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Football Bets Explained

Betting on football is very simple. Once you have selected a betting site (we recommend any of the above sites) all you need to do is then choose a market, choose a bet and set how much you want to place. Most betting sites will give you a forecast of how much you will win depending on your stake so you can get an idea of your exact returns.

If you are new to betting on soccer then diving into a big betting site such as Bet365 and seeing over 100 markets on a single game can be a little intimidating, if not a little confusing. There are so many betting opportunities it’s sometimes hard to keep track. Below we have listed some of the more popular betting markets for football along with a simple explanation.

Match Betting – The most popular and simplest of markets. Simply pick the outcome of the match by betting on a win, lose or draw for either team.

Half Time/Full Time – This market allows you to pick the result at half time and then again the result at full time.

Draw No Bet – The draw no bet market basically eliminates the draw as a result. If the game ends as a draw then your stake is returned.

Number of Corners – The market will allow you to bet on the total number of corners in a match. More often than not you will get 3 brackets to pick; a less than x number, between x and x, and greater than x.

Sending Off – Pretty simple, select if there will be a red card in the match, usually a straightforward yes or no is suffice.

Correct Score – Select the correct score of the game at the final whistle.

Over or Under Goals Market – A favourite for many punters is selecting whether there will be over or under a certain amount of goals in the match. Usually between O/U 1.5, O/U 2.5, O/U 3.5 and O/U 4.5

Next Goal – this market will turn live at the start of the match and you bet on which team you think will score the next goal.

Clean Sheet – You can choose, if any, which team will keep a clean sheet in the match.

Goalscorer Markets – You can choose between the first goalscorer of the game, a player to score anytime in the game or a player to score the last goal of the game.

Scorecast – The scorecast market allows you to select a player to score anytime and a team to win by a certain score line. Both must be correct win the bet.

Handicap Betting – Handicap betting allows you to level the playing field between the teams by applying a goal handicap. The handicap is added or subtracted from the final scores for each team. So if it were Arsenal (+1) v Manchester City (-1), Arsenal would need two more goals than Man City to win (eg: 4-2). If the match ended 3-2, it would be a draw.

Asian Handicap Betting – Asian Handicap Betting eliminates the posibilty of a draw by applying a handicap containing a fraction such as +/-1.5. In this scenario if it were Liverpool (+0.5) v QPR (-0.5), Liverpool would need to score one more goal than QPR to win, any thing else would be a win for QPR. There is no draw in this market.

Goals Galore – Goals Galore is a relatively new market that involves selecting games in which you think both teams will score. Only certain games are eligible for this market, and it is only available as an accumulator of three or more matches. The payout is relative to the number of matches selected.

Football Betting Rules

Football betting rules can vary from each bookmaker. Before we get into some of the more general and across the board rules, we would recommend that if you have a query or are unsure about something then to contact your bookmaker for a final ruling.

 

The majority of football betting rules are actually pretty tough to break. If something seems out of place then the bookmaker will likely inform you before you cause and infraction.

It’s worth noting that many online bookmakers have pay-out limits for football betting. These range each bookmaker but can vary from £300,000 maximum pay-out up to £1milllion on a single bet.

All markets take into account injury time and stoppage time in football. So if you back a market which stakes ’90 minutes’ then this will include added time. It will not include extra time or penalty shoot outs and bets will have been settled after the initial 90 minutes.

Games which have been abandoned or postponed will generally be seen as void and your stake returned. Where you have these games as part of an accumulator bet, the games will simply be removed from that accumulator and the odds adjusted accordingly.

Soccer Betting Tips Little Guides

On a global scale, soccer betting is one of the most popular forms of sports betting activities that takes place. Many Americans would be surprised to know that in Europe, soccer betting is the equivalent of professional football wagering in the United States. It’s extremely popular. Why is soccer betting so popular? If we were to compare other sports with soccer, soccer has the highest occurrences for weak team to beat a strong team down especially in English Premier League. In the world of soccer betting, like in real life, it is important to define a goal and work towards it.
Soccer betting is similar to wagering on professional baseball or the National Hockey League, in that it uses the money line, but there is one major difference. In soccer betting, not only can you place a bet on either team, you can also wager that it will be a tie game. Since you can wager on a tie, that means if you bet on a soccer team that team must win the game or you lose your bet.
Soccer Betting TIP #1: Back teams that know how to score goals.
If you’re risking hard-earned cash on a bet, at least back a team you can count on to score. Try and avoid encounters between mediocre teams who sit in the middle of the league table. Often these matches are most unpredictable: a home win, away win and draw are all feasible results. An alternative is to look for powerful, high scoring teams that have no trouble finding the back of the net. These are often the elite clubs of a league: Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Barcelona etc. But this is what most amateur punters do, so the bookies will almost always offer poor odds on the best teams.
 
Soccer Betting TIP #2: Bet against extremely weak teams
Every league has one or two hopeless sides who lose every weekend. These bottom-dwellers are sometimes given too much credit by the bookmakers. Look for a situation where a decent or even below average club is playing at home against a dreadfully bad away team (one of those clubs that’s 0-1-9 on the road for example). The bookie will often set the odds on the home side slightly below even money, say at 1.75 when it should really be much lower, like 1.50. Similarly the Asian Handicap will be -3/4 ball when it should be at least -1. If you can identify the whipping boys of a league, this is exactly the sort of situation where it’s profitable to bet against them.
Believe it or not, luck can play a role in this type of strategy. Talented teams make their own luck and find a way to win (how many times have we seen Juventus or Chelsea sneak a 90th minute goal and win 1-0?). On the flip side, weak teams are often unlucky and the bounces just seem to go against them.
 
Soccer Betting TIP #3: Look for unusual home and away form
Playing on home turf is a big advantage in most football leagues. Support from the thousands of screaming fans gives a boost to the home club and intimidates the visitors. Teams noticeably struggle in away games, and even top clubs can’t replicate their home form. Of course, the bookies know this as well as anyone, which is why the odds are shorter on a team playing in their own stadium.
Soccer Betting TIP #4: Bet the Draw
A lot of punters have a hard time predicting draws, so it’s not surprising the draw isn’t the most popular type of bet out there. It’s much more fun rooting for a win anyway. So why bet on a stalemate? Because it pays well! Draws shouldn’t be the most frequent outcome you pick, but there are times when it makes sense to back them. Try and find a match where both teams will have a tough time breaking each other down. One way of doing this is looking for matches between an in-form mid-table side playing at home against a top-table away side. For example, match-ups from the 2005-2006 season that fit this profile might be Bolton vs. Liverpool, Lazio vs. Juventus, or Villarreal vs. Real Madrid. The visiting team has the quality to escape the game without losing, but they also have trouble scoring against an in-form home side. Both teams in this situation are happy to settle for a draw, and that is quite often the result. Another quick and easy way to identify potential draws is to study the Asian Handicap odds. Look for games where the handicap is set to (0) or level ball. This implies both teams are relatively evenly matched and the bookies don’t want to offer a head start to either team. Games like this tend to draw more often than you might think.

Things to know about Soccer Betting

Basic Sports Betting: Money Lines and Point Spreads
In most sports, as you probably know, there are two ways of betting on your preferred team. The point spread is the amount of points the favored team needs to win by for a bet on that team to win. For example if Team A is a 7 point favorite over Team B, a bet on Team B would win if Team B won or lost by less than 7. The money line works more like a traditional odds bet. A money line might show a team favored like this: Team A +140/-260 Team B. This means that Team B is a favorite, and to win with Team B you must put up $260 to win $100. Team A is the underdog and to win with them you can put up $100 to win $140.
 
Problems with Soccer Sports Betting
The low scoring nature of soccer presents some problems for traditional methods of betting. Due to the low goal differential of many games, a goal spread is not practical. Even a team that is far superior to another may win by only one goal, and games often end in ties. This propensity to end in a tie also creates problems for the money line, as in most circumstances ties do not pay either side.
 
Solution to Sports Betting on European Football
To solve this problem, bookmakers offer a modified money line to soccer bettors. This works exactly like a traditional money line except that unlike money lines in other sports, there is a draw option. For example, a line might read: Manchester United -120 Draw +110 Arsenal +140. This would mean that to bet on Manchester United you would have to put up $100 to win $120. To bet on Arsenal you would put up $100 to win $140, and to bet the draw, you would put up $100 to win $110. Since there is a draw option, bets on either team do not push in the event of a tie as they do in other sports. If the team you bet on does not win outright, you lose.

How to place a wager on soccer game

If you’re a bettor getting ready to place a wager on an important soccer game, then learning some soccer betting tips might be high on your list-especially if you have never wagered on a soccer game before. Although most bettors will have their own methods and strategies when it comes to placing bets, there are still some soccer betting tips that can help you make sense out of your selections.
 
To begin with, the handicap is almost always better than playing the money line. Why? Because the handicap relies on elements that can be researched and strategized, this gives the bettor a certain edge when it comes to placing a wager. Although soccer has normally been bet using a money line, in order to win a bet, the bettor has to either pick the draw or the winning team. Almost 30 percent of soccer games end in a draw so if a bettor backs a particular team and the games ends in a draw, the bettor will lose their wage.
 
For the most part, people get upset if they lose their money in a draw. After all, you wouldn’t be very likely to play Blackjack if you thought that the odds of the dealer winning on a push were good.
 
Today, using a point spread system has become popular and a lot of soccer betting tips point to using this form of wagering. When it comes to money lines, teams playing away games are have a less likely chance of winning than away teams do in other sports. It can be difficult to bet on the away team since visiting teams oftentimes draw.
 
Bookmakers’ holds on soccer money lines are much bigger than those of other North American sports. However, when betting on a spread, instead of a money line, the hold is lowered which gives bettors and handicappers a bigger edge. With the point spread, the house edge is around 4.5 percent, compared to the house edge of 11 percent on a money line.
 
Soccer is a very low scoring game in comparisons to other North American sports. A half point on a spread can make a difference in whether or not a game is won and from a handicapping perspective that is huge. Wagering is more flexible when using the soccer point spread. One of the most common soccer betting tips is that a winning wager can be had on the underdog if the underdog wins by only 1 goal.
 
In order to have a good season, you have to use every possible edge. Although you might get a better value in point spreads, sometimes money lines will be smarter. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you consider all of your options.
 
A strong team should really only be bet on when they have a need to qualify and strong strengths. For that reason, understanding the sports and researching the teams is very important. At the early stages of the tournaments, bettors should watch the teams carefully and try not to wager strongly until the last few rounds.
 
There are many websites, books, and articles out there with soccer betting tips. However, most professionals will tell you that it is better to understand the players and teams, to take their weaknesses into consideration, and to develop your own betting strategy.