Betting on Austrian Football
Austria has a long history of domestic football, and the top division, currently named the Austrian Bundesliga, recently completed its 107th season in 2019. Below the 12-team Bundesliga is a 16-team 2. Liga, with one team moving between these two divisions in a promotion and relegation system.
The Bundesliga is split after 22 rounds into a Championship and Relegation Round, which sees the six teams in each group playing each other a further two times for a season total of four matches against the same opponent. Familiarity is sometimes an issue in Austrian football.
Below the 2. Liga are three regional leagues, which in turn are fed by three lower leagues apiece. Our Austrian football odds checker covers all these leagues, as well as the domestic cup competitions, European games involving Austrian teams, and the games of the Austrian men's and women's national teams.
Austrian Football Odds
The Austrian Bundesliga runs August through May, and the majority of matches are usually played on a Saturday. The most recent edition of 2018/19 featured an above average 2.92 goals per game, making over 2.5 goals a popular addition to betting coupons. As if to confirm matters, 67% of games finished with three or more goals, which is well above the global average.
The number of draws (27%) and points per home game (1.62) were also slightly above average. Thorough research combined with finding the best prices using our Austrian football odds comparison tool, should help to give punters an advantage.
As mentioned previously, because the Bundesliga is split into two rounds in the second part of the season, teams end up playing other certain teams a minimum of four times in one campaign. Added to the fact that those teams could also come up against each other in the domestic cup competitions, familiarity, especially between the bigger teams, is a factor worth considering before putting any selection down onto your betting coupon.
Austrian Football History
The story of football in Austria, certainly from an international perspective, could rather be defined as an illustrious past accompanied by an underwhelming more recent history. The men's national team finished fourth and third at the 1930 and 1954 World Cup tournaments respectively, but beyond that, in the handful of summer showcases that the nation has actually qualified for, the team has failed to progress beyond the group stages. The team's record in the European Championships is even more unremarkable, with only two appearances at the finals, one of which as host.
Domestically, Austria has had a league since 1911, and a professional league since 1924. Teams from Austria have never had much success on the European stage either, however. Salzburg were beaten in the final of the UEFA Cup in 1994, while both Rapid Vienna (twice) and Austria Vienna have lost finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. It is an unenviable record, and punters are usually cautious about backing Austrian teams on their betting coupons when it comes to European competitions.
Austria has produced talented footballers, David Alaba (of Bayern Munich as of 2018/19), Toni Polster, Andreas Herzog and Hans Krankl to name but a few, but most end up making a name for themselves at clubs in other countries, as is so with many of the smaller European leagues.