There is no doubt that Football is the world’s sport. Sure, certain ones are more popular in certain pockets of the globe like cricket in India, or American Football in the US, but worldwide, as a whole, no other activity can compete with football. Football is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries around the planet and is king.
Not only is its position not threatened by anyone, but football continues to further solidify it. According to recent research, more than 40% of people in heavily-populated areas over 16 years old have stated that they are interested or very interested in following it. And its popularity is soaring in major markets like the US, China, and yes, India as well.
However, its rise might be fueled by a little something more than kicking the ball around or video games. Betting is playing a role too. And, it’s a big one. All you need to do is see the number of betting shops in the UK or the speed with which the activity is legalized in the US after the federal ban was lifted. At the start of the 2000s, when online betting was starting to hit its stride, the companies began sponsoring teams. In the 2018/19 season, 45% of all Premier League clubs had a betting company as their sponsor. An increase of 40% in 16 years.
So, if football or soccer, whatever you want to call it is so popular, how do you bet wisely on it?
Find a Reputable Betting Site That Accepts Cards and E-Wallets
This might be a bit obvious, but it cannot be stated enough. It’s essential to find a bookie that has a good reputation, one that has all of his licenses in order and can provide great customer service. Talk to other players, ask for their recommendations, then read up on reviews. Betting online is always the most convenient option, so look for betting sites that accept cards and e-wallets like PayPal, Skrill, and Neteller. Bitcoin would be an extra plus if that’s your thing.
Sports betting isn’t exactly chance-based. Yes, the outcomes of the games can be unpredictable, but you need to keep your ear to the wall and your eyes open. You need to know which player has been cold in the past few weeks, who’s carrying an injury, and who has been beefing with management or is suspended. All of these things are important.
Tradition too plays a factor. If a team is better ranked than the one they are facing but they haven’t beaten them them in years, maybe that’s a bet that you should stay away from.
Understanding Betting Arrangements
There are different ways to bet in Football. You can bet the three-way moneyline. Which means that you bet if either team wins or they draw. There’s a two-way moneyline. A double chance. You’re betting on a team to win/draw or either team to win.
Then, you can bet the spreads. This is the goal line, where you try to guess if a team wins and by how many goals. You can also bet the total of goals scored in a match.
Betting Strategy and Limits
Always budget and make sure you understand the odds. Know how much you’re willing to spend and how much you can afford to lose. This is for every individual to determine for themselves, but betting is unpredictable, and you should never get carried away. Always be wary and acknowledge that there’s a good probability that things won’t go your way, so don’t break the bank.
Set your maximum bet limit. Decide beforehand and do not push beyond this line. You’ve set it, probably for good reason, so be conservative and bet smart.
Never bet large sums on one game. Of course, if you want to get rich quick, you’ll need to bet multiple games on one ticket, but try to keep that number modest and know when to walk away. Never try to recoup your losses by betting on matches with teams you know nothing about, other than their standing on the table.
Keep bets modest and to fewer games. Small wins are better than no wins at all.