Betting on the Russian Premier League
The Russian Premier League is Russia’s top flight, and has been known as such since 2001. Prior to that the top division was called the Russian Football Championship, which was the original league born out of the end of the Soviet Union.
The current format sees 16 teams compete is a closely fought division in which Russian Premier League title odds are tight between three or four teams. These same teams tend to dominate, as is the way in most European leagues.
As well as the champions, the sides finishing in second and third qualify for the following season’s UEFA Champions League, with the next two highest-placed clubs moving into the Europa League. At the bottom, two clubs are related to the Football National League at the end of each campaign.
Russian Premier League Odds
The Russian Premier league sees a handful of clubs fighting closely for the mantle of champions each season, and clubs from the capital city, Moscow, are usually dominant. Spartak, CSKA and Lokomotiv have claimed the majority of league titles since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1992, with Zenit St Petersburg being the only other threat usually. Check out our Russian Premier League odds comparison tool which covers every match in the division.
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. The goals market is a smart choice when looking to bet on the Russian Premier League, and favourites tend to dominate too, as we can see with the title only being shared out among a small collection of clubs.
Russian Premier League History
Russia, or the formats under which the country has existed since the twentieth century began, has had a strong footballing tradition, with notable international success for the national team. Domestically, these days the Russian Premier League is only for Russian clubs as the ex-Soviet Republics have formed their own domestic divisions.
Spartak Moscow have the most titles since the break-up of the Soviet Union, with ten, while rivals CSKA have six. Lokomotiv Moscow also have three titles, so that’s 19 of the 27 titles since 1992 that have gone to the capital.
Zenit Saint Petersburg have often been the team to break the monopoly of Moscow: the side from Russia’s second city have claimed five titles to date. Rubin Kazan also secured a pair of back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009. The only other club to clinch a title in the post-Soviet era is FC Spartak Vladikavkaz, whose win in 1995 was the sole success in the club’s history.
Due to these historical successes, however, the Mosco teams and Zenit dominate Russian Premier League titles odds lists, however, and this success looks set to continue.