in the 2022-23 season.

French Ligue 1 2022-23 top goalscorer winner betting odds:

  • Kylian Mbappe (PSG) — 1.72 (-138 American; 8/11 Fractional)
  • Neymar (PSG) — 5.50 (+450; 9/2)
  • Lionel Messi (PSG) — 6.00 (+500; 5/1)
  • Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) — 15.00 (+1400; 14/1)
  • Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) — 17.00 (+1600; 16/1)

Coverage of Ligue 1

On Takebet South Africa, we offer betting tips on Ligue 1 matches and season-long events such as the league winner outright, the top 3 finish, the relegation battle and so on.

As for French Ligue 1 match predictions, experts post bets on teams and particular players. We often use big betting markets: 1×2, goal totals, handicaps, etc. However, other options like correct scores or the player to score are something we research as well.

In-depth prediction articles feature single and combo bets with several matches.

Betting markets and odds of Ligue 1 predictions

In search of the most valuable odds in our betting predictions, the team researches all the wagering options given by the best online sports betting sites.

Some of the betting markets we use to pick valuable Ligue 1 bets:

  • 1X2
  • Over/Under
  • Asian/European handicaps
  • Double chance
  • Draw no bet
  • Correct scores
  • BTTS
  • HT/FT
  • Players to score

Our 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

Betting tips on Ligue 1 games are the primary predictions we provide. The recommendations involve matches of top teams such as Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Lyon, Lille, and 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 players. During the analysis, our authors spot insights and trends that lead us to valuable bets.

Betting tips on Ligue 1 teams and players

We provide sports gamblers with Ligue 1 betting tips on teams and individual players. This is true for match predictions as much as for outright tips.

For teams, you will find bets on the results of both squads and a particular team, on the 90 minutes of a soccer fixture and separate halves. Betting tips we recommend can be for Ligue 1 match results, number of goals, special events like corners, etc. Regarding players, Takebet South Africa tips on forwards to score as well as on other events.

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 and tips on personal player awards such as the highest goalscorer and the player of the year.

How experts analyse Ligue 1 games for sure predictions

Takebet South Africa employs analysts with in-depth knowledge of soccer who know the best way to disassemble the mass of results and statistics to find trends leading to value bets. In addition, we are knowledgeable about French soccer betting tips and their unique specifics.

The Ligue 1 teams are very physical in their approach and are always vital to compete for 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 use wing-backs that are high off the pitch, trying cut-backs and finding pockets of spaces. In addition, 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 for France’s Ligue 1 predictions:

  • Goals
  • Chances to score
  • 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, and the latest league news to drop betting tips. Finally, we compare probabilities of events derived from this data to betting odds to spot value.

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