Sports Information: Soccer

WHY BET ON FOOTBALL (SOCCER) IN AMERICA?

 

Betting on football combines the excitement of watching a really exciting sport with the adrenalin rush of a winning bet. There is extensive worldwide TV coverage of most major football leagues and minor leagues can often be watched over the internet.

Bettors can trust to luck, follow their favourite teams or adopt a professional approach and carry out research before placing their bet. There are many websites available storing years of football data analysed by result, player performance etc.Betting on football offers over 200 markets and the in-running option offers hedging opportunities for both the initial market or alternatives such as correct score outcome.

 

BACKGROUND TO FOOTBALL (SOCCER)

 

World history documents various examples of games involving kicking spherical objects, the earliest perhaps being the Chinese game Cuju in 3000 BC. Today's game evolved from the codification of rules in 1863 by the English Football Association. Football is the most popular sport in the world, with more than 250 million registered players in over 200 countries. Although a team game involving eleven players on each side, football encourages individual skills and effort.

Today, countries all over the world have their own domestic competitions and, with national teams, take part in a number of international tournaments including the World Cup, which takes place every four years. Spain are current world champions having defeated the Netherlands in South Africa to lift the 2010 World Cup. From the same country, Barcelona is the champion club team.

 

MAXIMISING PROFIT - THE INSIDE INFO

 

FIFA is the world governing body with responsibility for football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup. FIFA headquarters are in Zurich, Switzerland with Sepp Blatter, president since 1998, seeking a further term. Individual countries have their own governing bodies to regulate the domestic game such as the UK's Football Association.

 

BETTING ON FOOTBALL

 

Based on annual global turnover, betting on football is second only to horseracing. In 2012, lawful football betting exceeded $60 billion with Asia making up almost half this total. UK football betting turnover is estimated at £15 billion. Football betting is closing the gap on horseracing after the huge increase in in-game betting since 2008.

 

BACKGROUND TO FOOTBALL IN AMERICA

 

The popularity of soccer in the United States has grown enormously over the last 50 years and was given a major boost when the United States hosted the World Cup in 1994. Some 13 million Americans now play soccer regularly under the auspices of the United States Soccer Federation. The US national team has done well since its formation in the early 1990's, but not as well as the US women's team who have twice won their World Cup.

 

COMPETITION STRUCTURE

 

The premier league in the USA is the Major Soccer League which has 19 teams including three based in Canada. It received a major boost recently when David Beckham spent two seasons with LA Galaxy, one of the leading teams. In 2009, a second division was formed called the North American Soccer League.

 

BETTING ON FOOTBALL IN AMERICA

 

Football matches are widely televised in the UK, as are the major European leagues. You can place bets on UK football through most UK & European bookmakers.

 

BETTING IS QUICK & EASY BECAUSE YOU CAN BET -
 

  • Via landline from home or office

  • Via mobile phone - many bookmakers offer free apps

  • Via the internet

  • Via retail betting shops

 

There are five main football betting formats as summarised below.

 

Ante post betting pre-season or pre-tournament

Ante post betting involves placing a bet with bookmakers or betting exchanges on a result which will not be known until some time in the future. The odds of winning a bet based on, for example, 40 individual games are obviously a lot greater than odds based purely on the outcome of a single game. This is reflected in prices available in the ante post market.

 

Fixed odds betting pre-match.

Each week hundreds of individual matches are played in various leagues. Bookmakers and betting exchanges price up match outcomes based on wins, draws and many other outcomes such as goals scored, corners awarded etc. Fixed odds betting pre-match is finite - bettors cannot change their minds after the bet is placed.

 

Pool betting pre-match

Pool betting involves forecasting the results of a number of games. The total amount collected in bets is paid out to winners less administrative costs, government taxation and the pool operator's profit margin.
In the UK, throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties, football pools were part of the national culture. Millions staked small amounts on forecasting eight draws or more from the Saturday fixture list. There was great excitement when the football results were read out at 5pm each Saturday. Many winners received dividends in excess of £1million pounds.
UK pool betting has suffered a lot since the arrival of the National Lottery, however pool betting in Hong Kong is very significant with a turnover of over $25billion per annum.

 

Betting in-match, in-running or in-play

In 2001, betting exchanges introduced in-running betting, which revolutionised the nature of football betting. Bettors no longer need to take a view and place their bet before kick-off. Instead, they can watch or listen to a game and form a view from the pattern of play before placing their bet. They can also use in-running bets to provide insurance against potential losses from pre-match bets they have placed, known as 'hedging'.

 

Hedging betting example
 

  • Fred bet £10 to win on Liverpool versus Manchester United at odds of 3 to1, before the match started

  • Liverpool took the lead after 20 minutes and were then priced at 5 to 4

  • Fred could now bet against Liverpool winning on the betting exchanges at evens

  • He places £10 so that he can now no longer lose

  • If Liverpool wins he collects £30 plus his initial £10 stake ie £40 in total

  • If the match ends in a draw, or Manchester United win, he loses his initial £10 bet but wins £10 plus his £10 stake from his hedging i- play bet ie he breaks even

 

Before the introduction of in-play betting Fred would have had to stand by his initial pre-match bet.

 

Spread Betting

Spread betting primarily involves taking a view on winning or losing margins. Spread betting markets forecast a range of outcomes with options to buy ie benefit from the maximum point in the range being exceeded or sell ie benefit from the lowest point in the range not being met.

 

Spread betting example
 

  • If England are playing Australia at cricket there could be a spread market on first inning runs for England ranging from 290-310.

  • If a bettor bought the spread for £10 per point and England went on to score 400 runs, he would win 90x£10 ie £900. If they scored only 250 runs he would lose 40x£10 =£400.

 

Asian Handicap Betting

Asian Handicap Betting is the most popular form of football betting worldwide because of its huge turnover in Asia. Asian Handicap aims to reduce outcomes to two per match instead of the traditional three (ie win team A, draw, win team B). By applying a handicap in the form of goals to one team one of the three outcomes is eliminated (see examples later in this section).

 

FOOTBALL BETTING MARKETS

 

UK bookmakers offer betting on the Major Soccer League, but internally, betting on soccer is not allowed apart from in Las Vegas.

 

MATCH OUTCOME BETS
 

  • Either team to win at 90 minutes

  • Draw at 90 minutes

  • Either team to win at half time

  • Draw at half time

  • Either team to be winning at half time and full time

  • Draw at half time and full time

 

The odds of a match outcome being the same at half time and full time are greater than straightforward match outcome bets.

Example
 

  • Liverpool were at home to Tottenham Hotspur

  • Fred thought that this would be a close game

  • The odds on a draw at 90 minutes were 5 to 2, and 7 to 2 for a draw at half time and full time

  • He decided to take the chance of betting on a draw throughout and bet £10

  • The match finished 0-0 and Fred won £35 plus his £10 stake

  • Had either side won the game he would have lost his bet

 

Result after 10/20/30/40/50/60/70/80/90 minutes in-play

The 'result-after' market allows you to predict the outcome of a game at a set period of time. The market is usually split into ten minute intervals ie 10/20/30/40/50/60/70/80/90 minutes and you can bet on the result at any of these periods. For example, you can beat on Rubin Kazan to be leading Tottenham Hotspur after 10 minutes.

 

Handicap Markets

If the two teams have quite a considerable skill gap, the money returned on the stronger team may not be as attractive (risking £1 to win £0.20 is not everybody's dream). In this situation, the handicap markets come in to their own. Every football game starts with the score of 0-0 (don't think there are any exceptions there), but with an imaginary betting handicap, it doesn't have to! Suppose Braga start with a +1 Handicap, that means the game at kick off is 1-0 to Braga. If Porto then end up winning by one goal, then the game ends in a tie (and the bet is then a tie too), so your money is returned. If the game stays 0-0 (or 1-0 on the handicap), then you win your bet. If Braga win the game, then you also win your bet. You only lose in this situation if Porto win by two goals or more. Another example in the Handicap markets could be a team starting out with half a goal advantage. The half-goal concept is difficult for some to grasp, but there is an important reason for it. If a team is +1 on the Handicap, that means that if they lose by one goal, then the bet is annulled and your money is returned. But with half a goal, you will definitely either win or lose, as teams cannot score half goals. In the Champion's League Final example, Manchester United are +0.5 on the Handicap. This means that at the start of the game, Manchester United are winning 0.5-0. (half a goal is possible in the betting markets!). Suppose you back Manchester United +0.5, what can possibly happen? There are 3 different outcomes in the actual game :-

 

Outcome 1 : the game ends in a draw
If the real game ends in a draw, then Manchester United win by half a goal on your bet and you win. (0.5-0, 1.5-1, 2.5-2, etc)

 

Outcome 2 : Manchester United win
If Manchester United win 1-0 for example, then your bet wins by 1.5-0. You will win your bet regardless of Manchester United's winning goal margin.
 
Outcome 3 : Barcelona win
If Barcelona win, scoring 1-0 for example, your bet ends up 0.5-1, and therefore you lose. In fact, you lose if Barcelona win by any goal margin.  

 

In really simple terms, you are essentially betting that Manchester United either win or draw this game, if you back them +0.5. You will lose if Barcelona win the game by any score.

 

CORRECT SCORE MARKETS

 

Correct score at 90 minutes

Bettors are invited to predict the final score at 90 minutes of matches. Prices range normally from around 5 to 1 for 0-0 and 1-1 to 33 to 1 and above for 4-2 and similar scores.

 

Betting example
 

  • Fred backed a correct score of 3-3 for £10 in the game between Chelsea and Manchester United at odds of 28/1

  • That was the final score and he won £280 plus his £10 stake

  • If the match had finished with any other score, he would have lost his bet

  • Markets are available on correct score at half time, and on the in-play market on correct score half time and full time.

 

Scorecast
The anytime scorecast market allows you to predict who you think will score first and the full time correct score. For example, you can bet on a particular player to score first and for Tottenham to win 2-0. Clearly odds in this market are considerably higher than in the correct score market with the minimum odds typically exceeding 20/1.

 

First half Scorecast
The 1st half scorecast market allows you to predict who you think will score first at the half time result. For example, you can bet on Wayne Rooney to score first and Manchester United to be leading 2-0 at half time. Here's an example of how a first half scorecast market may look.

 

Timecast
The timecast market allows you to predict who you think will score first and the time of the first goal. For example, you can bet on Wayne Rooney to score first and for this to happen in the first ten minutes of the game.

 

Wincast
The wincast market allows you to predict who you think will score first and the result of the match. For example, you can bet on Wayne Rooney to score first and Manchester United to win.

 

GOALS MARKETS

 

Total goals at 90 minutes

Bookmakers and exchanges will offer prices for the total goals scored in most matches. Prices are normally in bands eg above 3.5 goals 7/2, above 2.5 goals 5/2, below 2.5 goals 9/4

 

Betting Example
 

  • Fred bet above 2.5 goals in the match between Newcastle and Aston Villa.

  • The match finished 2-1 to Newcastle i.e 3 goals scored so he won £25 plus his £10 stake.

  • John bet £10 on below 2.5 goals in the same match : he lost his bet.

 

Total goals at half time

As above but based on result at half time.
In play markets also available for second half goals

 

Team to Score First 

The team to score first market allows you to bet on what team you think will score first in a match. It is a three way market as it also allows you to place a bet on there not being a goal. An example of a bet in this market, would be betting on Tottenham Hotspurs to score first against Rubin Kazan.

 

Time of First Goal Scored

This market is a popular bet with spread betting firms who will price up individual matches offering a range of say 35 minutes buy, 40 minutes sell. Bookmakers also offer spreads on this market. Betting exchanges also offer spreads -individuals trading on betting exchanges can create there own market.

 

Betting Example 1

  • Fred did not think the Liverpool v Tottenham match would be high scoring so he went on the betting exchange and matched bets offered of -

  • Before 20 minutes at 2 to 1 for £10

  • Before 40 minutes at 6 to 4 for £10

  • As the match finished 0-0, Fred won both bets

  • He won £30 & £25 respectively before paying 5% exchange commission on his winnings.

 

Betting Example 2
 

  • John is a spread betting fan. The spread offered on the Liverpool v Tottenham game for the first goal was 35-40 minutes

  • Like Fred, John thought this would be a tight, low scoring match, so he sold the spread at 35 for £5 per point.

  • As there were no goals scored he won 90minutes-40 minutes - ie 50x£5 = £250

  • Had there been a goal after 10 minutes he would have lost 30-10 = 20x£5=£100

 

Time of last goal scored

This market operates in the same way as time of first goal scored.

 

Total Shirt Numbers

Each football club maintain a squad of players i.e more than the 11 players who start a game. Each player in a squad is assigned a shirt number at the beginning of a season. Players' shirt numbers can change during a season. The shirts market allows you to predict the sum of shirt numbers worn by goal scorers in a particular match. Bookmakers and exchanges vary the format of their markets for this form of bet as they can either offer a fixed line market or a three way market. Here is a description of how a total shirt numbers market is calculated:

 

  • Manchester United played West Bromwhich Albion and won 2-0 with scorers Rooney and Nani.

  • As Rooney wears number 10 and Nani number 17, the total shirt numbers for this game would be 27.

 

First Goal Scored

The next goal method market allows you to predict the first goal will be scored. Bettors can choose from one of the following -

 

  • Header

  • Free-kick

  • Penalty

  • Own-goal

  • Shot

  • No Goal

 

Quickest Goal

This bet is based on which team (or which player within a team) you think will score the quickest goal relative to each team's actual kick-off time

 

Betting Example
 

  • In 2010/11 Wayne Rooney played upfront for Manchester United all season

  • He was in prolific goal scoring form

  • The odds of him scoring first for Manchester United were typically 7/2 for each game and around 14/1 to score the first premiership goal in Saturday fixtures

  • A level £10 bet on these two markets would have shown a good profit over the season

 

Goals Odd/Even

This market allows you to predict whether the total amount of goals scored will be odd or even. For example, if you bet on total goals being odd, you will win if there are 1,3,5,7,9 etc goals scored in the match.

 

First team Headed Goal

This market allows you to predict what team will score a headed goal. The market allows you to bet on either team scoring a headed goal or there being no headed goal. For example, you could bet on Arsenal to be the first team to score a headed goal against Chelsea.

 

Away Clean Sheet

This market allows you to predict whether the away team will keep a clean sheet and not concede any goals. This bet usually lasts the duration of the game and is only settled at full time after 90 minutes.

 

Away Total Goals

This market allows the punter to guess how many goals the away team will score, usually split as below -

  • 1 goal or more

  • 2 goals or more

  • 3 goals or more

  • 4 goals or more

  • 5 goals or more

 

Both Teams to Score

In this market, you can bet on whether both teams will score a goal. This lasts the duration of the 90 minutes and does not apply to extra time. Example scorelines would be 1-1, 1-2, 2-1 etc ie where both teams have scored. This has become a popular bet with many bookmakers producing multiple betting coupons each Saturday.

 

Come back from behind and Draw 

If you believe that a team will trail during the game and come back to snatch a draw.

 

Goal Line 3

A goal line bet allows you to bet on the total number of goals scored in a particular game. Goal lines are either set as a whole number (eg 2) or as a whole number plus a half (eg 2.5). If the total number of goals scored are equal to the goal line all stakes are refunded. The line can either be set as a single (eg 2.5) or as a split (eg 2/2.5), where half your stake will be backed on each line.

 

Goal line under 3

Bets win if there are 0, 1 or 2 goals scored in the match. If there are three goals exactly then the stake is returned. Bets lose if there are four or more goals scored in the match. 

 

Goal line over 3 

Bets win if there are four or more goals scored in the match. If there are three goals exactly, the stake is returned. Bets lose if there are 0, 1 or 2 goals scored in the match

 

Come back from behind and win

If you believe that a team will trail during the game but still win the game.

 

Goal Line 2

A goal line bet allows you to bet on the total number of goals scored in a particular game. Goal lines are either set as a whole number (e.g. 2) or as a whole number plus a half (e.g 2.5). If the total number of goals scored are equal to the goal line all stakes are refunded.

The line can either be set as a single (e.g 2.5) or as a split (e.g 2/2.5), where half your stake will be backed on each line.

 

Goal line under 2 

Bets win if there is either 0 or 1 goal scored in the match. If there are two goals exactly then the stake is returned. Bets lose if there are three or more goals scored in the match. 

 

Goal line over 2 

Bets win if there are three or more goals scored in the match. If there are two goals exactly the stake is returned. Bets lose if there are no goals or 1 goal scored in the match

 

Home Clean Sheet 

You can predict whether the home team will keep a clean sheet ie not concede a goal.

 

Home Total Goals 

In this market, you predict how many goals the home team will score. This will usually be split into 7 different categories. 1 goal or more, 2 goals or more, 3 goals or more etc.

 

Players to Score 

You can bet on individual players to score at any time during the 90 minutes.

 

Win-to-nil

This is a market if you believe that one of the two teams will win without conceding a goal.

 

CORNERS MARKETS

 

Number of Corners

The number of corners market allows you to bet on the number of corners you expect to be awarded in the game. The bookmaker or exchange sets a handicap for you to bet above or below as well as the exact number. Spread betting firms offer a range of the total number of corners eg 7-9.  So for example, if Arsenal were playing Chelsea, bookmakers may set the betting line to -

 

  • Over 11 Corners.

  • Exactly 11 Corners.

  • Under 11 Corners.

 

Each of the above will also have different odds depending on the likelihood of each happening.

 

Team Corners

Bet on the number of corners either side will be awarded, over or above a set number.

 

First Half Corners

This market allows you to bet on the number of corners you expect to be awarded in the first half. The bookmaker will then set a handicap for you to bet above or below as well as the exact number. 

 

Corners 2-way

You can bet on whether or not the number of corners will be above or below a set handicap eg over or under 11.5 corners.

 

10 minute Corners

In the 10 minute corners market, you can bet on the number of corners awarded in the first 10 minutes. The corners must happen between 0:00 and 9:59 for the bet to go through.

 

Alternative Corners

This market allows you to bet on the number of corners you expect to be awarded in the game. You can bet on an exact figure (9/10/11/12/13) or Over/Under any of those figures.

 

Asian Handicap Corners

The Asian Handicap Corners market allows you to bet on the number of corners you expect to be awarded in the game. The bookmaker sets a handicap in order to make it a 'fairer' bet. If a team is more likely to be awarded more corners than the other team under normal circumstances, the other team would be given a 'head start' in terms of corners.

 

So for example, suppose Villareal were playing against Manchester City. The bookmaker may set the betting line to -

 

  • Villareal +2

  • Manchester City -2

 

Both of the above will have quite similar odds. In the case of a tie, the bet is rendered void.

 

Asian Total Corners

The Asian Total Corners market allows you to bet on the number of corners you expect to be awarded in the game. The bookmaker sets a handicap so you can bet above or below. So for example, if Arsenal were playing against Chelsea, the bookmaker may set the betting line to

 

  • Over 11 Corners

  • Under 11 Corners

 

Each of the above will also have different odds depending on the likelihood of it happening. In the case of the match finishing on exactly 11 corners, the bet is rendered void.

 

Asian Total Corners 1st Half

The Asian Total Corners market allows you to bet on the amount of corners you expect to happen before half time. The bookmaker sets a handicap for you to bet above or below.

 

So for example, if Arsenal were playing against Chelsea, the bookmaker may set the betting line to -

 

  • Over 5 Corners

  • Under 5 Corners

 

Each of the above will also have different odds depending on the likelihood of it happening. In the case of the match having exactly 5 corners at half time, the bet is rendered void.

 

First Match Corner
Bet on which team will be awarded the first corner of the match

 

Time of 1st Corner
Allows you to bet on the time of the first corner, either later or earlier than a set time.

 

Corner Handicap
This is a market similar to the match odds market, but instead of trying to predict which team will score more goals, you are trying to predict which team will have more corners, with a set handicap.

 

Last Match Corner
This is a bet on which team will be awarded the last corner of the match.

 

Corners Match Bet
This is a market similar to the match odds market, but instead of trying to predict which team will score more goals, you are trying to predict which team will take more corners. You can bet on both teams as well as the possibility of a draw.

 

Multicorners
This is a spread bet based on a range of estimated numbers of corners in the first half multiplied by the number of corners in the second half. This is only applicable to a 90 minute game and excludes extra time.

 

Race to 3 Corners
This is a bet on which team you think will be awarded 3 corners first.

 

Race to 5 Corners
This is a bet on which team you think will be awarded 5 corners first.

 

Race to 7 Corners
This is a bet on which team you think will be awarded 7 corners first.

 

Race to 9 Corners
This is a bet on which team you think will be awarded 9 corners first.

 

THE CARDS & PENALTIES MARKET

 

Total Cards Market

During the course of a match referees will award yellow cards for a non sending off offence and red cards for a sending off offence. Any player receiving two yellow cards will be automatically receive a red card.

 

Betting on total cards issued is extremely popular, clearly the referee and his style of refereeing is vital to outcomes in this market and football statistics websites such as soccerbase.net keep records over a season.

 

The most popular betting on cards is in a spread betting format with a red card in a game typically being awarded 25 points and a yellow card 10 points.

 

Betting Example

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  • Fred researched the Manchester United v Chelsea game

  • The referee Howard Webb was not a prolific giver of penalties but both teams had been awarded a lot of penalties in the current season

  • The spread was 45-50 points

  • Fred thought there was a good chance of at least one penalty in the match and bought the spread at 50 points for £10 per point.

  • As it happened there were 2 penalties and 5 yellow cards in the game giving a total cards score of 100 
    Fred won £500 ie 100-50 x £10

 

Time of first card
This market operates in the same way as the first goal and first corner market.

 

Time of Last Card
This market operates in the same way as the last goal scored and last corner markets.

 

First Card Received
This market allows you to predict which player you think will first receive a card from the referee.

 

Penalties Market

 

Penalty Taken 
You can bet on whether there will be a penalty at anytime during the 90 minutes of play.

Total Converted Penalties (over or under)
This is a bet on whether the total number of penalties scored in a penalty shoot-out will be over or under a predetermined amount.

 

Asian Total Cards
This market allows you to predict the total number of cards in a match. The card line will either be a quarter-card, half-card or whole-card with bet settlement as follows: 

 

  • Card line of 4.5 : If you bet over 4.5, your bet wins if there are more than 4 cards in the match. Otherwise your stake is lost.

  • If you bet under 4.5 : your bet wins if there are less than 5 cards in the match. Otherwise your stake is lost. 

  • With a card line of a whole number, if the total number of cards in the match is the same as the card line, your stake is returned. 

  • Card line of 5.5, 6 - If you bet over, your stake is equally divided between over 5.5 cards and over 6 cards. Your bet wins if there are more than 6 cards in the match. If there are 6 cards exactly, half your stake wins and the other half is returned. Otherwise your entire stake is lost. If you bet under, your stake is equally divided between under 5.5 cards and under 6 cards. Your bet wins if there are less than 6 cards in the match. If there are 6 cards exactly, half your stake is lost and the other half is returned. Otherwise your entire stake is lost. 

  • Yellow card counts as 1, red card counts as 2. Second yellows are ignored for settlement purposes (e.g. maximum card count per player is 3). 

  • Settlement will be made with reference to all available evidence to cards shown during the scheduled 90 minutes play. Any card shown after the full time whistle has been blown will be disregarded. 

  • Cards shown to non-players (e.g. managers or substitutes who play no subsequent part in the game) do not count towards the total. 

  • In the event of a match being abandoned before 90 minutes have been played, all bets will be void unless settlement of bets is already determined.

 

Man of the Match
This market allows you to predict who will be officially awarded man of the match at any particular game. For example, if Chelsea were playing Arsenal you could place a bet on Frank Lampard to be officially given the man of the match award.

 

Kick Off 
You can predict who will kick off at the start of the match.

 

IN-PLAY MARKETS NOT COVERED ABOVE

 

Team to Score next
This market allows you to bet in-play on which team you think will score next or if there will be no further goals. For example, during a game between Chelsea or Arsenal a bookmaker will give you the odds for either team to score next or if no goal will be scored.

 

Team to Score second
This market allows you to predict in-play which team will score second. For example, if a game between Chelsea and Manchester United has just had a goal you can bet in play on either team scoring or if there will be no further goals. 

 

Next Card
This market allows you to bet in play on what team will be next to receive a card. For example, you can beat on Stoke to be the next team to receive either a yellow or red card from the referee. 

 

First Team Card
This market allows you to predict in-play on which team will be next to receive a card. For example, you can bet on Stoke to be the first team to receive either a yellow or red card from the referee. 

 

Team to Take Last Penalty
This market allows you to predict, in-play, what team will have to take the final penalty in a shootout. For example, you can bet on Arsenal to take the last penalty in a shootout.

 

Team Penalties Converted
This market allows you to predict, in-play, how many penalties a team will convert in a penalty shoot out. For example, you can bet on Chelsea to score 3 goals in a penalty shout out.

 

Team Next Penalty
This market allows you to predict, in-play, whether or not the next team penalty will be scored or missed. For example, you can bet on the next penalty to be converted.

 

Sudden Death
This market allows you to predict whether or not a penalty shoot-out will go to sudden death (eg 11 or more penalties taken). For example, you can bet on a penalty shoot-out between Manchester United and Chelsea going to sudden death. 

 

Last Penalty Score/Miss
This is a bet on whether the last penalty awarded in the shoot-out be scored or missed - if the match does not go to a penalty shoot-out all bets will be void.

 

TOP TIPS IN FIXED ODDS AND IN-PLAY FOOTBALL BETTING MARKETS

 

  • Wait for late team news before betting to take account of injuries to key players

  • Compare prices on offer by bookmakers and exchanges and take advantage of THE best prices

  • Look to use the in-play markets as a hedge for pre-match bets

 

POPULAR FOOTBALL SPREAD BETTING MARKETS

 

Team Performances
The team performance betting market is based on a spread betting points system and allows you to predict how well a team will play. Points are awarded to each team based on the performance of its players during a game, as well as the outcome of a game. A spread betting firm will set a range of points for each team and you will bet above or below.

 

Betting Example

 

  • Fred had a system in this market of buying the spread in games after a new manager had taken over in matches until he lost, and doubling up until he lost.

  • Martin O'Neill took over at Sunderland and his first game was against Blackburn who were bottom of the league at home

  • Fred bought the spread at £10 per point

  • The team performance spread was 65-70

  • Sunderland won 2-1 but were 1-0 down at 88 minutes and did not perform well

  • Total scores were 63 points so Fred lost £20 ie 65 points minus 63 points x £10

 

Goal Spread Markets

 

Total Goal Minutes   
The market allows you to bet on the aggregate time of all goals scored in the match. Therefore, if goals are scored in the 24th, 51st and 59th minute the total goal minutes will be 134. The spread betting firm will offer a range of total goal minutes. Bettors can buy or sell the range. 
NB Any goals scored in first half added time count as 45. Any goals scored in second half added time count as 90. Should a dispute arise as to the time of any goal then the time provided by the PA will be deemed the time for settlement purposes. 

 

Tournament goals
This market allows you to predict how many goals will be scored during a particular tournament. The spread firm will offer a range of total goals for bettors to buy and sell.

 

Total goals per season
Spread firms will offer a range on the total goals scored in a league over a season. There is likely to be a fairly wide spread in this market because of the margin for error.

 

Total Goals per team over a season
Spread firms will offer a range on the total goals per team scored in a league over a season.

 

Total Goals per week
Spread firms will offer a range on the total goals scored in a league over a week

 

Card Markets

Total tournament cards per league and per league per week
This market allows you to predict how many cards will be awarded during a particular tournament. The spread betting firms will offer a range of total cards for bettors to decide whether they will buy or sell.

 

Total cards per club over a season
This market allows you to predict how many cards will be awarded during a particular tournament. The spread betting firms will offer a range of total cards for bettors to decide whether they will buy or sell.

 

Corners Markets
Total corners per league /per week / per club per season
This market allows you to predict how many corners will be awarded during a particular tournament. The spread betting firms will offer a range of total cards for bettors to decide whether they will buy or sell.

 

Attendances Markets
Total attendances per league per season /per team per season

 

TOP TIPS ON SPREAD BETTING

 

  • Do your research on trends over the last few years

  • Take account of recent events, for example increased Sky TV coverage might lead to a reduction in overall attendances

  • Plan an escape strategy where possible using alternative markets

 

Example

 

  • Fred bought the spread on total goals in the 2010 world cup as he thought that the great strikers Messi, Rooney and Ronaldo were all in great form

  • After the first 8 games, total goals were below 20 – well below his target.

  • This was due to difficulties with a new type of match ball

  • He stood to lose over 30 points if the trend continued.

  • He decided to back below 2.5 goals in remaining individual matches on the basis that if a lot of goals were scored it would reduce his spread bet loss

  • Compare spreads on offer by different firms/bookmakers and take the best value to support your view.

  • Take advantage of free bets offered

  • Consider stop loss markets