The top flight rugby union teams in England can be found here in the Premiership and it’s a division that contains some of the top players in the game. A long and gruelling regular season is followed by a playoff to decide the overall champion so there is a lot of rugby to get through across the campaign. We have a busy rugby sportsbook here at Unibet and the Premiership is very much a part of that. Customers can consider an extensive set of betting markets and, if they want to catch the best action, we have a live streaming service known as Unibet TV which is on hand to cover the season.
Origins of the Premiership
An organised top flight rugby union division has been established in England since 1987 at a time when the sport was starting to turn professional. Prior to that point, knockout cups had been put in place as the only piece of silverware that was up for contention.
The 1987 development meant that a league system now filtered down to all clubs that were affiliated to the RFU. In time, the format evolved to the point where the Premiership covered the elite clubs within that set up.
That’s a very brief history but how does the Premiership shape up in the present day?
The current Premiership features 12 teams and, during the regular season, each club will play each other twice on a home and away basis. At the end of that sequence, the bottom side is relegated to the second tier but we are far from finished in terms of the champions.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the top four teams will enter the playoffs which, in reality, is a set of straight knockouts involving two semi finals and the final. The winners of the final will then be crowned as the Premiership champions.
The system leaves us with a lot of rugby to get through and Unibet are here with extensive outright and match betting for both parts of the Premiership campaign.
Top Teams and Record Holders
In just over 30 years of top flight rugby union in England, Leicester Tigers are the most successful team in the history of the competition. Up to and including their success in 2013, there have been ten titles for the Tigers and that leaves other sides playing catch up.
Saracens won their fifth Premiership trophy at the end of the 2018/19 campaign but relegation the following season means that they will have to wait for a year, at least, to add to that tally.
Our outright betting markets for the Premiership will highlight the current favourites but other teams to watch might include Bath, Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs. Don’t forget that you can monitor the progress of all of those sides via the live stream at Unibet TV.
Betting on and Watching Live Premiership Rugby
Our betting options for top flight rugby union in England involve outright league winners, together with markets for all matches across the season. You can speculate on that outright bet ahead of the campaign and, it will remain in place until the champions are decided.
Once the season gets underway, match betting comes into operation with a host of options for each individual game. Naturally, there is the moneyline bet for match winner where prices will be quoted for both teams plus the rarer draw.
Of the many prop bets that are quoted, our customers might like to run the rule over total points and, for the bigger rugby union games, there should be markets in place for individual try scorers.
Handicap betting can also be considered while Premiership Rugby carries a comprehensive set of options over in our live markets.
Unibet TV can enhance your experience but you don’t necessarily have to bet on the match that you want to watch. As long as you have funds in your account or you have placed a cash bet within 24 hours, the stream is yours to access. Watch via desktop or laptop or, for the ultimate in flexibility, Unibet TV is accessible via any mobile device with an internet connection.