Betting on Ukrainian Football
For many years, of course, Ukrainian football was tied in with Soviet football, with the country's teams and players competing under the Soviet system. However, since independence in 1991, the country has operated its own independent football system, and a Ukrainian national team.
From 1991 until 2008 the top division in the Ukraine was known as Vyshcha Liha (Top League), but since then has been renamed to the Ukrainian Premier League. Currently 12 teams compete in this competition, with the lowest-placed teams relegated into the 18-team First League. Teams from here can go down to the Second League, which is currently the lowest tier for promotion and relegations.
There is a domestic cup competition run in the country (Ukrainian Cup) as well as a Super Cup, while the most successful clubs qualify for UEFA continental competitions in the form of the Champions League and Europa League.
All of these competitions and Ukrainian clubs competing in them are covered by our Ukrainian football odds comparison tool, as are the matches featuring all levels of the men's and women's national teams.
Ukraine Football Odds
The two big fish in the Ukrainian domestic league are Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev: two two clubs have shared all but one of the championships since the country broke from the Soviet Union in 1992. For obvious reasons, these two teams are favourites of betting accumulator coupons all over the world, and attract a lot of attention in European competitions too in the shape of the Champions League and Europa League.
The season in Ukraine runs from July to May, with a notable winter break due to the harsh winter in Ukraine. The most recently completed season, 2018/19 saw Shakhtar reclaim its title. Although there were no real statistical quirks of any nature to inform betting selections (the average number of goals was slightly down on the global average, and the number of draws was normal), what is noticeable once more is the success of those two aforementioned sides. In a combined 64 games, the two teams only lost five games, with Shakhtar only losing once. Favourites tend to dominate in the Ukrainian league.
Ukrainian Football History
As part of the Soviet Union, Ukrainian footballers enjoyed a fair degree of success, as did Ukrainian clubs in the Soviet championship: most notably Dynamo Kiev were the most successful club in the history of the combined championship before the breakup of the Union.
Since independence, Dynamo's dominance on the domestic league has been broken up by Shakhtar Donetsk, a team which has risen to the fore in European football through notable success in the UEFA Champions League as well as the domestic Ukrainian league.
Ukraine has produced some footballers of real note down the years, from the likes of Oleg Blokhin during the Soviet era, to Andriy Schevchenko since independence.
Since competing as the Ukraine since 1992, the country has limited success internationally. The team has only reached one FIFA World Cup to date, being eliminated at the quarter-final stage in 2006. In the UEFA European Championships, the country co-hosted the 2012 tournament, and qualified for the 2016 version. Ukraine was eliminated at the Group Stage in both tournaments. Currently, in Euro 2020 qualifying, the team sits at the top of Group B, and can be backed at betting odds of 5/4 to win the group, and 100/1 to win the country's first trophy as an independent nation.
The Ukraine women's national team also compete in FIFA and UEFA qualifying programmes, but have so far only made it to one tournament finals: Euro 2009 when the team was eliminated in the Group Stage.