The 2022/23 French Ligue 1 season will kick off on August 6th, 2022. Reigning champions Paris Saint Germain reclaimed the title last year with four games to spare.
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This will be the final Ligue 1 season to involve 20 teams after a change to cut the teams down to 18 begins next season. The 22/23 Ligue 1 season will see four teams relegated and only two promoted from the French second-tier division.
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What? The 2022-23 Ligue 1
This will be the 85th season of the French Ligue 1.
Teams will play one home game and one away game against each other across 20 stadiums in France.
When? August 5, 2022 to May 27, 2023
The French Ligue 1 will have an extended break during the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. There will be no fixtures between November 13th and December 27th.
Teams involved: 20 teams, including Paris Saint Germain, Lille OSC, Marseille, Monaco, Lyon, will play each twice across the season for a total of 38 games per team.
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The French Ligue 1 22/23 season
The upcoming French Ligue 1 season promises thrills and spills as Paris Saint Germain look to maintain their domestic dominance. PSG bounced back from the disappointment of 20/21 - losing the league to Lille OSC on the final day - to regain the title last season.
The Parisian outfit will join a league of their own should they triumph this season after equalling St Etienne’s record of 10 league titles with their most recent trophy.
Ligue 1’s biggest stars will continue weaving their magic in France, with no major outgoing transfers this summer. The likes of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are certain to light up the league, along with newcomers such as Alexander Lacazette and Breel Embolo.
While PSG’s betting odds are certainly decisive, they will face stiff competition for the title in the form of Lyon, Marseille and Monaco. Making up the contenders for Champions League football are Rennes, Nice and Lille.
The three newcomers to Ligue 1 this season are Ligue 2 champions Toulouse along with second-placed Ajaccio and third-placed Auxerre, who upset the odds with a dramatic play-off penalty victory over St Etienne.
An extra team will be relegated this season as Ligue 1 transitions to an 18-team format next year. Four teams will go down this year, with AC Ajaccio, FC Lorient, AJ Auxerre and Clermont Foot the likeliest candidates for the drop.
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Ligue 1 22/23: Who will take the crown?
The betting odds for the Ligue 1 22/23 title winners are heavily stacked in favor of reigning champions Paris Saint Germain.
While contenders Marseille, Lyon and Monaco are in with an outside shout, PSG’s elite squad and relentless mentality will be tough to overcome over the 38-game season.
Paris Saint Germain: (1.06 betting odds - favorite)
Last season’s Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint Germain sealed their record-equalling 10th title after a relatively untroubled season.
With four games to spare, the Parisian side reclaimed their crown on April 23rd after missing out on the 20/21 title by just one point to Lille OSC.
PSG are the heaviest favorites across Europe’s big five leagues, even more so than 10-time consecutive champions Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga.
Backed by owner Qatar Sports Investment, PSG have added to their talent-rich squad with the likes of young left-back Nuno Mendes and talented center-mid Vitinha. The club has also held on to its big stars, with the only notable departure being Angel Di Maria’s move to Juventus.
Marseille: (11.40 betting odds – second favorite)
One of France’s most decorated clubs, 9-time champions Marseille haven’t had their hands on the Ligue 1 trophy since the 2009/10 season.
Having secured a second-placed finish and a return to Champions League football, Marseille have made astute forays into the transfer market, recruiting talent like Arkadiusz Milik, Cengiz Under and Matteo Guendouzi at below-market value.
However, they will have a mammoth 15-point gap to make up from last season if they have any chance of challenging PSG to the title.
Lyon: (14.60 betting odds – third favorite)
Lyon had a very disappointing season domestically after missing out on European football altogether with an 8th-place finish, their lowest in over 25 years.
Nonetheless, Lyon come in as third favorites to win the title after a strong summer of recruitment and the retainment of major stars like Moussa Dembele and Lucas Paqueta.
OL have brought in proven class with the return of former players Alexander Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso, along with the signing of reliable left-back Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax.
Going Down: The Relegation Battle
AC Ajaccio: (1.50 betting odds - favorite)
Ligue 2 side Ajaccio sealed automatic promotion to France’s top-tier league following a second-placed finish last season, ending an 8-year hiatus.
However, Ajaccio begin the season as the favorites to go down despite an impressive streak of 10 wins from 14 games in the final run-in last season.
The club continues to place faith in long-serving coach Olivier Pantaloni, currently in his third spell in charge.
FC Lorient: (1.60 betting odds - second favorite)
FC Lorient escaped relegation to Ligue 2 by four points last season, tied on points with third-favorites for the drop Clermont Foot.
Christophe Pelissier’s side mustered just 8 wins last season and have had an underwhelming summer transfer window.
Clermont Foot and AJ Auxerre: (1.80 betting odds - joint-third favorite)
Ligue 1 newcomers Auxerre return to the league after a 10-year absence after defeating St Etienne on penalties in the Ligue 1 relegation playoff.
Having finished Ligue 2 in 3rd place and yet to make any standout moves in the transfer market, Auxerre could find themselves straight back into second-tier football.
Joining them as third favorites to go down is Clermont Foot, who finished last season just one spot above relegation in 17th. Despite a promising early start, Clermont faded as the season went on and ended on a miserable run of form.
The key players (Bet now with Cloudbet)
Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint Germain
The standout player in Ligue 1 last season outperformed world-beating teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi to take the Player of the Year award for the third consecutive time.
French speedster Mbappe netted 28 times in 35 appearances last season, earning himself his fourth top-scorer award, along with an impressive 17 assists.
It is worth reminding yourself that the World Cup winner is still only 23 years old.
Breel Embolo – Monaco
Monaco saw off strong competition to sign Breel Embolo on a free transfer, bolstering an attack that includes last season’s second top-scorer Wissam Ben Yedder.
The Swiss forward was a proven threat in the Bundesliga during spells with Schalke 04 and Borussia Mönchengladbach and enters a creative Monaco side.
Rayan Cherki - Lyon
18-year-old maestro Rayan Cherki broke into the Lyon first team two years ago and hasn’t looked back since.
Cherki has been deployed as both a winger and second-striker and has also become a mainstay at French youth level.
Should he deliver goal contributions on a more consistent basis, don’t be surprised to see Cherki at one of the European giants in the next few years.
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In the Spotlight
Ligue 1 Top Scorer Odds
Kylian Mbappe was crowned top scorer for the fourth time in a row and is odds on to repeat the feat at 1.56.
The one man to match him in the last four years, Wissam Ben Yedder, is still firing for Monaco after finishing in second last season with 25 goals. Ben Yedder and Mbappe shared top scorer honor in 19/20 after netting 18 times apiece.
Mbappe’s PSG teammates Neymar (7.24) and Lionel Messi (7.91) make up the rest of the likely candidates. Dark horse picks include former Arsenal striker Alexander Lacazette (15.10) and Lyon teammate Moussa Dembele (15.20).
Top 3 Battle
Ligue 1 fans will watch a fierce battle for lucrative Champions League spots take place between several worthy teams. While PSG look almost certain to finish in the Top 3, Lyon, Marseille, Monaco and Rennes are the main contenders to contest the remaining two spots.
This is without recognizing the threat posed by 5th-place Nice and impressive Strasbourg and Lens sides from last season.
A spot in the Europa League and Europa Conference League will also be up for grabs for teams who miss out on Top 3.
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