Popular Football Betting Options

August 9, 2010 - by mosesbet · Filed Under betting articles Comments Off on Popular Football Betting Options 

Popular Football Betting Options

Punters can find a number of ways to wager money in each football game.  Below is a description of some of the most common football bets as well as my tips on how to make the most money from them.

Total Goals, Over/Under

One of the most popular single-bets for football matches.  Players bet on how many goals will be scored in each match.  The line can be 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 and so on…

If the line in a game is 2.5 and you think there will be 3 or more goals, you should bet on over.  That also depends on the odds the bookmaker gives you also!

When considering an over/under bet, there are some general points to remember:

If the goalie or a key centre back is injured then the team will be more likely to concede goals.  Most clean sheets are the effect of a strong lengthy partnership with defenders who’re in sync with each other and know each other’s game.  Any changes to the starting line up can disrupt the defensive line of teams. 

Is the team’s prolific scorer starting on the bench through injury, this will blatently limit the goal “potential” upfront in a team.  Likewise, 99% of strikers are confidence players play on “highs” and “lows”.  Ask yourself is the key striker on form?  Did he score in his last match – or is he on a goal drought?

A number of other factors affect the likelihood of a goal episode.  Is a team playing away or at home or what are their previous records like away (most mid-table clubs will aim for a single point away).  Finally, are both teams playing for a win?  In pointless games such as the charity shield neither team cares that much about winning and a lot of the time it ends in penalties.  In head to head matches for top league clubs however the effects of a “derby” or play-off clash makes the game more intense and likely for something to kick-off.

Correct Full Time Score

Ironic that this is the fan’s favourite bet but also one which carries the worst odds.  Most professional punters call this the “muggers bet”.  The bookmakers increase the juice on this bet because they know how many punters will place it.  Usually, correct scores odds are something around 4.0 – 8.0.  However, when you consider the number of possibilities which the game could turn out in it doesn’t even make sense to place it.  For example, Man City vs Man Utd could offer 5.0 for a 1-1 draw.  However, if we assume there’ll be 3 goals or less then there are at least 8 possible outcomes – meaning you’d expect 8.0 odds minimum.

I’ll admit that this isn’t always a muggers bet and occasionally you can get a good “feel” for a 0-0, 1-0 or 2-0 game, especially when two really poor teams are playing.  However in general I always try to avoid correct score bets or the “special deals” that the bookmaker is offering that day only.

First and Last Goal Scorer

In every game you can bet on the first or last goal scorer.  The odds can be very high but are usually somewhere around 10.0 to 15.0.  Strikers on rampant form and at the pinnacle of fitness are the best to bet on.  If a key player is on the bench and will come on for the last 20 minutes or so then that’s really good bet for last goal scorer too.

Any Time Scorer

Similar to the first goal scorer rules, except that you are betting on a player to score at any time during the game.  These are excellent bets to place especially when betting on two or more players from the same team or when a team is heavily reliant on a key player. 

Half-Time Score

Again, not a great bet to place considering anything can happen in the first 45 minutes.  It’s not unusual for a good team to fall behind early –the world’s best football teams play their best in the last 45 or 10 minutes. 

Other Popular Bets in Football:

Corner Goals – Teams with lots of big, strong players score many corners.

Sending Offs – Derby games are the most attractive to wager on a red card.