Betting on Russian Football
The Russian Premier League is the top domestic league in Russia, and has existed since 2001. Before that, the division was known as the Russian Football Championship, which was born out of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
The current edition of the Premier League features sixteen teams, the top three of whom at the end of each season qualify for the UEFA Champions League, with the next two moving into the following season's Europa League. The bottom two clubs are relegated to the Football National League. This is a 20-team division and feeds down into the Professional League, which is currently split into 6 zones.
In addition to the league format, there is a knockout cup competition called the Russian Cup, while the winners of the Premier League and the Cup meet at the start of each season in the Super Cup.
All of these competitions are covered by our Russian football odds comparison tool, as are matches featuring the Russian men's and women's national teams, who feature all at age levels of international competition.
Russia Football Odds
In the years since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Russian top flight has been dominated by a handful of teams. In that time, Spartak Moscow has been the dominant side, winning ten titles, with CSKA Moscow claiming 6 titles in that time. With Lokomotiv Moscow also having claimed 3 championships since 1992, that is a total of 19 of the 27 championships that have been claimed by a team from the capital city.
The three exceptions to that run are Zenit Saint Petersburg, who have managed an impressive 5 titles, Rubin Kazan, who managed two back-to-back wins in 2008 and 2009, and FC Spartak Vladikavkaz, who claimed the only title in the club's history back in 1995. That leaves just a small collection of clubs who seriously compete for the Russian league title each year, and the same favourites are added regularly to betting coupons.
The completed 2018/19 season, which was claimed by Zenit, was a low scoring affair in general, featuring only 2.26 goals per game, with just 41% of games featuring three or more goals.
Russian Football History
Russia, or its predecessor the Soviet Union, and before that the Russian Empire, has had a domestic football competition since 1912. During the Soviet era, as well as reginal leagues, the top-tier competitions featured teams from the many territories swallowed up by the USSR. Since 1992, the competitions have been only for Russian clubs.
Since becoming known as Russia once more, the country's national teams have enjoyed only modest success. The men's team reached the quarter-finals in its home FIFA World Cup in 2018, and did one better by reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA European Championship in 2008, featuring the mercurial talents of Andrey Arshavin.
Prior to that time, as the USSR, the team secured 4th place at the World Cup in 1966, but had its greatest success by winning the inaugural European Championship in France in 1960. As well as Arshavin, notable Russian talents down the years have included Lev Yashin, considered by many observers to have been one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and former Manchester United player Andrei Kanchelskis.
Russia can currently be backed at betting odds of about 6/1 to win their qualifying group for Euro 2020, and are at odds of 66/1 to win the tournament.
The Russian women's national team have twice reached the quarter-final stage of the World Cup, the team's best performance in international tournaments to date.