Betting on Italian Serie B
Serie B is the second-highest professional football league in Italy, operating as a feeder league to the bright lights of Serie A. Although most of Italy’s famous names reside in the top tier, over the course of the competition’s history, many of those names have had to battle back from Serie B at one stage or another – Juventus were an example when they found themselves in the division due to financial irregularities back in 2006/2007 (superstar players such as Gigi Buffon decided to stay and play in Serie B in order to help the team known as the Old Lady get back to Serie A).
These days there are still some grand-old names of Italian football in the division. For the 2019/20 campaign, Chievo Verona, Palermo, Perugia and Empoli will all feature in Serie B.
The 20-team division is played on a double round-robin format, with each team playing the other 19 home and away. That equates to a 38-game season – the same as Serie A. The top two teams at the end of the season are promoted to Serie A, while the teams finishing in 3rd to 8th position enter a playoff series to determine the other team who will be promoted. At the other end of the table, the bottom three teamms are immediately relegated to Serie C, while the teams finishing in 16th and 17th enter a relegation playoff. That all equates to only seven teams who sit idle at the end of the 38-game season with neither the joy of promotion of the threat of relegation hanging in the air.
When assessing Serie B title odds, it is usually the teams who have been relegated from the previous season’s Serie A who sit atop the odds lists - a number of teams have established themselves as ‘yo-yo’ clubs over the years, perennially swapping divisions.
Italian Serie B Odds
Betting on Serie B is popular as there are number of well-known and well-supported clubs frequenting the division. The league itself is competitive, often featuring fierce battles for promotion and relegation, and things usually get particularly exciting towards the end of the season when these battles come to a head.
The league doesn’t feature a high number of goals, usually floating around the global average of between 2.50 and 2.60. For example, the completed 2018/19 season saw an average of 2.59 goals per match. Teams relegated from Serie A are usually favourites to return there, and so are often found atop the bookmakers’ Serie B title odds’ lists. That means there are also a number of teams who perennially find themselves as Serie B clubs, and rarely threaten to get to a higher division due to restrictions in budget, among other reasons. Checking out these historical fluctuations is always a good way to go about betting on Serie B.
Italian Serie B History
To date there have been 87 seasons of Serie B, Italy’s second-highest division, and it has established itself a fierce battleground for the right to enter the prestigious Serie A, and play against the superclubs that reside there. Every now and again one of those superclubs finds themselves in Serie B too – Juve in 2006/07, AC Milan in the early 1980s and Lazio in the late 1980s are all good examples.
Serie B betting is big business, especially when bigger clubs find themselves battling it out in the division, and things heat up particularly towards the end of every season when promotion and relegation places are up for grabs. Our Serie B odds comparison tool covers all matches played in this enjoyable and competitive division.