2018 UK Flat Jockeys Championship

Bet on Horse racing

UK Flat Jockeys Championship 2018

There are of course plenty of different bets and wagers you can place on horse races, why not read our guide on betting on Horse Racing , however one bet that can often bear fruits, if you are a fan of flat racing, is to have a bet on the jockey who is going to win the most races during the flat season. By keeping your eyes peeled for any trainers that are consistently in form and by checking out who their preferred jockeys are you can often get a good idea of just which jockey will achieve the most winner runs during a season. This is a contest that is based around both Flat and All-Weather races and the contest is live from Saturday the 5th of May 2018 until Saturday the 20th of October 2018.

The odds will of course change as the results of each race come in, but without a shadow of a doubt it is always going to be the jockeys that are riding for the in-form trainers that do stand a much greater chance of winning this content. Not all betting sites will be offering a betting market on the UK 2018 Flat Jockeys Championship, however you will find that all the leading UK based bookmakers will have a betting market in place, and as such if you are looking for one of the more unusual bets and wager you can place, then this is certainly one worth considering.
Below you will get an insight into the current betting market and I will also be passing you on some historical data concerning the results of this contest over the last few years too.

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Current Flat Jockeys Championship Odds

The current favourite to win the Flat Jockeys Championship in in 2018 season is Silvestre De Sousa, in fact so much so are the quality of rides this season he has already bene installed as the current 4/9 favourite to win this contest!
The second favourite is of course Andrea Atzeni, who has proven time and time again he knows just how to pull a race out of the bag, and if you think Andrea is going to win this content then his current win odds of doing so are tempting being 6/1.

It is always true to say that luck can play a huge part on whether a jockey is going to win this content, and as such some of the mid-priced jockeys that worth considering include Jim Crowley at 9/1, the vastly experienced Ryan Moore at14/1 and a couple of the younger up and coming jockeys including both Daniel Tudhope and William Buick who are both trading at around the 16/1 mark.

There has been some money on the betting markets recently for Oisin Murphy whose odds have dropped from 25/1 to 20/1 and James Doyle who started off at 33/1 to win this contest but is now available at 25/1.
Some other jockeys who are in with a chance of winning the title, albeit a small chance include both Adam Kirby and Paul Hanagan at 33/1, Luke Morris at 50/1, Joe Fanning at 66/1 and you will get odds of 100/1 on Fran Berry, Frankie Dettori, Jamie Spencer and P J McDonald.

Other Horse Racing Bets On Offer

The Flat Jockeys Championship is of course a novelty type bet, but with some luck it can be a bet that pays off, if you take advantage of the early betting markets. The odds of each jockey will start to fluctuate as the result of each meeting are known, so do consider placing a bet early.

If you are interested in placing a range of additional bets on horse racing, then one type of bet that will give you an interest in a race meeting all day is a placepot bet. That bet is a pooled bet where stakes of all bettors are placed into the pot, and a dividend less commission and other fees are removed from the pot will be declared are the end of a race meeting.

To win a share of that pot you must correctly predict one horse to be placed in each of the races at a racecourse, if each horse you do select does get placed then a share of the pot will be yours.

Another popular type of bet that can return some huge pay-out dividends is a Tricast bet. That bet requires you to pick out three horses in an up and coming horse race, and then hope they finish in first, second and third place as you have written them down on your betting slip.

Previous Winners of the Flat Jockeys Championship

One thing that you are bound to notice when you look at the previous winners list of the Flat Jockeys Championship, is that the same jockeys do tend to win the event year after year, and they are always the jockeys that are retained by the most successful trainers too.

bet on horse racing, horse racingIn 2017 it was Silvestre De Sousa who won the contest, and the year before that it was the turn of Jim Crowley to win, but the previous year to that was in 2015 it was Silvestre De Sousa who won.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Richard Hughes won the champion jockey and in the two years before he won his hattrick in 2011 and 2010 Paul Hanagan won the championship. One jockey won also won this content several times is Ryan Moore.
It was in 2009, 2008 and in 2006 that Ryan Moore was crowned champion flat jockey, but in 2007 the contest was tie with both Jamie Spencer and Sebastian Sanders sharing the title.

Jamie Spencer won this contest back in 2005 and everybody’s favourite jockey that being Frankie Dettori won it back in 2004. Kevin Darley won from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2001 to 2002 with Kevin Darley winning the title in 2000.
If this is a bet you fancy placing then currently the smart money is going on the favourite to win the title, that of course being Silvestre De Sousa.

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eSports Betting

Betting on eSports

 

eSports is one of the newer additions offered by online bookmakers around the world and has become increasingly popular with punters. It’s added another angle to betting sites and is extremely popular in countries such as Sweden, Japan and Canada.

eSports stands for ‘electronic sports’ and is competitive video gaming often in front of a large audience. There are a number of professionally organised leagues and tournaments which take place throughout the year and bettors can predict which player will emerge triumphant.

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eSports playing event, each player pits their skills against another until only one is left, The Champ!

It’s simple to follow eSports and it’s always advised to absorb as much of the action as possible before placing a bet on any of the upcoming events. Both Youtube and Twitch TV show each and every tournament completely free.

Popular eSports games

There are a number of games which are played on a regular basis with the majority of them being multiplayer battle arenas or first person shooters. There are also tournaments and leagues for sports and racing titles but these are less popular and staged more infrequently as a result.

Dota 2 and League of Legends are the most popular games and continue to attract interest and new followers. The latter is the most watched eSports game across the globe and they have launched a LOL (League of Legends) World Championship which is staged throughout October on an annual basis! It sees two players go head-to-head over of a number of battlefields and historic terrains. It is hugely tactical and requires knowledge and expertise in order to succeed.

Dota 2 is similar and requires players to destroy their opposition’s settlements and there are various different combinations of costumes and weapons which can be uncovered throughout the numerous maps.

How to Bet on eSports

All of the major bookmakers (and many of the newer ones) now offer a dedicated eSports section on their website which makes it easier than ever before to place a bet on any upcoming event or tournament.
It is similar to betting on football or basketball, you are simply predicting which side will win with odds to reflect each team’s chances of success.

Markets

Winner – Straightforward market which is simply a matter of picking Team A or Team B to emerge victorious. The majority of games will be staged in a best of three format. This means there is no option for the draw, making it easier to predict the winner although it will also shorten the odds.

Correct Score – Played over the best of three format, this is simply predicting the final score. Will it be 2-0 or 2-1?

Totals – Similar to the above market, will a deciding game be required? Over 2.5/Under 2.5 is where the bar is set for this bet.

Handicap – Odds can occasionally be cramped on the favourites in eSports betting and the handicap market can help extract more value out of a bet. -1.5 / +1.5 is the handicap prediction and you are adding or subtracting 1.5 from the team’s final score. If you take -1.5 from their 3-0 victory, they are still winners and the handicap bet will land.

There is also the opportunity to predict the winner of one of the many tournaments which are played throughout the year. Bigger odds are available for correctly calling the eventual champion and their odds will shorten as they successfully pass through each round.

Major eSport Events

There are a number of eSports leagues and Championships which take place throughout the year and the number is continually increasing with organisers bowing the demands of the eSports public.

Some examples include Battle.net World Champion Series which has been running since 2012 and features World of Warcraft, Overwatch and Starcraft II. The Call of Duty World League is one of the newer events which began at the start of 2016 and is growing in popularity.

The European Gaming League primarily focuses on the UK whilst the FIFA Interactive World Cup is a hit with soccer fans around the world.

Finally, the International is the extremely popular annual DOTA 2 tournament which takes place in the USA.

Tips for Betting on eSports

eSports is still a growing industry so there are very few historical statistics to study prior to placing a bet. Getting used to each team’s tactics and gameplay is imperative ahead of placing a bet. Study how a team works together or how a particular player performs as the favourite/outsider in any given contest.

Bookmakers don’t know an awful lot about newcomers to the world of eSports and generally price matches up in anticipation of the money coming in. They often price the favourites up at a short price and it can often pay to side with the outsiders to upset the odds.

Odds often greatly vary between bookmakers so it’s imperative to make sure you have multiple accounts and you’re able to shop around for the best possible price before placing a bet. Don’t miss out on superior odds just because you only have a single betting account. Some bookmakers offer special sign-up bonuses for eSports players.

eSports continues to grow in popularity and is hugely appealing to both gamers and punters. Most bookmakers now have dedicated sections to eSports and many also offer live in-play betting on major tournaments throughout the year.

For more details, in depth reviews and playing guides we suggest you visit www.esportsbookies.com. We happened to stumble upon this website when researching for this post, in fact we got most of our information about each particular game like StarCraft  from their rather long and detailed ( yet interesting ) player guide. Check them out!

Manchester City For The Title?

Can anybody catch Manchester City in the Premier League?

The EPL is only nine games old but there is already an odds-on favourite for the title. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City sit at the top of the table with 25 points from a possible 27 so far and they will be difficult to catch. The Citizen’s most eye-catching result so far was their 7-2 demolition of Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium on October 14th and they have netted 32 goals so far (an average of 3.5 goals per game). Kevin De Bruyne has been instrumental in their success so far whilst they have looked far more secure at the back with just four goals conceded which is significantly fewer than this time last year. They are as short as 1/8 (with Bet Victor) for the title at the time of writing but can anyone catch them?

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho’s side will be desperate to catch their runaway rivals but their 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield on October 21st could prove damaging. The Red Devils are still only five points behind Pep’s side and they could recover some of that ground when the sides meet at Old Trafford on December 10th. United are second favourites in the betting at 31/2 (with 10 Bet) but they cannot afford any more below-par performances this season.

The Europa League champions are also juggling Champions League commitments and have made a bright start to life amongst Europe’s elite but with early season injuries to Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly, their squad may become stretched especially over the Christmas & New Year period.

They’ll be relying on the goals of £75 million signing Romelu Lukaku this season with the Belgian netting seven times in his opening nine matches and is the 4/1 second favourite in the top goalscorer market.

Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino’s side sit third in the outright betting at 41/4 (with 10 Bet) and they’ve made a decent start to the season. Unfortunately, an early season defeat to London rivals Chelsea and disappointing draws against Swansea and Burnley at their temporary home have set them back however they now appear to be hitting their stride. After holding Real Madrid to 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, they demolished Liverpool on October 22nd with Harry Kane, Dele Ali and Heung-Min Son all getting on the scoresheet.

They’ve conceded just five goals so far this season and have the imperious Harry Kane leading the line. The Englishman has netted eight goals so far this campaign and is the 13/8 favourite in the top goalscorer market. He is aiming to break the 30 goal barrier this time around after firing in 29 during the 2016-17 season.

Spurs look an excellent unit and are extremely exciting to watch but their lack of alternative striking options could count against them later in the season.

Chelsea

There have been murmurings of discontent at Stamford Bridge this season with Chelsea coming unstuck against both Burnley and Crystal Palace in their opening nine matches. Antonio Conte’s future is uncertain but the players proved that they have the appetite for the battle after coming from 2-1 down to see off Watford on October 21st. They’ve started the Champions League in decent fashion with victories over Atletico Madrid and Qarabag but they will need to improve their consistency in the top flight.
The Blues currently sit in 4th position and have collected 17 points so far although they failed to break down both Arsenal and Manchester City at the Bridge which is a worrying trend.

Summer signing Alvaro Morata has already notched five goals whilst perennial super-sub Michy Batshuayi has proved an able deputy from the bench. The former is 14/1 (with Bet365) to finish the season as top goalscorer in the Premier League.

Arsenal

Arsenal have once again flattered to deceive with their performances so far but still sit 5th with nine games played. The Gunners have been poor on their travels netting just once in their opening four matches on the road before smashing five past Everton on October 22nd. Arsene Wenger’s side have been guilty of possessing a soft-centre once again with German International Mezut Ozil regularly criticised for his perceived lack of effort in the centre of the park.

Arsenal are 50/1 (with 188Bet) to make an unlikely bid for top spot although many bettors will be eyeing up odds-against prices for them to finish in the top four.

They’ve already conceded more goals than 15th place Swansea with only Watford and Liverpool shipping more goals in the top half with the Gunner’s defensive woes appearing unresolved from last season.

Liverpool

Liverpool are the only other side being considered for the title although their 4-1 loss at the hands of Spurs on October 22nd has seen them pushed out to 80/1 for the title (with 10 Bet). Jurgen Klopp’s side are defensively unreliable and are averaging almost two goals conceded per game. Dejan Lovren has come in for plenty of criticism this season and the Reds are likely to strengthen during the January transfer window but it could come too late.

They’ve made decent progress in the Champions League after smashing seven past Maribor and are best price 33/1 to go all the way in the competition. Liverpool are dropping too many points this season with the likes of Newcastle, Watford and Burnley all taking at least a point from the Merseyside outfit this season but they’ve been terrific entertainment along the way.

Premier League Relegation

It took eight games (and two managers) for Crystal Palace to pick up their first points and even score their first Premier League goal and the Eagles are understandably priced at 8/11 favourites (with Betfred) for the drop this campaign. Roy Hodgson is tasked with turning things around at Selhurst Park but which other sides are in danger of finishing below the dotted line?

Huddersfield

The Terriers made a bright start to life in the Premier League with victories over Crystal Palace and Newcastle but David Wagner’s side haven’t been able to build upon that. They did beat Manchester United at the John Smith’s Stadium and their home form will be key to their survival this year. The West Yorkshire side are 7/5 second favourites (with Paddy Power) for an instant return to the Championship but their togetherness and the quality of Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy could keep them in the league.

Swansea

Paul Clement’s side have been defensively sound this season but their lack of goals could prove a hindrance in their battle for survival. The Swans are 21/20 (with 10 Bet) to slip out of the top flight and are the joint second lowest scorers in the division after nine games. Tammy Abraham is off the mark for this temporary club however returning hero Wilfried Bony hasn’t had the desired effect and is still looking to make his mark at the Liberty. Renato Sanchez is another player who has failed to shine since his high-profile move to Wales and they need to start beating the sides around them in the table if they are to beat the drop.

Brighton

The Seagulls have made a mixed start to life in the Premier League but their 3-0 hammering of West Ham on October 20th showed they won’t go down without a fight. Chris Hughton’s side don’t appear to be awash with goals but they are a hard-working side and are likely to be strong at the AMEX. They held free-scoring Manchester City for 70 minutes on the opening day of the season and have remained unbeaten at home since. They are 9/4 (with Betfair) to return to the second tier but they should have enough to survive.

Everton

After the money they’ve spent, it’s unthinkable that Everton could be relegation candidates but they have collected just eight points from a possible 27 so far and have looked like a collection of individuals as opposed to a team. Ronald Koeman is a manager under pressure and his side need to start picking up points sooner rather than later. Failing to adequately replace the goals of Romelu Lukaku has been the Toffees biggest issue with the Merseysiders finding the net just eight times so far. Everton can still be backed at 16/1 with 188 Bet for relegation this season and they could be for a season of struggle if improvement doesn’t arrive quickly.

Bournemouth

Eddies Howe’s Bournemouth should have enough to survive but they’re a frustrating team to follow. They have a number of young and talented players but have only managed to score six times in their opening nine games although the imminent return of Callum Wilson should help improve matters. Josh King will be the key this campaign but he is currently sidelined. The Cherries picked up an important three points against Stoke on October 21st and that could help kick start their survival campaign. The Dorset outfit are 11/5 (with Betfred) to finish in the bottom three this season.

BOKU Pay by Phone Bill

BOKU in the Gambling Industry

Technology is moving extremely fast and it’s very easy to get left behind these days! BOKU is a term you’ve probably heard used a fair bit over the last 12 months but what exactly is it? And how can it be used for gambling online?

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What is BOKU?

boku betting sitesThese days it is so easy to pay for good or services than ever before and BOKU has recently added to that ease and efficiency. Contactless is a popular way of purchasing but does has its limitations and can be exploited. BOKU allows users on a number of Europe’s prominent mobile providers to pay for the product with the touch of a button and it’s charged straight to your mobile. Simple as that.

It isn’t exclusively used in shops and in the physical form, online goods can also be paid for including the funding of gambling accounts and online casino wallets.

The charge will be applied to the users phone account and added to the monthly bill. For pre-paid phones, it will be taken from the remaining balance.

Most mobile providers are jumping on the BOKU bandwagon and it’s available in nearly all browsers. It is certain to expand its range in the future.

A number of major merchants are also throwing their weight behind BOKU which is believed to create increased sales due to the nature and ease of the transactional process. BOKU has also recently expanded into Germany and Italy and has a number of offices around the world.

Which companies are using BOKU?

At the time of writing, Spotify, Google Play, Windows Store, Facebook and Windows Store are all early adopters of the technology but a number of online gambling companies have also recently signed up. BetStars are one of the first online bookmakers to climb aboard whilst many online casinos have already integrated the service and are heavily promoting this method of payment.

Sun Bingo is also a recent adopter of this payment system.

What are the benefits of using BOKU?

BOKU aim to make mobile payments the most common form of transaction. Nearly every person in Europe will carry a mobile device with them which makes it simpler to pay for goods and services on the move. It prevents the need for extra cards, change or notes to be carried.

Many users feel it is a safer way of paying thus preventing companies from obtaining any card details or cash machines swallowing them. It is quick and easy and only takes a second to authorise and process.

There is no sign up process. A mobile number of all that is required to start making transactions.

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How is it being used in the betting industry?

When logging onto a casino or online bookmaker look out for the BOKU symbol. This signifies they accept payments via this method. A number of casino sites such as www.casinolegend.co.uk have started to implement this service making it easier than ever before to make a deposit and begin playing.

Although online casinos and bookmakers must split the deposit between themselves and BOKU they believe the added convenience will encourage regular deposits from their users.

It is similar to paying via e-wallet or Paypal but there is no need to ensure sufficient funds are in place.

Once BOKU is set up and established, it will remain logged in on your phone so placing a wager or funding an evening of blackjack is easier than ever before!

You’ll receive a receipt (in the form of a text) from BOKU to confirm the casino or online bookmaker deposit.

Some customers do not like giving their banking details to online gambling sites and there are many others who do not wish for gambling transactions to display on their bank statements. BOKU bypasses both of these issues. It is extremely handy.

Most of the major online bookmakers are set to add BOKU to their already-extensive list of payments in the near future. Funding an account and placing a bet on a major sporting competition often requires urgency and it will be quicker than ever before via this method. So you won’t miss out!

At this moment in time, most online casinos allow just £10 deposits at a time, but it is set to rise in the near future.

BOKU is becoming increasingly popular and is by far and away the quickest way of funding a gambling account.

Handicap Betting Explained

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What is Handicap Betting and How Does it Work

Online betting is bigger and better than ever before and there are more markets than you can shake a stick at!

Getting your head around the sheer variety of markets and possible bets can be a very tricky process. Handicap betting can often raise more questions than answers but it is extremely popular and a great alternative way of making money on a number of sports.

Handicap betting is available on Football, NHL, Rugby (both codes) and Tennis amongst others.

Most online bookmakers will offer these markets on the majority of contests with Asian Handicap Betting (more on this later) also increasing in popularity.

How does Handicap Betting work?

Handicap Betting is basically giving one team a head start. -1 or +1 are the most common handicaps in football betting.

Sport often throws up a variety mis-matches as sides of varying quality compete for the same prize. Whether it’s a plucky underdog visiting a powerhouse in a 3rd round cup match or a side fighting off relegation hosting a team aiming for European glory. Handicap betting is a terrific way of evening out the contest. Betting on these markets can make a one sided contest a much more interesting and palatable prospect.

For example. Manchester United are hosting Hull City in the Premier League.

1)

Manchester United can be backed -1 on the handicap. Take -1 from the final score in the game and Manchester United MUST still be winning.

2-0 (-1) = 1-0 WIN

3-1(-1) = 2-1 WIN

2-1(-1) = 1-1 LOSE

They must win by two clear goals in order for this bet to land.

2)

Hull can be backed +2 on the handicap. This is usually a good idea if you’re expecting the Tigers to be competitive and not beaten easily.

2-1 (+2) = 2-3 WIN

1-1(+2) = 1-3 WIN

2-0(+2) = 2-2 LOSE

Hull must not lose by more than a 1 goal margin in order for this bet to land.

This bet is often deployed when the underdog has seemingly been underestimated by the traders.

The smaller the gulf between the sides the skinnier the odds will become. For example Chelsea v Manchester City could see cramped odds of around 1/3 for +1 either side.

The same applies in rugby but with much larger scores. If Scotland face France in the Six Nations, the handicap may be set at – / + 12.

Scotland (+12 Handicap) v France (-12 Handicap)

France would have to win by 13 or more points in order to cover the handicap and for bets to be paid out. Alternatively, Scotland must keep things tight and not lose by 13 or more points in order to reward handicap backers.

A 29-15 score-line in favour of France would land the -12 handicap on Les Bleus but would not be good enough for the +12 handicap on Scotland.

In tennis, each player will be given a handicap. This is based on the number of games they are expected to win. If a match looks particularly one-sided, the handicap will be larger.

If current world number 1 Angelique Kerber is facing Vania King (currently ranked 100) she is likely to start overwhelming favourite for the contest.

The game handicap is likely to be set at -/+ 5.5 or 6/5.

The German player could be backed at -6.5 and would need to win convincingly – 6-2, 6-3 would be suffice.

She’s won 12 games, King just 5. 12 -5 = 7. The bet wins.

Vania King could be backed +6.5 on the game handicap. If she battles, fights for every point and makes it difficult for Kerber, this has a chance of landing. She could be defeated 6-4, 6-4 BUT it would land this bet easily. Add +6.5 onto her 8 games and it makes 14.5 which is more than Kerber’s 12.

Tighter games between two players with similar abilities may be set at around -/+ 1.5 or 2.5 on the handicap.

What are the benefits of Handicap Betting?

Handicap betting does make one-sided matches more interesting. One sided encounters can be dull and prices of 2/7 or 1/6 about a home side are not appealing to punters. Playing the handicap markets gives neutrals something to cheer on and will hopefully result in a winning outcome.

Sometimes improvement is noticeable but a team is still difficult to trust, particularly on their travels. Handicap betting allows a side to only draw but your bet will be paid out.

In tennis, short prices are commonplace and betting on the handicap is a popular method of extracting some more value!

Other Types of Handicap Betting

Ante-Post Handicap Betting

This is increasingly popular and has risen to prominence in recent years. Rugby and NHL do operate this system but we will use football for our examples. Each club is given a handicap market prior to the commencement of the season which is based on their likelihood to win the league.

Better sides are given small handicap marks for example Arsenal might be given +5 whereas West Brom could be offered at +34 for Premier League glory. In order to collect your winnings, you need your chosen side to out-perform their mark.

Example:

The Premier League is won by Chelsea who collected 93 points.

Southampton’s handicap is set at +34. They collect 60 points throughout the course of the season. 60 +34 = 94 which is better than the Blues’ total. This bet wins!

Stoke’s handicap is set at +25. They collect just 55 points during the regular campaign. 50 + 25 = 75. This falls short of Chelsea’s total and the pre-season bet loses.

This is a really popular way of keeping an interest throughout the season. If you believe a side will out-perform their odds, it pays to check out their handicap mark. Huddersfield, Brighton, Fleetwood, Scunthorpe and Exeter will have all out-performed their handicap marks during the course of the English football league season.

Asian Handicap Betting

You’ve probably seen Asian Handicap betting available on various online sportsbooks and there are companies (particularly those who based in Asia itself) who trade only on this market.

It is a variant of the handicap market which offers a range of different options.

It offers whole and half numbers and the opportunity to split stakes if desired.

Generally, the possible Asian handicap bets available will be:

0, -/+ 0.25, -/+0.50, -/+0.75, -/+1, -/+1.25, -/+1.50, -/+1.75

First of all – 0 works the same as Draw No Bet. Backing West Ham at 0 Asian Handicap for example would pay out if they won whilst a draw would see your stake returned.

Examples:

France are playing Italy in a major tournament. You back France at 0, -0.5. Your stake will be split between these bets. You place a £50 wager –

£25 on 0

£25 on -0.5.

If France win the match, you will win both bets. Taking half a goal (-0.5) from France’s score still results in them winning.

If the match ends in a 1-1 draw you will receive your £25 back from the 0 bet. You lose the other half of your stake on the -0.5 bet. 1 (-0.5) would mean France lose.

However, if you put £50 on Italy 0, +0.25

You would receive your £25 back for the 0 half of the bet. You would win on the +0.25 part of your bet. 1 (+0.25) would result in an Italy victory.

Complicated isn’t it?

Don’t worry, it’s always difficult to get your head round at first. But like anything, practice makes perfect. Experiment with small stakes at first and start exploring the Asian handicap market for yourself. It’s the best way to understand it.

Quarter odds are a go-between for -0.5 and -1 or +1 and +1.5 for example. Your stake is always split down the middle. +1.75 is a good way of betting on an underdog to make it a close game.

+0.5 is a great way of limiting the options and eliminating the draw. If you back the away side at 0.5 and they win or draw, you’ll collect your winnings.

A number of online sportsbooks offer Asian Handicap markets including 12Bet and 888Sport. These are a great option for finding a way into a tricky looking contest.

Betting on the Asian handicap offers up more possibilities of placing winning bets on any given football match. It takes time and dedication to master but can lead to profitable betting long-term.

It’s widely available and a last minute equaliser can completely change the complexion of a bet which just two minutes earlier was a seemingly lost cause.

Handicap Betting is just another way of keeping an interest in any sporting event and allows punters to find alternative ways of predicting the outcome of a match or contest. It is widely available on a number of different sports and increasing in popularity. Before placing a wager on the 1X2 market make sure you take a look at the handicap possibilities.

Banking Methods Explained

The Pros and Cons of different banking methods

Signing up to an online sportsbook for the first time can be a daunting experience. Where to start? How much should I allow myself to spend? Have I chosen the right bookmaker?

So many questions!

We all like to look after our money and making sure we only spend within our means is vitally important. Choosing the right deposit method is imperative for an enjoyable and potentially profitable betting experience.

Most reputable online sportsbooks will offer a huge range of deposit methods when signing up and it’s possible to mix things up if required. Some people operate through their PayPal account whilst others are comfortable enough to use a credit card for all of their gambling transactions. There’s also Skrill, Neteller & even personal cheques!

Online security is pretty tight these days and any kind of breach would be a PR disaster for a bookmaker. They rely on customer loyalty and they wouldn’t want to lose their clientele through sloppy security errors. There is still a stigma, particularly amongst those of an older generation that inputting card details is a game of chance but depositing with an online sportsbooks is safer than ever before.

Credit/Debit Cards

credit cards are an easy depositing methodCredit and Debit cards remain the most popular way of depositing. It’s quick and easy and the money appears in your account immediately. There is also no additional charge for using this service in the majority of countries (always worth checking!)

Pros

Once your details have been entered for the first time, they will be saved and future deposits will take a matter of seconds. It is a stress-free way of adding funds and there is rarely any need to move money around beforehand.

It makes it easy to follow all of your transactions through this method with them usually appearing on a monthly & annual statement.

Withdrawals can often completed slightly quicker than using alternative methods.

Credit and Debit cards are able to process larger payouts. If you land the dream 10-fold accumulator or the 200-1 outside comes in, it’s straightforward to withdraw large amounts of money to your personal account.

Cons

Some Credit Cards may come with a small operator charge, always best to check with your provider.

Gambling addictions can sometimes spiral out of control particularly if multiple credit cards are used or large overdrafts are available.

Withdrawals often take 1-3 days to complete (longer if it falls on a bank holiday weekend!) and there is a danger of bills being paid which leave the account short of funds until the transaction is complete.

If you’re trying to hide gambling activity from a partner or family member, this is not the method to choose!

Credit and Debit cards can be limited or stopped altogether if the sportsbook suspects fraud may have taken place.

PayPal

PP is a popular banking option for gamblersPayPal operates an online wallet storing cash which can be used to purchase goods or services online. It’s quick and easy to set up an account and can be utilised for a number of things including funding an account with an online sportsbook.

Pros

It is a quick an easy method and money is added to betting accounts immediately.

Handy for keeping a set amount of money separate from cash required to pay bills and everyday costs.

Safe and secure. Money can be quickly transferred back to a credit or debit card if required.

PayPal allows different currencies to be converted.

Cons

There is a small charge for using this service. Depositing £10 from a PayPal account for example would leave you with £9.80 to play with.

If you don’t sign up and deposit with PayPal when registering for the first time with an online sportsbook account, some bookmakers can make it difficult to add these details at a later date.

Not available in every country.

Some transactions can take slightly longer (but not by much!)

Skrill

deposit using skrill 1tapSkrill operates in a similar way to PayPal and can store money in an online account. It is often used by businesses. Moving money between this account and an online sportsbook is simply and easy to do.

One recent development is the addition of Skrill -1Tap which allows accounts to be funded with one touch. This can be applied on a mobile, laptop or tablet.

Pros

Much the same as PayPal, it keeps a set amount of money separate from other accounts.

Safe and secure and operates in a number of different languages offering a range of currencies too.

Reasonably quick transactions

No documentation is required before funding a betting account using this method.

Cons

Not all online sportsbooks have added Skrill to their roster. Always best to check before signing up.

There may also be a small charge applied to these transactions (different online sportsbooks operate varying rules)

Neteller

netteller banking optionsNeteller is another online e-wallet which provides a separate account for online users. It is particularly popular in the USA and Canada. It is virtually the same as having a Skill account.

Pros

Once again moving money between your accounts is easy.

It keeps the money separate from other funds.

Once you’ve added your account details to the system, it should be straightforward to make deposits in the future. (You don’t have to remember the 12 digit code each time!)

Cons

Not all online sportsbooks offer Neteller as a deposit method. Always check first.

There are additional charges for using Neteller. Funding a betting account is free but moving cash between your account and credit/debit card will incur a small charge.

Some online sportsbooks set a higher minimum deposit when using this system. They also restrict the amount of money which can be withdrawn.

Cheques

This may seem like a very old fashioned way of operating…and let’s face it, it is!

But, some online sportsbooks in a number of countries still accept payments using cheque.

Pros

There is no charge for depositing using this method

A number of different cheques are accepted (Not travellers!)

Cons

There is usually a large minimum deposit limit when using this amount. Each individual online sportsbook has different requirements.

Cheques can take between 5 and 28 days to clear.

Additional charges could be incurred for recorded delivery or ensuring the cheque is posted safely and securely.

Some online sportsbooks have removed this method from their list of possibilities.

Online Bank Transfers

This is an increasingly popular way of depositing and bypasses the inputting of credit or debit card details. Most bookmakers do accept this method but always best to check beforehand.

Logging onto your online banking provider is required to complete this transaction. You will need to use your membership reference number which should be easy enough to find.

Pros

Once you’ve set up the recipient, you won’t need to input the details of the betting company unless you change bank or open a new account.

It’s quick and simple. Money will appear in your betting account later that day.

Skips the inputting of credit card details. Some punters prefer the betting company not to hold their vital digits on their system!

It’s 100% free to use this method with the majority of banks.

Cons

This method requires careful inputting of details. Correct sort code & account numbers must be added plus the correct membership reference number so they know which account to attribute the funds to.

Not all online sportsbooks & betting sites accept this method.

Any online security issues would be your responsibility as opposed to the bookmakers.

Online betting accounts can sometimes take a couple of hours to be funded via this transaction.

There are a number of other methods which are accepted by various online sportsbooks. Paysafe Card is very similar to PayPal and Neteller with no charge for each transaction. A minimum deposit is sometimes required for this method although various currencies are available.

Entropay is similar to having a virtual Visa debit card and is some people’s preferred method of depositing.

Most bookmakers are expanding their offering and selection of deposit methods. It allows bettors to make the choice whilst keeping their personal preferences in mind. The more methods available, the likelier they are to attract new customers from all around the world.

Every method has pros and cons and it’s always best to read up on the advantages and disadvantages before jumping in!

Online sportsbooks will always push people towards using credit and debit cards as it is quick and easy and deposits can be made instantly. Personal choice & situation is important to consider before signing up and mixed your methods is perfectly acceptable. Don’t be caught out by additional hidden charges however!

Difference between a Sportsbook and a Betting Exchange Explained

Differences between Sportsbook and Betting Exchange Explained

There are a huge number of online sportsbooks available and an increasing number of online exchanges on the market. Betfair is the most notable and continues to gain popularity.

Anybody who signs up to a Betfair account will be able to alternate between their traditional sportsbook offering and the exchange. But what is the difference? And which one should you use?

Introduction to Sportsbook

Betfair Sportsbook arrived in 2012 following the success of their exchange product. To put it simply, the sportsbook is a traditional betting platform which pits bookmaker against punter.

Whether you require a bet on the UEFA Champions League, the French Open tennis, the Russian Grand Prix or the Superbowl, Betfair will have each event priced up by their team of traders.

It is similar to all other online sportsbooks with Betfair choosing the available price for punters. The lines will only alter if there is significant support across the market.

Winning bets will be paid out in full by the company with the firm offering various promotions such as ‘Best Price Guaranteed’ on a number of selections. Enhanced prices and boosted returns on selected market are also available to punters throughout the year.

It’s also possible to bet on multiples through the sportsbook. If you require a short-priced double on the tennis or a Saturday accumulator on the football, Betfair Sportsbook is the ideal platform to do just that!

Introduction to Betting Exchange

Betfair Exchange was originally devised as a platform for punters to bet against one another. Their recent television advert shows a group of friends arguing over the outcome of a football match with the dispute being settled on Betfair Exchange. They act as a mediator, a go-between.

The Exchange allows users to either ‘back’ a selection or ‘lay’ it.

Backing a horse or football team is not to dis-similar to using the sportsbook. Punters can often find bigger prices available on the exchange and can select their desired odds. In order for the bet to be placed, somebody with an opposing view must be happy to lay the selection at the suggested price. There is no bookmaker firmly holding the odds, it is fluid and can change significantly in the space of a minute. Some markets are livelier than others.

You won’t be taking money from the bookmaker. If you win, the money will come from a fellow exchange user. Betfair will take a small cut (usually starts at 5%) but this decreases over time. Regular users and big stakes punters will be granted a discounted rate on winning bets and commission can occasionally be as low as 1-2%.

Betfair Exchange will cover the majority of sports and has a range of markets priced up. Horse racing punters can back selections ‘to finish in the top 2’ (2TBP) or even ‘to finish in the top 4 (4TBP)’ whilst football bettors can back ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ or even ‘Correct Score’. Political markets are also available with the US Election and the much-discussed Brexit vote two recent examples.

What is laying?

You’ve probably heard punters proudly declare ‘I’m going to lay that horse’ or ‘I didn’t fancy them to win the Premier League so I thought I would lay them at the start of the season’, but what does it actually mean?

Laying is the simply predicting that something ‘will not happen’. If you’re finding it difficult to pick out the winner of a competitive looking horse race, you may prefer to rule one or two of them out.

For example – Swansway is the current 2nd favourite in the 14:10 at Southwell, but you don’t fancy it to get the job done, you can ‘lay’ the selection.

If your chosen horse finishes 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th, you win! However if Swansway romps clear of the rest of the field and wins the race, you’ll have to pay out I’m afraid.

If you don’t fancy Chelsea to beat Middlesbrough in the Premier League, you can lay Chelsea and if the match ends in a draw or Middlesbrough win, you’ll collect your winnings.

It sounds great doesn’t it? There is a slight catch…

You act like the bookmaker. If you lay a bet for £10 you are pitting your wits against another punter who is wagering £10 on that selection. It is two opposing views going head to head.

If the selection doesn’t win, congratulations! You will receive the opposing punters £10 (with a small amount of commission deducted).

However…if the prediction is errant and the selection wins, you will have to pay out!

Like the bookmaker, you’re hoping the pay-out is relatively small and not particularly damaging to your bank. If the opposing punter has placed £10 at odds of 1.79, you will have to pay £17.90 (10 x 1.79). How much you’ll have to pay-out (£17.90 in this case) is described as your ‘liability’ when you strike the bet.

If you’re reckless with lay selections you could end up losing a huge amount of money. If you start laying selections at 10.00 or above, it only requires one outside to win In order for your bank to be wiped out.

Laying takes a huge amount of research, patience and observing price fluctuations in order to be successful and profitable.

Backing and Laying for Profit

Cash out is now a regular feature which is available with the majority of online sportsbooks. However, it can often be more profitable via the Exchange.

Some punters can back a horse pre-race (about 10am for example) and the price will fluctuate throughout the day. Significant exchange money can shorten the price and profit can be made.

The selection may be 8.00 in the morning and could have shortened to 4.00 with 10 minutes until the off time. Backing at 8.00 and laying the selection at 4.00 would result in a nice profit regardless of the outcome.

Another popular strategy is backing Under 2.5 Goals pre-match (odds of 2.18 for example). The match will then go ‘In-Play’ and if it remains goalless after 20 minutes, the odds will have dropped significantly (around 1.85 for example) and a cash-out value will be available.

Similarly, you’re backing Chelsea on the exchange at 1.60. If the Blues take the lead after 17 minutes, the price will shorten to around 1.10 and users can decide whether to ‘Cash Out’ early or let it ride until the end of the match.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Sportsbook

Advantages

Fixed Prices – You know what odds you’re going to get.

You’ll win the full amount with no commission taken from your profit.

There are hundreds of markets available – if you’re looking to back individual goal-scorers, specific team goals or minute-by-minute action. You will only find these available on Betfair Sportsbook.

Multiples are available. If you’re looking to increase profit and bet in doubles, trebles or even accumulators, Sportsbook is the place to go.

Offers, enhanced prices and boosted returns are available.

A bet will be placed immediately. Selections do not have to be ‘matched’ and there is no anxious wait pre-kick off.

Disadvantages

The prices rarely change. They occasionally get shortened but it is rarely the case that you’ll find a bigger price using the sportsbook.

There is no option to ‘lay’ a selection.

It is much harder to change your mind and switch between selections for small profit.

Exchange

Advantages

You don’t have to pick a winner. You can make money choosing a horse or sports team not to win! The ability to lay offers up plenty more opportunities and profit can be made.

Better odds are likely to be available. These can change throughout the day (often in your favour)

Acting as the bookmaker allows you to pick your own odds and wait patiently to get them matched.

It is possible to make a profit on sporting events within the first 20 minutes or occasionally prior to the start.

There are additional horse racing markets available with Betfair Exchange. These including backing a horse to finish in the top two, three or four (depending on the size of the field)

Thousands of markets are now available through Betfair Exchange creating more backing and laying opportunities than ever before.

Disadvantages

Betfair will take 5% commission on a winning selection.

Some bets may not get matched. This often occurs if selections are placed too close to the off time or in small unpopular markets.

Laying can be a dangerous game. Recklessly laying selections can lead to long term loss. It takes skill, dedication and patience.

There aren’t as many markets available. Backing individual goal-scorers, team goals or minute by minute markets is not possible.

Many punters will fluctuate between using Betfair Sportsbook and Exchange and it is possible to use the same wallet across both platforms.

Huge profits can be made using Betfair Exchange and knowing your way around is extremely important. It is best to familiarise yourself with the markets and it is advised that new users sit and observe fluctuations before steaming in!

If you’re happy to simply pit your wits against a traditional bookmaker then it’s best to stick to a sportsbook.

Horse Racing Betting Guide

How to bet successfully on Horse Racing

Guide to Betting on Horse Racing

Horse racing is one of the oldest and historical sports and is still hugely popular around the world. It is also one of the most complex!

Most people in the UK will place a bet and/or watch the Grand National once a year whilst casual race fans will enjoy the Breeders Cup in the USA, the Melbourne Cup and of course, the Cheltenham Festival.

It can be a minefield at times and knowing the quirks and trends of each racecourse, trainer and horse takes complete dedication. Those who turn that time into money have been rewarded for their graft and there is no feeling quite like picking out a big priced winner!

How to bet successfully on Horse Racing

Types of Horse Race

In the UK & Ireland, there are three types of race – National Hunt, Flat Racing (Turf) and All-Weather Racing.

Some horses can compete across all three areas during their careers but the majority tend to specialise in one.

In the US, flat racing is king but there are a number of different surfaces including Synthetic, Dirt and Turf.

National Hunt

National Hunt is the umbrella term for any racing which includes obstacles. There are two main types of National Hunt races in the UK – Hurdles & Chases (sometimes given their formal title of steeplechases)

There are also National Hunt Flat Races (NHF), these are few and far between and are generally for horses getting used to the feel of a racecourse. It’s probably best not to worry about these.

Chases – The Grand National is the most obvious example of a chase. Horses are required to jump over large fences (often made of different materials) and complete the course. Large and agile horses are required for this. Races can range from 2miles to 4miles 4 furlongs (Grand National). These can include water jumps and ditches and if a horse miscalculates one of these – they often don’t finish the race.

Hurdles – Competed over smaller obstacles which make it slightly easier. Crashing or blundering through one of these will not necessarily spell the end of the race and will simply provide a slight hindrance. These still require a certain amount of dexterity and skill, but aren’t as taxing or energy sapping as fences.

Flat

This is the easiest to understand. It is simply a case of finishing first past the post. Speed is the name of the game although distances will vary and the amount of moisture in the ground can prove the difference between finishing 1st or 13th.

Flat Racing is hugely popular around the world and the UAE has regular prestigious flat races which are competed by horses and jockeys from around the world.

All Weather

Similar to flat racing but competed on a synthetic surface. These can vary, for example – Southwell (UK) has fibre-sand whilst Wolverhampton (UK) is competed on tapeta. All Weather racing has increased its popularity in recent years as it is rarely affected by poor conditions and can take place all year round. Most US tracks plus Dundalk in Ireland also possess a synthetic track.

Seasons

National Hunt racing generally runs from October to the end of April, although there are ‘Summer jumps’ in the UK from the likes of Newton Abbot, Perth and Stratford.

UK Flat racing starts at the beginning of April and will run until the end of October. The hottest races tend to take place in June and July.

All Weather – As mentioned, this can take place all year round with few restrictions on these types of races.

Betting On Horse Racing

Every online sportsbook will have markets priced up on the day’s racing. US Racing & events from South Africa and Singapore are likely to be featured too.

For those of you who are keen, some sportsbooks will release prices overnight or from around 6pm the night before. Big stake punters tend to wait for these in order to snap up the best prices!

There are two main types of bets:

Win Only – Simple enough. You are predicting that ‘Horse X’ will finish first past the post. If it wins, you will be paid out at the price. For example 5/1, you will receive £5 for every pound wagered.

Each Way – This is a slightly more cautious, but often profitable method. A competitive field can often make it difficult to single out one particular horse, so betting each way allows your chosen horse to come in the top 3 (see below). Most online sportsbooks will pay a ¼ odds for the places.

This requires double the stake. For example £1 each way bet is split into 2 – 50p Win/50p to Place

If the horse wins, you will be paid out on both. If the horse just misses out, you will paid out at ¼ of the odds. For example – you backed a 10/1 2nd place finisher – 10 divided by 4 = 2.50 x 50p = £1.25. You would receive £1.25 + 50p stake (for the each way part of your bet)

Bookmakers will pay out:

2 places – 3-7 runners

3 places – 8-15 runners

4 places – 16 runners or more.

Other Popular Bets

Forecast/Reverse Forecast

This is specifically picking the first two horses to cross the line.

Occasionally there can be a clear gulf between the first two in the market and the remainder of the field. A forecast predicts ‘Horse X and Horse Y’ to finish in that order. A reverse forecast allows them to finish 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 1st.

Laying

This is only available on betting exchanges as opposed to sportsbooks. Essentially, this is predicting that ‘Horse X’ will not win the race. It can result in large losses if it doesn’t go your way!

Match Bets

Some sportsbooks offer these on bigger races throughout the year. Ladbrokes’ do a good line in these. ‘Horse X to beat Horse Y’ in the 3:50 at Ffos Las is one such example of this bet. Even if those two horses finished 9th and 10th in the race, you would still be paid out if ‘Horse X’ finished ahead of ‘Horse Y’.

Betting in Multiples

Similar to football, punters do enjoy a horse racing accumulator. These can be risky however as just one horse could blunder or become bogged down in the surface to let down the entire bet.

Doubles and Trebles are a popular way of securing returns, but there a number of other possibilities:

Trixie

Three selections required for a Trixie and it’s 4 x the stake. For example a £1 Trixie would cost £4.

This covers 3 x doubles & a treble. If just two of the selections are victorious, you will still be paid out. If all three of the selections cross the line first, it’ll leave you jumping for joy!

Lucky 15/31/63

This is an extremely popular way of wagering. Lucky 15 = 4 selections, Lucky 31 = 5 and Lucky 63 = 6.

The number reflects the amount of bets covered within.

For example – Lucky 15 covers:

1 x Four Fold

4 x Trebles

6 x Doubles

4 x Singles

Landing three of the four selections (at reasonable prices) can often secure a profit whilst landing just one or two will ensure at least some return from your outlay.

These are terrific ways of betting and assuage the disappointment of missing out by just one selection! We all know that feeling…

What to look for

Every punter has a different system and will be able to bore you over a pint if you ask them to explain it!

Research is required. Always look out for fast finishing horse on its next run. If a horse is hampered at the beginning or failed to secure a clear passage, but still managed to secure 4th place. Next time, a clear run could be the key to winning the contest.

Try and get in the mind-set of a trainer. Owners and connections of each horse will be very vocal about the kind of race their animal should compete in BUT it’s often down to the discretion of the trainer to find the perfect winning opportunities.

Some trainers will aim for a particular race whilst others will target their favourite tracks. Ask yourself plenty of questions – Why has this trainer sent their horse 290 miles to compete in a race? They obviously think it’s worth it. Why has this top jockey gone all the way to Ayr racecourse for one ride? He believes it can win.

Some trainers have success when importing horses from Europe and giving them a first run in the UK. Other get the best out of horses they’ve acquired from other yards.

Going can be key. If the going is listed as heavy (severe rainfall can often create boggy conditions), look for horses with a history of competing on this type of surface.

Good to Soft is a tricky surface as it’s hard to judge, but certain horses thrive in a muddy quagmire and even if they haven’t been close to winning, heavy going can bring out the best in them.

There are so many elements to consider when betting on horse racing, but take some time to study the trainers, jockeys and horses themselves. Listen to people who have been working in the industry for years and following the fortunes of certain horses can often result in success.

You aren’t going to make an overnight fortune betting on horse racing, but studying, observing and carefully wagering WILL create long term profit!

Watch this video on How To Bet On Horses

Football Betting Guide

How To Bet On Football

Betting on football has seen a significant growth over the past 10 years and there are an ever increasing number of online sportsbooks offering an expansive range of markets.

Gone are the days when the casual punter would amble into their local betting shop and place an ambitious 7-fold accumulator on a Saturday morning. Yes, that is still possible, but betting online & on smartphones has quickened the process and it’s faster and easier than ever to place a bet on the move.

You could be backing goals in the Bundesliga whilst stoking up the barbecue. You could be following the action from the Russian Premier League whilst at the gym. You could be betting on the Premier League whilst rambling through the countryside. You get the idea…

If you’re new to football betting, It is best to do research and observe the markets and offerings before jumping in. We’re here to help…

Online Sportsbooks

betting slipEVERY online sportsbook offers football betting with each company continually adding to their range of markets. Sportsbooks such as Coral target football customers and there are a number of terrific sign-up bonuses to look out for. These will set you on your way.

The football markets are usually signposted on their websites and typically would advertise upcoming games in the English Premier League, Champions League or Internationals.

Websites such as odds-checker will compare and contrast the different odds provided by many bookmakers and are a handy tool for the value seeker.

Leagues & Competitions

Every online sportsbook will offer thousands of leagues from around the world. The best advice is to play to your strengths. If you only know the English Premier League, then stick to that.

The more knowledge you possess, the better. If you have expertise on the Japanese second tier you will find plenty of markets for these games.

Research is a good way of expanding your portfolio and following a new division each week is a good way of broadening your betting horizons, but don’t wager on a particular league simply because it’s the only one playing that day.

Most online sportsbooks will offer all of the top leagues from around Europe (Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A etc) and most will also offer Australian A-League, South American Leagues & MLS to name a few. Markets tend to be limited on the more obscure divisions.

Markets

There are hundreds of markets available for each match and the choice can be overwhelming at times, but the more experience you gain, the better you’ll become at selecting your stronger suit.

Some people prefer to bet on goals-based markets as they find the unpredictability of team performances hard to decipher. Some bettors like to stick to outrights and there are others who will often look at potential goal-scorers as an option. You’ll find your own niche and it will hopefully be a profitable one!

Outright

The simplest of all the markets. This is the same as selecting 1,2 or X on the coupon in the betting shop. There are three possible outcomes in this market – Home Win, Draw or Away Win.

Predicting the outcome of a match is a straightforward looking task and is still the most popular market. Typically, the home side will start at the shortest odds whilst backing away teams can be profitable.

Many punters avoid backing the draw but this is usually priced 2/1 or bigger and can be a great way of making money. If Team A and Team B struggle for goals and have drawn three of their last four meetings, there’s a high chance it will finish all square.

Punters enjoy putting outright selections into Accumulators. Perms or Doubles & Trebles (More on these later…)

Both Teams to Score

An increasingly popular bet is Both Teams to Score. Most sportsbooks will provide odds for ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in this market. The odds can be restrictive as there is a 50/50 chance of your bet landing.

If you’re struggling to pick a winner in the outright market, this can be a great way of playing.

It’s preferable to select ‘Yes’ in this market as it’s better to cheer on goals than willing sides to keep a clean sheet! BUT, if a side have a habit of keeping clean sheets at home, ‘No’ can be a great way of playing and would also cover a 0-0 score-line.

Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Another popular market with punters is predicting how many goals will feature during the 90 minutes. The bar is set at 2.5 as the majority of matches will feature either 2 or 3 goals.

Some sides are managed by coaches who simply instruct their players to push forward and not worry about defending, this will inevitably lead to a high scoring game. Online sportsbooks gradually spot the pattern and reduce the price accordingly.

Top of the table sides playing one another can often result in cagey affairs and under 2.5 goals is a regular outcome.

One of the appeals of this type of bet is the interest can be maintained until the final minute of the game. If it’s goalless at half time, an open second half could result in three goals. Occasionally a flurry of goals may arrive in the final 20 minutes.

Goalscorers – Anytime/First/Last

The goal-scorer market is an alternative which is offered by the majority of online sportsbooks. Every player who is likely to start will be priced up and options will be available on your selection to score the first goal of the game (this rolls over if it’s an own goal), last goal of the game or at any point during the 90 minutes.

Players to score 2 or more goals or even a hat-trick will often be available too.

Needless to say, strikers will begin at shorter prices and big grizzly central defenders will provide larger returns if they somehow find the net.

Handicaps

Handicap betting allows punters to give either team a goal advantage or disadvantage.

Home teams can often be priced too short and prices such as 1/4 or 2/9 just don’t appeal. Value can be found by backing them to win by 2 clear goals. -1 on the handicap is essentially taking a goal away from them and predicting that they will still win.

For example – A 3-0 victory (-1 goal) would still result in a 2-0 victory and the bet would land!

3(-1) -0 = 2-0

A 2-1 score-line (-1 goal) would result in a draw and the bet would lose.

2(-1)-1 = 1-1

Alternatively, a side who aren’t expected to win can be backed +1 on the handicap. It’s the same premise, add this goal to the underdogs score and you would collect if the match ended a draw. +2 and +3 are also other options, these are particularly handy for seemingly one sided encounters.

Other Types of Football Bet

Accumulator

Everybody loves an accumulator on a Saturday!

Accumulators are formed of a number of games (4 or more) and all selections MUST win to secure a return. Some punters love an ambitious 13-fold accumulator on the off chance it’ll be their lucky day, but most bettors will stick to 5 or 6 teams.

Most accumulators consist of outright results, but online sportsbooks allow any market to feature in an accumulator. You cannot have two selections from the same match however.

Landing one of these can result in HUGE pay-outs for small stakes.

Ante-Post

These bets will generally be placed prior to a new season beginning or at the start of a competition. The most popular Ante-Post bets are ‘Team X to win the league’ or ‘Team Y to be promoted’.

Most online sportsbooks have increased their range of Ante-Post bets over the past couple of years with ‘Relegation’ and ‘Top Goal-Scorer’ also popular with punters.

These markets will be available all season (often removed on match-days) but the prices are likely to be much shorter.

Advice & Strategies

Successful football bettors often require many years to hone their craft and it can be a difficult and frustrating journey. Online sportsbooks would not be in business if betting on football was easy.

Familiarise yourself with the league and the teams within it. Watch as much as you possibly can (without upsetting those around you!) and analyse how different teams and their managers approach matches.

Home/Away form can be crucial and never dismiss recent form. Mentality is a huge part of the sport and a creditable draw can lift spirits paving the way for an unbeaten run.

A new manager bounce is not to be underestimated and serious consideration should be given to a side who are lining up with a new boss.

Goals markets can be a tremendous alternative if you’re struggling to select an outright winner. In these markets consider: Do they tend to keep it tight against the top teams? Do they struggle to break down lower ranked opposition? Have these sides got a history of playing out high scoring affairs?

Placing Bets

Accumulators ARE fun. But they are not a money making strategy. Place a throw-away £1 or two each weekend, but betting in smaller multiples is advisable.

Singles are the most effective way of making money, but do require a large bank to begin with. Doubles are popular and stand a good chance of landing.

Online Bookmakers will always push accumulator bets as there is a higher chance of them losing.

Finally – Always trust your instinct, do your own research & don’t bet if you can’t find anything you like!