A question for soccer fans & bettors in the forum, how do you choose the leagues that you bet on and what leagues do you follow closely from a betting perspective and also from a purely fans based outlook ?
Sometimes I think it can be hard to keep up with what's going on in the major European leagues never mind what's happening in the other less well known hotbeds of European football.For example on a typical Saturday you have over 100 games to choose from in England and Scotland alone and when you take into account the other major leagues across the continent like France,Germany,Holland along with the likes of Austria,Denmark, Belgium,Romania etc and not to mention the South American and rest of the world games, there are literally hundreds of games to choose from wagering wise.So how do you choose your favourite leagues and teams to follow ?
For me these are my favourite leagues to bet on (in order)and a brief reason why
1. English Premiership
Has the best players along with the best TV and media coverage.Been following this league for years so I have a good knowledge of all the teams and players involved.Betting wise I think it is fairly predictable and it can be easy to find value with underdogs and totals.
2. Italian Serie A
Again I have been following this league since the mid 1990's from the days of Channel 4's excellent live match coverage along with the weekly Gazzetta Football Italia show.Have been betting on it for nearly 7 years now.When I started betting on Italian football I found it easy to pick draws and when making picks I always have the draw at the back of my mind when looking at games to bet on.A great league with fantastic players down thru the years with Gullit,Baggio,Vialli,Ravanelli,Weah,Batistuta and dozens more.Although it used to be at the pinnacle of European football but it is now in 3rd place behind Spain & England.
3. Spanish La Liga
Arguably the best league in the world with the two biggest clubs, La Liga is only a recent interest for me.Has got good coverage on SkySports and plenty of live games but I generally prefer to watch English or Italian football.Good opportunities for wagering on as well.
Most teams in this league are familiar as a lot of them have been in the Premiership at some point over the past 5 or 6 years.Plenty of live football from this league and quality is not too bad either.Media coverage is good either with newspapers or websites for match previews and post match reports & analysis.Betting wise can be good to pick games if there is nothing of interest that day going on in the Premiership.
5. Champions League & Europa League
Probably the best football competition in the world bar the World Cup has all the big names from Europe and plenty of games to choose from betting wise on a normally quiet midweek evening.Europa League good for Thursday night betting only.Can be a minefield at times and I generally try to avoid these games if possible but someimes you can get nice totals or both to score props.
6. French Ligue 1
Perfect for chasers who have lost on the Saturday afternoon games But seriously with having most games kick off on a Saturday evening it is perfect for those who split Saturdays into early and late bets.Quality of the football is not bad either and there are always nice asian handicap dogs to pick from in this league and a lot of totals set at 2.
Don't follow this league too closely but it is usually good for overs.Games clash with English KO times as well so I don't really bet on this league often.Friday night games are nice to have on a usually quiet evening.
Dutch Eerste Divisie & French Ligue 2
Both of these leagues are primarily Friday night games so it's good to have action and a full set of fixtures to pick from on a normally quiet footballing day.Dutch Jupiler league good for overs usually.
English Leagues 1 & 2 along with Carling Cup & Blue Square Premier Conference
L1 & L2 only bet on these if there's absolutely nothing of interest in the Prem or Championship.Sometimes you can get good value but I generally don't follow these leagues closely, just read certain match reports from time to time and keep an eye on the tables.Carling Cup good for midweek action when it comes around.Blue Sq Conf can be good for overs but it would be nice to have more games on a Monday as most games clash with the rest of the Englsih fixtures at 3.00 on a Saturday.
Must also mention Internationals mostly European Championship & World Cup qualifiers only.Don't really pay much attention to African or Asian tournaments but I like to keep an eye on the South American games as well.
So what your favourite leagues ??