Understanding Ligue 1 Team Stats
French Ligue 1 clubs get no points for a loss, one point for a draw, and three points for winning. Some Ligue 1 stats by team that are also common are shots, goals, goal difference, and possession. All of these stats are available in the Ligue 1 standings or game summaries.
One of the most important of these stats is goal difference. Abbreviated as GD, goal difference is simply goals scored subtracted by goals against. It can come into play in the Ligue 1 title race, in the European qualification, and in relegation. That’s because it’s the initial tiebreaker when teams have the same number of points at season’s end. Check out the Ligue 1 standings always, as a safety measure when betting.
Other soccer team stats are also important for betting. Clean sheets reflect the ability of a team’s goalie and defense. For suspension purposes, it’s crucial to keep track of disciplinary cards. Check out the latest Ligue 1 news and betting analysis.
Ligue 2 - Second Division
Ligue 2 is one level below Ligue 1 on the French soccer pyramid. Like in Ligue 1, 20 teams compete in Ligue 2 each season. At the end of each season, the top two teams are automatically promoted to Ligue 1. Also, the Ligue 2 promotion playoff champion faces the 18th-place team in Ligue 1 in home and away playoffs. The winner plays in Ligue 1 for the following season.
The bottom two teams in Ligue 1 are relegated to Ligue 2 each season, without exception. Similarly, the bottom two teams in Ligue 2 are automatically sent down to the third tier Championnat National. The 18th-place team in Ligue 2 also plays the third place Championnat team in a two-leg playoff. The playoff champion plays in Ligue 2 the following season.
Relegated teams are the teams that descended from the Ligue 1, in this 2022-2023 season, and moved into the Ligue 2. Here’s the list of the relegated teams:
- AS Saint-Etienne
AS Saint-Etienne is historically one of France’s best clubs. As of 2022, they’ve won a joint-record 10 Ligue 1 titles. However, their fall from grace has been a long process which culminated in relegation at the end of 2021-22. After finishing in 18th place, Saint-Etienne lost in penalties to Auxerre in the promotion/relegation playoff. Now, ASSE are playing in Ligue 2 for the first time since 2004.
- FC Girondins De Bordeaux
FC Girondins de Bordeaux finished in last place in the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season. So, Bordeaux were relegated for the first time in over 30 years. They were also slated to be administratively relegated to the third-tier Championnat National due to financial difficulties. However, they won their appeal in July and are playing in Ligue 2 in the 2022-23 season.
- FC Metz
- FC Metz had a trying season in Ligue 1 in 2021-22. Their top scorer, Nicolas de Preville, scored just five Ligue 1 goals en route to a 19th place finish. Metz have bounced around the top two tiers in the last decade but have typically done well in their Ligue 2 appearances. Their last three Ligue 2 seasons have finished in promotion to Ligue 1.