The Scottish Premiership is the top-tier league competition for men’s football clubs in England. It was established in 2013 following the merger of the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League which resulted to the formation of the Scottish Professional Football League or SPFL.
Currently, the Scottish Premiership is competed by 12 teams. Each team plays a 38-match season and are ranked in a table according to points earned. Three points are awarded for a win and one for a tie. No points are given for a loss. The team with the most points after the season are declared as winners. In case of a tie in points, goal difference and goals scored, in that order, determine who wins the title. If there is still a tie after points, goal difference and goals scored are considered, then a playoff game to be held at a neutral venue will be held to settle the final standings.
The first Scottish Premiership competition was held in 2014. Since its inception, a total of 16 teams have joined the league. But since its maiden season in 2013-14, only one team has won the title ( yes, one ) and that’s Celtic. On the other hand, Aberdeen has finished as runner-up in four out of the first six seasons of the Scottish Premiership. Rangers were the runner-up during the 2018-19 season, which stands as the latest one.
As expected, Celtic is the soccer betting favorite to win their seventh consecutive Scottish Premiership title. In fact, they are the only team that comes at a “minus” at -334. Last season’s runner-up the Glasgow Rangers are next on the odds board at +240 while four-times runner-up Aberdeen is third on the list at +2500.
Here are the odds to win the 2019-20 Scottish Premiership title. Odds are taken from TitanBet as of 7/9/19:
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While the Scottish Premiership is six years old and will only be heading to its 7th season in 2019-20, the Scottish football championship has existed for 122 years or since 1890. From 1890-1998, it was called the Scottish Football League while from 1999-2013, it was known as the Scottish Premier League.
When it comes to the most successful teams, the Rangers have won the Scottish football title a total of 54 times. On the other hand, Celtic has won 50 times. Overall, these two clubs have combined to win 85% of the time and no other team has won the Scottish football title more than four times. Likewise, the last time that a club not named Celtic or Rangers won the Scottish football title was in 1984-85 when Alex Ferguson steered Aberdeen to its 4th overall title.
Celtic won the first four editions of the Scottish Premiership by an average 22.75 point differential. The last two seasons haven’t been as much of a one-sided win with Aberdeen just 9 points behind at second place in 2018 and Ranger also 9 points off the champion’s score during the 2019 season. While the result of the last two seasons show that the gap between the current Celtic squad and the rest of the league has decreased, they still won the 2018-19 title by a good nine points.
Celtic have bolstered their line-up by acquiring Christopher Jullien on a £7m deal from Toulouse. They have also added Boli Bolingoli from Rapid Vienna and Luca Connell from Bolton. Neil Lennon is also eyeing Sheffield United’s George Baldock and Huddersfield’s Tommy Smith after they lost out on top defender Jack Stacey who was bagged by Bournemouth. Celtic lost Christian Gamboa and Mikael Lustig and Lennon want replacements with the season fast approaching.
The Glasgow Rangers are considered as the top rival of Celtic for the 2019-20 season. But remember that the last time this team won the Scottish football title was in 2011. Celtic have won the last eight Scottish football crowns, including the last two from the Scottish Premier League in 2012 and 2013. That’s some kind of dominance really. And it’s not the kind of dominance that you want to bet against right now, especially with these early odds. Prediction: Celtic