The European Cup is the second most important basketball club tournament in Europe, attracting the attention of all fans of the sport who place bets at bookmakers. Basketball Eurocup has some of its own characteristics, and we will consider them in this review.
- Features and regulations of the basketball Eurocup
- Secrets of Betting
- Russian clubs in Eurocup
- In which bookmakers to bet?
- Summing up
Features and regulations of the basketball Eurocup
If we make a small comparison with football, then in basketball, the Euroleague tournament is the football Champions League (the features of betting on the Euroleague can be found in a separate review), and the Eurocup is the football Europa League. The general principles that apply in football are also valid for basketball tournaments.
The regulations for the competition in question are changing, but the principles of the struggle and some features that help to successfully make a bet in the bookmaker do not change.
The Eurocup consists of three stages:
- Qualifying round (main tournament): 24 teams, divided into 4 groups, fight for the next round – 4 teams from each group advance;
- TOP-16: the remaining 16 teams are divided into 4 groups, of which the first two teams of the quartet pass to the next stage;
- Playoffs (final stage): here 8 teams are divided into pairs, playing for elimination: quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals.
It is immediately evident that Russian clubs are setting a good tone in this competition.
Tournament regulations are extremely simple. And its most important feature, which leaves an imprint on the competition, is that it is not European heavyweights who are fighting here, they are fighting in the Euroleague, but strong European middle peasants, where the level of play of many teams is approximately equal and there is no strong discrepancy in potential, everything is like the Europa League. And this opens up a wide field for successful betting.
Secrets of Betting
During the main tournament, you need to competently use three main things: imbalances, loads and motivation.
In the first two rounds, bookmaker analysts often set incorrect odds without fully understanding the difference in the level of play between opponents. Sometimes the coefficients in the line do not correspond to reality at all. It is clear that there are clear favorites of the group, matches with their participation in the first rounds should be avoided. But close attention should be paid to strong middle peasants, tk. in the first rounds in the face-to-face meetings of the teams, distortions often occur.
After the first 2-3 rounds, when it becomes clear exactly what each team is capable of, the time for strong loads begins, bettors also see the potentials of their opponents and begin to powerfully load the favorites.
Above is the ideal case where a complete outsider even managed to win. But in any case, one can often observe an excessively strong load, which makes it possible to play in the opposite direction.
And throughout the tournament it is worth paying attention to motivation. Again, it is worth remembering that many rivals are approximately equal. Each group has 3-4 absolutely equal opponents from among the usual strong European middle peasants. And here the overwhelming motivation when playing on the home court comes to the fore.
Situations often arise when the bookmakers set a good odds for the home winners, when an approximately equal opponent comes to visit, but has an advantage of several points. All this makes it possible to bet at a high coefficient on the negative head start of the hosts.
And there are enough such matches. Motivation goes off scale especially when the main tournament comes to an end, and the struggle for 3-4 places among the strong middle peasants greatly intensifies, in this case the home factor comes out even stronger.
Playing at the matches of the TOP-16 stage is the time for heavy loads, with the prefix “inaccurate”. Very often, bettors overload the negative handicap of one of the teams too much. But at this stage, many teams have equal playing potential, which allows, after careful analysis spent on clarifying two important points, to make a successful bet:
- Has the club, against which the majority is betting, slipped into a gaming crisis;
- Does such a club have strong losses among the players of the iron base?
If there is no game crisis and no injuries, you can safely bet against a strong load. At a distance, playing with the system, this will give a general plus.
Russian clubs in Eurocup
More than one Russian team often makes its way to the Eurocup playoffs. Nothing has changed in the 2018-2019 season either.
It so happened that two Russian clubs will meet in the quarterfinals of the playoffs, which indicates a 100% departure of one club from Russia from the final stage. But there is another side of the coin – one Russian club is guaranteed to reach the semifinals.
In the 2018-2019 season, three Russian clubs took part in the Eurocup: Zenit, UNICS and Lokomotiv-Kuban. All three clubs qualified, reached the TOP-16, where Zenit and UNICS played in the same group, but only UNICS managed to pass further. Who knows, if the Russian clubs were in different groups and in the playoffs, all three teams from Russia could go.
It is worth paying attention to how Russian clubs play at home with rivals in Eurocups not from among the leaders and close to them.
This is how UNICS performed.
These are the results of Lokomotiv.
Below are the results of Zenit's home matches.
Zenit did not perform in the best possible way, but in any case, this club also supported the general trend: confident victors over the usual middle peasants could safely bet on the negative odds of Russian teams when they played at home. And this trend is observed from season to season.
In which bookmakers to bet?
Best of all for betting on the Eurocup are BC League Betting and BC Betcity: where you should highlight:
- High odds
- A deep sports line, matches are scheduled with a large number of types of bets
- Long-term options available
Even the favorite of the playoffs has a high coefficient, which makes it possible to successfully use the Fan tactics here, placing bets on the first 3-4 teams.
The Eurocup has both common features for tournaments of this category, as well as its individual ones, knowledge of them allows you to successfully raise your game bank at a distance.