Whilst football is recognised as easily the most popular team sport on the planet, drawing television audiences of billions to its major events, relatively few football fans take the opportunity to put their football expertise to the test by firmly taking part in football betting.
For many football fans, being a supporter is about backing one club for life, however football betting allows you to add excitement to neutral matches by backing the club you rate as strongest. And when your team isn’t on a good run of form, placing a bet on the opposition can provide some consolation when your team loses.
Online betting is one of the best ways to get involved in football betting. Most online sportsbooks offer a huge variety of football bets from the world’s top leagues, all year round. Also, an online account could be set up in just a matter of minutes, giving you virtually instant access to football betting markets.
Here are just a few of the hottest football betting options:
Match betting – match betting is the simplest type of football betting. It involves betting on the results of a match, with each outcome priced at specific odds. You can bet on a team or a draw. Typically the betting slip will carry the name of one team under ‘away’ and the other under ‘home’.
When doing match betting also you can vote on a handicap bet which basically gives one team a one goal advantage or disadvantage prior to the game has even started. You then bet on the outcome according to a normal match bet.
Score betting – score betting describes an array of betting options. The easiest is predicting the final score of a match, and tends to carry very high odds.
Another popular score betting option involves betting on who’ll score a goal. These bets carry high odds and can be found in several varieties including: first goal scorer, last goal scorer and anytime goal scorer.
Special bets – every football game will carry a multitude of additional betting opportunities, with each online bookmaker offering their own game specials. Literally every aspect of the game attracts odds, ranging from the number of corners in the game, through to which players will be injured. These bets often carry some of the highest odds.
Tournament betting – if you are a large picture punter you’ll enjoy tournament betting. Slot Betting opportunities range between picking group and pool winners, picking the tournament winner and predicting the amount of goals a team will score in the competition. The limits to your tournament betting opportunities are defined only by the bookmaker’s imagination!