Soccer is the most popular sport worldwide when it comes to fans and betting.
Therefore, the opportunities to bet on soccer have increased more than in other sports over the years with a whole host of markets available. These include both pre-event – bets placed before a match starts, and in-play – betting on a soccer match when it is in play.
We have done a separate article on the types of Soccer markets you can bet on here.
Before starting out, however, it is important to consider what betting strategy will work best for you.
Soccer Betting Strategies
The first thing to remember is that the bookmakers who decide on the lines/odds of each event will have a large number of years of experience within soccer and are there to make sure the bookies they work with don’t lose money.
Therefore, at least a small amount of research is recommended before you start betting on soccer such as knowing your cities from your units and your ACs from your Inters.
There are so many markets to bet on that unless you have some experience of watching Soccer you can feel lost with all the options available.
Most bookmakers will have a stats section that can show information such as the form of each team, their position in the relevant league, which player/s are expected to miss out through injury or suspension and much more. This is a solid place to begin when thinking about your bets.
Many bettors will only look at the basic markets such as which teams will win, how many goals there will be, who will score first etc.
One of the lesser-used markets is over or under total corners in the match which can depend on how attacking each team is likely to be.
Checking previous corners for both teams can be a good marker for how a team will play, some will look to win corners of the defender when in an advanced position if they do well from set-pieces and these teams can be expected to win an above-average number, especially when at home playing against a team they are expected to beat.
Whilst not that good as a pre-event market due to the reduced odds you will get betting on 2 of the 3 possible outcomes (home win, away win or draw) rather than just the 1, this market can be good when the team you are backing falls behind.
For example, if the home team is a firm favorite before the match but concedes an early goal, the odds of them winning or drawing will be a good bet when they are behind. After all, if they were firm favorites to win and have plenty of time to turn things around, if they score the 2nd goal the odds you will have got when they were behind will be very different.
Betting on Favourites
The odds of an accumulator (betting on the outcome of more than one game) can be considerably better than betting on one match at a time.
If you place a bet on 5 teams to win in one bet, you will be getting much better odds than betting on one team and then using winnings on one more team each time for 5 separate bets. This also has the added advantage of some sites offering boosted odds for each bet (5 boosted odds are much better than 1) and also offer Acca insurance which gives you your money back as a free bet if one game lets you down.
Yes, you need all events to win in order for the bet to be settled as a winner, but the advantages of this bet far outweigh the negatives, especially as you can normally cash out your bets at any time if you prefer.
Finally, a good market to look at is total goals in a game, if you have 2 sides that like to attack and who tend to score a lot whilst conceding, this can provide you with good returns. Unlike betting on a team to win, you can win this bet after a few minutes if there are early goals. If you bet on over 2.5 goals in the match, should 3 goals be scored in the first 30 minutes, your bet will be declared a winner without the need for the match to finish.
Soccer Betting Tips
Like any form of gambling, a bankroll is important. If you have a set amount you are prepared to lose, try and ensure each bet only uses a % of this bankroll as opposed to the full amount as this will increase your enjoyment. There is nothing worse than losing all your funds in the first game and the temptation to then deposit and bet again is likely to be higher.
Only bet what you can afford
At the end of the day, betting should be enjoyable, and if you get to the stage where it isn’t then it is time to walk away. If you feel you are betting too much, there are organizations that can help you depending on where you live.
Look at futures
If you want to get more excited for your money, look at long-term bets which last a number of months as opposed to just one game. An example would be team A winning their league come to the end of the season or getting promoted to a higher league. In this type of bet, you cannot lose in just one game but you can cheer your team/s on each time they are playing in the hope of getting closer to the winning line.