Betting on Lithuanian Football
The A Lyga (A League) is the highest division in Lithuania. Currently featuring 8 clubs, the division operates a promotion and relegation system with the next tier down, known as the 1 Lyga (1 League), which contains 15 teams, 4 of whom are the reserve teams of bigger clubs in the A Lyga. The third tier down is the II Lyga (2 League) which sees 19 clubs split into two series, and also features the reserve teams of bigger clubs. All in all, there are not a large quantity of football clubs operating in this small country of just 2.8 million people.
Domestically there are two cup competitions, the Lithuanian Football Cup and the Super Cup.
As it is part of the UEFA confederation, teams who claim domestic trophies, and who finish high enough in the league system, enter the qualifying rounds of the continental competitions (Champions League and Europa League).
The Lithuanian men's national team compete in all UEFA qualifying competitions, as do the women's national team, and all these matches, including the domestic cups and top-two tiers of the league system are covered by our Lithuanian football odds comparison tool.
Lithuania Football Odds
The highest level of football in Lithuania is contested in the A Lyga, which is currently comprised of 8 teams and played from spring through to autumn. The 8 teams play 4 round-robin rounds, with the top 6 teams then playing a further championship round, the bottom team getting relegated, and the seventh-placed team participating in a playoff game against the second-placed team in the I Lyga.
Since independence, the A Lyga has been dominated by different sides, but due to issues surrounding insolvency, many clubs have been and gone. For example, Ekranas, who won five straight championships between 2008 and 2012 went out of business in 2015. The last two titles were claimed by FK Sūduva.
Looking back at those two most-recently-completed seasons (2016 and 2017), very few major statistical quirks were noted, with both the average number of goals and the number of matches ending in draws both hovering around the global average. With new teams up and coming out of the ashes of old teams (for example, FK Panevėžys, a team formed from the bones of Ekranas, have just been promoted to the A Lyga for the start of the 2019 season), a good deal of research is required, as well as recent form studied, before adding selections to betting coupons.
Lithuanian Football History
There has been a league system in place in Lithuania since 1922, interrupted only by the Second World War. The international team first played a year later, in 1923, but played its last game for 52 years in 1940, after which the country was annexed by the Soviet Union. Lithuania returned to the international fold in 1992 after reclaiming its independence, but since then it has not been a period spent in the footballing limelight.
The Lithuanian national team has yet to qualify for a major finals tournament, although has competed in qualification rounds since 1994 (FIFA World Cup) and 1996 (UEFA European Championships). Currently Lithuania are competing in the qualification rounds for Euro 2020, but are huge outsiders to reach the finals – currently the team can be backed at betting odds of 500/1 to win Group B.
Likewise, the Lithuanian women's team has yet to qualify for a major tournament, but is active in qualification rounds.