Betting on Latvian Football
The Latvian leagues are some of the lower-key events in European football. The top division is the Latvian Higher League or Virslīga, which is only contested by 9 clubs. One team can be relegated to the 10-team First League, which in turn runs into the Second League, which features a number of regional competitions.
Domestically there are two cup competitions. The major knockout tournament is the Latvian Cup, while the winners of this trophy and the champions of the Virslīga contest the Supercup. These complete the main trophies up for grabs in domestic Latvian football.
As part of the UEFA confederation, Latvian teams enter the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, although teams rarely make it to the Groups Stages of the Europa League, and have never made it near the Champions league main event.
Latvia boasts both a men's and women's national team, and these matches are also covered by our Latvian football odds comparison tool.
Latvia Football Odds
The top league is the Virslīga, played in the spring and summer months of the calendar year. The current defending champions as of 2019 are Riga FC, from the Latvian capital of Riga. The club has only been in existence since 2014 after the merger of two other Riga-based clubs.
The Latvian Virslīga can throw up any number of winners, mainly because of the fact the division's most successfully dominant club, Skonto Riga, which won a record 14 consecutive league titles between 1991 and 1994, went bankrupt in 2016. That leaves a rather unusual situation in that since Skonto's last win in that sequence (2004), seven teams have won the title, with the newly founded Riga FC now coming to the fore. That has left the competition open, unlike many of the smaller European leagues which are dominated by just one or two clubs.
It is worth noting this brief history of the top Latvian football league, as there is very often an unclear distinction between favourite and underdog. This is only compounded by the fact that because there are only nine teams in the league, clubs are extremely familiar to each other. All of this is very informative for additions to betting coupons.
Latvian Football History
The country of Latvia was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, and the nation only gained independence once again in 1991. The Latvian national team therefore did not play officially recognised matches in that intervening period.
Since its independence, the country has not pulled up any trees on the international stage, mostly down to the fact the country is an ice hockey and basketball hotbed, with football a distant third in the popularity stakes, plus only has a population of roughly two million.
The country is yet to reach a FIFA World Cup finals, but had its greatest achievement on the continental stage of the UEFA European Championship. The nation played in the tournament finals in Portugal in 2004, exiting at the Group Stage.
In qualifying for Euro 2020, Latvia can be backed at betting odds of 500/1 to win Group G, featuring Poland, Israel and Austria.
The women's national team also compete on the international stage, but have yet to qualify for a major tournament.