The Serbian Super League has been on the rise in the last few seasons. Even more remarkable, is the fact that this competition only began in 2006.
The defending champions, Red Star Belgrade has won the title eight times in the last 16 seasons. The other eight have been won by Partizan Belgrade.
And now, the Stars are looking to make their mark on a more consistent basis in the UEFA Champions League. The leaders narrowly lost out on aggregate to Maccabi Haifa in the playoffs but will now settle for the Europa League.
This season, there have been seven matchdays so far in the Serbian Super League. Crvena Zvezda, lead the table in the race to qualify for the Championship playoffs.
Some statistical patterns have emerged so far this season that could help punters reap great rewards.
Here are four of them:
Red Star Belgrade Win
Red Star has only been able to prosecute five of a possible seven matches in the League due to their European commitments.
However, the Champions lost 5-4 on aggregate in the UCL playoffs. They were unable to defeat Maccabi Haifa at home, only managing a 2-2 draw in Serbia.
And yet, they have remained imperious this term, winning five matches of five, scoring 21 goals and conceding just one.
Milan Pavkov has been in scintillating form this season. The Serbian forward has scored five goals in four matches. Last term, he managed 10 in 23.
Dejan Stankovic’s have been exciting to watch this season; expressive as devastating in attack. They will be keen to make it eight straight league wins, hoping to move on from the UCL disappointment.
While this option might seem a little far-fetched, it is important to remember that Red Star lost just once last season in both the regular and playoff phases. Hence, this is a very lucrative option for punters interested in the Serbian Super League.
Over 1.5 Goals In Matches Involving Cukaricki
Cukaricki is only two points behind the leaders, having played a game more. The Highlanders have won four matches and lost just once this season.
Dusan Kerkez’s men have remained consistent, placing third in each of the last two seasons. However, on the continent, the Cukaricka-based side was recently trounced 7-2 on aggregate in the Europa Conference League third qualifying round.
While they have now won their last four matches in the Serbian Super League, their rate of goal concession has been a thing of worry. Miladin Stefanovic and Nikola Vujadinovic have not been able to keep it tight at the back. The team also has its issues with discipline. They were reduced to 10 men in each of their opening two encounters.
Cukaricki has scored nine goals but also shipped in six at the other end. As a result, they have recorded over 1.5 goals in each of the six matches they have played this season.
This trend should continue till the end of the season. It is therefore safe to stake on over 1.5 goals in matches involving Cukaricki.
Over 2.5 Goals Involving Javor
Javor sits in sixth position with three wins from seven matches played. The newly-promoted side is enjoying a decent start to life in the top division.
And yet, they are also learning the hard way. Igor Bondzulic’s men have conceded the most goals amongst the top eight teams in the Serbian Super League. Their opening encounter was a 4-0 loss to Partizan.
These are early days. And it is fair to expect that the Ivanjicka-based team might yet find themselves down the pecking order as the season wears on.
However, the objective for Bondzulic will be to keep them in the division. They are doing a pretty good job so far.
Five of seven matches involving Javor this season have seen over 2.5 goals scored. This is a smart option for intelligent punters.
Under 3.5 Goals Involving Partizan
After reaching 98 points, two points behind Red Star, Partizan has been slow off the blocks this season.
The season campaigners have managed just two wins in five. Perhaps a reason for their sluggish start would be their engagement in the Conference League. The Black Whites have one leg firmly planted in the group stages after a 4-1 home win against Humrun in the first leg.
In the Serbian Super league, Gordon Petric’s men have struggled for goals, scoring just four this season.
What this means is that the Belgrade-based side has had to prioritise its European competitions at the expense of the domestic league.
Their imminent qualification for the Conference League would mean putting out a second-stringed side in the league in weeks when they play on the continent.
Three of five matches involving Partizan have seen under 3.5 goals scored. This is a trend that is almost guaranteed to continue.