Betting on Bahraini Football
The major football competition in Bahrain is the Bahraini Premier League, which contains ten teams. The team who finishes bottom of the Premier League is relegated to the Bahraini Second Division, while the team who finished second bottom goes into a promotion / relegation playoff game with the team who finishes second in the Second Division.
Previously, the teams who finished in the top four of the Premier League entered directly into the Crown Prince Cup, but this competition was discontinued in 2009. Currently the major knockout cup completion in Bahraini football is the King's Cup, while there is also a Bahraini FA Cup.
The Bahrain national team compete in both qualifying tournaments for the AFC Asia Cup and the FIFA World Cup. All of these games are covered by our Bahraini odds comparison tool.
Bahrain Football Odds
Premier League teams only play a total of 18 games a season outside of any potential promotion / relegation playoff match, meaning there are not a lot of games to add to betting coupons.
Goals in the Bahraini Premier League are not a statistical standout from a global viewpoint. For example, the most recently completed season of 2018/19 saw an average of 2.88 goals per game which, although above the average globally, is not an eye-opening number from a betting perspective, especially when considering the three previous seasons were all around that international average.
However, it must be noted that home advantage is folly in Bahrain as the majority of matches are played in the national stadium, meaning that the surroundings are familiar to all teams and the usual bi-partisan atmosphere created by home stadia is more or less absent from Bahraini premier League matches.
Internationally, it is worth noting that Bahrain has been a steadily growing force in international football in the last 20 years, winning the FIFA Most Improved Team award as recently as 2004. With Middle-Eastern football bound to get a boost from the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Bahraini football is bound to feel the positives from this event.
Bahraini Football History
The Bahraini top flight has been in existence since 1957, while the Bahrain national team joined FIFA in 1966, drawing its first match 4-4 with Kuwait.
Since then, Bahrain have never qualified for the World Cup, although on two occasions the team came within one game of doing exactly that, which would have been a major feat for a country with a population of less than 1.5 million people.
In the Asian Cup, the team have fared better, and in 2004 the nation put out its best performance to date, finishing fourth after losing in the semi-finals to Japan by a scoreline of 4-3. The team has qualified for the finals of every Asia Cup competition since then, getting knocked out in the Round of 16 in the last edition in 2019. Bahrain began that tournament at betting odds of around 66/1, although eventual winners Qatar began the competition at 40/1.
In the lesser-known Arabian Gulf Cup, Bahrain has actually finished as runners-up on two occasions, in 1992 and 2003.