Football is very much a global game and you can always find a match on which to bet somewhere on all 365 days a year. With a vast array of domestic league and cup competitions, continental club tournaments and international football available, there is always a first-class football match taking place somewhere and where there’s a football match, there’s invariably a football bet to be had.
The World Cup 2018 in Russia is the footballing and betting highlight of the year. The whole world gets World Cup fever with hundreds of millions from all around the globe tuning in to every game and billions being wagered throughout the three week tournament. Check out our World Cup betting apps and world cup betting guide. We also have an England World Cup betting guide with all the best England World Cup betting tips, guides and football betting apps listed so you can maximize your Fifa 2018 World Cup experience.
Football betting has soared in popularity since the advent of online sports betting, with there now being a huge number of matches and different markets on which to have a football bet.
There are hundreds of league and cup football competitions on which to bet, which can vary greatly in the quality of football on offer. It’s therefore vital for successful betting that you understand which competitions might have a higher than average goal count or perhaps those where home advantage can be particularly crucial.
With so many matches taking places across different time-zones, mobile app football betting is the way to go to ensure that you are always able to get your money on quickly, wherever you might be.
There’s a raft of odds available for football betting today, with ‘Match Result’ and ‘Correct Score’ betting still being hugely popular. The likes of ‘Asian Handicap’, ‘Total Goals Over / Under’ and ‘Both Teams To Score’ are among others that have grown in popularity in recent years. For more specialized football betting, the Corners and Bookings markets have also gained plenty of backers in recent years.
The most popular football tournaments for betting are generally those featuring the best teams and players, so any World Cup or European Championship is always huge, whilst in club football the Champions League, English Premier League and La Liga take pride of place.
Domestic league football within the UK always has plenty of interest too. Betting on women’s football is also becoming increasingly commonplace, likewise youth international tournaments.
Even so, any football tournament in which you have a particular interest is always likely to be best from a personal betting perspective, as information is key. The more you know about a particular competition, the greater chance of betting success.
Many punters also enjoy a pre-tournament bet on the outright market for a competition, whether it be it to win it outright, finish in a certain position or (in league football) be relegated. Backing a player to finish top goalscorer in a tournament is another popular betting option, often providing decent odds.
Accumulators were once pretty much the only option for betting on football in the UK and they remain popular to this day, providing as they do an opportunity to win a substantial sum of cash from a modest outlay. The one problem with accas is that value betting does go out the window somewhat, so they should always be seen as more of a novelty bet than a means of winning on a regular basis.
It’s also worth knowing a bookmaker’s betting margin (i.e. what a bookmaker is charging you for making betting available) for a particular league or match, with big competitions such as the Premier League always likely to have lower margins than a more obscure league. You will also find that there is a fairly wide variance between bookmakers on the same leagues, so always ensure you select the best odds for your bets.
Home advantage is always a significant factor to take into account without football betting, as are team news, current form and the importance of any given game, particularly later in the season.
The bigger clubs invariably have greater strength in depth with regards to their squads and this can be vital as the season develops, with smaller clubs often prone to injury and suspension issues for which they can find it difficult to compensate.
In general, the winners of outright markets in the major leagues tend to be more predictable, although there are very occasional blips such as Leicester City winning the Premier League. Lower league football is often far less predictable and can provide some big price winners.
For football free bets and football betting promotions, including enhanced odds on the big televised matches, it is the Premier League and cup competitions involving Premier League teams that will have the majority of such offers available, particularly when it’s the likes of the Manchester giants, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur involved.
England matches will also always produce their fair share of betting offers and promotions. It’s also generally possible to use standard bookmaker Welcome Bonuses as football free bets on most football matches should you wish to do so.
Football betting is now so enormous that all the major bookmakers cover it extensively. As with any betting, it’s imperative to seek out the best available odds for your bets and also check to see if there is a football free bet, enhanced odds or a general Welcome Bonus available that could potentially further bolster any potential winnings.
Football betting has changed out of all recognition over the past 20 years and with so many games and markets available around the world, it is ideally suited for those betting via the convenience of a mobile or app. As with any betting, research and information is key to being successful with football betting and finding value in your football bets is far more productive than simply backing big odds on favourites in accumulators.
It can also pay to largely concentrate your betting on just a couple of competitions, particularly if going beyond the most popular leagues and cups. The bookies price up so many competitions and their knowledge of some isn’t always going to be that extensive, so a bit of research can give you an edge and potentially prove to be highly lucrative. Good luck!
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