How to Watch France’s Ligue 1 in the United States: TV Channels & Streams for PSG, Lionel Messi
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The entire soccer world has been turned upside down over the past week, as Lionel Messi has completed a stunning move to Paris Saint-German. And surely there will be plenty of fans and bettors in the United States trying to watch France’s Ligue 1 this season because of it.
The French giants now have one of the most star-studded rosters in club soccer history. Messi will join former Barcelona teammate Neymar and France star Kylian Mbappe to create one of the best attacks, on paper, the club game has ever seen. Combine that with other star-studded summer signings, and PSG will no doubt be extremely entertaining during the 2021-22 season.
Ligue 1 is not without its drama, though. Last season, PSG lost out on the league title by one point to Lille, while Monaco finished just five points back in third.
Lille have seen some of their stars from last season move on, but Monaco return a mostly unchanged squad along with some new faces that will put them in contention at the top.
Here’s what you need to know about keeping up with Ligue 1 during the 2021-22 campaign:
How to Watch Ligue 1 in the United States
There has been a lot of movement and controversy over how fans in France will be able to watch their domestic league this season, with Amazon winning the rights to stream earlier this season. The global giant has a deal with Freebox to stream games.
Amazon is paying almost €250 million per season to broadcast Ligue 1 in France, owning rights to 80% of the fixtures.
That’s not the case in the United States, though.
Fans in the United States can watch Ligue 1 primarily on beIn Sports, which has a deal to broadcast the league stateside through the 2023-24 season.
For fans who don’t have cable or subscribe to the package that includes beIN Sports, there are other services that offer the channel.
Fubo TV and Sling TV are both popular options that offer Ligue 1.
Ligue 1 Odds
In July, PSG were around -500 to regain the Ligue 1 title after Lille took the crown last season.
With the addition of Messi, though, that number has gone up to -800, meaning you’d have to risk $80 to win $10.
Here are complete odds for the French top flight, as of Wednesday, Aug. 11, and courtesy of BetMGM:
Stars Outside of PSG
This league is not without its big names aside from the team in the capital. Many of your club’s favorite players began their careers by plying their trade all over France in Ligue 1.
On the south coast, Monaco feature a pair of strikers in French international Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland who combined for 35 league goals last season. They added to the strikeforce with Dutch striker Myron Boadu from AZ Alkmaar during the summer.
Over in Marseille, Dmitri Payet runs the show. The former West Ham star scored twice in their season-opening win over Montpellier, including this brilliant free kick:
— Olympique de Marseille 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 (@OM_English) August 9, 2021
Lyon produce some of the best players in Europe every year, and this is no different. Houssem Aouar is a highly sought-after midfielder who might not be with the team after the summer transfer window ends.
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta has stood out for Lyon, as has young forward Rayan Cherki. The 17-year-old appears to be the next big thing from the Lyon academy.