The popularity of football in Malaysia is growing every year – they adore the English Premier League. That’s because most Malaysians understand English, and now, footballers in this Asian country want to follow in the footsteps of their idols. The Malaysia Super League is stronger than in the past few years, and people from around the world are more interested in it, so it’s no strange that a lot of bettors like to bet on this competition. Interestingly, the Malaysia Super League is quite attractive to the bettors from Africa, so if you live on the “Dark Continent”, you can find this competition at Zambian betting sites, while it’s also a part of the Zimbabwe online betting offer.
Malaysia Super League Season Preview
How is Malaysia football run? What is the Malaysian Super League?
The Malaysia Super League was formed in 2004. The administrator of this competition is the Malaysian Football League, also formerly known as the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership. Twelve teams are competing for the title, while the bottom two are relegated. It wasn’t always like that, though. The league faced a number of modifications since its inception. During the 2004 to 2006, it was formed of eight teams, while during the period between 2009- 2012, a total of 14 clubs participated in the league. Thus far, 33 teams have taken part in the top tier of Malaysian football.
Top Teams and Key Players in Malaysia Super League
Sri Pahang won the first edition of the Malaysia Super League in 2004, but the most successful and best team in this country is without a doubt Johor Darul Ta’zim. This club, commonly referred to as JDT, won its first title in 2014 and never looked back since, having won eight consecutive championships. They also won the AFC Cup in 2015 and are the biggest team in Malaysia.
Last season, Johor was dominant and won the title with 14 points clear of Kedah. This time around, though, it seems it’s going to be a harder job for Johor to defend the title. Namely, after the opening eight rounds, Johor is two points behind the league leaders Sabah, although Johor does have two games in hand.
Ifedayo Olusegun, the Nigerian striker who was the league’s top scorer in the past two seasons, is one of the best players in the Malaysia Super League. He moved from Selangor to Melaka United in the previous offseason and is in jeopardy of losing the top scorer title to Johor’s Bergson, who leads the chart this year.
Where to find betting odds for the Malaysian Super League?
The Malaysian Super League is represented by almost every renowned bookmaker on the Internet, so it’s not hard to find betting odds for it. Not only do people from Malaysia like to bet on the Malaysian Super League, but also bettors from abroad, precisely Africa. Plenty of bettors from wagering sites in Zambia are looking to bet on this competition, as well as those from the betting system in Zimbabwe.
Top tips and predictions for the Malaysian Super League
Best Defending Teams
With just nine goals in 22 matches, Johor DT absolutely locked the opposing attackers from scoring and fully deservedly won the 8th straight title. In Johor’s case, the famous axiom “defense wins championships” proved to be very much true. In comparison, the second-best defense in the league conceded 20 goals (Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur City). Although it’s still early in the current campaign, Johor again has the best defense that has allowed only three goals in six games.
Worst Defending Teams
In contrast with the axiom from above, the worst defending teams will get relegated, and that’s also proved to be true. Last season, Perak with 45 and UiTM with 41 goals conceded were both relegated to the Malaysian Premier League. They were the only two teams with 40+ goals allowed. This year, Sarawak Utd conceded 24 goals in just 10 matches and will likely fight for relegation. Interestingly, Kedah, who allowed 17 in nine games, is currently in the 4th position.
Best Attacking Teams
Once again, Johor DT dominates. They scored 50 goals last season and ended the campaign with a fantastic +41 goal difference. Selangor, who then had a goal-scoring machine, Ifedayo Olusegun, followed with 45, while Kedah scored 44 goals. In this campaign, Selangor leads the league with 19 goals, three more than Kuala Lumpur City, and four ahead of Johor DT and Sabah.
Worst Attacking Teams
UiTM scored only 16 goals in 22 matches and suffered relegation last season, unlike Petaling Jaya CFC, who also scored 16 but finished in 7th position. In the 2022-23 campaign, Melaka United was the worst attacking team with six goals in seven games, despite bringing Ifedayo Olusegun, a back-to-back top goal-scorer of the competition, from Selangor.
Talking about Ifedayo Olusegun, the 31-year-old Nigerian forward experienced the best season of his career last year when he scored 26 goals in 22 matches. He defended his top scorer title from the 2020-21 campaign, but currently has only two goals to his name with his new club Melaka United. That’s why Johor’s best player and top scorer, Bergson, is not slowing down. After scoring career-high 23 goals in 20 games last year, Bergson is now top of the scoring chart with nine goals in six matches. He is the biggest candidate to take Olusegun’s crown as the top scorer of the Malaysian Super League.
How to bet on Malaysia Super League picks?
This is a simple process and it’s the same as in other football competitions. So, just visit some of your favorite Zambian online betting sites or online betting sites in Zimbabwe, depending on your location, and select Malaysia on the list of available countries.
What are the best betting markets for the Malaysia Super League?
The following betting markets turned out to be the most popular among African customers on both Zimbabwe betting sites and betting sites in Zambia:
- Full-Time Result
- Double Chance
- Total Goals (Over/Under)
- Both Teams to Score
- Half Time/Full Time
- Asian Handicap