Football has been off to a good start this year. After the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 forced the cancellation or delay of most national leagues in the world, this year most leagues have been able to play their fixtures, at least on the television or internet. With the vaccination drive going so well in the UK, and figures remaining low, the FA are slowly allowing fans to fill the stadium once more.

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Football matches are coming back to your screen!

While football was on hiatus last year, online betters had slim pickings of things to bet on. Some bookkeepers were offering ridiculous bets, such as words or phrases spoken by Trump or Biden in the election debates. But now things are going back to normal in the sports world, and therefore also in the betting world.

With more and more people turning to online betting during the lockdowns, payouts are happening everywhere. You probably know someone who has made big money from online bookies or someone who has seen ผล บอล สด and win the bet. If you’re interested in getting involved in this growing trend, here is a comprehensive guide to football betting!

The Games

The club football season is coming to an end, and will not start again until August, but this year, the delayed 2020 Euros tournament will be taking place between 11th June and 11th July. These are international fixtures, and so will usually be dominated by France, Spain and Germany, so keep an eye on their games!

The brilliance of the short knock-out formula is the ability to make bets on various aspects of the whole tournament, such as when teams will get knocked out and who will be playing in the Final. This is also present in club games, but with a longer season, these are slow bets for people who prefer their quick excitement.

Betting and Ratios

As with other types of betting, when you bet on football, your odds are presented as a ratio, for example, 2:1. This shows the potential amount you could win from your bet, so 2:1 means if you bet $1 then you will receive $2 as your win. Sometimes, these figures appear as a decimal, such as 2.00, which would mean you receive double your bet (so, equal to 2:1).

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Make sure you understand related terms before betting on your favorite team.

There are various options to bet on, with bookies offering bets on everything from a simple win/lose, to things such as clean streaks, to the timings of goals. The more precise and difficult the bet, generally, the higher the odds, therefore the bigger payouts. Unlikely bets, such as Greece to beat Germany also offer better payouts compared to easy bets. Also, a rather new option to feature at the bookies is the option to bet on an individual player in the match. Known as “Player Props,” you can bet on whether they will get a card, miss a penalty, or be the first goalscorer, among others.

It is very important to know that, when placing a “match bet,” a simple win/lose bet, the outcome is the score at the end of the 90 minutes. So, if you bet on the Final, and the score is a draw, then that is the winning bet, no matter what happens in the penalties (you can, however, bet that it goes to penalties, and then also bet on the outcome).

Accumulator Bets

Also known as “parley” bets, these give you the option to bet on multiple games in one day, and if you correctly pick the outcomes then you win a massive payout! These are, obviously, a lot more difficult as you need to be correct on at least 4 games. On a good weekend, with a selection of “easy” draws, this can be a great way to make money!

Another, fairly recent, option, are bet builders. These are basically accumulators that take place in the same game, combining multiple elements such as cards given, goals scored and possession. If you know a team well, these can be a great option for a big payout!

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You may consider accumulator bets on multiple games.

In-Game Betting

Most betting sites will offer In-Game betting, this is great online as you can watch the game and instantly place your bets. The odds on many outcomes change as the game unfolds so it’s important to keep your eye on them if you want a larger payout! This is probably the most exciting form of betting.

Other Things to Know

Handicap bets give you a bit more leeway than straightforward bets. Depending on the + or - figure next to the team, you can still win your bet based on the goal difference.

Some bookies offer an “Over or Under” option. This is where they offer an outcome of the match, such as 3 red cards given, and give you the choice to bet on whether there will be more or less.

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give you if you want to make money betting on football is to always stick to teams you know. It can be an exhilarating weekend if you have dozens of bets placed on international teams you have never heard of, but probably very few, if any, of these will come in. It is better to stick to the leagues and the teams you know, especially if betting on Player Props.

All in all, however, betting on football can be a fun way to add an extra level of excitement to a game that you love, and a few wise investments can end up paying out thousands of dollars!

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