Premier League Betting Markets
Think betting on football is just a matter of guessing which team will win a given match? Not a bit of it. These days, the best UK bookies offer a whole host of ways to place wagers. Let’s have a glance at some of the most popular betting markets around right now.
The simplest and most popular betting market, match betting is about placing your wager before kick-off, with any winnings dished out when the match is over. Depending on the bookie, extra time and penalties may be included, but this isn’t always the case. That’s why it’s important to check the exact exactly how the betting works before going for it.
Exactly as the name suggests, this is about betting on which team will win a particular match. Easier said than done – especially if your own team happens to be playing. Do you follow your heart or your head?
Both Teams to Score
Finding it tricky to call a winner? Well, you can always bet on both teams scoring instead. This is a somewhat safer way to wager than risking your cash on a match result, and is ideal if you don’t fancy putting in too much mental legwork weighing up the strengths of the teams.
Result and Both Teams to Score
If you’re feeling lucky, you can go bigger by betting on both the match result and both teams scoring. Winning on two separate outcomes is harder, but it does provide a better price.
This is a slightly more nuanced variation on the Both Teams to Score bet. Here, you’ll be trying to predict how many goals will be scored during the course of the match. It can be a good Premier League betting market in terms of your eventual return, if the odds on a favourite to win aren’t particularly appealing.
With a Double Chance bet, you get to put your money on two of the three possible match outcomes: the home team winning or drawing, the away team winning or drawing, or either the home or away team winning (in this instance, you lose your bet if it’s a draw). A Double Chance bet is particularly good for when you feel like backing the underdog, as the team won’t have to pull of a major upset for you to win – a draw will be sufficient.
When a clearly inferior side is facing off with a top-drawer rival, the sheer disparity in odds means profits for gamblers can suffer. This is where the handicap market comes in. Here, the bookmaker makes things more attractive by applying a handicap. This could mean, for example, that a big-hitting side – say, Liverpool – meeting a team at the bottom of the Premier League would be expected to win by a certain, specified goal margin for you to win the bet.
When betting on the English Premier League, you aren’t limited to individual matches. You can also go further and put your money where your mouth is when it comes to predicting which triumphant team will win the league, which luckless teams will be relegated, who’ll make it to Europe, and who the top scorer of the season will be.
Betting on Premier League games while they’re actually in progress is one of the most exciting ways to wager. Circumstances can shift dramatically as the match goes on, meaning that live, in-play betting presents you with sudden opportunities to capitalise on fluctuating odds. If, for example, a powerhouse side like Chelsea is playing Watford. In this instance, the pre-match odds on Chelsea won’t be particularly tempting. But if Watford look like they may be on the verge of pulling off an upset by scoring first, the odds on Chelsea will spike, giving you a chance to place an in-play bet for bigger potential winnings.
Being able to watch matches while placing in-play wagers is probably the most exhilarating way to bet on the Premier League. Some of the best UK bookies make that happen thanks to their live streaming of games. Not only does this add to the enjoyment factor, but watching the twists and turns as they happen will inevitably help when it comes to making informed choices on how to bet. All in all, a live streaming service is a very big plus point for any bookie.
Most bookies expect you to have a funded account or have placed a bet within the past 24 hours in order to be eligible for live streaming.
Cashing out simply means taking your potential winnings from a bet before the football match is over, with the amount based on the likelihood of your bet winning. If, for example, the game is looking pretty volatile and unpredictable, and you’d like to collect your profits before momentum goes the other way, cashing out could be a good option. Ditto if you want to cut your losses and put a losing game behind you.
You can really dial things up a notch with accumulators. As the name suggests, these bring together several bets into one overall wager. The odds are multiplied together, meaning these ‘acca’ odds are far higher and more tantalising than standard match betting odds. But, and it’s a big but, all the selections have to come through for you to win the overall bet.
The best UK bookies provide ‘acca insurance’, giving you back your wager as a free bet if you lose thanks to just one failed selection.
Specials and Promotions
One of the great things about today’s burgeoning betting landscape is that bookies will pull out all the stops to attract your attention away from their rivals. This means you can look forward to all kinds of innovative incentives and promotions, such as the ability to bag favourable odds by interacting with the bookmaker via social media. There are also special perks available – for example, a bookie may pay out if the team you’ve bet scores a certain number of goals, regardless of what the eventual scoreline is.