Live football betting has grown in popularity thanks to a dedicated advertising campaign on behalf of the bookmakers. However, the practise of staking money on a match once a game has kicked off has been around for many years.
This can be an exciting part of your overall betting pattern but what strategies do you need to apply in order to turn live betting into a lucrative pastime?
What to Bet On
Firstly, it’s important to be aware of the markets available to you after a match has started and essentially, they are the same as you would expect prior to kick off. You can gamble on the result, the correct score, the name of the next goal scorer and many more from the bookies’ regular sportsbook.
For all of the bets involved, you will need good analytical skills and your ability to judge the development of a game will be tested over the ninety minutes. If you’re betting on the result, consider carefully as to how the two teams are approaching the match and whether one side is looking stronger at the start.
Naturally, when one team scores the opening goal then their odds for the win will shorten so if you want a longer price, try to pre-empt that drop by judging the contest before the first goal goes in the back of the net.
Away from the result, the next goal scorer bet is arguably the most popular and this is another area where you can apply your best analytical skills. The obvious way in which you can do this is to see how players are performing and whether the teams are creating plenty of chances for their centre forwards.
Having an Off Day?
At times, certain players can have a terrible day in front of goal and while that doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t find the net, you could assess their performance and if it’s particularly bad, you could consider crossing them off your list of likely goal scorers.
Similarly, if a player is getting closer all the time – maybe even hitting the woodwork, then you should think about placing a bet on their name as the next goal scorer.
Another popular bet involves the discipline market and many gamblers like to take a punt on whether a red card will be issued during a game. With live football betting, this is relatively simple to judge and you can consider whether the match has been particularly bad tempered.
Similarly, if a player receives a yellow card then he stands a higher chance of being dismissed by virtue of a second booking. Naturally, his sending off odds will shorten after that first yellow card but this analysis can still form a big part of your overall live betting strategy.
It’s often easy to overlook your internet connection and your computer hardware but equipment should also form part of an effective strategy. In live football betting, odds can fluctuate wildly and you want to secure the best possible prices before they change.
So make sure that you have a fast broadband connection if you’re betting at home and if possible, be certain you have your device with you in the same room as your television. The most flexible piece of equipment is a mobile phone and if you have a reliable android device, this should help you to place your bets in the fastest possible period of time.
Betting in play, or live betting may not be a completely new phenomenon but it is certainly one of the most exciting aspects of any sportsbook. With a little analysis, you can now watch all the live games in the comfort of your home and stake regular winning bets once a game has kicked off.