The 2023-2024 season in France’s top football league is set to kick off on August 11th

ligue1 season preview by Botsever

The Ligue 1 of France is about to start its new season.

To get ready, let’s recap the top 5 finishing teams from last season.

  1. Paris Saint Germain, 85 points.
  2. Lens, 84 points.
  3. Marseille, 73 points.
  4. Rennes, 68 points.
  5. Lille, 67 points.

During the previous season, 4 teams were demoted from the top division: Auxerre, Ajaccio, Estac Troyes, and Angers. Taking their places by earning promotion were Metz and Le Havre. There are only two teams because the league decided to reduce number of teams this season.


In the lead up to the new season, nearly all the teams have made quality additions to their rosters through new player signings. As of now, Paris Saint Germain has spent the most out of any team to acquire new talent.

Let’s examine the top 5 teams that have spent the most money on player transfers so far in preparation for the upcoming season:

  1. Paris Saint Germain – €159,5m
  2. Olympique Marseille – €67,5m
  3. OGC Nice – €40,5m
  4. Stade Reims – €37m
  5. Stade Rennais FC – €35m

Here is top 5 most expensive transfers this summer in Ligue 1 by the date:

  1. Manuel Ugarte – to PSG from Sporting CP (Portugal) – €60m
  2. Lucas Hernandez – to PSG from Bayern Munich (Germany) – €45m
  3. Hugo Ekitike – to PSG from Reims – €28m
  4. Enzo Le Fee – to Rennes from Lorient – €20
  5. Abakar Sylla – to Strasbourg from Club Brugge (Belgium) – €20m

This list illustrates some of the huge transfers made by Ligue 1 clubs so far in the summer transfer window. The amounts paid show how French clubs, especially Paris Saint-Germain, are willing to spend big money to land top talent.

PSG paying €60m for Ugarte and €45m for Hernandez proves they are intent on bolstering their squad after falling short in the Champions League again last season. Strengthening their midfield and defense with these international stars shows their ambition to finally win Europe’s biggest prize.

Beyond PSG, other clubs like Rennes and Strasbourg have made multi-million euro signings as well, as they try to close the gap to powerhouses like PSG and Marseille. The fees spent on young talents like Ekitike and Le Fee also demonstrates French clubs’ ability to develop and sell players for high values.

Overall, it’s clear from these expensive transfers that Ligue 1 has significant financial resources. While PSG leads the way, other clubs are also willing to invest heavily to contend domestically and in continental competition. An exciting season lies ahead with these new big-money signings taking to the pitch.

Transfer market will close in the end of the month, so maybe we’ll see more updates.

All teams

Below is the complete list of teams competing in Ligue 1 for the upcoming season. For those interested in betting on the league, this list can help you evaluate potential wagers on which teams might win the league title this season or get relegated. Analyzing factors like new player transfers, coaching changes, and past performance could inform predictions on the teams likely to succeed or struggle this season. Use this list as a guide for determining any preliminary bets you want to make before the Ligue 1 campaign gets underway.

Team Win the league
Paris Saint-Germain 3,50
Marseille 12,00
Lens 20,00
Monaco 20,00
Lille 20,00
Lyon 25,00
Rennes 33,00
Nice 50,00
Reims 200,00
Toulouse 250,00
Montpellier 2,50
Clermont Foot 350,00
Nantes 350,00
Lorient 500,00
Le Havre 750,00
Brest 10000,00
Metz 10000,00


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