The world of football betting can easily be seen as intimidating and confusing, designed to baffle people out of their hard earned money, but fear not. Here is a comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of football betting.
Keep it simple
The temptation, especially with football betting and the multitude of markets out there, is to try and walk before you can run and try to predict the first corner rather than sticking with singles. In a two horse race it is unlikely you will find particularly long odds so you won’t make a fortune this way, but it is a great way to start. Once you have placed a few pounds on who will win and got a feel for the action, then stretch out into first goal scorer etc, just make sure you are in control and know what you are doing.
Find the best odds
This may sound like a no-brainer, but make sure you find the best possible return for your money. Don’t be afraid to shop around some of the online-only bookmakers along with high street favourites to find the best way to maximise your return. Look at odd comparison sites, and make sure you do your research before placing. Sites like Betfair and Paddy Power tend to offer the best odds around (although the Betfair system can seem confusing, it is worth reading their how-to guide before doing anything else) but try not to stick with one site when you could be missing out elsewhere.
Accumulator to accumulate
One of the best ways of maximise your return for very little stake is of course, an accumulator. It basically boils down to picking a series of results correctly, anywhere from two games to, well, as many as you want, with the more games you are willing to predict the higher your return will be. The chance of your accumulator coming in recedes with the more results you try and predict, so as a rule of thumb look to bet on about five or six folds to optimize your return while not doing your chances of winning irreparable damage.
Check for specials
Bored of betting on an outright winner, or first goalscorers? Well there is plenty more bets out there for you to pit your knowledge against, and you can even bet in-game if you want to really spice things up. Most bookmakers offer in-game markets if you want to bet in real time, while there are also plenty of other “special” markets out there, where bookmakers offer you something a bit different with better odds for some extra fun. Remember, use all the resources at your disposal and make sure that you do your research, while there is no sure fire way to success, a bit of extra information can go a long way.