Football Betting: How to get the Odds in Your Favour?

12 May   Football Guide   Sports

Have a burning passion for football? From those epic banter sessions with your mates to sticking by your club through thick and thin. And let's not forget your ability to predict match outcomes like a pro.

You've probably thought to yourself, "I'd like to have a go at this..." But hey, those betting sites with all their fancy figures and letters? They've always seemed a bit intimidating.

What if we told you that you'd be ready to bet on your favourite team by the end of this guide?

So, lace up those boots and get ready to dive headfirst into the world of football betting. We'll be your trusty coach, and you? Well, you're the star player who knows how to follow the manager's instructions to a tee.

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What are football odds? 

Football odds like football formations seem daunting at first, but they're essentially a way for bookmakers to represent the likelihood of different outcomes in a football match.
Understanding them is crucial for anyone looking to bet on football or simply to grasp the dynamics of the game. Football odds serve as a guide to the probability of different outcomes in a match. By understanding them and analyzing other factors, you can make more informed betting decisions. Odds are typically displayed in three main formats:

The decimal (European) format

The decimal format is very popular as it is very easy to understand and calculate. Think of it as your (4-3-3) formation. Decimal odds represent the potential return on a 1 unit bet, including the original stake. Still seems confusing? Alright, let’s take a hypothetical match between Met Gaming FC and Not Met Gaming FC. The odds for this match might be represented in decimal format as follows:

Met Gaming: 2.50

Draw: 1.40

Not Met Gaming: 2.80

In this scenario:

Met Gaming’s odds of 2.50 mean that if you bet £1 unit on Met Gaming to win and when we emerge victorious, you'll receive 2.50 units in return, including your original stake. So, if you were to bet £10 your total return would be £10 * 2.50 = £25, which includes your original stake of £10.The odds of 1.40 for a draw suggest that if you bet £1 on the match ending in a draw and if it does, you'll receive 1.40 units in return, including your original stake. Not Met Gaming odds of 2.80 indicate that if you bet £1 unit on them to win and they win the match, you'll receive 2.80 units in return, including your original stake.

Fractional Odds: 

Fractional odds are more traditional in the UK. They are represented as a fraction, such as 2/1. The numerator (2) represents the potential profit, while the denominator (1) represents the stake. So, in this example, if you bet 1 unit and win, you'll receive 2 units in profit, plus your original stake back.
Using the same hypothetical League match, because why not? Between Met Gaming FC and Not Met Gaming , but this time, we'll represent the odds in fractional format:

Met Gaming: 6/4 Draw: 12/5
Not Met Gaming: 9/5 

In this scenario:
Met Gaming's odds
of 6/4 mean that for every £4 you bet on them to win, you stand to make a profit of £6 if they win. So, if you bet £4 on Met Gaming and they win, you'll receive a total of £10 back (£6 in profit plus your original stake of £4).
The odds of 12/5 for a draw indicate that for every £5 you bet on the match ending in a draw, you stand to make a profit of £12 if it does. Therefore, if you bet £5 on a draw and the match ends in a draw, you'll receive a total of £17 back (£12 in profit plus your original stake of £5).
Not Met Gaming's odds of 9/5 suggest that for every £5 you bet on then to win, you stand to make a profit of £9 if they win. So, if you bet £5 on Not Met Gaming and they win, you'll receive a total of £14 back (£9 in profit plus your original stake of £5).
Whichever seems comfortable to you. You can always hover over the options provided in our Met Gaming site to either get them in fractional or decimal odd.

Now, let's dive into how to interpret these odds:

Favorable Odds:

These are odds that suggest a higher probability of occurrence. For instance, if a team has decimal odds of 1.50 to win, it means the bookmakers believe there's a high chance of that outcome. However, it also means the potential returns are lower. This is usually associated with better teams.

Unfavorable Odds:

On the contrary, unfavorable odds indicate a lower likelihood of occurrence. If a team has odds of 5.00 to win, it suggests the bookmakers think it's less likely to happen. But if it does, the returns will be higher. This is usually associated with teams with poor run of form.

Now that we have tackled the basics and you’re still standing strong, let’s look at the type of betting options available to you.

  • In-play betting: In-play betting, also known as live betting, allows you to place bets while a match is in progress. This dynamic form of betting opens up new opportunities to capitalize on shifting odds and momentum swings. However, it requires quick thinking and sharp decision-making skills. Use in-play betting strategically, focusing on matches where you have a good understanding of the teams and their tendencies.
  • Bet Builder/Same Game Multi: This feature allows bettors to combine multiple bets within the same game, such as predicting the match result, number of goals, and player stats, into a single wager for enhanced odds.
  • Player Props/Player Stats: These bets focus on individual player performance, such as the number of goals, assists, or yellow cards a player may accumulate during a match.  
  • Asian Handicap Bet: Asian handicap betting eliminates the draw option by giving one team a head start or handicap, offering more balanced odds and increased betting opportunities.
  • Half-Time/Full-Time:   This bet involves predicting the outcome of both the half-time and full-time results of a match, providing higher odds for successful predictions.     
  • Double Chance:  With this bet, you can cover two of the three possible outcomes of a match, increasing your chances of winning but with lower odds 
  • Accumulators: Accumulator bets involve combining multiple selections into a single wager, with the potential for substantial returns if all predictions are correct
  • Goal Scorers: These bets focus on predicting which player will score a goal during the match, offering various options such as first goal scorer, anytime goal scorer, or last goal scorer.
  • Correct Score/Score cast/Win cast: These bets involve predicting the exact final score of a match or combining the correct score prediction with the goal scorer(s) for increased odds.
  • Draw No Bet: With this bet, you can wager on a team to win, and if the match ends in a draw, your stake is refunded.
  • Manager and Player Transfer Specials: These bets focus on predicting managerial changes or player transfers within football clubs.
  • Avoid Emotional Betting: One of the biggest pitfalls in football betting is letting emotions dictate your decisions. Avoid betting on your favorite team or against your rivals purely out of loyalty or spite. Instead, approach each bet with a clear and rational mindset, based on research and analysis. Emotions can cloud judgment and lead to poor decision-making, ultimately costing you money in the long run.

Now you understand the game play, tactics and plan, it’s time for you to go out there and have a go. Here is the way to start:

Start by visiting the MET Gaming website or downloading their mobile app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

  • Create an Account or Log In: If you're a new user, you'll need to create an account by providing some basic information such as your name, email address, and preferred currency.
  • Navigate to the Football Betting Section: Once you're logged in, navigate to the football betting section of the MET Gaming platform. This is where you'll find a list of upcoming football matches and betting markets.
  • Select a Match and choose your bet type: Browse through the list of available football matches and select the one you're interested in betting on. You'll typically find matches from various leagues and tournaments around the world. These may include the match result, over/under goals, Asian handicaps, first goal scorer, and more. Choose the type of bet you want to place by clicking on the corresponding option.
  • Enter Your Stake: Once you've made your selections, enter the amount of money you want to wager, also known as your stake. MET Gaming will display the potential payout based on your stake and the odds of your selections.
  • Review Your Bet Slip and confirm your Bet: Before confirming your bet, take a moment to review your selections and stake on the bet slip. Make sure everything is correct, including the odds and potential payout.

Forget about relying solely on luck when it comes to football betting. To hit those winning, you've got to wrap your head around football odds and use some savvy betting tactics. 

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