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The purpose of our French Ligue 1 Profit & Loss Tables is to see how much each team would have returned had you backed them to win every game with £10 level stakes. You can then spot, at a glance, who has been providing the best value over the course of the campaign.

The table below ranks all 20 French Ligue 1 sides based on profitability (#1 being most profitable).

You can select (using the tabs) to see data based on ‘Overall' results (Home And Away Form Combined), ‘Home' results (Home Form Only) and ‘Away' results (Away Form Only). Our data is updated every day.


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    PD – The total number of ‘Matches Played’ during the season so far.

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    P/L – Total profit or loss if £10 was staked on this team to win every game.

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    ROI (Return On Investment) – Total profit or loss as a % of total stakes if £10 was staked on this team to win every game.

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How Are the Profit & Loss Figures Calculated?

As mentioned earlier, the Profit & Loss (P/L) French Ligue 1 stats are calculated as though you had backed each team to win every game with £10 stakes, using odds from bet365. The data is then added together cumulatively throughout the season to give the total profit or loss each team would generate.

ROI (Return On Investment) is calculated by dividing the total Profit/Loss by the number of matches played and then converted into a percentage.

Average Number of Goals Scored in Ligue 1 Match Stats

Sitting in the 5th place of European leagues, the Ligue 1 has not been receiving as much exposure as the leagues preceding it. This has nothing to do with the number of goals scored per match, though. With the likes of teams such as Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Lyon, goals are not likely to be an issue.

Over the past 5 seasons the average goals per game have been consistently higher than 2.5, which goes to confirm that stalemate draws are hard to come by in France’s highest division.

SeasonMatches PlayedGoals ScoredAverage Goals per Game

Ligue 1 Champions – Historical Home Win Percentage Stats

Many teams favour playing at home because of the familiarity of the surroundings and the support of the local crowd, which has a great effect on morale. Due to these factors, the home win percentages for teams who end up winning the Ligue 1 are normally very high.

This was not the case with Lille in the 2020/21 season, however, as they barely managed to win half of the matches disputed at home. The highest recorded win percentages during the past decade have been achieved by Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, when they both won 17 of their 19 home matches.

SeasonChampionsHome Win Percentage
2019/2020Paris Saint-Germain85.7%
2018/2019Paris Saint-Germain89.5%
2017/2018Paris Saint-Germain89.5%
2015/2016Paris Saint-Germain78.9%
2014/2015Paris Saint-Germain78.9%
2013/2014Paris Saint-Germain78.9%
2012/2013Paris Saint-Germain68.4%

Overall, the Home Win Percentage for the Ligue 1 in 2020/21 was 37%, which happens to be the lowest ratio since 2009.

In the 2019/20 Ligue 1 season, matches were cancelled due to the pandemic breaking out in France, causing the league to be halted after 279 matches. No more games were played that season, and the league title was awarded to Paris Saint-Germain, who were leading the standings at the time.

The above helped to show that the home crowd really does have an effect on the matches being played in front of them.

Ligue 1 Champions – Historical Away Win Percentage Stats

When on the run, the win percentages are not expected to be as high as the home ones; however, we have seen some stunning away campaigns on a few instances.

In 2020/21 Lille managed to win more away matches than home matches, beating 14 teams away and only 10 at home. That meant that the French champions won 24 out of the 38 total matches that season. During that same season, Paris Saint-Germain won 2 more matches overall, but Lille managed to lose fewer matches and won the league by just 1 point on the final day.

Paris Saint-Germain currently hold the highest away win percentage with a staggering 78.9% achieved in the 2015/16 season, when they won 15 of the 19 matches played on the run, losing only 1 in the process.

SeasonChampionsAway Win Percentage
2019/2020Paris Saint-Germain76.9%
2018/2019Paris Saint-Germain63.2%
2017/2018Paris Saint-Germain63.2%
2015/2016Paris Saint-Germain78.9%
2014/2015Paris Saint-Germain47.4%
2013/2014Paris Saint-Germain63.2%
2012/2013Paris Saint-Germain63.2%

Similar to the notion mentioned in the Home Win Advantage stat, the Ligue 1 teams recorded the highest away win ratio in the past 15 years during the 2020/21 season, when teams were playing behind closed doors nearly all season, thus missing out on support from the spectators. The overall away wins ratio for that season was 38%, which was extremely high when compared to the 10-year average of 28.4%. In fact, that percentage has not gone over 30% once in the past decade.

Ligue 1 Champions – Historical Totals Draw Stats

During the 2020/21, Lille ended up with 11 draws in total, and ended up winning the league just the same. The same happened with Paris Saint-Germain in the 2014/15 season. Incidentally, both teams would end up winning the respective seasons with exactly 83 points.

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SeasonChampionsTotal Number of Draws
2019/2020Paris Saint-Germain2*
2018/2019Paris Saint-Germain4
2017/2018Paris Saint-Germain6
2015/2016Paris Saint-Germain6
2014/2015Paris Saint-Germain11
2013/2014Paris Saint-Germain8
2012/2013Paris Saint-Germain8

*Paris Saint-Germain only played 27 matches during the 2019/20 season, since the final part of the league was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Average Number of Points per Match for the Ligue 1 Winner Stats

The points per match stat is normally used an indicator of how good a performance the team in question is showing. With the maximum being a perfect 3 (i.e. all matches were won and hence resulted in 3 points), any score over 2.5 is truly an impressive feat.

The highest score in our list is from Paris Saint-Germain’s record-breaking campaign in the 2015/16 season, when they managed to win 96 points! During that season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalled the record of most consecutive matches, scoring a goal in 9 matches in a row.

The Parisians were actually on route to challenging that point record in the 2019/20 season, with 68 points after 27 matches. They even managed to score 4 goals in their final 4 matches, but surprisingly did not go on to win all of them, as they won 4-2 vs Lyon, came from 3-0 down to lowly Amiens to salvage a point with a 4-4 draw, then won 4-3 to Bordeaux and 4-0 to Dijon in what would prove to be their final match of the season.

SeasonChampionsPoints TallyAverage Points per Match
2019/2020Paris Saint-Germain682.52
2018/2019Paris Saint-Germain912.39
2017/2018Paris Saint-Germain932.45
2015/2016Paris Saint-Germain962.53
2014/2015Paris Saint-Germain832.18
2013/2014Paris Saint-Germain892.34
2012/2013Paris Saint-Germain832.18

Over the past 10 seasons, the average number of points to gain in order to end up in a top 3 position (and a place in Champions League qualification) was 72.7 points. That results in an average of 1.91 points per match. On the other hand, the average number of points to gain in order not to risk direct relegation, or play the relegation playoff, is 1.04 per match.

Most Wins in a Ligue 1 Season Stats

As we have seen in the above tables, Paris Saint-Germain have been dominating the Ligue 1 for the past decade, so it's unsurprising to see their name in most of the top 5 spots with their recent performances when comparing them with the results of the past 15 years.

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    30 wins by Monaco in 2016/17 season

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    30 wins by Paris Saint-Germain in 2015/16 season

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    29 wins by Paris Saint-Germain in 2018/19 season

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    29 wins by Paris Saint-Germain in 2017/18 season

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    27 wins by Paris Saint-Germain in 2013/14 season

Top 5 Highest Number of Points to Win the Ligue 1 Stats

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    96 points – Paris Saint-Germain in 2015/16

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    95 points – Monaco in 2016/17

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    93 points – Paris Saint-Germain in 2017/18

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    91 points – Paris Saint-Germain in 2018/19

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    89 points – Paris Saint-Germain in 2013/14

Once again, the men in blue have dominated this stat too! What is impressive about these figures is the fact that during these particular seasons mentioned, Paris Saint-Germain was managed by 3 different managers! These were Laurent Blanc in 2013/14 and 2015/16, Unai Emery in 2017/18, and Thomas Tuchel in 2018/19.

Needless to say, since the takeover by Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, ruler of Qatar, in 2011, the team has managed to get hold of some of the best managers and players around. Two noticeable purchases were that of Neymar for £198 million in August 2017 and Kylian Mbappé for £124 million in July 2018, both sitting 1st and 2nd in the list of most expensive transfers to date.

Top 5 Lowest Amounts of Points to Win the Ligue 1 Stats

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    76 points – Lille in 2010/11

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    78 points – Marseille in 2009/10

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    79 points – Lyon in 2007/08

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    80 points – Bordeaux in 2008/09

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    81 points – Lyon in 2006/07

In the above table we are omitting the 2019/20 season due to the fact that only 73% of the matches were played.

As you may see, all the above 5 instances happened at least 10 years ago. As the league becomes more competitive, it will take top teams more points to secure the French league title. In fact, according to our Ligue 1 statistics, the average amount of points achieved by the Ligue 1 winners over the past ten seasons was 88.3 points after a spell of 90+ points between 2015/16 and 2018/19.

In 2016/17, Paris Saint-Germain even managed to win 87 points but still finished in 2nd place that year behind Monaco, who had the likes of Radamel Falcao, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar and none other than an 18-year-old Kylian Mbappé in their squad. On that occasion, Monaco even managed to get themselves to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals!

Over the past 10 seasons, Paris Saint-Germain have won the league 7 times, and have set an outstanding average of winning the league with a comfortable 14-point margin over second place. The record for highest points margin to win the league was set in 2015/16, when they won by a 31-point margin!

Highest Number of Points for Relegation Stats

In France, the bottom two teams at the end of the Ligue 1 season are automatically relegated to the second division, while the team in 16th place faces the 3rd-placed team in the Ligue 2 in a relegation/promotion play-off over two legs. The below list will be ranking the highest number of points achieved by the team who ended up in 18th place and hence proceeded to compete in the playoff.

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    44 points – Monaco in 2010/11

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    40 points – Nantes in 2020/21

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    40 points – Sochaux in 2013/14

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    40 points – Lens in 2007/08

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    39 points – Reims in 2015/16

The highest number on the list came from the 2010/11 season which was arguably one of the tightest-knit seasons in France in recent history. The standings on the final day showed that there were only 16 points between Paris Saint-Germain, who ended 4th and earned spot in Europa League qualification, and Monaco, who were relegated since the relegation playoff only became a thing in the 2016/17 season. That season also saw the highest amount of draws in a season – a staggering 130 draws!

Top 5 Fewest Losses in a Ligue 1 Season Stats

In the below ranking, we have highlighted the top 5 performances in the past 10 years when it comes to comparing the total number of losses in a season.

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    2 losses – Paris Saint-Germain in 2015/16

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    3 losses – Lille in 2020/21

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    3 losses – Paris Saint-Germain in 2017/18

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    3 losses – Monaco in 2016/17

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    3 losses – Paris Saint-Germain in 2014/15

Just for the record, in the 2007/08 season, Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille all tied for the fewest losses in the season with 7 each – Lyon went on to win the title ahead of Bordeaux. Lille ended in 7th place, surprisingly with 18 draws and ‘only’ 13 wins.

Past Ligue 1 Winners Table

2020/21LilleParis Saint-Germain
2019/20Paris Saint-GermainMarseille
2018/19Paris Saint-GermainLille
2017/18Paris Saint-GermainMonaco
2016/17MonacoParis Saint-Germain
2015/16Paris Saint-GermainLyon
2014/15Paris Saint-GermainLyon
2013/14Paris Saint-GermainMonaco
2012/13Paris Saint-GermainMarseille
2011/12MontpellierParis Saint-Germain
2003/04LyonParis Saint-Germain

Teams with Most Top 5 finishes in the Past 10 Seasons

The #1 spot is naturally the most important position in the league standings; however, the top 5 places guarantee a chance to compete in UEFA’s European tournaments, and are often very tough to break into. As a matter of fact, in the past 10 years, only 8 different French teams managed to secure a place in the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s most prestigious competition.

As we can see below, Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon have been the most consistent, while Marseille, Lille and Monaco have all managed to make their way into the top 5 more than 50% of the time.

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    10 – Paris Saint-Germain

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    9 – Lyon

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    7 – Marseille

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    6 – Lille, Monaco

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    4 – Saint-Étienne, Nice

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    2 – Rennes

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    1 – Bordeaux, Montpellier

Most Successful Clubs

Finally, we take a quick look below at the most successful clubs in France, based on the number of Ligue 1 titles won since 1932:

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    10 titles – Saint-Étienne

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    9 titles – Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain

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    8 titles – Monaco, Nantes

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    7 titles – Lyon

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    6 titles – Bordeaux, Reims

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    4 titles – Lille, Nice

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    2 titles – Sochaux, Sète

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    1 title – Lens, RC Paris, Olympique Lillois, Strasbourg, Auxerre, Montpellier, Roubaix-Tourcoing

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Fun Fact – Lyon are the club with most consecutive Ligue 1 titles (7) as they won a total of 7 between 2001 and 2008.

Many punters use stats to try and identify trends in results – this can help predict the outcome of future matches. Some may try to pick up on some scoring trends or a period in which a particular French team is struggling to keep a clean sheet. 

However, it is not only bettors that turn to the stats when planning their next steps. Backroom staff from the most of the prominent teams also study the statistics and numbers in order to help give the coach the tips needed to take the ‘right’ tactical decisions. For example, this could end up in favouring attacks down the left flank rather than the right, if they find out the opposition is conceding double the number of goals from that side.

Having said that, there is no magic formula that can guarantee a result in football. As we all know, anything can happen during those 90 minutes, such as the time Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1 with only 16% possession and 14 less shots. Another instance would be when Paris Saint-Germain had a 4-0 first-leg advantage against Barcelona, and then lost it all in a 6-1 thumping with Sergi Roberto’s goal in the final minute, cancelling all hope of the French winning on away goals.

20 teams complete in the French Ligue 1.

The 1st and 2nd placed teams qualify automatically, while the 3rd placed team joins the Champions League at the qualification stage.

The bottom 2 teams are automatically relegated, while the 18th team faces a promotion/relegation playoff.

The Ligue 1 is 5th behind the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga.

Paris Saint-Germain have won 9 leagues.

The French Ligue 1 provides some scintillating football action, and it continues to gain the attention of most football lovers and punters alike. The French Ligue 1 comes with several attractive betting markets, which are worth exploring and betting on.

That being said, never forget to do your homework before placing any bets on teams or players. This can include reviewing fixture history, team and player form, and injury news, among other factors.

WRITTEN BY David Camilleri View all posts by David Camilleri

David is a sports fanatic with a particular interest in stats and figures. When not writing about sports, you would probably find him playing or watching football, researching stats or sharing the latest news with anyone willing to listen.

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