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Laying a Team

July 14th, 2010

Laying a Bet

A great bet that can be rewarding in the short term is to bet on a football team NOT to lose.  This is great, because there can be two outcomes in the game in which you’re still rewarded – a draw or a win.  This type of best is most valuable and cleverly applied when your team’s opposition is basically just trying not to lose.  The outcome of this normally provides a weak opponent whose attacking motives are severely limited; hence your team is very unlikely to go behind or lose.  A complacent team is rarely a danger on the counter attack. 

Bet on a team not to lose.

A great type of bet is where your team doesn’t even have to win for you to make money. It’s called Double Chance, because you back two outcomes: a win and a draw. If you can identify a situation where one team is unlikely to lose, this kind of bet might be attractive to you. But keep in mind the odds will be lower than simply backing a team to win.

There are a several situations where this can be a useful bet, but one of the most common is when one team is playing for a draw. Try and pinpoint a game where one team’s aim is simply not to lose. A club employing such a negative strategy will very rarely win. Even if they succeed in drawing the match, your Double Chance bet against them is a winner.

Another important football betting tip in this category is to place such bets when the opposition has a leading goal scorer left out of the squad/injured.  If a football team is heavily reliant on one or two key figures (such as Torres at Liverpool), then the value of the bet usually becomes high – as many sports betting sites will give you better odds and not take into account the significance of this fully.

Look for Unusual Home & Away Form in Football

The most natural trend in football is for teams win more matches and points in their home games.  Of course the sports betting sites and bookies recognize this fact, which is why the odds are shorter for home wins in football betting.  This being said however, there are plenty of teams in the English football leagues (including the Premier League, Championship an Football Leagues) that go through unusual runs of form away from home, yet can’t seem to earn points at home.  This can be down to multiple reasons, such as a more closed counter attacking side away from home, or just home form pressure from disgruntled or hallowing support.  Either way, taking advantage of these scenarios provides a great tip in football betting because the bookies won’t take note of this – or will give you favorable odds to say the least.  Example of this unusual type of home/away form in football includes Wigan FC in the 2005/2006 season, where at home they manage 7 wins, 3 draws and 9 losses; where as their away form earned them 8 wins, 3 draws and just 8 losses.

Bet on the draw

The truth about football betting, is that bookies earn most their revenue (over 70% at Ladbrokes) from draws.  This is because the majority of punters in UK football bet for a sensational win or loss – this makes perfect sense as punters like to take a “stab” so to speak, or support their own team.  The truth though, you will massively reduce your losses in football betting by placing the majority of your bets on draws.  These actually carry the best relative odds in most football matches, for instance the recent Arsenal Liverpool game had 4.0 for a draw.

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