Polish PlusLiga Betting Tips
The PlusLiga is the highest level of the professional volleyball league system in Poland. It is a 14-team league at present, and was founded in 2000. It is considered one of the strongest volleyball leagues in Europe, being ranked third by the CEV, the governing body for volleyball in Europe.
The PlusLiga is an extremely popular sporting event in Poland, both for fans who attend the matches, as well as sports betting fans who place their bets on the teams participating in the tournament. Interestingly for sports betting fans, one team has dominated the PlusLiga era – PGE Skra Bełchatów.
They have won nine titles, with two runners-up medals and a further three third-place finishes, to have fourteen seasons where they have finished in the top three in the tournament. However, they are not the defending champions, with ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle having won the most recent title in the 2018/19 season. Odds can be found on all these teams at multiple online betting websites.
Top Teams Of The PlusLiga
ZAKSA have also been fairly successful, with six PlusLiga championship wins, three runner-up performances and one third place finish.
Together, these two teams have been the most successful in the PlusLiga, and so it is no surprise that betting sites such as EagleBet partners usually have one of these two teams as their favourites for the tournament, based on the odds offered, with the other team usually ranked second.
The last time a team other than these two won the PlusLiga was in 2015, when Asseco Resovia Rzeszow took the title, which explains why the betting odds are usually weighted towards these two sides.
Polish Volleyball PlusLiga Format
In terms of the format, the PlusLiga is similar to other volleyball leagues, in that it has a league stage and then a playoff stage. The format has undergone a number of changes since the PlusLiga was founded in 2000, with the most recent iteration arriving ahead of the 2017-18 season. The top two sides in the league table receive a bye into the semi-finals.
The other participants are determined through a playoff, where the third-placed team plays the sixth-placed team, and the fourth and fifth-placed teams also face off against each other, in a best-of-three series. The two winners go through to the semi-finals.
The semi-final and final are also best-of-three affairs. Further, the rest of the league table is also decided by a playoff, with a two-match home and away series to determine the final standings.
There is also a system of promotion and relegation, with the bottom side dropping out of the PlusLiga, and there being a playoff between the eventual 13th placed side and the team from the bottom division to decide which team will play in the PlusLiga the next season.
Why Bet On The PlusLiga
This abundance of playoffs makes it extremely exciting for sports betting fans as well, as the pre-tournament odds could go out of the window due to performances in the playoffs, which could allow the sixth-placed team in the league phase, for example, to go on and actually win the tournament.
The PlusLiga is thus one of the most exciting volleyball leagues, with there being a sense of uncertainty about the league positions right till the very end of the tournament, and the Poland PlusLiga betting odds offered can make it entertaining for online betting fans as well.
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