Betting on Estonian Football
The top division in Estonian football is called the Meistriliiga, and was founded in 1992. Currently it is a semi-professional league, with amateur clubs also allowed to compete if they gain promotion from the Esiliiga (Second Division), which in turn runs into the Esiliiga B and then II liiga.
Domestically there is also an Estonian Cup competition, as well as a Super Cup match between the winners of the Meistriliiga and the Cup, while those teams that succeed in the Cup and league are able to enter the qualification rounds of UEFA competitions, meaning the Champions League and Europa League.
Estonia has an active men's and women's national teams. These international teams, as well as the top two divisions and the cup matches, are all covered by our Estonian football odds comparison tool.
Estonia Football Odds
Estonian football doesn't attract a whole lot of betting interest due to the unfamiliar nature of the teams and players to the majority of foreign audiences. However, as the season runs March through November to avoid the winter months, the domestic competitions offer betting opportunities through those barren summer months when most European leagues are out of action.
Two teams, Flora and Levadia, tend to dominate the domestic scene: those two clubs have won a combined 20 of 28 completed league seasons since Estonia gained independence from the Soviet Union. That said, two of the last three seasons have witnessed different champions. 2016 saw FCI Infonet Tallinn claim their first title, while 2018, the last completed season, ended in Nõmme Kalju securing their first ever title. Such is the recent unpredictable nature of Estonian football.
The 2018 season was characterised by an amazing 3.81 goals per game. Similarly, 62% of all matches featured three or more goals, so it is clear where the goals betting markets should be followed on coupons.
Estonian Football History
The small Baltic nation of Estonia had its first competitive match way back in 1920, losing 6-0 to Finland, and unfortunately for Estonians, that result is quite indicative of the team's success internationally.
For many years during Soviet occupation, Estonia did not even have an active national team, and only returned to the international fold after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1990. Since then Estonia has failed to make it through qualifying to any major international competitions, however. Similarly, the women's national team has never made it through to major finals.
Personnel-wise, perhaps Estonia's most well-known players, especially to English audiences, are Mart Poom, who played for many years for Derby County in the English Premier League, and more recently, Ragnar Klavan, formerly of Liverpool and now of Cagliari.
Perhaps indicative of Estonia's standing as a football underdog, the team are currently available at betting odds of 500/1 to win European Championship 2020 qualifying Group C (featuring Germany and the Netherlands).