This year’s Ligue 1 is already six games into its season and having not played domestic league football since March, when the 2019-20 season was abandoned, the Ligue 1 sports betting odds have already changed a fair amount after a month back on the pitch.
Making the most of the Ligue 1 odds is key, and while Paris Saint-Germain is the runaway favorite, they don’t represent the best value. The Ligue 1 sports betting odds available at Bodog highlight the disparity between PSG and the rest, but there is real value in looking at who might qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.
Here’s how the current odds are looking from the best soccer betting sites and their futures market for Ligue 1:
Odds as of October 16 at Bodog
The Top Four
While Paris Saint-Germain suffered a disastrous start to the season, losing the opening two games 1-0, they have more than made up for it since a last-minute winner from Julian Draxler enabled the champions to gain their first three points at home to struggling Metz. Winning their most recent game 6-1 at home to Angers, PSG looks to be finding its form now that Edinson Cavani has left and the team is adapting to playing without such an influential finisher.
Elsewhere, Rennes (+3300) has started the season terrifically, scoring 14 goals and winning four of six games. Unbeaten, the side that lost Edouard Mendy to Chelsea does not seem to have been derailed in any way, and they currently sit top of the table. Rennes looks good for a Champions League place but to do so will have to hold off plenty of top opposition.
Lyon (also +3300) hasn’t started the season brilliantly, winning just one of the six games they’ve played, but they do have Memphis Depay, who has scored four goals in six after missing out on his move to Barcelona and a Dutch alliance with new manager Ronald Koeman.
That transfer may wait until January or more likely the summer, but Lyon doesn’t look like a great bet for the top four, with Lille (+2500) already nine points ahead of them, level at the top with Rennes after four wins and two draws in their six games so far. Having only conceded two goals in those half-dozen matches, Lille has the best defensive record of Ligue 1 so far along with Bordeaux (+50000).
Big Clubs Who’ll Miss Out
Marseille (+5000) has beaten Paris Saint-Germain this season but has only won one other game and, as such, look like they might struggle for a top-four place when they were many pundits’ tips to do so five or six weeks ago.
Monaco (+5000) sits in sixth place currently and only has a goal difference of +1, struggling a little for goals for a side that has won three games. Lorient (+25000) was fancied by some to pose a surprise threat but having lost four and won only one of their first six games, while conceding 13 goals in the process, they’re highly unlikely to be facing anything other than a battle to finish in the top half.
While Lorient is struggling after six games, it is Dijon (+75000) that is rock bottom after half a dozen games. The Ligue 1 sports betting odds on Bodog make for painful reading for fans of the team from the home of French mustard, and their form is not as hot as their top export. Dijon hasn’t won a game yet and, with four defeats and a goal difference of -10, look like they are in line for a very tough season.
Elsewhere, Reims (+25000) has started really badly for a side that was largely expected to finish in the top half. While they sit second-bottom at present, we expect them to pull out, with some marginal defeats giving their points total more of a negative spin than perhaps their play merits.
Strasbourg (+50000) and Brest (+100000) are both still expected to struggle, but while the former sits in the bottom three, with just one win and five defeats, Brest has surprised many observers in France so far. Brest has three wins from six games and while they look like they could just as easily concede as score goals – borne out by the 22 goals witnessed in their six games so far – they don’t look like a side haunted by the challenge before them.
As we see from the Ligue 1 sports betting odds, Metz (+75000) looks to be the other side we’d choose for the drop, not least because they are struggling to score goals and lose to late winners such as one scored by Draxler at the Parc des Princes in the 93rd minute.
Conversely, Metz has the top goalscorer in Ligue 1 in Senegalese striker Ibrahima Niane, but while you might think that’s a cause for optimism, the fact that Niane is going to be out for the next “several months” due to a cruciate ligament rupture last night means it’s the exact opposite.
Niane’s injury not only means Metz faces completing the season without the prodigious 21-year-old striker, for whom the season’s start must be heartbreaking, it opens up the field for top scorer immensely.
Memphis Depay (4 goals) could well be needed to provide much of Lyon’s inspiration this year and is a good bet, while PSG pair Neymar and Mbappe won’t be far off the top. A little off the beaten track, 24-year-old French striker Serhou Guirassy is the perfect age to be top scorer and has three goals already; the Rennes striker scored 10 in 24 games for relegated Amiens last season. This campaign, he won’t be feeding on scraps.
We’ll be providing fortnightly updates on the Ligue 1 sports betting odds in the weeks to come. Will Paris Saint-Germain be nearer the top of the table next time we update you on the latest Ligue 1 odds? Find out right here in two weeks’ time.