Everyone that has ever dabbled with football betting has surely fantasised about striking it lucky either on a regular basis or in a big way. Well, gambling does have an element of luck to it but there is also a lot more to being a successful punter than luck alone. Here we’ll help you on your gambling journey with 8 tips to help you win on football betting.
1. Study The Market
It’s all very well knowing your sport inside out but you also need to know the different betting markets available for football. In the modern world of online betting, there seems to be a never-ending number of markets.
This is especially true when you compare it to the number of markets high-street bookmakers offer.
That’s one of the main reasons online betting beats the local stores.
It sounds very simple but when you start to get serious about betting it is imperative that you understand the markets that exist. After all, failure to do so leaves you open to a) making silly mistakes and b) missing great opportunities to make money.
The standard market in football betting is ‘match result’ bets, which is where you predict the outcome of a match i.e. home win, away win or draw. There are countless others for you to explore though. We don’t want to provide an exhaustive list but to give you a flavour of what is available we’ve briefly detailed a few
- Team to win both halves
- Number of goals scored in a match
- Number of corners, yellow cards, penalties
And there are more than these.
It’s these kinds of football markets which usually offer more profitable odds and ultimately better value.
2.Consider Rolling Accumulators
Instead of making multiple selections on the same bet slip you choose one event to bet on. When that wins, you then choose another solitary event to place your entire winnings on and so on.
The reason this is a popular method of betting is because you can start off with a smaller stake and aim to build up a bigger pool to wager. Here is a quick look at how the strategy snowballs.
Of course, following this method can still lead to you losing a hefty stake – and yes it is real money – but your actual bank account is still only down by the initial £10 stake. There is also a tweak to the method where you take your initial stake – or a proportion of it – off your first win to protect your investment in the football betting.
3.Use trustworthy bookies with high odds
Many bettors don’t place enough energy in finding and using the right bookies. Some of them have a massive amount of promotion on the internet, and you might think they are trustworthy. But we suggest using only the ones that have a good reputation.
Using bookies with high odds is also recommended, and it is a crucial part of every betting strategy. If a bookie is offering odds with a profit margin of 8%-9%, they have to make a massive mistake to open the possibility of winning your football bets.
If you’ve been around the betting world for any considerable period of time you’ll probably be well aware of how odds can vary across bookmakers. If you’re new to football betting, this might be a surprise to you. Think of it this way; you wouldn’t shop in Star Bazzar and expect their goods to be priced like Khan Market. Bookies are the same – they price an event in the way they feel it offers value.
When you’re betting on a regular basis, taking the best odds for every wager you place can make a big difference to your profit. More to the point, why would you leave money on the table for the exact same risk?
4.Take the small wins
Taking the small wins is a strategy often overlooked by many football punters.As the well-known saying goes ‘every little helps’ and the same applies to betting on football.
Don’t let small wins discourage you. In fact, you should be pleased that your football betting strategy is working. A win is a win and it’s money in your pocket rather than the bookies.
There’s always one bettor who chases the big wins. That punter will go on about how one big win will completely change their life. However, the chances of that are unlikely.
Be smart and look for the smaller, more likely wins and your betting will be much more profitable.
5.Track your bets
Right, we’ve just touched on using different betting markets and switching up who you bet with. If you heed that advice then the next thing you’ll want to do is keep a log of your bets. The reason for this is two-fold.
Firstly, tracking your football betting records means it’s impossible to falsely convince yourself of how well you’re doing whilst the other reason directly feeds into making you more money. How? Well, as your ‘data’ builds up you’ll quickly be able to see which bets – and which markets – are contributing the most to your profit. If there is a market you’re constantly losing money on then maybe leave it alone.
Equally, if you’re winning lots of bets in a market then consider doing more bets of that nature.
6.Try courtside betting
Courtside betting is an unorthodox football betting strategy, and it is based on exploiting that you can get some information faster than the bookies.
This strategy was famous for a long time when many bettors visited sports events (mainly tennis), placing bets from there.
Sometimes these bets are a guaranteed and instant win. If you can watch an event on a faster stream than the bookies or be present at the match, you can take advantage of these.
7.Never bet with your gut
You might be familiar with the ‘hunch’ punters get when placing a bet. If you’re serious about making consistent money from football betting then forget about following yours. Your gut feel counts for little in betting as does following your heart over your head. So, what is the reverse of trusting your gut? Doing your research.
A lot of our tips to this point have been focussed on exploiting resources and existing strategies already out there. To up your betting game, start doing your own research too. The basic places to start involve checking out the recent form of the teams you’re betting on, how many goals they score, how they differ home and away and how teams fare against one another in head to head scenarios.
8.Don’t be fearful of a losing bet
Unfortunately, with the exception of a couple of these tips, we’re talking about full blown gambling and that means you can – and will – lose bets. Everyone loses football bettings from time to time. If, however, you follow a consistent betting strategy the chances of you coming out ‘up’ over the longer term are greatly improved. It’s also important to remember that your loss can come at any point.
You could have a brilliant system where your first bet loses but, equally, you might find a loss doesn’t arrive until much further down the line. Why do we mention this? It’s all about remaining grounded. Don’t throw your strategy in the bin at the first sign of a losing bet but, equally, don’t get cocky and start throwing money you can’t afford to lose on a strategy that has won you 10 out of 10 wagers. Even the best run will eventually throw out a losing bet.
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