The EPL has been a total representation of football’s elite since 1992. With millions of pounds being bet across the world each season’s weekend, English Premier League betting continues to grow each year. Being the world’s most competitive football league, Premier League betting presents its own unique challenges to both serious and novice football bettors. The league consists of top goal scorers who are among the best players across the world. Although the teams in the EPL don’t dominate the Champions League semifinals as they used to before, they’re highly featured in the Champions League.
The English Premier League is the most popular league and top tier of English football to watch across the globe. Regularly broadcasting to more than 4 billion people, it makes betting on Premier League equally popular. There are more Premier League bets wagered each season than Italy’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga combined.
EPL bookmakers cover this league, while offering thousands of opportunities on a weekly basis for UK punters to make the most out of the Premier League betting. The number of Premier League odds is almost endless. They range from in-play options to long-running match odds for Premier League winner markets on all the games.
The Premier League consists of 20 teams that play against each other twice (once at home and once away) during the course of one season. This means, per season, each side plays 38 EPL matches. Typically, the season runs from August through to May. There’s a strong co-relation between the Premier League Champions and European Qualification. After 38 games of play in the EPL, the team that finishes with the most points automatically becomes the Premier League Champions. The teams that finish in position two and three qualify for the prestigious European club competition – the Champions League. The fourth-place winner earns a spot in the qualification round of Champions League.
The fifth-place winner earns a spot in the continental club competition that comes second – the Europa League. Depending on teams’ success in the continental and domestic cup competitions in the entire season, the teams that take positions six and seven can also qualify for a Europa League place. The teams that win the League Cup (FA Cup) and English domestic cup competitions receive guaranteed spots in the Europa League. If the winner of these Cups happens to finish in the Premier League top four positions, they enter the Champions League. Their Europa League spot is offered to the next highest-finishing team that doesn’t have a guaranteed spot in the competition.
As highlighted, the 20 EPL clubs play 38 matches (19-home and 19-away). There’re no playoffs at the top of the EPL table to determine UEFA Champions League and Europa League qualifiers. Clubs get three points for winning and one when they draw. When multiple teams happen to earn similar points, they’re separated by goals scored, goal difference, head-to-head goal difference, head-to-head points, away goals scored, and head-to-head away goals scored. Traditionally, England has been near UEFA’s top coefficient ranking. These are calculated by teams’ performance in the previous five years of UEFA competitions. As such, the top four EPL clubs will automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage.
In the English Premier League, relegation positions make up the ‘relegation zone’. This accounts for clubs that occupy the last three positions (positions 18, 19 and 20). The three sides that finish the games in these positions after playing their 38 games become relegated to the second tier of English football (England football’s second division), which is known as the English Championship or EFL Championship. The two top teams from the EFL Championship are then promoted to the Premier League, with the third team being promoted after a series of play-offs that involve the clubs placed in positions three, four, five and six.
Premier League bookmakers provide a number of EPL betting options and odds in the season. Whether you opt for individual bets or outright markets bets (season-long bets) that last for the entire season, you’ll definitely have your way. It’s interesting to see how odds change. Having been remarkable upsets in the EPL such as the record Leicester 2016-17 title win with an odd of 5000/1 to win the title. The 2019-20 EPL Winner betting odds could reflect this, with Liverpool being the only team given a little bit of hope by most bookmakers and Chelsea, Manchester United, and Tottenham at longer odds.
Also referred to as three-way betting, Match betting (1X2) is the most known type of premier league betting that one can place on a particular game. The ‘1’ represents the home team, ‘X’ represents a draw and ‘2’ represents a visiting team. In match betting, smaller teams can acquire quality players courtesy of fair distribution of television rights. This not only makes things interesting, but also increases the competition level. As such, any team can beat the other with equal chances. According to the English Premier League statistics, it averages the winning chances of home team 45%, visiting team 30%, and 25% to a draw.
The Correct Score bet is a fun bet to place but a little tricky to hit. Although it favours the bold, you can lean on the fact that 15% of the goals in the premier league are scored in the final ten minutes of the match. With the rewards outweighing the risks involved here, a correct score, in reality, is difficult to hit. To increase the odds even more, you could predict the winner plus the correct score. For instance, this could be (Tottenham to win with 2-0 against Leicester). If you want to stake small, these kinds of bets are very tempting due to the huge odds presented.
The European Handicap, also known as a three-way handicap, offers three possible bets. You could choose to wager on the stronger team with a handicap disadvantage, a weaker team with a handicap advantage, or a draw. Let’s consider a match between Manchester City and Leicester. The handicap could be Manchester City (-1) and Leicester (+1), assuming the odds 1.65=Manchester City(-1), 3.90=Draw(-1), and 4.10=Leicester(+1). We have three outcomes in a European Handicap. If Manchester City wins by two goals or more, then Manchester City(-1) bet wins. If Leicester wins or the game draws, then Leicester(+1) is the successful bet. If Manchester City wins by exactly one goal, the Draw(-1) bet wins.
The Total Goals bet is another lucrative bet type in the EPL and has fewer risks of losing. Here, you’re challenged to predict the number of goals produced by a match. Although the total number of goals offers better chances of winning, you could even aim higher and predict the exact number of goals. The goal(s) line usually starts from 0.5 goals upwards. The over/under 2.5 goals is the most popular, the .5 element eliminating the risk arising from a draw. If you want to really bank on huge winnings, you may consider Multiple Bets or Long Run bets, where you combine several matches using different or similar bet types.
The number of goals per game in the Premier League averages at 2.83. In this league, teams are known to play directly looking for goals. Consequently, there could be a good number of goals in each game, making the Both Teams to Score bet a lucrative choice. In a Match goalscorer bet, you need to select a player that will score in a certain game. It’s important to note: better players receive lower odds. A Draw No Bet implies you’ll not lose your cash due to a draw. For instance, if you predict Manchester City to beat Leicester in 90 minutes, you’ll get your stake back if your game draws.