It’s blindingly obvious that football is the most popular spectator sport on the planet with a huge global following across all nations. Wherever a ball is being kicked in a competitive match, the wonders of modern technology ensures that action at all levels of the game can be observed in the greatest of detail, whether on television or via the internet. Indeed not only can we find coverage of games from all corners of the world but a massive industry has grown around providing the most in-depth football data before, during and after games.
For the football punter, there is a huge variety of ways on which to bet on the sport and the in-depth information available on the internet can make things easier in many respects. Nevertheless with a huge number of betting markets and types of different bets available, it can often be bewildering and a little daunting for the first-time punter. With that in mind, we take a look at some of the more popular football betting markets with a few basic pointers which can help your on your way.
This is the most common and simplest type of football bet, sometimes known as 1 x 2 betting. This is usually the first type of football bet listed by an online bookmaker and is hugely popular amongst punters.
Basically there are three options available in this market:-
Home Win (1)
Away Win (2)
Note that these results must normally be achieved within ninety minutes of play plus any time added for stoppages. Any extra-time or penalty shoot-outs don’t count – to bet on these markets you need to choose ‘To Qualify’ when betting on cup games or play-off matches.
Correct Score Odds
Correct Score betting is very difficult but can be extremely rewarding given that the bookmakers can offer some very attractive odds. The aim of this type of bet is to predict exactly what the final score will be for any given match (within normal time). Normally the higher the score, the better the odds offered although the form of the respective teams will clearly affect the prices available. Of the utmost importance for punters is to remember to get your predicted score the correct way around ie: 2-0 is a home win, 0-2 is an away win and 2-2 is obviously a draw.
Both Teams To Score
This is very easy to understand, indeed it does exactly as it says on the tin! Quite simply you are betting on both sides to find the back of the net in any match – again within normal time with the most basic version being accompanied by ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. Most bookies offer BTTS markets for each half of the match, for example you can predict that both teams score in the first half or the second half. You can increase your odds by also betting on a large number of goals, ie: BTTS and Over 2.5 total goals, or alternatively fewer goals such as BTTS and Under 2.5 total goals. Most bookmakers also offer BTTS and Full-Time markets, for example you can bet on either side to win (or indeed draw) but both teams to score during the match. These can provide a healthy return depending on the form of both sides.
Not only can you bet on each side but you can also make predictions regarding goalscorers during the match. These usually take the form of First Goalscorer, Anytime Goalscorer and Last Goalscorer – these being self explanatory. With these three options, the player must score within normal time alongside any stoppage time. It is advisable to place bets only when the final line-up has been confirmed to ensure that your chosen goalscorer will actually start the match and not just appear as a substitute late in the second-half.
For a greater return, you can combine goalscorer bets with a full-time result, this type of bet known as ‘Wincast’. Also you can combine it with a correct scoreline predictions, known as ‘Scorecast’.
This type of bet is pretty simple to understand. Basically you are predicting whether there will be under or over a certain number of goals in each match. Most bookies often set the standard at 2.5 goals although you can choose any number ie: 0.5, 1.5, 3.5 etc.
How this works is simple: Using 2.5 as the model, an ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ bet would be a winner of there were three or more goals scored in the match within normal time. If less than three goals are scored, then the stake would be lost. ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ would be a winner if two goals or less are scored during normal time. If three or more are scored, the bet is a loser.
Getting The Best Prices
One thing which is very important to understand when betting on football is that odds can vary enormously between bookmakers. Some bookies are renowned for offering the most competitive odds on horse racing or cricket, others are noted for their excellent football prices. It is vital that you ‘shop around’ when betting on this sport, especially since it could mean that your winnings could be considerably more. Some leading operators offer regular price boosts and free bets on matches with these being mainly geared towards new customers, so it’s clearly worth checking out some bookmakers which you haven’t signed-up with before and see what they have to offer.
As with anything, knowledge is power and you can boost your winnings considerably by doing a bit of ground-work. Check out all the bookmakers for the best odds and if you can find some great prices with an operator you haven’t previously used, join-up and take advantage of whatever welcome offer they are promoting (remember to read all the small-print). There isn’t a magic formula to guaranteeing a winner but good knowledge helps to provide better betting outcomes.