Soccer is one of the most thrilling sports and betting on the French Ligue 1, in particular, is as exciting as the league itself. There are various betting options in Ligue 1, and each has its own variables. It is important to understand how these variables work and it will help you decide to place your bet.

Like in the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A, and the Spanish La Liga, there are a number of different kinds of bets, from moneyline bets, props bets, futures bets, half markets, and parlays, there are many different options a bettor has to wager on a match. The mechanics are also the same in the European Champions League, and the German Bundesliga.

This guide will help beginners understand how to bet on those betting options, how to read soccer odds, and which type of betting option may be the safer choice in your wager as we continue our series of Sports Betting and how to bet on each soccer league.

Ligue 1 Moneyline Bet

Arnaud Nordin of AS Saint-Etienne reacts during a game. (Getty)

A moneyline bet in soccer is basically who of the two clubs you feel will win the matchup outright. Odds are placed for each team and based on your pick, you will receive a payout. For example:

Saint-Etienne vs Monaco 

Saint-Etienne +390
Tie +250
Monaco  -130

* Odds by FanDuel

So if you bet on Saint-Etienne to win at $100, you would be paid out $390, your original bet plus the winnings. If you bet on Monaco to win, you would win your bet plus $76 in winnings, but if you expect the game to end with no winner, the payout would be $250.

Over/Under Ligue 1 bet

Dimitri Payet of Olympique de Marseille looks on. (Getty)

Over/Under in soccer betting is a wager on the total number of goals. If you think a match will be over/under a certain that combined total, then you place your bet. For example:

Nice vs Marseille

Over 2.5 +114
Under 2.5 -138

* Odds by FanDuel

Over 2.5 means that both clubs must score at least 3 goals combined. Anything below that and you lose your bet. On the contrary, Under 2.5 signifies that both clubs must score at a combined sum of 3 goals the most. Anything over that and you lose your bet.

Ligue 1 Prop Betting

Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain and teammates. (Getty)

Prop bets in soccer are just like those of other sports. Here you bet on what could happen during the game, for example, who will score a goal, or how the game will end after the final whistle.

There are Player Props, where you guess the exact goalscorer of the game. It could be the first or the final scorer of his club, or during the match overall. Or you can try your luck by doing the Game Props. With the Game Props, you guess the correct final score or the correct score combination or even take a Double Chance. For example:

Lyon vs Paris-Saint Germain

Lyon or Tie -152
Lyon or Paris-Saint Germain -385
Paris-Saint Germain or Tie -245

* Odds by FanDuel

Ligue 1 Game Spread Bet

Players battle for the Ligue 1 ball. (Getty)

For this form of wager, points (or goals in the case of society) are essentially deducted, and points are awarded to the underdog. These variations in the points/goals are known as the spread. For example:

Montpellier vs Bordeaux

Montpellier +1.25 -1115
Bordeaux -1.25 +750

* Odds by DraftKings

Since Bordeaux are favored by -1.5, that means that they have to win or draw by 1 goal. Anything below that and you lose your bet. While if you bet on Montpellier, then they have to win or draw by 1 goal. Anything below that and you lose your bet.

Ligue 1 Futures

Thiago Silva of PSG lifts the 2012-13 Ligue 1 trophy. (Getty)

Just like other sports, there are futures, here you bet on who will win the Ligue 1 after Round 38, or in what who will become the Ligue 1 champion for the season. For example:

Paris-Saint Germain -167
Lille +250
Lyon +500
Monaco +3000

* Odds by DraftKings

Ligue 1 Live Betting

PSG fans celebrate in front of the Trocadero with flares and fireworks. (Getty)

Ligue 1 is one of the most popular live betting sports leagues in the world. In addition, to the correct final score, the correct goalscorers and so, you can also bet on the total number of cards, the total number of corners, the half-time score, and more in live betting.

Odds change very quickly during a match, so you need to be quick to place your bet. As the game changes so do the odds. So, you need to make sure you bet quickly and follow the game perfectly to win your live bets. Every variable changes constantly.

Ligue 1 Parlays

A Ligue 1 bet is multiple bets on your ticket, here you bet that Monaco will beat Saint-Etienne; Nice and Marseille yo score Over 2.5 goals; Paris-Saint Germain to win against Lyon or Tie, and Bordeaux to win or draw by 1 goal in the game vs Montpellier. You would need to hit all four combinations to win your bet.

We hope this article was helpful in understanding the different types of Ligue 1 betting options. It is important to become familiar with each before you start betting on parlays for example.