Football is one of the most popular sports around the world. It’s loved by millions of fans and a lot of punters can even turn a tidy sum in every game.
If you’re thinking about becoming a punter, you need to learn the important aspects of football betting. Luckily, we put together a list of helpful free tips that every beginner should know about how to bet on football online or in real life.
Let’s get started!
Choose The Right Betting Site
There’s no doubt that choosing the right football betting site is equally important as how you would place a bet. To help you pick out the best and well-rounded betting site for you, always consider the following:
- Payment options available
- Welcomes and promotional offers
- The type of odds available
- Betting features
- User experience
- Around-the-clock customer support
Learn The Lingo
For avid football fans and seasoned punters, watching the Premier League and listening to the commentators is easy. This is because they understand the lingo—they live and breathe the language of football. And to top that off, punters also have their own set of jargons.
To help you overcome one of the evident growing pains of becoming a punter, here’s a couple of commonly used terms that you’ll see quite often as you grow as a punter:
- Accumulator. Also known by the slang term “acca,” it’s a bet that has multiple selections. It’s a popular football betting strategy used for higher chances of returns.
- Banker. Also known as a banker's bet refers to a specific selection that is sure to win.
- Both teams to score. Also known as BTTS bet, it’s also another betting type that is unique only to football. It’s an easy win for punters but the payout isn’t large compared to other types.
- Correct score. It is a betting type unique only to football that has a higher chance for payouts. Punters are required to choose the winner and loser of the match, and correctly guess the final score of the match to win.
- Draw no bet. It’s a betting type wherein a football match ends in a draw, all bets are cancelled, and the stakes are returned to the punters who placed their bets.
- Handicap betting. It’s when bookies set a “handicap” at a certain number and the final score of the game determines the outcome of the event.
- Match betting. It’s known as the most common football bet also known as 1x2 bet. “1” (one) represents that home team, “x” stands for draw and “2” (two) for the visiting or road team. Punters just need to place their bet on the likely winner of the match.
- Over/under goals. This type of bet refers to the total goals scored in the match. For the punter, they need to place a bet if it will be over or under the total set by the bookie.
Stake. This refers to the amount of money placed on a betting selection.
Total goals. It’s a betting type that deals with the total number of goals scored in a football match. The numbers being at zero and are usually capped at a smaller number but can go as high as ten.
Do Your Search, But Keep It Simple
Football betting is not a game of chance, but a game of probabilities. This means you get a better chance of winning a payout when you do your research. To help you with that here’s a checklist on what you should always research before placing a bet:
- Latest sports news
- Injury reports
- Recent trends
- Punters’ forums
In addition, also remember to keep a record of the bets you’ve placed in the past.
Set A Budget
Football betting is just like every other gambling game available, it costs money. While it is a fun feeling to win a bet and earn a tidy sum because of the selection chosen, there is still a chance of losing money.
That’s why it’s important for beginners to set a budget and stick to it. Football betting is more than just a game, it’s an investment of your time, effort, and more importantly your money. Remember, it’s easier to stick to a budget than to chase your losses.
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