Some people bet on football to have fun. Others try to earn some serious money. It doesn’t really matter what your reason for wanting to bet is. What matters is that you need to know how to bet. This little guide will help you get started.
Study the Game, the Teams, and the Players
It’s unwise, to say the least, to bet on the sport you know next to nothing about. Study the game, watch a few seasons (that’s right, not matches), and follow the championships closely. Knowing the rules is not nearly enough to place a bet, but it’s a start.
Secondly, you need to know the teams that are favored among the crowd. These teams will most commonly appear on your ticket and on betting house TV sets. Know who the football stars are, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
Spend Your Money Wisely
Don’t spend all of your money in one place. Spread out your bets and try things out – see what clicks. There is a reason people say you shouldn’t put all of your eggs in a single basket – it applies here as well. The more combinations you bet on, the more likely you are to win.
Also, set aside a budget for gambling, to keep things fun and under control. Even if the next game is a lock, if your budget doesn’t allow it, simply sit this one out.
Leave Emotions Out
This is something a lot of gamblers forget all too easily. Just because you like Manchester United, it doesn’t mean they are sure to win. Cheering for a team is one thing, investing your money into their performance is something else entirely. When picking a team to bet on, do it rationally: look at their performance at home and visiting, check to see if there were any changes to the team, and pay attention to their morale.
Types of Bets
There are several types of bets you can place on football. The most common one is money line, or match odds, where you choose a winner or predict a tie. The simplest bet is the straight bet, where you choose the final score. If you want to spice it up, try a double – you bet on two separate games and they both must win. You can push it even further with treble and accumulator. These are some of the most basic bets you will find online and in betting houses.
You can also bet on which team scores the first goal, the score before the extra time, predict a total number of goals in a game, and if you want to keep the risk to a minimum, pick a winner and get your money back in case of a draw.