Text by: Mircea Panait
Perhaps it has less magnitude than the Premiership, less show than La Liga, less power than the Bundesliga and less passion that the A Series, but it has a bit of everything: super class attackers, extremely wealthy investors, real sincerity and gloomyness at the same time, elegance and refinement. It is the French Ligue 1. The football that came up with Laurent Blanc, Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane.
A few years ago, betting on French Championship matches were characterized by several particularities, one could easily run into a few very advantageous tipes of bets:
– X at the break (general odd 2,00), many matches showed a tie result at break time;
– under 2,5 goals/ match, many matches were tight, and the number of goals was low;
– X at the end (general odd 3,00), many matches ended with a draw;
– a small number of eliminations (general odd 1,25).
Currently, the French Championship has overcome the period of X and of the small number of goals, they invested heavily in many teams, they contracted valuable attackers like Ibrahimovic, Falcao, etc., which are eager to score and, thus, the number of goals scored in all matches increases. Bets on score keepers have specific particularities, as many bettors are watching carefully the evolution of the score keepers and place their bets of those who: score in any part of the match, score in the first match, score in the last match, score 2 goals per game, etc. We can’t say that we recomend the bet types listed above, but for the connoisseurs who prove themselves to be patienent, courageous and with a good intuition, these bet can be profitable.
This season, Paris Saint-Germain entered the battle as the main favourite team for the title, but it seems that it has some pretty fierce competition coming from the other French teams, who also have some claim to the title. The summer transfer season was exceptional for the French, as in the Premier League from The United Kingdom alone, great amounts had circulated. The League has spent more than 322 million Euros for the transfers made last summer. The two top clubs, PSG and AS Monaco have each spent more than € 100 million.
An interesting topic for discussion in the French Championship is the lack of effectiveness in attack. It seems that this problem (the small number of goals, the bet on less than 2,5 goals scored) persists and it is very troublesome for the French. While PSG and Monaco have super class attackers, other teams are struggling to find decent attackers. Last year, PSG finished with 69 goals scored (best performance of Ligue 1) but, in efficacy, they would occupy the fifth position in the Premier League and A Series or the third position in La Liga or Bundesliga.
Last year it was crowded at the bottom of the classification board, as many teams were relegation candidates: SC Bastia, Evian Thonon Gaillard, Stade de Reims, Sochaux, Ajaccio (Adi Mutu activated here, although he did not play too much), Reims. Many of them will fight desperately to remain in the French top division this year also.
Teams of the top half of the classification board as well as Montpelier and Saint-Etienne come out of the transfers’ period with a relatively weak batch, but it will be interesting to follow their evolution. The matches of these two teams should be avoided by bettors.
Of course, we will see an extremely interesting battle for the European League qualifictaions. Rennes, Lille, Bordeaux, Nisa, all these times will be competing for a place in European League. Nisa and Lille seem to be the teams with the best chances of this group.
The grand teams of the French Championship, the ones with Champions League claims would be Lyon, Monaco, Marseille and PSG. Although it has no less than 7 titles during 2002-2008, Lyon seems to be little behind the other three teams, especially in terms of the investments made, each of the three having great aspirations to the title. The up-to-date classification board appears to confirm our opinion … the only change made so far being the one between Lyon and Lille, the first located somewhere under the top half and the second being just a point away from the leader.
Below, you can find some very interesting statistics for bettors: