Betting on football is all well and good, but it is all the more fun if you can make a profit in the process. This beginners football betting guide will hopefully at least set you on the right path towards achieving your betting goals.
We all know that we should follow odds and bet with our heads straight – but there are also some small yet very significant strategies that you should consider. Following each and every one of these tips will ensure that your betting experience is enjoyable – and not a surefire trip to the crazy house.
Football Betting Pointers
Many books have been written on football betting strategy – some good, some bad – and there are no doubt plenty of winning methods out there, but here we outline the ten key points which have assisted us with our football betting over the years.
Look Past The Result
Often the final score in a football match will prove to be an accurate reflection of how the game has played out. The previous results of a team will also often be one of – if not THE – major factor which impacts upon the team’s odds for their subsequent fixtures.However whilst a string of recent wins is invariably better than a run of losses, the final score does not ALWAYS tell the whole story.
By looking deeper into the stats; at factors such as possession percentage and total shots on target for example, we can identify teams who have been acheiving the results their performances deserve, and those who have perhaps been more than a little unlucky. As such we can have greater confidence in backing a team who has been winning AND playing well, whilst possibly unearthing some good value bets amongst those teams who have been playing well but been unlucky in their recent matches.
Always Check The Team News
This can be of vital importance. Many – even top tier – teams have one or two players who are key to their performance. Be it their defensive lynchpin, creative midfield spark or lethal front man, the absence of one or two individuals can greatly impact the results of a side. As an example, whether a sides top-scorer passes or fails a late fitness test should certainly impact upon your betting decision.
This factor is ever more important in the modern era with the vast fixture lists often faced by sides. Whilst some of the top teams take the various Cup competitions seriously, others often play little more than a mixture of their youth and reserve players.
When risking your cash on a football match, you should at least make the effort to find out exactly who you are betting on.
Follow Your Sport Closely/Specialise
Whilst it is possible to bet on just about every football league around the world – that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Can you really hope to know enough about them all to bet profitably?
Far better to specialise in a smaller number of Leagues, and make an effort to get to know the teams/players in as much depth as you can. A good tip here is to pick the ones you already know best/find most interesting. Keep up to date with the latest news and read the match reports. You never know when you may pick up that vital betting clue.
Specialising in this manner will give you a far greater chance of formulating those all important winning football betting strategies. As with many things in life though, it never hurts to listen to the informed views of others…..
Go on Betting Forums
Never underestimate just how much information you can find on a betting forum. These forums have people who, just like you, want to become winners. Therefore, these individuals will ask for advice – and will be given advice. While you shouldn’t use the forum as your only informational resource, it’s still a good place to learn a thing or two.
Become Familiar with the Lingo
The betting world had many words that you probably never heard about in your entire life – and as a beginner, they might really confuse you. Before diving head-on, you might want to become familiar with all those terms – and avoid swimming in unknown waters. Sure, most of these tips you’ll learn along the way, but it won’t hurt learning about as many as you can before you start off.
Don’t Become Overconfident When You Win
It happens to the best of us: you see yourself on a winning spree and you are convinced it’s going to last. However, you should not get carried away, simply because you never know what may happen. One minute your luck is here and the next one it’s gone.
There is no right way to place a bet, nor is there a wrong way to do so. You can take all kinds of approaches. You can take different strategies, you can work with different systems, and you can find the winning method that works best for you.
Don’t Let Losses Dishearten You
Again, it happens to the best of us: you lose once, and that loss will make you say that you’re never going to bet again. Still, if you let every small thing bring you down, you’re not going to make any actual money. Remember that with each loss you learn something new.
We know you want to have fun and make some cash – but in order to become a successful bettor, you may want to take a break every now and again. Taking regular breaks will prevent it from turning into a chore and keep it into a pleasurable hobby.
Trust Your Judgment
There may be a lot of bettors explaining the math about how a certain team is likely to win; however, if your judgment is with a different player, don’t let yourself be swayed. Sure, you may consider their opinion – but don’t let it influence you if you don’t feel it is right.