Scottish Premier League Odds
Last season in the Scottish Premiership, Celtic again reigned as comfortable champions. It was an exciting betting heat, with Aberdeen narrowly pipping Rangers for second spot and Hibernian trailing the latter by a mere three points. The 2018/19 SPL has been invigorated by the appointment of Stephen Gerrard as Rangers manager, which has already started hotting things up in the Scottish Premier League odds market with online bookmakers.
The nature of the SPL makes it quite a quirky betting niche, so it's imperative for punters to have a good understanding of Scottish Premiership odds, know where to find the best Scottish Premier League betting odds and bet on the top Scottish Premiership betting markets. Read on to find out more.
Understanding Scottish Premiership Odds
The lack of depth in Scottish professional football has always led to some interesting league dynamics, but the betting coverage remains strong with leading UK bookmakers. This remains the case in the Scottish Premiership for 2018/19, where the teams will first play each other three times before splitting into two tiers of six teams, to determine who lands the title... and who takes the wooden spoon.
One of the key quirks for anyone taking Scottish Premiership odds is the fact that a team must player another, either twice at home and once away, or vice versa, before the mid-season split. That's a raw deal for sides who end up travelling twice to Celtic Park or Ibrox, although the SPFL's rankings does its best to ensure that sides end up playing each other twice at home and away by the end of the season. However, some sides can end-up playing 20 games at home or away, which can ultimately give them an advantage or disadvantage.
Finding the Best Scottish Premier League Betting Odds
The lack of strength in Scottish Football makes it popular with football bettors because there's plenty of scope when it comes to strong favourites for singles and accumulators. It's also quite a niche betting landscape, since bookmakers can frequently take their eye off a wet rainy fixture between two Scottish sides such as Hamilton and Livingston on a freezing cold winter's night. That gives astute punters scope for betting on the hundreds of markets offered for games, ranging from corner counts, under/over bets and endless in-play opportunities. Keeping tracks of the best value bets can give you an edge, with a site like bookmakers.co.uk a very useful tool to do your homework faster and find the best Scottish Premier League odds.
Top Scottish Premiership Betting Markets to Consider
There's plenty of scope to find value bets in the Scottish Premiership odds, with the Outright Winner, Bottom Six and Top Goalscorer markets having particular appeal.
Outright Scottish Premiership
Celtic are realistically hard to back at odds of 1/10 to win yet another title, having won seven in a row. But that does mean there's value about the likes of Rangers at 8-1, Aberdeen at 25-1 and even Hibernian at 50-1. Another option is to back one of the trio in a handicap market, such as Stephen Gerrard's Rangers to at least keep Celtic on their toes deep into the season. Similarly, the top sides can be backed in the 'Without Celtic' market.
SPL Relegation & Bottom Six
The weakness of the Scottish league, coupled with the low number of total teams, means that betting on the teams to perform badly can be a lucrative market for smart football bettors – including the bottom six, bottom three and bottom two markets. Before the season kicks off, Livingston are 9/4 to be bottom, followed by St Mirren at 7/2 and Hamilton at 4/1.
Top Scorer Market
With fewer total strikers to select and the top names likely to feature, betting on the top Scottish Premiership scorer is always worth a look. The bookies have Odsonne Edouard at 4/1 favourite, followed by Moussa Dembele at 9/2, Alfredo Morelos 8/1, Scott Sinclair 8/1 and Kris Boyd 9/1. Youngsters Odsonne Edouard and Moussa Dembele have potential for improvement in them, but you could do worse than look at Kris Boyd, who was top scorer with 18 last season and had the best goal per game ratio of 137 minutes.