Football Betting Guide

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Football Betting Guide

The following is designed to serve as a guide to the variety of bets available across the majority of bookmaker sites. Most bet types are usually self explanatory, although may not appear straight forward to a novice punter, so are outlined below. Most of these bet types are available on all Premier League games, some are an exception and are only offered on televised matches.


Some basic terms explained:

Single - A bet on the outcome of one event regardless of the type of bet.

Accumulator - Several bets on the outcome of several different events, regardless of the type of bet, where the winning return plus stake of the first event is carried forward as the stake for the next event and so on. Winnings are only paid if all bets on events in the accumulator are successful. A double is defined as two bets, a treble three bets and a yankee is four bets.


Bet types covered by most bookmakers on individual matches:

Match Odds - Predict the result of a match i.e. home win, away win or draw. Odds offered on all outcomes.

Correct Score - Predict the score of a match. Odds offered on all outcomes and will be much better than the match odds due to the more precise nature of the bet.

First Goalscorer - Predict the scorer of the first goal. Odds offered on all players.

Last Goalscorer - Predict the scorer of the last goal. Odds offered on all players.

To Score Anytime - Predict the scorer of any goal. Odds offered on all players and will be less than the first and last goalscorers due to the less precise nature of the bet.

Next Goal - Predict the team to score the next goal. Odds offered on both teams and no goal.

First Goal - Predict the time of the first goal. The match is broken down into nine 10 minute slots and odds are offered on each of these.

Total Goals - Predict the total number of goals to be scored during the game. Different bookmakers allow different bets for this type. Some offer odds based on the number of goals falling within a range such as 0-1, 2-3, over 4 etc. Others offer odds based on the number of goals exceeding a number i.e. 1 or more, 2 or more, 3 or more etc. The odds will increase as the threshold you pick does but opting for a lower goal threshold increases your chances of making profit.

Over/Under 2.5 Goals - Predict the total number of goals to be scored during the game. Odds are offered on only two options of 2 goals or less, or 3 goals or more.

Half Time - Predict the result at half time i.e. home win, away win or a draw. Odds offered on all outcomes.

Half Time / Full Time - Predict the result at half time and full time i.e. in effect a double of a half time bet and a match odds bet. Odds offered on all outcomes and will be better than either of the single bets due to the double nature of the bet.


Additional bet types covered by some bookmakers on televised matches:

Corners Odds - Predict the number of corners awarded in a game. Odds are usually offered on three options with the number of corners varying e.g. 9 and under, 10 to 12, 13 and over.

Corners Index - Predict the number of corners awarded in a game. This is a range bet where an expected number of corners is offered by the bookmaker and you have the option of buying or selling corners at a unit price depending on whether you think more or less corners will be awarded. If you correctly predict which way the number of corners falls you win the unit price for either each additional corner or each corner not awarded.

Bookings Odds - Predict the number of bookings in a game. Cards are given a points value e.g. 2 points for a yellow and 5 for a red. Odds are usually offered on three options with the number of points varying e.g. 5 and under, 6 to 8, 9 and over.

Bookings Index - Predict the number of bookings in a game. Cards are given a points value e.g. 10 for a yellow and 25 for a red. This is a range bet where an expected number of points is offered by the bookmaker and you have the option of buying or selling points at a unit price depending on whether you think more or less points will go into the referee's book. If you correctly predict which way the number of points falls you win the unit price for either each additional point or each fewer point. The unit can vary from 1 point to a number of points depending on the values assigned to each card.

Asian Handicap - This type of bet is popular in Asia, hence it's name. With this type of bet you effectively give a team a head start and the draw is eliminated as it is deemed void. The handicap applies to a team and represents a number of goals. Whoever wins with the handicap applied, wins the game. e.g. you back a team with a handicap of 0; if they win you win, they draw your stake is returned or they lose and you lose. If you back a team with a handicap of -1; they win by 2 or more goals you win, they win by 1 goal it's effectively a draw and your stake is returned, or they draw and you lose. If you back a team with a handicap of -0.5; they win you win otherwise you lose. The handicap can also be a combination of handicaps e.g. -0.5 & -1; if they win by 2 goals both parts of the bet win, they win by 1 goal only half the bet wins and the other half is void, or they draw and both parts of the bet lose.


Additional examples of special bets offered by some bookmakers at the beginning of or during the season as appropriate.

Winner of the Premier League - Predict the team to win the Premier League. Odds offered on all teams.

Best of the Rest - Predict the team to win the Premier League, not including the expected top three of Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea. Odds offered on all teams except the expected top three.

To be Placed - Predict a team to finish in the top three. Odds offered on all teams but will not be as good as those offered on the outright winner due to the nature of the each way bet.

Top Goalscorer - Predict the player you expect to score the most goals in the Premier League over the course of the season. Commonly known as the Golden Boot. Odds offered on most players, especially strikers expected to do well. In the case where several players finish the season with the same number of goals the odds are usually divided by that number of players.

Handicap Table - Predict the team to win the Premier League with points handicaps applied that are determined before the start of the season. Odds are offered on all teams and fluctuate during the course of the season depending on how the teams perform.

October Leader - Predict the team to be leading the Premier League as at the end of October. Odds offered on all teams.

October Bottom - Predict the team to be propping up the Premier League table as at the end of October. Odds offered on all teams.

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