With such a large number of exciting leagues and competitions around the world, there are plenty of opportunities when it comes to football betting. Below you will find a short summary of the main European leagues and how they are structured.
In the sidebar to the right you will find our weekly Football betting tips for the leagues we are covering this season. We provide a good round up of each game and get them up early in the week so that you can take advantage of the odds whilst the market is at its most inefficient.
English Premier League
One of the richest and most exciting leagues in the world, the Barclays Premier League is watched the world over. The main teams include Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.The competition is extremely well attended, with the top clubs having 40,000 – 65,000 watching them inside the stadiums every week.
Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Football League. The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 matches each, totalling 380 matches in the season.
Most games are played in the afternoons of Saturdays and Sundays, the other games during weekday evenings.
Some of the world’s biggest stars play in the Premier League, including Wayne Rooney, Fernando Torres, Carlos Tevez, Eden Hazard and many, many more.
We cover the EPL every week with a detailed review of each game along with our betting tips and the odds available.
La Liga – Spain
The Primera Division – known worldwide as La Liga – is the strongest league in Europe over the past five years, according to UEFA’s league coefficient. During the course of a season, which lasts from September to June, each club plays every other club twice – once at home and once away for a total of 38 games.
La Liga is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world, with an average attendance of 28,286 for league matches in the 2009–10 season. This is the sixth-highest of any domestic professional sports league in the world and the third-highest of any professional association football league in Europe, behind the German Bundesliga and English Premier League.
The championship tends to be dominated by the two giants of Spanish football – Real Madrid and Barcelona. Many of the world’s best players ply their trade in La Liga – including the man widely seen as one of the greatest of all time, Lionel Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo is another global superstar who plays in La Liga.
La-Liga is another league that we are covering weekly this season with a summary of each game, our tips and the betting odds available.
Serie A – Italy
Serie A was considered the best league in the world in the 90s, up till mid 2000. The competition has a great deal of history, producing the highest number of European Cup finalists. Italian clubs have reached the final of the competition on a record twenty-six different occasions, winning the title twelve times.
During the course of a season, from August to June, each club plays each of the other teams twice; once at home and once away, totaling 38 games for each team by the end of the season.
Serie A is ranked 4th among European leagues according to UEFA’s league coefficient behind the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and German Bundesliga, which is based on the performance of Italian clubs in the Champions League and the Europa League.
Unlike in Spain, there are many big clubs, including AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, Lazio and AS Roma.
Bundesliga – Germany
The Bundesliga is in the top bracket of European leagues and is contested by 18 teams, operating on a system of promotion and relegation. The season runs from August to May and most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekday evenings.
A total of 51 clubs have competed in the Bundesliga since its founding. Bayern Munich has won the Bundesliga the most, winning the title 21 times. However, the Bundesliga has seen other champions with Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, Werder Bremen, Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfB Stuttgart most prominent among them.
Some of the world’s biggest talents play in the Bundesliga, including Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
You can read our predictions and betting tips for Bundesliga in our season preview here.
European Champions League
The UEFA Champions League, known simply as the Champions League, and originally known as the European Champion Clubs’ Cup or European Cup, is an annual continental club football competition organised by UEFA since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe.
It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football.
The tournament consists of several stages. In the present format, it begins in mid-July with three knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round.
The 10 surviving teams join 22 seeded teams in the group stage, in which there are eight groups of four teams each. The eight group winners and eight runners-up enter the final knockout phase, which ends with the final in May.