Ligue 1 is the first division of France’s football pyramid. The top level of French club soccer contains 20 teams. Each team plays every other club twice throughout the season, home and away.
Each side plays 38 games during the season, typically beginning at the end of August and finishing through the middle of May. A team is awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss.
The team who accrues the most points at the end of the season is the winner of that year’s Ligue 1 title, with no American-style playoffs ensuing. The maximum amount of points is 114. Winners of eight of the last ten titles, Ligue 1 odds favorite Paris Saint-Germain earned 86 points in the 2021-22 season en route to a dominant showing all season long.
Ligue 1 Matchups Overview
Games typically take place on weekends, most of these games being played on Saturdays. Occasionally, matchups must be played midweek to accommodate the ever-growing additional competitions that teams take place in across the continent. Scheduling must also consider the weeks that players are to report to their home country to play matches for their own nation.
The 2022-23 season will start a few weeks early, as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is taking place in November, taking away five weeks of time for domestic leagues to schedule games.
Every soccer match in the professional world is played in two halves of 45 minutes each, with a clock counting upwards from zero. At the end of each half, there will be additional stoppage time listed on the screen which accommodates time wasted due to injury and other stoppages as a result of the continuous clock.
Because soccer is a low-scoring game, game lines typically range from 0.5 and 2.5. Keep in mind these league games can end in draws, and there are options when making Ligue 1 picks to place a wager for a team to either win or draw.
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