Football Markets Explained
Possibly the simplest type of football bet, it’s a great way to start out with sports betting. You predict the way the match is likely to end and find the best odds available for the win, lose or draw.
BTTS also known as both teams to score is where you place a bet on whether or not you think both teams will score in a game. It can be BTTS yes or BTTS no. Because there are only 2 possible outcomes for this market, it represents a great chance of picking a winning bet. Take a look at our BTTS tips if you want some suggestions for this football market.
The next step up from match odds is predicting the correct score. You’ll need to get the right team too so if you bet on Barcelona winning 2-0 you won’t get a payout if Real Madrid win by 2-0 instead.
This is two bets in one, where you bet on what you think the half-time result will be as well as the final result. You need to predict both half-time and full-time results correctly for a payout. You don’t need to specify the actual score, just the result ie/, win, lose or draw.
Score and win bet
This is sometimes also called “both teams to score and win” and is actually two different types of football bet in one. You are betting that both team get on the scoresheet, as well as one team nabbing the overall win. Compare this to a “win to nil” bet which is where you bet that one team will win and also keep a clean sheet.
There’s an incredible array of available bets if you want to take a punt on goalscorers. The first goalscorer in a match is a popular bet but last goalscorer and anytime goalscorer are all top picks too. You can find some great Premier League free bets on a variety of goalscorer bets so keep checking our daily promotions for the most up to date offers.
Often referred to as “accas”, an accumulator involves betting on four or more matches for higher odds. To collect the cash you’ll need to win every bet you’ve placed. The odds are much better on football accumulators than placing the equivalent single bets, but it’s more of a challenge to win them all. You can bet on less than four matches; these are known as doubles and trebles rather than an acca. If you like the thrill of a big win, take a look at our Accumulator tips page for some suggestions on who to add to your acca this weekend.
A type of spread betting for the sports market, Asian handicaps take the form of the teams into account. The idea is to level up the playing field so that both teams have an equal chance of the win, taking the handicap into account. You can find out more about handicap football betting in our guide.
Football betting is such a huge and diverse market you’ll find there are lots more bets you can place. Keep up to date with the latest free bets and offers to find the best deals that suit the type of bet you want to place
Should I stick to betting on my own team?
It definitely helps to have as much knowledge as possible from head-to-head results to the form of players. And the chances are that you know your own team far better than any other, so surely that’s the best kind of bet to place, right? While we can’t tell you who to bet on, you need to take real care if you’re betting on your own team. It’s hard to bet against your team so be very certain that you’re backing them to win based on your considered research, not loyalty.
How can I improve my chances of winning?
While we can’t offer you any cast-iron certainties, we can help you out with placing your bets. Research is key to being successful in football betting and our knowledge guide can provide some useful tips to point you in the right direction.
Where can I find the best odds?
There’s no single bookmaker which will offer the best odds and the greatest range of markets each and every time. Promotions and free bets can also make a big difference so it’s always worth checking our latest deals to see what’s being offered. However, William Hill, Bet Victor, Betfair and Bet365 consistently rank at the top for both the number of markets and the odds on offer.
Are there any proven football betting systems?
Whilst there is no such thing as a guaranteed bet. There are betting systems that are proven to bring a profitable return. One of the easiest football betting system to master for a profitable return, is matched betting. If you are interested in matched betting on football, then take a look here.
What is football betting in-play?
Football betting in play is where you place your bet once the game has kicked off. This allows you to get a read on the game before placing your bets. Be aware that the odds will change quite quickly during in play betting and markets will be suspended if a goal is scored or if there is a dangerous free kick or penalty. Odds will also stabilize at half time so this can also be a good time to bet.
What are the best football betting sites?
Football betting has become increasingly popular in recent years and bookmakers have been quick to jump on this. The most popular football betting sites in the UK would be Bet365, Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill. All of these bookmakers offer regular football free bets for both new and existing customers. If you don’t have any of these accounts, check out our sign up offers for these bookies. Also look for sites with quick deposit and withdrawal times, Paypal betting sites are well know for this. after all you want access to your winnings quickly.