The Favorite Indian Super League Teams To Bet On?
Indian football has come a long way in recent years, although India has had a football league for over 100 years, it was never really taken as seriously as it deserved. The South Asian nation is home to the second-largest population in the world, making the market for a very lucrative league. But football has always been in the shadows of the national sport and pastime, cricket, it is unlikely that will change any time soon, although online gambling especially slots have become more popular. But since its inception in 2013, the Indian Super League has become extremely popular within India and abroad, especially with bookmakers and online casinos taking sports bets. In India itself, over 200 million people tune in to watch the big games live, and many more people outside of the country, these sorts of numbers soon got the attention of big sponsors.
With so much viewership it wasn’t long before Indian football clubs enticed foreign players, with their newfound tv and sponsorship wealth. The most notable player was Australian, Tim Cahill, all-time Australian goal scorer, and English Premier League star. Many other players from around the world signed on to play for Indian clubs, players from such countries as:
- Spain (84)
- Brazil (51)
- England (26)
- Portugal (17)
- France (14)
- Italy, Australia (13 players each)
- Argentina, Senegal (12 players each)
- The Netherlands (10)
Many other players have joined clubs from other African nations and many from Asian countries, further cementing the credibility of the league. Of course with the rise in popularity of the game, also came a rise in people gambling on matches which Indians have embraced as much as online casino gambling, and with the start of the 2021-2022 season only months away, let’s take a look at some of the favorite teams to bet on this coming season.
Mumbai City Football Club, The Current Champions
The club has a short history, only founded in 2014 just in time for the inaugural Indian Super League season, but within a very short space of time showed their ambition by winning the 2020-2021 title. The Mumbai based team has a strong history of signing world-class foreign players, including:
- Nicolas Anelka, signed as player-manager
- Diego Forlan, marquee player
- Arnold Issoku
- Freddie Ljungberg
- Manuel Friedrich
With managers signing such world-class players and continuously hiring some of the best managers they can it show a great desire to win. With qualification to the Asian Football Champions League guaranteed for the winner, it is a great way to showcase the local talent and for other nations to finally take Indian football seriously. Fans of Mumbai are able to rival anybody’s passion in football and have a fierce loyalty to the club, helping to give the team a morale boost during the game. Would you bet against them retaining their title next season?
Bengaluru FC, The Most Successful Side In Indian Football Recently
Since their founding in 2013, they have gone from success to success, winning the Indian League in 2013-14, they also went on to further trophy glory in 2016 when they were crowned champions again, all under the management of Ashley Westwood. Bengaluru Football Club joined the Indian Super League in 2017-2018 and had a fantastic season, winning the regular season once more, but unfortunately were beaten in the play-off final by Chennaiyin Football Club in the Play-off Final. But a year later they won the regular Indian Football League and Carles Cuadrat’s team went on to beat FC Goa in a tense final to be crowned champions of Indian football for the first time.
For the Bengaluru Football Club, things only got better, with automatic qualification to the Asian Champions League, they became the first Indian side to make the final. An impressive feat for such a young club, they lost to Iraq’s Air Force Club in the final but won many admirers. Not only being finalists in the most prestigious de Kolkata and subsequently went on to win their first I-League title in the 2019-2020 campaign, the first since 2015, which they won by 16 points clear of their nearest rival East Bengal. The following year they won their 14th Federations Cup, which remains a record to this day.
The club has not reflected its powerhouse status it deserves in India with continental success, and has only progressed in the now-defunct Asian Club Championship but never challenging for the title. Since then they have progressed to the last 16 of the Asian Champions League, but that should not be a deterrent for placing bets against them domestically and abroad. Indian gamblers certainly have a soft spot for the team, and many believe their time to be crowned Indian Super League winners is long overdue.
The Big Club From The “Rome of The East”
A romantic name for a romantic location, Goa is a name that many people all over the world have heard of, but now for different reasons other than gambling in one of Goa’s many casinos, taking relaxing vacations or yoga retreats, football is the new talk of the town. Again another relatively new team formed in 2014 Football Club Goa has been chasing down honors ever since. Goa FC came narrowly second in their first season, losing out to rivals ATK 3-2. In the 2018-2019 season, they, unfortunately, lost again to Bengaluru in the play-off finals, but they finished top of the overall league table and will now play in the 2021 Asian Champions League when it resumes play after being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Goa FC will be a force to reckon with in Indian football for some time, sometimes tough to watch but the club is not one you would bet against winning major honors again and again.
Indian football is not to be underestimated, it is finally getting the recognition it deserves at home and abroad, if you are looking for a good betting opportunity then look no further.