Betting Basics - Football

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When it comes to sports betting, football is by far the most popular sporting event to bet on. As well as betting on the team you support, competitive football takes place all over the world and these markets are particularly popular for sports bettors. Whilst betting on football can be simple there are some key things you should consider before placing a bet.


Betting Markets

With so many football matches and markets to bet on, it is important to have a good understanding of the markets available and how different markets provide a different experience to you betting.

Match bet

The simplest form of football betting. You are simply choosing whether you think one team will win, or the match will end in a draw.


An accumulator combines multiple different bets and places them into one combined bet. For your accumulator to win you need each individual bet to win.

Half time/full time

Rather than predicting the match winner, you can opt to predict who will be winning at half time and then who will go on to win the match at full time.

Correct Score

This market requires players to predict the final score of a match, odds on this market tend to be quite high given the difficulty in predicting the result.

Goal scorer

There are a variety of goal scorer markets, first, last, and anytime. The anytime market will present lower odds given the fact it places no time restraint on the goal scorer.

Draw no bet

Bet on either of the teams to win and if the match ends in a draw, then your bet is voided and refunded. By adding this layer of security to your bet the odds you get for the team winning will be lower than the traditional outright market.


BettorMind Advice

Budget – It is always good advice to allocate yourself a budget for your betting. This process is crucial in ensuring your betting remains an enjoyable part of a balanced social life. Once you have identified a budget, it is a good idea to make use of the tools offered by your operator, such as a deposit limit. This will allow you to control your spending and stay within the budget you have identified.

Develop your knowledge – With so many different markets to bet on it is important you have a strong knowledge of how they work. This also applies to the matches you bet on. There are a large number of football matches to bet on each day, some of these games may take place in leagues you have little or no knowledge of. Placing a bet on these matches will come with increased risks. If you are going to have a bet on football it is a great idea to start with the teams and leagues you have a strong knowledge of, this will allow you to make the most informed decisions.

Monitor your results – If you are new to betting it is a great idea monitor your results. By keeping track of your results, you will be able to use that information when making future bets. You can learn a lot from your own betting, you should be looking to see if there are any patterns in your results which may suggest better results when betting on certain markets. This is an ongoing process and can make a big difference to your betting experience.

Emotions – As a football fan you are heavily invested in your team emotionally. When it comes to betting your emotions play an important part. If you are placing a bet on the team you support, this decision may be influenced by your emotions and as such it is a good idea to stake less than you might normally bet. Understanding the impact of your emotions is an important part of making your betting an enjoyable experience.

Betting on football is the most popular form of sports betting. With such a large selection of games to bet on there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. If you will be betting on football, take a look at our advice in this article as well as our other content at BettorMind.

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