Soccer betting in South Africa is one of the most popular types of sports betting in the country. The most prestigious league is the Absa Premiership which takes place every year, starting in August.
The Absa Premiership is the highest division of South African Football League Division. It is often referred to as the South African Premier Division or just ‘Premier Division’ in many cases. The first Absa Premiership was held in 1997 and won by Manning Rangers. Since then Mamelodi Sundowns has won the Premier Division title 6 times, Kaizer Chiefs has won it 4 times, Orlando Pirates 4 times, Supersport United 3 times, Manning Rangers once and Santos once.
Soccer betting at the Absa Premiership is extremely popular and below we take a look at some of the favorites:
Kaizer Chiefs – last seasons title holder is a firm favorite amongst soccer betting enthusiasts. Their first match against Chippa United saw a 0:0 draw on the 9th August. With stars such as Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune donning the black and gold jersey, the team is off to a good start.
Betting odds: 5/2
Mamelodi Sundowns – last years runner up and holding the most Absa Premiership titles to date, Mamelodi Sundowns are a team to watch. Downs made a number of technical team changes this year including the departure of Spanish goalkeeper coach Jon Pascua Ibarolla. Their first match of the league was a goaless draw to Platinum Stars on the 8th August. Soccer betting fans will be watching their form closely this season.
Betting odds: 5/2
Orlando Pirates – Orlando Pirates are not off to a very good start this year as their encounter with SuperSport United on the 12th August led to a 1-0 defeat. A further blow to the team is the confirmed knee injury of goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo, who may be off for up to 8 weeks.
Betting odds: 28/10
Supersport United – Winners for 3 years in a row from 2007 – 2010, many soccer betting fans are asking whether Supersport United are a team to beat. They have already won their first match on the 12th August against Orlando Pirates as Gordon Igesund prepares his team to come face to face with the Black Aces on 22nd August.
Learn more about the Absa Premiership in our article, A History of Soccer Betting in South Africa.
For more information on soccer betting markets available, have a look at our article: A Guide to Soccer Sports Betting in South Africa.
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