Increasing your odds of winning on football (soccer) is easy when you know how to bet. If you’re a first-time football better though, the sheer amount of betting possibilities and variables might appear overwhelming. In this article, we will provide you with some valuable insights into the world of football betting.
Just remember that football betting is really not that different from betting on the cricket or the Kabaddi League. All of the best odds, biggest fixtures and special promotions can be found at 10CRIC, such as our ISL Free Bet and our Football Cashback offers. Let’s kick things off by going over a few of the most common types of football bets that everyone beginner should know…
1×2 or Match bet
Often called a Match bet, the 1×2 bet is the most straightforward type of football betting. With a 1×2 bet you simply pick the result of a football game by selecting either the Home Team (1) to win, the Away Team (2) to emerge victorious or the match to end in a Draw (x). Note that sometimes stipulations apply to these types of bets. For instance, most 1×2 bets don’t count results after extra time or penalty time if you’re betting on games that are part of some Cup competitions and the Champions League knockout stages, for example. As far as the domestic leagues are concerned, all matches are decided in regular 90 minutes. So let’s say, Real Madrid host Barcelona in a Spanish league clash and you bet ₹500 on a draw at odds of 2.00 – the game then ends 2-2 which means your bet is a winning one and you’ll get ₹1,000 in total (₹500 of your original stake, plus ₹500 extra which is your net profit on a winning bet).
It’s possible to bet on different outcomes as they relate to when goals are scored and by which team or player. The first, second and third goalscorer can be bet on, as can the last scorer of a game. This type of betting can prove successful if one team or an individual player is in particularly good form coming into a match. For example, if you bet ₹1,000 on Manchester City’s star striker Kun Aguero at odds of 2.50 to be the First Goalscorer in their game against Liverpool and the Argentine gives City the lead, you win! That means you’ll get ₹2,500 in total (₹1,000 original stake + ₹1,500 net profit).
Over/Under Total Goals bet
Betting on the potential number of goals scored in a football game is called an Over/Under Total Goals bet. The reason why it’s called an Over/Under bet is that you’re betting on whether there will be either more or less than a designated amount. For example, Over 2.5 means you’re betting on 3 or more goals to be scored, while Under 2.5 would be either 0, 1 or 2 goals scored. Other Over/Under bets can also be placed on corners and the score at halftime. Example: if you bet on a match to have over 2.5 goals and it finishes 2-1 (3 goals in total), your bet will be victorious!
Team Clean Sheet bet
A Team Clean Sheet bet refers to a bet in which you wager on whether a team will concede a goal. The options when placing a Team Clean Sheet bet are either ‘Yes’ in favour of a team not conceding a goal or ‘No’ in favour of a team conceding a goal. As a rule of thumb, lower odds are given for the ‘No’ option since there’s a greater chance that a goal will be scored as opposed to the game going into a draw. So let’s say you back Juventus to keep a clean sheet against Inter and Juve win the match 1-0 – in this case they won’t have conceded a goal which turns your bet into a winning one.
Draw No Bet
A Draw No Bet is when you bet on the outcome of a match but get your stake back if it ends in a draw. The odds on a Draw No Bet wager are usually much lower than other markets, which makes them a good place to start if you’re a true football betting beginner. Example: you put ₹1,000 on Liverpool to beat Chelsea in the Draw No Bet market – the match then ends 1-1 which means Liverpool haven’t won it but the draw result covers for your losing bet and therefore your initial stake of ₹1,000 will be returned to your balance.
Top football leagues
It’s possible to bet on football matches all over the world year-round. From local derbies to international events and even cross-league championships. There is, however, regular debate over which leagues are the best to watch, have the best players or are the most entertaining to bet on. Really it comes down to personal preference, but some of the most widely watched leagues across the globe include:
- Indian Super League a.k.a. Hero Indian Super League
- English Premier League
- Spanish La Liga
- German Bundesliga
- Italian Serie A
- Champions League
- Europa League
As a new football bettor, you might not be fully familiar with all aspects surrounding each match. There are so many things you can take into consideration before placing your bet. Always consider a team’s recent form instead of making a call based on their overall season. Short term results are always a great indicator of a team’s performance. Also, never forget to take injuries into account. When a key player is ruled out of a match this might affect the performance of the entire team.
So… No matter what strategy you choose, football betting is getting bigger and bigger and there’s never been a better time to join the show at 10CRIC!