Scottish Premiership Odds
The Scottish Premiership is the top division of football in Scotland, historically, Celtic and Rangers have dominated the league and more often than not the league title and domestic trophies have ended up at one of the Glasgow Giants. Often referred to as the Scottish Premier League, this is Scotland's equivalent to the English Premier League in Scottish Football. In regards to quality, the Scottish Premiership is often overlook in comparison to other leagues in the world but in regards to betting online, you may find better value in SPL betting in comparison to betting on the English leagues.
Scottish Premiership betting has never been more popular thanks to the fairly unique way Scotland’s first division is set up – and here at Bet UK we’re on hand to deliver SPFL odds and tips all year round.
Football betting in Scotland is slightly different to the experience you get when wagering on the Premier League, La Liga or Champions League. For a start, the SPFL title odds are focused almost solely on Celtic and Rangers. For the rest, it’s a battle for third place.
And the fact the league splits into two also makes betting on Scottish Premiership games more intricate than elsewhere. In this guide, we’ll take you through how the Scottish Premiership format works, how to place a bet on the SPFL, and the best Scottish Premiership betting odds for new and experienced players!
Scottish Premiership Betting Odds
When it comes to looking at the odds to win the Scottish Premiership it's pretty much a two horse race. It's been nearly forty-years since a side other than Celtic or Rangers won the trophy as Aberdeen won the league title in 1984/95. This means that the betting odds for this market aren't exactly the best, so where can you find the best value for money in the Scottish Premiership, well of course there are relegation markets and top 3 markets that hold value but where we believe the best value for money in the Scottish Premiership is through a bet builder. With this in mind, you could do a bet builder on any game, if it's your first bet builder on the league, we recommend starting off with a low number of sections, doing your research and seeing what the best betting markets to bet on are.
One game we do suggest doing a builder on is the Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers, the two teams are the premier derby in Scotland and bets for cards are widely supported for each team during this heated affair. Last season, Celtic won all but one game against Rangers as the gap between the two teams looks to build, Rangers have slightly better chances of success in competitions such as the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup but over a full season, Celtic are the team to back for the best bets and odds.
One of the best betting markets for Scottish Premiership betting outright is the top three positions. Title winners have virtually already been decided at the start of the season in a lot of campaigns. However, picking the best of the rest in Scotland outside of the Glasgow giants provides better odds, in previous years, Aberdeen, Dundee Utd, Hearts of Midlothian and Hibernian have all fought for third place and it is arguably the most exciting battle of the season most of the time in Scotland. However, in the 2022/23 season, the relegation battle was definitely the one to watch with Ross County, Dundee Utd, Kilmarnock and St Johnstone all fighting to avoid relegation with one spot guaranteeing relegation and another leading to a play-off with second placed in the Scottish Championship.
The significance of third place is a large difference in potential funding for the following season, the reason Celtic and Rangers are able to stay at the top of the Scottish Premiership is because of their consistent placement in the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League, finishing in third place provides another side a chance to compete in the Europa League and finishing in fourth place now provides players with the opportunity to play in the UEFA Conference League.
Best Scottish Premiership Betting Tips
Betting on the Scottish Premiership gives players a huge chance of landing big profits. And here at Bet UK we’re always ready to provide the best SPFL odds, to help you make those bet choices.
Below are some of the best Scottish Premiership bets that are more unique to this league than many others…
Back Celtic or Rangers – Accumulators need strong anchor games that are dead-cert wins, and you can usually rely on Celtic and Rangers to claim three points in their matches. There are few leagues in the world where two clubs dominate so much, so add them to your acca.
Both Teams to Score – There are 2.95 goals per match in the Scottish Premiership, but just 2.42 in the English Championship, and 2.65 in the Premier League. Scotland provides more goals for bettors, so backing Both Teams To Score is a more viable wager.
Over/Under Goals – Similar to BTTS, the likelihood that we’ll see three or more goals scored in a Scottish Premiership game means betting Over 2.5 goals is commonplace.
Handicaps – The dominance of Celtic and Rangers means many Scottish Premiership betting fans use the handicap markets on games involving the two Glasgow giants. You can either bet on Celtic or Rangers to win with a negative goal handicap, or bet on their opponents to have a few goals head start!
Remember, the format of the Scottish Premiership is different to the Premier League and many other European leagues. Teams play 33 games before the league then splits in two each spring. The top six compete for the title and European places. The bottom six battle it out to avoid relegation.
Best Betting Markets for Scottish Premier League games
Across the wide range of divisions in Scottish Football, there are a number of betting markets that can be placed, from picking the outright champion to picking a player to score in a game. Scottish Premiership betting offers the widest range of options out of the divisions, particularly in a single match, if you're looking to bet on the Scottish Premiership, these are some of the markets that we would recommend looking into before you place your bets.
- Total Goals
- Team to win
- Player to score
All of these markets can be compiled into a single bet. However, if you do, don't expect it to come off 100% of the time, even if you're backing Celtic or Rangers in matches against lower teams. Over 3.5 goals is a common bet for Celtic fixtures due to the poor defences they face in Scottish competitions, their attack is too strong for the level of football played and it is a large reason as to why they win against inferior teams. Picking an individual player to score is good if you've done your research, it's likely if you're picking a top goalscorer to score, his odds for the bet will be lower, but your chances of a win are higher. You'll also find that games involving Celtic and Rangers have a high number of cards and corners as teams look to stop the two Glasgow clubs from dominating, this can be hugely beneficial for a bet but like any bet, an off day and ruin your slip.
Cup Winners in Scottish Football
Betting on SPFL Rivalries
Football has been played in Scotland for well over two centuries. And clubs have been around since the Victorian times, which means it’s not difficult to find rivalries here. Below are some of the biggest Scottish football rivalries:
The Old Firm - Rangers vs Celtic has been contested since 1888 and is one of the fiercest derbies on the planet. Whoever is superior here usually has a shot at the title. It gets dirty at times, with cards aplenty.
The Edinburgh Derby - Hearts vs Hibernian is a rivalry that began in 1875 and pits the two capital teams against each other. It’s rarely a one-sided affair and often gets as aggressive as the Old Firm.
Dundee Derby - Dundee vs Dundee United can be a thriller. Their grounds sit right next to each other, and their fans know each other inside out.
Now, betting on SPFL rivalries can be different from normal football betting. After all, the cliché that “form goes out the window” actually does exist here. Celtic and Rangers are fairly evenly split on the number of wins they’ve both earned from the Old Firm. The Edinburgh Derby is always a coin-toss even when one team is flying and the other struggling.
It’s therefore worth considering the following bets for Scottish derbies:
Cards – There are more cards in Scottish derbies than average games. The Old Firm, for example, averages 5.9 yellows. So keep an eye on the cards markets here! If you're looking to find out more about yellow cards, red cards and booking points, you can check out our guides.
Goals – Like cards, there are usually more goals scored in derbies. Fans expect their teams to attack, and first-half goals are more commonplace.
Few draws – Derbies are less likely to result in draws. This is largely because both teams are incentivised to go for goals, and claim the win their fans desire. You’ll rarely see both teams settle for a share of the points.
Scottish Premiership Winner Betting
We’ll be straight with you. Rangers and Celtic dominate the Scottish Premiership title odds. So much so that the Rangers or Celtic to win league odds are slim – and it’s unlikely you’ll see any return on betting on Aberdeen, Hearts or Hibs. Bet UK has an outright market on the Scottish title race, where the odds for Celtic and Rangers fluctuate throughout the season.
We also feature a ‘best of the rest’ market, where you effectively wager on which team will finish third.
When betting on the Scottish title it’s worth looking at a few things from both Celtic and Rangers:
- Last season’s finish
- Summer transfer window signings
- Summer departures (have important played departed for the Premier League?)
- Managerial changes
- European competition (will one team be affected by playing Thursday Europa games?)
Scottish Premiership Relegation Betting
While so much SPFL betting focus rests at the top of the table, it’s also a great league for relegation betting. The Scottish Premiership splits into two after 33 games, and the bottom six clubs battle it out to avoid relegation. This creates extra tension but also gives clubs the chance to prove their worth against similarly-ranked opponents.
It’s a great format that helps improve the Scottish Premiership relegation betting markets, as they are far more active than if the league remained constant throughout the season.
You can bet on which teams will be relegated, as well as wagering on individual games between the embattled clubs.
How to bet on the Scottish Premiership
To bet on the Scottish Premiership using the Bet UK sportsbook, follow these simple steps:
Create An Account: Visit the Bet UK website and sign up for an account by hitting the JOIN button in the top corner, or by downloading the Bet UK app. Enter your personal details such as name, email address and date of birth, and pass our security verification systems to create your official account.
Make a Deposit: Fund your account using one of our available payment methods, such as debit cards, e-wallets or bank transfers.
Browse the markets: Use the search bar to navigate quickly to the Scottish Premiership betting section on the Bet UK sportsbook or app, and explore the various betting markets available.
Place your bets: Select the bet you'd like to place by clicking on the odds – either in the fixtures or outright markets – and enter your stake in the pop-up bet slip. Confirm your bet by clicking the 'Place Bet' button.