Betting on soccer is a little different than other sports, with unique betting options and strategies. Let’s take a look at what makes soccer betting different and what you should look for with our soccer betting tips.
First of all, soccer has more options than any other sport. With leagues all over the world, there is almost always a game to bet on.
Leagues in Europe play through the winter, while the MLS typically runs from February to November. Factor in summer tournaments for international play, and there are soccer matches year-round.
Competitions like Champions League, Europa League and domestic Cup competitions (FA Cup, Coppa Italia, etc.) also provide mid-week games. Factor in the time difference, and you can bet on, and watch, a foreign soccer game on a Tuesday at noon!
Tie option – Three Way Bet
One thing that makes soccer betting unique is that a tie, known as a draw, is an option. This makes betting on soccer a three-way bet at the best soccer sportsbooks. In nearly all regular-season soccer games around the world, there isn’t overtime.
This gives you three game outcomes to bet on. A typical soccer bet looks like this:
- Real Madrid -105 Draw +220 Barcelona +290
Also note that in soccer, the home team is the first team listed. So in the above example, Real Madrid is home against Barcelona.
Draw No Bet and Double Chance
Most sites offer a Draw No Bet option with higher win odds. If the teams draw, you get your money back. But you’ll win less on your team winning that if you bet with the odds listed above.
A double chance bet gives you two chances to win at reduced odds. In the above example, you’d take: Real Madrid and Draw at -300 or Barcelona and Draw at +100, instead of taking the teams to win outright. This makes more sense with an underdog or in a virtual pick ’em than it does with a heavy favorite.
Over/Unders Are Different Too
You will also see a total goals option with an over/under, just like in other sports. But you’ll see multiple options. A typical soccer total looks like this:
- Over/Under 0.5 Goals Over -2000/Under +1500
- Over/Under 1.5 Goals Over -750/Under +500
- Over/Under 2.5 Goals Over -220/Under +200
- Over/Under 3.5 Goals Over -105/Under -115
And so on, depending on the teams and their styles. Look up the teams and see how many goals they score and allow on average is a start when looking at soccer betting tips. Starters that are injured or suspended can have an impact here as well.
Beware that if you are betting on a tournament game that includes overtime, the overtime score doesn’t count. Betting sites call the game final after 90 minutes unless otherwise noted.
So, for example, you bet on a World Cup quarterfinal between England and the United States. You pick the USA to win at +220.
If the game is tied 1-1 after 90 minutes, you will lose. That’s even if the USA goes on to win in extra-time or penalty kicks.
As with anything else, if you don’t know a league, don’t chase a win. Do your research on teams and see if they are good on the road or struggle at home.
Have they played a game already this week? Are they dealing with injuries or a new formation?
Learn a league and stick with it. English Premier League, La Liga in Spain, Bundesliga in Germany and Serie A in Italy are great places to start.