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2nd Leg Pointers and Pitfalls

I want to discuss some things to look for when betting the 2nd leg of two-legged matches in soccer/world football.  In many tournaments such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, as well as the later rounds and/or finals of many countries’ domestic cup tournaments, teams often play a home and away set of matches with the aggregate result deciding which team advances (or lifts the trophy in a final).    Continue reading 2nd Leg Pointers and Pitfalls

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A Quick Overview of Soccer in France

For those unfamiliar, this will serve as a quick breakdown of the layout and structure of club football (soccer) in France.

The top tier of French football is called Ligue 1 (20 teams). The divisions below Ligue 1 begin with Ligue 2 (20 teams). Ligue 1 features Paris Saint-Germain, one of the world’s biggest and most supported clubs. The league currently has a television contract with BEIN Sports for viewers in the United States. Seasons typically begin in August and end in May with each team playing each other twice (once each on each other’s home pitch) for a total of 38 games for each team. At the end of each season, the bottom two or three teams are relegated down to Ligue 2, while two or three other teams are promoted up from Ligue 2 for the following season. Continue reading A Quick Overview of Soccer in France