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How to Bet on Football Online or on your Mobile

Betting on football can be a fun way of enhancing your enjoyment of the beautiful game whilst also giving you a chance of making a profit from the sport you love. Of course, not everyone wins (or bookies would have long since gone bust) so it pays to pick your bets wisely, and that means doing your research rather than making impulse – or worse, drunken – selections.

People who are thinking about placing a bet with an online or mobile betting site, you’re in luck because here on we feature only the most trusted and, frankly, best betting sites in the business. We’re not interested in listing every tom, dick and harry who’s set up an online gaming site, instead we work only with those bookies we use ourselves and who we trust to offer fair odds, great customer service and regular and generous free bets and bonuses.

So, before you place your first online or mobile football bet, you need to decide which betting site you would like to join.

How to Join an Online Betting Site

There are literally hundreds of betting sites strewn around the internet these days and many offer a similar level of quality and service, that is… very average on both counts. In order to avoid spending your days arguing about cancelled bets, late payouts or crashed betting markets we strongly urge you to join only the best bookmakers in the business. Of course whether you choose to take our recommendations on board or not is your call, but always make sure you know about the company you are joining BEFORE you join and that they are regulated by a robust body such as the UK Gambling Commission (as all those featured on this site are).

Almost all bookies will offer some kind of enhancement when you join them, usually in the form of a free bet (see our free bets page for more details). Free bets allow you to try out a bookie without having to risk as much of your own cash as you otherwise would.

So once you’ve selected the bookie you’d like to join, just click on the banner or link on this site and, once at the betting site itself, click the “Register” (or similar) button.

You will then be asked to enter some personal details, i.e. your name, date of birth (as you need to be over 18 to gamble, in the UK at least), address and username and password details that you are free to make up. Usually the form takes only a minute or so to complete and then you are ready to register a credit or debit card (we would always recommend a debit card over a credit card, by the way), and to make your first deposit.

The size of your first deposit, which is just like making any online purchase really, will depend on how much you want to bet, which might in turn depend on the free bet offer you are hoping to take advantage of. For instance if you are signing up to the Coral Bet £5, Get £20 Free Bet offer, you would probably just want to deposit a fiver to get things going.

Once you have some funds in your betting account, it’s time to actually place your first bet… let’s hope it’s a winner!

How to Place a Bet

To place a bet you first need to navigate to the sport, event or match you wish to bet on and then select the specific betting market. For example, if you wanted to bet on both teams to score in the Merseyside derby, you would generally select “Football”, “Premier League”, “Everton v Liverpool” and then “Both Teams to Score” (though in reality most bookies will have quick links to big upcoming matches, leagues or markets).

The odds will then be displayed for all possible outcomes on which you can bet, usually in fractional form (e.g. 5/1, 5/4 and so on) though you can change to decimal form (e.g. 6.0, 1.8 etc) if you prefer. You simply need to click on the odds of the selection you want to back and it will populate a betting slip (which is usually located on the top right of the screen on desktops or at the top or bottom on mobile betting sites).

You then just click on “Place Bet” (or some similar term) at the bottom of the betting slip and then sometimes a further “Confirm Bet(s)” button, and there you have it, your bet is placed!

The above example of backing both teams to score is known as a “single” bet, i.e. just a single event occurring, but there are loads of different types of bets you can place, details of which we’ll go onto below.

Types of Football Bet

The world of online football betting can hold a myriad of possibilities and betting options and this can be confusing to even the most experienced punter. As such we thought we would explain some of the ways customers can bet on the football to maximise the chances of enjoyment and potential return and hopefully clear up any doubts you may have.

  • Match Odds – This is the most common form of football bet and probably the best form for betting beginners to get started with. Also referred to as 1×2 or 90 minutes betting, this allows punters to predict the outcome of their selected match in 90 minutes (plus injury time but not extra time or penalties), whether it be a win for one team, a win for the other, or a draw. For example, if the customer backed England to win against Brazil and the result was a Brazil win or a draw, then the bet would lose.
  • Tournament Winner – Betting on which team will win a given tournament, cup or event. Spread across numerous competitions, punters can back teams in minor leagues and cups right up to the Premier League or World Cup. The bet is successful if the team backed wins the given competition. Odds for this can vary depending on the competition, yet with favourites sometimes having odds as long as 4/1 (or even more) this can be a bet which allows decent returns as well as sustained entertainment over the length of a season or competition.
  • First/Last/Anytime Goal Scorer – This allows customers to bet on whom they think will score first, last or at anytime in a match. Quite an easy concept to grasp yet occasionally complications can occur, especially if there is an own goal. Punters should check the terms and conditions their bookmaker has surrounding own goals but almost always an own goal is ignored and the second goal counts towards any first goal scorer bets and the penultimate goal towards last goal scorer bets. If there is no other goal after the own goal, “no goalscorer” bets win. A useful betting tip here may be to back the “no goalscorer” market rather than “0-0” as odds are often the same yet “no goalscorer” keeps the bet alive if own goals are scored.
  • Correct Score – This is a bet placed on the specific full time (usually, although you can also bet on the half time score) score in a match (e.g. 2-1). When placing this bet make sure to be betting on the team you wish to win; scores are often listed as home team to win and away team to win, so pay careful attention in order to back the correct team. As there are a wide range of possibilities in this market, odds can be quite high. However, the chances of a successful correct score bet are correspondingly low. Balancing these together, correct score bets can be fun yet rarely successful.
  • Total Goals and Under/Over Goals – Usually a two option bet on whether over or under a specific number of goals will be scored in that match. Usually this is under/over 2.5 goals yet alternatives can often be seen with 0.5, 1.5, 3.5, 4.5 and even higher usually available. Some of these can offer extremely high odds; consequently, this form of football betting is becoming increasingly popular. With only two outcomes this bet is easy to understand and can allow punters to draw on past form to predict how many goals would be seen in the given game. Total goals betting can also refer to the exact number of goals in a game.
  • Both Teams to Score – This requires the customer to answer the question ‘will both teams score?’ A ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer is then bet upon with own goals counting in this market.
  • Accumulator – An accumulator is a bet that groups together several unrelated selections to form one bet, whereby all selections need to win in order to gain a return. Accas, as they are sometimes known, are usually done on multiple match results yet other markets can be used such as both teams to score. This can provide large odds yet punters should be wary of adding one match too many as it always seems to be that extra game that lets you down! Accumulators can be a great way to win large amounts of money from a low stake at extremely long odds because the odds for each game selected are effectively mutliplied.
  • Handicaps – Each team is given a handicap in the form of a number of goals disadvantage or advantage. The customer then backs the match result with the handicap in play from the start of the match. For example, Liverpool may be backed with a plus one advantage against Real Madrid. If the punter backed Madrid then they would have to win the game by two goals in order for the bet to be successful. This is because Liverpool essentially have a goal head start. Great value odds can be found in this market compared to in play markets, and match result markets therefore substantial returns are possible once the concept of the handicap model is understood. Handicap betting is a way to even out games where one side is the clear favourite and also to combine markets, for example if a side has a 0.5 goal start that is the same as the double result market for that team/draw.
  • Scorecast – The customer is required to choose the first goal scorer and the correct score of the match in question. Offered by most bookies this form allows a punter to turn £1 into £150 in one bet…if they get lucky! However, scorecast is offered by most bookies as they know punters rarely win using this form of bet. Therefore, scorecast can be seen as a bit of fun with low stakes yet it would be ill-advised to invest heavily in this market.
  • BetVictor Spincast – BetVictor offer an adaptation of scorecast known as spincast. Requiring punters to choose the match result, over/under total goals, and an anytime goal scorer. Long odds are often available through this feature and unlike scorecast, can keep a bet alive for the duration of a game as you need an anytime scorer, not the first goalscorer. Again though, the chances of success are limited.
  • Coral Football Jackpot – The Football Jackpot from Coral is most comparable to the accumulator market discussed above. Coral allow users to predict the match result in 15 specified games and in order to win the Jackpot you must get all 15 correct, although there are consolation dividends for getting 14 or 13. Returns are calculated on the number of correct results and if there is no jackpot winner the prize rolls over, with a £1m jackpot often available. The chance to turn just £1 into a £1m is what makes the Coral Football Jackpot so popular.
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