Portuguese Handball National League Betting Tips
The Campeonato Nacional de Andebol Masculino- Andebol 1 is the Portuguese men’s handball first division. It was created in 1951 as the Campeonato Nacional da 1a divisão before going through several name changes in the early 21st century until it reached its current form. It’s competitive nature, with seven different winners in its history, is one of the league’s biggest draws, and one of the many reasons that Portuguese Andebol 1 betting is so popular online.
How Does Portuguese Andebol 1 League Works?
The competition is contested by fourteen teams, in a season which runs from September to June, and sees each side play each other twice, once home and once away, in a traditional double round-robin format. The sides receive three points for a win, two for a draw, and one for a loss.
At the end of the first phase, the top six clubs then enter a “winners playoff”, and the bottom eight sides into a “losers stage”. Due to the increased competitiveness of each game from this point, odds on these games tend to be shorter. Clubs enter this stage with exactly half the number of points that they accumulated throughout the season, before playing the other clubs in their new league twice more.
The winner of the “winners playoff” is the winner of the overall league season and is announced National champion, as well as gaining automatic entry into the EHF Champions League (The top European competition for handball). In the loser’s stage, the two bottom sides are relegated to the Segunda divisão.
Portuguese Handball League Top Teams
As is the case with the Portuguese Football’s Primeira Liga, the Andebol 1 is largely dominated by three sides. FC Porto and Sporting CP are both tied for the honour of most successful club in the league’s history, having claimed the title 21 times each.
FC Porto were on course to upset this balance bby winning their 22nd title in 2019-20, but despite being accepted as winners, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were not declared champions. However, the rivalry between the two clubs is fierce, and the game is one of the key draws to Andebol 1 betting, with the bragging rights changing hands on a regular basis.
Benfica are also a side to watch out for, having been crowned champions on seven occasions, and regularly finding themselves in the “winners stage”, a testament to their enduring quality. Although their last league win was in 2008, they remain a strong side, as shown by their 2017-18 double victory in the Portuguese cup and the Portuguese Super Cup.
Another hugely successful club in this division are ABC Braga who have amassed 13 titles, most recently in 2016. The side from Braga can also boast 12 Portuguese Cups as well as 7 Portuguese SuperCups, and are not to be bet against in any individual fixture.
Why Bet In The Portuguese Handball League
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In addition, EagleBet also often provides betting bonuses which makes Andebol 1 betting even more enjoyable and rewarding for its customers. In the case of Braga, an average of over 51 points per game across the 2018/19 season means that odds on the number of points scored is an extremely attractive, and potentially lucrative market, with potential promotions enhancing the odds even further.
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