Those who watch and follow football make better punters than those who don’t watch football at all, but the knowledge that you have acquired from watching football doesn’t always translate into success at betting.
There are several reasons for this, but if you pay more attention and apply the following tips you will be able to improve your betting score.
Punters Often Underestimate Certain Statistical Categories
Most people only check the standings table and perhaps that average number of goals that each of the teams score. However, there are other things that also should be considered. That a team has a higher position on the table doesn’t always mean that they should be considered to be favourites for the particular match.
Similarly, the ‘big clubs’ aren’t always favourites against smaller clubs. For example, if a particular player has scored the winning goals for a team in the past two meetings against the same opponent and he is absent due to injury, the team’s chances of winning may not be as high as you think even if they’re considered to be the favourite.
Here’s another example – during the 2016/17 season Liverpool were brilliant against the ‘big clubs’ and they didn’t suffer any defeat at the hands of the top 6 clubs, but they lost a lot of points against weaker clubs, even those that ended up being relegated or were in lower part of the table.
Shop for Odds and Claim Bonuses
There are numerous bookmakers online, it is not always easy to say which operator offers better odds, but you can always check which one offers better odds for a particular selection, or an accumulator bet. Always look around and aim to place your bet with the bookie that offers the best odds for that particular bet. Sure, that will not have an impact on whether you’re going to win or not, but why wouldn’t you try to win more if you could.
And it’s not just the odds. Betting operators often offer their customers various promotions and bonuses. Always check if you can claim a bonus and get to bet with free money.
Bet on Less Popular Matches
Sometimes it is wise to stay away from the most popular matches and competitions. They always attract a lot of interest, so bookmakers can be a bit weary when it comes to setting and adjusting the odds. If you bet on lower-league matches or friendly, you can get a lot more favourable odds.
Moreover, if you learn that a key player will miss the match, or that one of the managers intends on resting some of his regular players, you might still manage to place the wager at more favourable odds, as the bookies don’t change the odds that expediently when the match isn’t that popular or important.
Another good tip is to stay away from the team you support. We all tend to be biased towards our clubs and we hate to bet on them losing, even when everything suggests that they will.