Most Popular Football Bets
Football betting has become a global revelation and there are now hundreds of markets to choose from, so deciding where the best value and chances of winning money lie is difficult.
From the common result accumulator to weird and wonderful goalscorer markets, Skrill breaks down the game’s key betting options.
There are four main types of standard coupons, named depending on the number of selections:
• Single: A bet involving just one selection. Prices differ depending on choice.
• Double: A bet with two selections – combines the odds and both need to win. Often chosen because the winnings are greater.
• Treble: A bet with three selections, where all need to win for a pay-out.
• Accumulator: The most-used type of football bet; involves four or more selections. All selections need to win for a pay-out, which can be huge depending on odds.
A number of bet types can be used to make up these coupons, including:
• Over/ Under 2.5 Goals: Growing in the betting industry and can be a better option for beginners.
You choose whether there will be more or less than a certain number of goals in any given game – for example, under 2.5 goals in Chelsea v Liverpool would need less than three to be scored altogether in order to win.
• Match Result and Over/ Under 2.5 Goals: Like above, but the predicted match result must also be correct for a pay-out. Normally greater odds.
Example: Manchester United and Over 2.5 Goals – more than two goals would need to be scored overall along with a Man. United win. They would not necessarily need to score all of them – a 2-1 victory would also win.
• First/ Last/ Anytime Goalscorer: Instead of backing teams, goalscorer markets allow you to predict who will score at any given time.
These can be better value for money and a safer bet – for example, Harry Kane to score against Arsenal at 11/8 would pay more than Tottenham winning the game at 6/5.
Goalscorer bets can be combined in coupons with one another, but not with match result bets.
You can also choose Goalscorer and correct score punts, which often promise big pay-outs if successful – such as Harry Kane scoring first and Spurs to win 2-1 at an example price 20/1.
• Correct Score: Always huge odds. Think you’re an expert? Guess the correct score and rake in the cash!
• Half-Time/ Full-Time: Allows you to choose the correct result after 45 and 90 minutes (e.g. Chelsea winning at half-time/ draw at full-time). Also known as a double result by partners such as William Hill.
• Double Chance: This is perfect for when you fancy an underdog to grab a shock result.
Like a result bet, but covers two – for example, Liverpool or Draw means that the match would either have to finish as a Liverpool win or a stalemate.
• BTTS: Both Teams to Score. Not result-specific – you simply just need both sides to find the net.
• Win & BTTS: Like the above, although one side needs to come out victorious. Best for high-scoring games – often more lucrative than simply guessing the correct result.
• Winning Margin: You predict how many goals a side will win by. Better value for matches involving strong favourites or expected to be tight affairs.
This is similar to Handicap Betting, where you can choose if a team will win or lose by more than a certain number of goals.
For example, Atletico Madrid -1 means that they would have to triumph by at least two in order for a pay-out.
• Win to Nil: Potentially more lucrative for games involving strong favourites who tend to not concede many.
All bets are void if matches go into extra time unless stated.