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The Football Conference Premier League is a great place to bet, the odds are not often logical and you can pick wins, draws and predict your teams scores. Get the latest online sports betting offers with our top UK Betting Sites list, get up to £200 free as an initial welcome matched bonus. The latest odds for all Championship fixtures are on here and updated automatically, along with the odds and returns for placing a £10 bet on a home win, draw or an away win.
Betting on the Football Conference Premier
Sure, it may not have the big-name stars of the Premier League or even the main Football League, but the Football Conference Premier is still a great competition to bet on. All high street bookmakers will offer odds on the league, though if you really want the best odds, you should sign up for an online sports betting account.
The easiest type of bet you can make is to back the team you think will finish the season as Conference Premier Champions. For example, going into the season, Bet365 had Forest Green as 6/1 shots to be crowned as champions. If you were to back them with £10 at these odds and they went on to win the league, you would win £70 back, including your initial stake.
As well as betting on the likely champions, you can also bet on the teams you think will be relegated or the player you think will finish as the top scorer in the division. Plus, of course, you can also bet on individual matches, with online bookies offering the best variety of odds for single games.
One other major advantage of going online is that you will be able to make use of in-play betting. This is when the bookie gives you the chance to cash out on a bet before the match has finished, either allowing you to cut your losses or walk away with a profit and no extra risk of it all going wrong.
Let's say, for example, you have put £10 on Barnet to beat Gateshead at odds of 2/1. Now, imagine that Barnet are winning 2-1 with 80 minutes of the match played. The bookmaker could offer you the chance to cash out your bet for £21.64. Of course, this is not as much as the £30 you stand to make if Barnet do end up winning the match. However, it's still a profit and, more importantly, it's money in the bank which, once you've cashed, you can't lose, even if Gateshead produce a late come-back.
Alternatively, you can use in-play betting to cut your losses and run. For example, if you have £20 on Forest Green to beat Southport but Forest Green are losing 2-0 at half-time, you could be offered £6.20 to cash out. If you choose to accept this, you will not have lost all your money if Southport do hold on to their lead. But, of course, if you cash in and it turns out your initial hunch was right, then you will have missed out on making a profit.
Conference Premier 2014/15 Season
One of the great things about the Conference Premier is its high level of competition, which means there are usually a few teams going for promotion.
That said, most seasons there are always one or two big teams with better resources and the 2014/15 season is no exception. In the build-up to the season Bristol Rovers were named as favourites to win the division, with Bet365 before the season starts offering odds of 6/1 on them to be named champions. Similarly, Forest Green were also named 6/1 joint-favourites to win the league.
At the other end of the table, smaller teams such as Dartford, Welling, Nuneaton and Southport could struggle and are all likely to be fighting the drop. Conference mainstays Altrincham could also be a good outside bet for relegation.
Football Conference Premier
The Conference Premier is the top division of the English Football Conference System. This means it is the fifth-highest level of the overall English football league system, and is made up of a mixture of professional and semi-professional clubs.
The division is known for being home to both former big-name clubs and small-town sides. It's the only division in the Football Conference that is national; below this level, leagues are organised on a regional basis.
Since the prize on offer is promotion to the Football League, competition at the top is very fierce and, most seasons at least, a handful of teams have a good chance of going up. This competitive nature, as well as the fact some of the games are televised, makes the Conference Premier popular with football betting fans, with a good number of bookmakers offering a variety of betting markets throughout the season.
History of the Football Conference Premier
The Conference Premier dates back to 1979, when the first national league beneath the actual Football League was created, bringing together clubs from the Northern Premier and the Southern League.
Over the years, the level of competition and the standard of football has steadily improved, with a number of big-name sponsors having signed up as league sponsors. Since its inception, plenty of relatively big-name clubs have played at this level, among them Chester City, Wycombe Wanderers, Accrington Stanley and Doncaster Rovers.
Under the current format, 24 teams battle it out in the Conference Premier, with each team plating each other home and away over the season, which runs from August to May. Here's what you need to know about a standard Conference Premier season:
Three points are awarded for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss, and no bonus points are available for high-scoring games. For punters, however, bookies almost always offer great odds on high-scoring games, meaning you can win a nice sum if you correctly predict the score.
All matches are 90 minutes long, with no penalties or extra time. This means, therefore, you will always be offered the chance to bet on a draw at full-time.
At the end of the season, the team with the most points are automatically promoted to League Two of the English Football League. The teams that finish second, third, fourth and fifth go into a play-off, with the winner also winning promotion. Note, however, if the winner of the play-off does not have a stadium that meets Football League standards, their promotion place goes to the runners-up. This rule should not affect any bet you might make on teams to be promoted
The bottom four teams are relegated to the Conference South or the Conference North. They are replaced by two teams from each of these lower divisions. You can bet on which teams get relegated.