Our 2020-21 Scottish Premier League betting tips are right here. Let's preview some interesting options in the outright betting scenario. The number of outright markets available on SPL is so huge that it would seem surprising to any punter who imagined the league to be about Celtic and Rangers.
Scottish Premiership outright betting: Can Celtic secure 10 in a row?
The Scottish Premiership is going through one of the remarkable title races in recent years, making sure predictions difficult. There are also numerous outright betting opportunities available in a league that has been dominated by Celtic in the last decade.
Celtic struggling to match recent years' domination
Celtic started the season with eyes on a 10th consecutive league title. The Hoops were much better than Rangers in the 2019-20 campaign. Even with a premature end to last season, there was no doubt that Celtic deserved the title. This time around, the title race is proving to be the most intriguing in recent years.
Improved consistency sees Rangers as betting favourites
Rangers, under Steven Gerrard, showed a sizeable leap last term and they have been able to build on the progress this season. The only element missing from the Rangers team was consistency. Gerrard has made the team a lot of consistent and it is not a surprise that the former Liverpool midfielder has grown into the job. Rangers are in a good position in Europe and they are favourites to qualify to the knockout stages – either as group winners or in the second place. The European campaign could be crucial, as it could bring unnecessary distraction to the team. Gerrard would love to make an impact in Europe and follow up his achievements as a player in the Champions League with Liverpool. However, the chance to unseat Celtic from the top spot will be too good to turn down.
After a remarkable run that has yielded five league titles, Lennon is facing the pressure of losing his job owing to an indifferent first half of the season. Apart from losing ground to Rangers in the league title race, Celtic have also endured a nightmare European season. An early exit from the Europa League group stages means that the stage is set for Celtic to shift their entire focus to the league. The prospect of winning a 10th straight league title is as daunting as it sounds.
A good option would be to back Rangers at 4/9 for the SPL winner betting market.
Top Goalscorer: A few value bet options
Lewis Ferguson of Aberdeen tops the goal scoring charts with eight goals and he is level with Rangers’ defender James Tavernier. Both players have been key penalty scorers for their respective clubs. Out of the eight goals scored by Ferguson, six have come from the spot.
At the start of the season, Odsonne Edouard was seen as someone who can hit the maximum number of goals. The 22-year-old has had a decent campaign with six goals in all competitions. Specially in the Scottish Premier League, he has returned four goals so far. Last season, he was exception with 21 goals and 12 assists from his 27 league appearances. Undoubtedly, Celtic’s inconsistent form has affected his position too. Yet, he remains in great shape when top goalscorer betting predictions are concerned.
The striker is at odds of 7/2 to win the Golden Boot title.
Albian Ajeti comes second with odds of 9/2. The Celtic forward has scored one more than Edouard, but he has not scored for a long time in the league. The strong performances from Edouard in the France U21 internationals could propel him back to form.
To Finish Bottom: Who will drop to the Championship?
The race at the bottom of the Scottish Premier League 2020-21 promises to be more intriguing than the battle at the top. At least four teams could end up finishing in the bottom position, which will result in relegation to the second tier. The battle for avoiding this last spot is between Hamilton, St Mirren, Livingston, and Ross County.
All these teams have managed less than four wins in total despite playing almost 15 games. The plight of Hamilton is especially bad with the team registering just two wins from the 12 games so far. There have been nine losses for Hamilton already and this is the highest tally of the season. A major problem for Brian Rice has been stopping teams from having a free run at goal. The team has conceded an average of almost three goals per game.
St Mirren have found it difficult to score goals with the team averaging around 1 goal in every other game. Ross County also face the same issue with just nine goals scored in 14 goals. Livingston have also been poor when it comes to defence with the team conceding around two goals on an average. Ultimately, it will boil down to matches between the two teams.
Hamilton remain our SPL betting tips pick to finish bottom, with odds of 10/11.
Alternative SPL betting market: Winner W/O the Old Firm
For several years, the lack of major competition to Celtic and Rangers has given the opportunity to bet on a league that does not take into account these two giants. Even though Aberdeen were able to mount a decent challenge to Celtic in the absence of Rangers, it was never really on a strong note.
It is not a surprise that Aberdeen find themselves as a favourite to top the SPL without Celtic and Rangers. In fact, Aberdeen are in a strong position to make a push for the second spot. They have the potential to take advantage of the problems surrounding Celtic and Neil Lennon, whose job is rumoured to be under threat owing to a poor campaign.
Hibernian have picked up only a few points fewer than Aberdeen, but the team has not shown enough consistency in the first few months of the league to expect an assault for the third spot after Celtic and Rangers.
You can back Aberdeen at 4/6 to win this battle, which is one of our top SPL betting predictions for this season.