Elite League: Who’s Your Money On?

Sheffield Steelers failed to pick up any points this weekend in what's becoming a crazy Elite League season (PHOTO: Mark Ferriss)

With this season’s upcoming Elite League matches, it is inevitable fans will place bets on their favourites in the hopes of winning big. Is this you? Are you placing your cash on the Belfast Giants or the Cardiff Devils? Will Coventry Blaze smash it or do you think the Dundee Stars have more chance of kicking ass and taking names? Think the Fife Flyers will create a stir with a stylish series of wins, or are you banking on the Glasgow Clan to “bring it home”. Of course, Manchester Storm, Nottingham Panthers, and Sheffield Steelers are also all trying to muscle their way towards a win. So, who’s it going to be? It’s a tough choice to make.

If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with all the options, take a breath. Do a bit of investigative work into the backgrounds, experience, and success of each of these ice hockey teams before you place your bets. Doing so allows you to place your bet more confidently. Whilst gambling your money on high variance slots is often more reliant on luck rather than judgement, ice hockey betting requires patience and an extensive knowledge of the game if you want to come out with a decent profit. Remember to enjoy the sport though, you don’t want the betting to ruin your whole experience.

Research to Back Up Your Bet Choice

If you are going to bet, it might be interesting to note that The Guardian mentioned in 2018 that the “Sheffield Steelers is one of the most successful teams in Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League”. Just hearing that bit of information makes you lean towards betting on them, doesn’t it? The first thing to do is to take history into account and then also look at how the teams are currently performing. You might find the latest results of the last 10 games of interest (correct at the time of publishing this):

  • 10 November: Guildford (3) – Cardiff (1)
  • 10 November: Coventry (9) – Glasgow (2)
  • 10 November: Fife (1) – Dundee (3)
  • 10 November: Manchester (4) – Sheffield (3)
  • 10 November: Nottingham (2) – Belfast (0)
  • 9 November: Cardiff (4) – Sheffield (3)
  • 9 November: Dundee (4) – Manchester (3)
  • 9 November: Glasgow (5) –Fife (2)
  • 9 November: Nottingham (4) – Belfast (1)
  • 3 November: Guildford (4) – Sheffield (2)

 

Another great way to figure out which team to put your money on is by taking a historical look at Elite League matches. If you do so, here is what you will discover in terms of wins/outcomes (results taken from Wikipedia reports on British ice hockey teams). 

  • 2013 – 2014:

The Belfast Giants won (with a total of 4 titles), with Sheffield Steelers as runner ups and Dundee Stars in third position.

  • 2014 – 2015:

The Sheffield Steelers won (with 8 total titles) and with Braehead Clan as runner ups and Cardiff Devils in third position.

  • 2015 – 2016:

The Sheffield Steelers won again (now with 9 total titles), with Cardiff Devils as runner ups and Braehead Clan in third position.

  • 2016 – 2017: 

The Cardiff Devils won (with 5 total titles), with the Belfast Giants as runner ups and the Sheffield Steelers in third position.

 

  • 2017 – 2018: 

The Cardiff Devils won again (now with 6 total titles) with Manchester Storm as runner ups and Sheffield Steelers in third position.

  • 2018 – 2019: 

The Belfast Giants won (with 5 total titles), with Cardiff Devils as runner ups and Nottingham Panthers in third position.

 

Know the types of betting

You might be an online sports gambling veteran and know just what you are doing when it comes to betting on Elite League matches. If you aren’t, or if you would like to learn more about betting on British ice hockey, let’s look at a few of the basics you need to know.

You need to know the following:

 

  • Games Lines

 

There are 3 ways that you can bet games lines. The first is the Money line, which is the simplest bet, as you are only betting on the overall winner. 

The Total line is a bit more complex as you are betting on the score outcomes. When placing this type of bet you can usually choose whether the score will be over or under a specific total. 

When you bet Lines you are actually betting on handicaps. For instance, you could bet that your chosen team will have a lead of 2 goals. 

 

  • Props

 

This type of bet is placed on outcomes other than the actual result of the match. You can, for instance, bet on which portion of the game will see the most points scored. 

Place Your Bets

There’s every opportunity to do a bit of strategic gambling – and of course earn a bit of extra cash. Whichever team you choose to put your money on; good luck!

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