There are a total of 12 clubs that compete in the Scottish Premiership, though there are only two in with a realistic chance of winning the division. However, the gaps between clubs in the division go much further than just the top two if this year is anything to go by. This has to be a cause for concern for those involved in Scottish football, will we ever see a balanced Scottish Premiership?
We are close to the end of the season in Scotland, and the figures for games won do not look very good at all. Half of the league have won just a third of their games or less. The league is only a small one, but we have teams in 6th place who are winning a third of their games and are still on single figures for the number of wins this season.
Further up the table, there appears to be little chance of anyone getting involved in the title race other than the top two. Assuming things end as they have gone all season, the team in 3rd will finish roughly 30 points behind the winners of the league, which equates to a difference of 10 wins.
With an uneven platform, the Scottish Premiership offers a unique betting challenge to those placing a wager on the league. Those at the top are long odds-on favourites to win each week while those scrapping for wins at the bottom need to be caught at the right time for the odd occasion when they do win games.
The league is extremely popular with punters and will remain so despite the unbalanced feel to the league table. For those looking to get involved you should try to find the best betting offers online, these will allow you to get a great start when you are placing a wager.
What Does the Future Hold for Scottish Football?
This is of course the million-dollar question on everyone’s lips. What Scotland should be doing is working towards a fairer SPL that gives all teams a chance to win but that seems to be a long way off. The two top clubs, Celtic and Rangers, have the advantage of European football and the money from that, alongside being by far the best supported clubs in the country.
This is going to make it almost impossible for those below them to get anywhere near them and challenge in a proper manner. Even when clubs below them are doing well and finding cheap, young talent that they can nurture, the top two usually buy those players from them.
For clubs further down the table such as St Mirren, the long hard slog will continue, with the plan both long and short team being to simply survive. Those down at the bottom end of the table will hope to one day turn themselves into mid-table clubs but that is not easy to achieve on a regular basis.
Cup runs, profit from player sales and TV money will all help, but those are dwarfed by the money the top two get, and will continue to get, for their efforts in Europe each season.