The Top 5 things to consider when taking a soccer bet
So you want to
bet on soccer do you? There’s a couple things you should know. Some of these
may seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised how many people ignore this advice
and “go with their gut”. Never bet with emotion – it’s a surefire way to lose
your money. That is not to say you shouldn’t trust your instincts, but those
should be based on your knowledge of the teams at play. The best luck of all is
the luck you make for yourself.
Form may be
temporary, but it’s all-important
This might seem
like an obvious one, but bookmakers and punters still tend to follow name and
reputation. Take Burnley for example – this season they have been outstanding
in getting results against the top teams. And yet, they often go into games as
massive underdogs. It’s worth taking a closer look at a team’s home or away record.
There’s value to be found if you look hard enough.
Form can only take you so far, especially when it
comes to certain teams. Remember when Arsenal couldn’t buy a result against
Tony Pulis’ Stoke or Big Sam’s Bolton? Some teams just can’t perform against
certain players and tactics. Always be sure to check out the head-to-head
records – it could be a telling factor. There’s also value to be found on
individual players who have a habit of scoring against certain clubs. Wayne Rooney
has a superb record against Arsenal, while Romelu Lukaku can’t stop scoring
against West Ham. An anytime goalscorer bet is the way to go.
can yield big returns
If you’d started
putting money on Harry Kane at the start of this year, there’s no telling how
much money you’d have in your account by now. The same can be said of Radamel
Falcao or Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang over in Germany. The value comes in backing
these players to score first rather than anytime. If anyone is going to break
the deadlock, it’s going to be them. Make sure you cash in.
This one works both ways. Teams with important
European ties midweek are more likely to rest their key players over the
weekend. This can have a huge impact on the outcome of the result. In the same
way, team’s that have played midweek will have less time to prepare for the
weekend’s match. It’s important to note travel time and the amount of time
between matches. Teams competing in the Europa League are at the greatest risk
of a midweek hangover. English teams, in particular, are known to struggle
after Europa League duty.
Team news can be all-important
This one is a
bit tougher to track. While long-term injuries are easy to monitor, players are
often withdrawn at the last minute. Keeping an eye on the team-sheets an hour
before kick-off can be the difference between a winning and losing bet. Late
injuries to key players can throw out a team’s preparations completely. The
shrewd punter will be there to take advantage.