Betting on football is one of the favourite pastimes of many fans of The Beautiful Game.
But rather than just aimlessly punting money and crossing your fingers for a win, is there a way to become a master of football betting, and make it a more profitable exercise?
In the following sections, we’ll provide you with three valuable tips so that you can boost your football betting form and hopefully increase your returns.
Finding Value Bets
If you’ve got an idea of the type of football bet you’d like to place, remember it’s always worth finding the best odds in order to improve your value. You can do this by looking at the odds available across multiple bookmakers, or by using an odds comparison site to do the work for you. You’d be surprised how much odds can vary from one bookmaker to another.
Indeed, it’s not just finding the best odds when betting that can help you, it’s also important to remember the sheer number of football markets available these days. The days of the pools being your only bet are long gone, now you can bet on all sorts of activities, from the match result, first goalscorer, number of corners in a game, to which club that player will secure a move to and thousands more.
There’s a remarkable amount of value to be found in alternative betting markets, so don’t hesitate to have a good look around and see what you find – indeed, merely doing so can also be a great deal of fun.
Use Free Bets and Bonuses
As bookmakers have moved online, this has provided players with a wonderful opportunity to find tonnes of value when signing up to an online bookie.
With bookmakers having to battle it out to get customer’s attention, nearly every company will now offer you a generous bonus offer when you sign up with their site. Sometimes this comes in the form of a matched deposit bonus (i.e. if you deposit £20, they’ll also give you a £20 bonus bet), while on other occasions they’ll give you massively boosted odds on a certain market (e.g. Man City to win the league at 100/1). This is one area you can really pick up a great deal of value.
Bookies want you to come in and try out their services, so there’s no harm in you trying out numerous online bookies and seeing which one you like most – and enjoying the welcome bonuses while you do so.
What’s more, online sportsbooks will also typically offer bonuses to loyal players, so, while it’s a good idea to test out a few bookies when you first start, in the long term it’s better to focus most of your bets through one bookie, as they will likely reward you with loyalty bonuses such as free bets the more you play with them.
Do Your Research
Undoubtedly though, if you want to become a master at football betting, the number one piece of advice is to do your research on statistical football sites such as WhoScored.
It may sound obvious, but you’d be amazed at the number of people who merely bet based on gut feeling and maybe a quick scan of a league table.
The more time you put into researching teams and players, the better equipped you are to place successful bets.
For example, at first glance, a team may be struggling in the relegation zone of the league, and they’re away to a team in the top half of the league. On face value, most people would back the home side; but instead, you’ve dug a little deeper and noticed that the league is really tight and only a few points separate the teams, while the team in the relegation zone got a new manager a few weeks ago and are doing a lot better now… this extra knowledge is priceless and is the biggest advantage you can get when trying to beat the bookies and increase the number of bets you win.
The better you know teams and players, the clearer predictions you can make going into matches or seasons, and therefore the better value you can find.