Football Betting Tips

Reliable football betting tips are very hard to come by. If you’re here looking for someone to tell you who to bet on, put your money in the bank and walk away from betting. But if you want some valuable advice on football betting, here are five tips on how to bet on football that you should consider.

As for tipsters, there are professional pundits on BT sports, BBC Sport and Sky Sports who get it wrong week in, week out. There are betting sites that hire tipsters to give football tips on their websites, because they know it’s so unpredictable, they can afford to offer tips as a customer service.

Tipsters might eventually make you a profit, but often their system are design to give you a return based on long terms systems. You might lose 40% of you bets and win 60% and based on small £5 bets which are most common, you’re unlikely to win big. If you’re a novice, you’ll probably back all their tips with stupid money and you’ll lose it all!

Tip 1 – Football is unpredictable, so don’t rely on tipsters

You can’t predict bottom-of-the-table taking on a Man Utd or Man City and winning. But it happens, it’s their day in the spotlight, it’s their cup final. It’s shocking that teams raise their games for a big team like this, but it happens.

That’s just one reason why football is unpredictable and you can’t rely on tips. Plus, if the tipsters are referring you to a betting site after they have given you their selections, then at some point they want you to lose! Yes they want you to lose money, because they’ll be on a commission deal with the betting site.

Tip 2 – Do your own research

What I tend to do is pick out my games and then research them. If you rely on odds alone, you’ll be somewhat in the dark. Odds are based on probabilities and these are usually calculated with some good knowledge and a mathematical formula.

But with thousands of football matches to compile odds for, the compilers don’t always get to see the bigger picture – but you can! The odds are often suggested before the team sheet is announced for example and thats an area where you can you use some insight to research your bets.

If a manager selects a defensive away team, they may be playing for a draw. Short run form is also a great indicator, if your team has form in away games, but they are priced as the outsiders, you can use your knowledge of their form to decide on their chances.

Tip 3 – Don’t look across the entire football betting spectrum

That means don’t look at every game on Saturday and pick your selections out of the hundred or so matches that take place.

Narrow your picking list to a segment of games. You’ll find it easier to see the circumstances around matches and you might find some interesting bets. So go back to Tip 2 and do some research but on a narrow selection.

Pick out four or five games from each English professional league as an example and then you have a crop of, say, 20 matches. That’s a smaller number of games to contend with and its easier to see the insights and stats that make up the scenarios of each match.

Do NOT pick 20 bets! Pick the games first and then decide on narrowing them down to a smaller number, like a treble or five-fold accumulator with an appropriate bet for each one. An example is when you see a Tuesday night of Champions League games, you can start to analyse those fixtures with ease if you ignore all the EFL games going on around the country. But as soon as you start scrolling the betting screen over 100+ games, you only have the odds as the guide and we know from experience, that odds are not absolutely reliable.

Tip 4 – Mix it up – there’s more to it than WDW

Win-draw-win is the oldest of old markets in football betting. So you can see from our football betting markets post that there are a tonne of alternative markets that are just as popular.

If you’re into football accas for example, don’t think your whole bet has to be about who wins, loses or draws. You can have a home win for one selection, under 1.5 goals in your next and both teams to score. For this to be a valid acca they all need to be different games. The bookie won’t allow that multiple on your betting slip from one game.

However all is not lost on that topic, as most for the bookies offer a route for you to request a bet like that when it’s from the same game. Normally, you’ll to request a bet from their social media channel or they may have a section dedicated to bet-building, such as Bet365. An acca has to be different matches for different markets, but requesting a bet allows you to build it up if it’s the same game.

Tip 5 – Don’t rush your bets

One of the most important football betting tips is to take you time with your selections and make decisions with good knowledge of the match you have chosen. If you’ve got two minutes until kick off and you’re only betting to ‘be involved’ then you’re as good as an addict. Betting can be fun and if you’ve done the research, found some good bets, it can be thrilling.

But if you’ve rushed in like a juvenile gambler and lumped cash on an event you nothing about, you’re making a mistake. You’ll probably walk away having lost thinking, why did I do that? Take your time, make your bets with good time to have a think about what your putting your money.

About The Gambler

Ryan Murton is the Editor-in-chief at Bookies Reviews. He is a keen football & boxing fan. He also has an interest in the NFL. He is a passionate Burnley supporter & also likes the Green Bay Packers.

Ryan has previously worked for bookmakers like Betfair & Paddy Power, as well as working at Oddschecker, the odds comparison platform.

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