Welcome to the Ultimate Betting Guide to the Scottish Premiership!
The Scottish Premiership is the leading professional football division in Scotland and boasts famous clubs such as Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen. There are twelve teams who compete in this football league each season, with the season divided into two phases so that the campaign only last thirty-eight games.
We take an in-depth look at the Scottish Premiership along with the various betting opportunities that are available on this exciting league. There’s the opportunity for customers to punt on numerous football betting markets.
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The first step is to understand the Scottish Premiership in terms of the twelve clubs involved and there is always at least one team in the form of the promoted club from the Scottish Championship. Take time to understand how competitive they are likely to be and what their aims are for the forthcoming campaign.
Realistically, there is often little value when it comes to backing the Scottish Premiership Winner, with Celtic having dominated this market prior to the 2020/2021 season when Rangers won the league. Rangers side are generally also trading at big odds-on before a ball is kicked. However, because the two teams have dominated the league, many of the best bookmakers offer a “Betting Without Celtic” market and sometimes even a “Betting Without the Old Firm” market.
The Scottish Premiership match betting is by far the most popular because of the sheer volume of markets that are created for each game. Some customers choose to have a bet on an individual match, trying to find the right betting angle. Others will go for a double or multiple and the odds will multiply together as a result.
Because the Scottish Premiership table often has a lop-sided look about it come the end of the season, there’s a popular ante-post betting option called the Handicap Market which allows customers to bet on a team with a certain fictional points advantage before a ball is even kicked.
For example, you might be able to back any team to win the Scottish Premiership at 10/1 with a particular handicap. Celtic could be off scratch, Rangers could be +10 and a team such as Livingston could be +50. At the end of the season, the team’s handicap points are added to their real points to work out who wins this market. Some bookmakers might also allow you to cash your bets out on this market.
At the start of a typical Scottish Premiership season, Celtic or Rangers are regularly trading at odds-on to win the title and they are also generally a short price to win matches on a week-to-week basis. However, it doesn’t mean that there is no value when it comes to siding with Celtic.
In addition to the 1X2 betting market, there are also markets like Asian Handicap where you can back Celtic or Rangers at a more favourable price. For example, you might be able to back Celtic -2 at odds of even money against a team such as Motherwell and you would make a profit if they managed to win by three goals or more.
Alternatively, the Correct Score market offers the chance to try and correctly predict the final scoreline in a Celtic match, while another way of backing Celtic could be betting on them to either win to nil or win + BTTS depending on whether you think their opponents will find the net.
Virtually every bookmaker will offer customers the chance to bet In-Play on Scottish Premiership football, with live betting markets available as soon as each game has kicked off. If you can’t find a value bet before a game has started, then you might look for an In-Play betting opportunity considering that the odds are constantly changing.
In-Play betting is available on Scottish football matches whether the games are being televised or otherwise. However, please be aware that the odds can change quickly for a particular market and that live bets are often subject to a small delay before they are accepted by the operator.
Matches are regularly televised and attract a big audience, with several top-class players turning out for teams on a weekly basis. Football bookmakers offer a first-class betting service when it comes to the Scottish Premiership and it means that you can choose from over 100 pre-match betting markets with some operators.
Celtic and Rangers tend to play each other four times every season in the Scottish Premiership and that means multiple opportunities to bet on an Old Firm encounter. In the days leading up to an Old Firm match, you will find each bookmaker starts pricing up the game, starting with winner odds and then adding further markets relating to goals, score and players. It’s not uncommon to see up to 200 pre-match betting markets for a match between Celtic and Rangers considering it’s nearly-always televised, while you can get a similar amount when the game goes In-Play.
Many punters like to blindly put Celtic into a football accumulator bet because they have a high win percentage, although it’s worth noting that the Hoops failed to win the Scottish Premiership in the 2020/21 season after nine consecutive titles, with Rangers claiming the throne for the first time since the 2010/11 season. Sometimes, it’s worth looking at opposing a struggling team just as much as it’s advantageous to back Celtic. It’s worth looking beyond the prices and actually identifying the form of the teams in the Scottish Premiership before betting accordingly.
The first round of the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership season will take place on the 31st of July, 2021.
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