3 Popular Football Bet Types You Should Know About
Football can be easily termed as the most popular sport in the entire world and when we talk about football betting, there are several different bet types available in the sport, covering high demand for football betting in both online and off-line marketplaces. However, before you enter into football betting, it’s very important that you gain good understanding of the popular bet types available in it, and how you can use them to your advantage.
The bookmakers normally set a specific number of goals that will be scored in a soccer match. The punters can thereafter bet on whether the actual number of goals scored (by both clubs combined) will go under or over the predefined total. As football is a low scoring game most of the times, the total normally set by majority of bookmakers is also low. 2.5 is the mark most commonly observed for over/under bets in football. For instance, the match between Manchester United and Leicester City (on Friday, August 10) which will kick off the 2018/19 EPL season is expected to be a close affair. The odds might be adjusted depending upon which one of the under or over is most likely to happen.
Sometimes this mark might even be set at a lower level of 2.0 in games that are expected to be extremely tight affairs. In other cases, this mark can be set at around 3.5 for matches expected to be high-scoring. For instance, Man City going up against Arsenal on Sunday, August 12 is expected to be a high-scoring affair and the mark would most likely be set on a higher side for that game. One of the best ways to profit from such bet types is by availing free bets offered by some top-rated online bookmakers. You can use these bets to test the waters before investing any big money on a specific match. Another good way to find excellent value in over/under bets is by studying the pace of the game and locating matches wherein the two teams play a similar type of football (defensive or offensive).
Money lines on football matches normally offer odds on three distinct outcomes – one each for either team to win and one for the match to end in a draw. When you are placing money line bets on football matches, it’s very important acquaint yourself with the rules laid out by the bookmaker. You must also get familiarised with some useful football betting tips to increase your winning chances. In general, a money line bet normally encompasses 90 minutes of the game plus the injury time. There is no inclusion of the penalties and overtime in such bets. However, some online bookmakers might offer you money line bets with overtime included as well, hence, you should know about all these options before placing any bets.
This bet type offers an alternative to the regular three-way betting available in money line bets. Majority of the football matches feature point spread bets these days with the favourites set at around -0.5 and the underdogs going at +0.5. Such bets provide an opportunity to the underdog bettors to eliminate the possibility of draw from betting odds. Although underdog punters pay slightly more in terms of juice, they score handsomely in the event that their side scores a draw or a win in the match. In the games where there is a clear favourite, for instance in Liverpool vs West Ham EPL game on August 12, you might see the spread normally set at -1.0/+1.0. In this case, punters backing the favourites normally get better odds compared to the money line bets as their team needs to win by at least two goals for them to win the bet. Underdog punters in this case have far more security compared to bets placed on outright upsets.