Many of the top men’s soccer clubs in Europe are potentially just days away from resuming their 2019-20 seasons. If everything goes well, that could put European soccer betting at the top of the American sports betting world.
Government officials in Germany and the United Kingdom have given the top men’s club leagues in their respective countries the green lights to restart their suspended seasons. Although there are still uncertain factors, the possibilities for bettors in the US are intriguing.
What’s going on with European soccer betting?
Most of the buzz revolves around Bundesliga and the English Premier League. Both are high-profile leagues that feed top clubs into the men’s UEFA Champions League each year.
Both governments have set down restrictions for resuming play, however. Those include playing in venues without spectators physically in attendance and mandatory testing protocols.
If COVID-19 testing shows a spike in transmissions, it’s possible both or either government could suspend play again. Barring such circumstances, Bundesliga is on the verge of finishing its suspended season.
Saturday, May 16 will feature the first new Bundesliga matches. Officials in the UK gave the EPL a start date of June 1. To date, the EPL has yet to announce a new schedule, however.
While Bundesliga clubs will play games in normal home/away fashion, the EPL is seriously considering using a few neutral sites. Because of the remaining uncertainty about scheduling and venues, no US legal online sportsbooks yet offer markets on the EPL.
That isn’t the case for Bundesliga, however. Most sportsbooks have gone all-in on that league, not only offering moneylines, spreads and totals for matches, but futures and props as jurisdictions allow.
Bettors’ knowledge of Bundesliga may understandably be minimal. The same may apply to the EPL when it resumes play. There are reasons to acquaint yourself with both fixtures, however.
Why the current situation may be to bettors’ advantage
Uncertainty about matches can breed unpredictable results in betting markets. While that could mean heightened risk for bettors, it could also mean greater rewards for taking those risks as well.
Like Bundesliga and the EPL, sportsbooks are navigating uncharted waters right now. This includes how to set odds for playing in empty stadiums, trying to predict which clubs might return to form the best and whether the layoffs have affected athletes’ conditioning.
Naturally, bettors will face the same challenges in handicapping contests themselves. The opportunity could be in cashing in on oddsmakers’ under- or over-estimation of factors like lack of energy and rust, however.
There are great resources out there for bettors who are unfamiliar with Bundesliga and the EPL. Domestically, these include ESPN and Yahoo! Sports. Bettors who want to get a little closer to the action can check out BBC Sport’s Football Page and Bundesliga’s English-language site.
Bundesliga and the EPL are two of the highest-profile sports leagues not just in men’s club soccer but in any sport around the world. For that reason, European soccer betting could be about to kick off a new level of notoriety among US sports bettors.