The unstoppable growth of football has seen it overtake horse racing to become the most popular sport from a betting point of view. The growth of the internet combined with the increase in televised football has been largely responsible for this rise that has seen a whole new range of markets emerge.
If you are new to football betting, the easiest place to start is with a gamble on the result of any specific game. Here you have just three options with a win for either side or the possibility of a drawn match and while the odds for any of these outcomes may be shorter, this is the perfect place to get started.
Moving on from this, you could try to predict the result in two or more games and place a `double` bet, a `treble` or maybe higher. All of your predictions would have to be correct for you to collect in these circumstances.
Predicting the correct score in any game could be something of a lottery but this is an aspect of the sport where you could use statistics to turn the odds to your advantage. The most popular result by far in any football match is a 2-1 to the side who are perceived to be the strongest and typical odds for this score line could be 6/1.
A regular tip is to therefore take ten games and place the same stake on all of them. Let`s say for example the stake is £1.00; at average odds of 6/1 you would only need two games to finish with the correct score for you to collect a profit.
You can pick up useful betting tips from a wide range of sources and whilst there may be no such thing as a `risk free bet`, a little research can help to tip those odds in your favour. One of the newest bets involves speculating on how many red and yellow cards will be issued in a game. Bad tempered local derbies can be a good source for a glut of bookings and sendings off but tempers can boil over in any match for a number of reasons.
Have a look through previous encounters between two sides and if many cards have been issued, that trend should carry on. Similarly, some referees are prone to giving out more cards than others so make a point of finding out who they are and bet accordingly.
Additionally, the first or last goal scorer bets are popular with new and experienced punters alike and although this is a tricky gamble to predict, there are some recommended systems that you can use.
Some gamblers will take a team`s centre forward and bet on him to open the scoring. If he finds the goal first then they collect but if he fails, they simply double their stake next time around. The theory is that a recognised striker will score first on a regular basis and over the course of a season, the gambler can turn a healthy profit.
Whether you choose to use systems, football tips or even just a hunch, the main thing about football betting is that it should be fun. So if you are watching a game live or on TV, place your money then sit back and enjoy the action.