Whilst the A-League plays from October through February, you can find International football and football matches in England, the United States, throughout Europe & Asia, and around the world. This also means that you can bet on football matches twelve months out of the year if you fancy doing so.
Betting on football matches is just as exciting as watching the games, as you can bet outright winners and predict score lines. You can also punt on which players will score and what teams will keep a clean sheet. You can back your favourite team while spotting the opposition a goal or two if you feel confident about the match or you can take a few goals if you think your team needs help winning the match.
When betting football, you can bet on the outcome of the actual match by picking a winner. Alternatively, you can take a punt on the match ending in a draw if you think the two football teams are evenly matched.
For those who do not know, each of the possible outcomes have odds associated with them. The odds reflect the likelihood of each event occurring and they reflect the total payout you will receive on your wager if your bet wins.
For example, in a match between the Brisbane and Newscastle – they list the Roar at 1.61 odds to win, whilst the Jets list at 5.50 to get the win. The odd of the football match ending in a draw is 3.75. The various odds reflect the amount of money returned on every dollar bet, as the total payout of the bet equals the amount wagered * the decimal odds. Thus, if you bet on Newcastle to win, you receive $5.50 for every dollar bet. Likewise, a bet placed on Brisbane pays $1.61 for every dollar bet if they are victorious in the match. If the match finishes in a draw and you have bet such a thing, you earn $3.75 per dollar wagered on the draw.
You can bet most football matches over the entire 90 minutes. Alternatively, you can bet football matches over the course of one half or you can bet each half individually. When doing so, you are betting on what teams are going to score the most over the first half, the second half, and both halves. You can also bet on matches so that if it ends in a draw, they refund your bet.
Instead of betting the actual outcomes of the match, you can use a variety of “handicapped” lines when betting football. In handicap betting, they give one team points whilst the other team receives points. Thus, a team receiving one goal begins the match ahead by a 1-nil margin. At the end of the match, if they win the match outright or the match ends in a draw, that handicap bet pays off.
If you spot a football team points in the handicap market, then your team starts the match at a deficit. In order for the bet to be successful, your team must cover that deficit and beat their opposition by a margin greater than the number of goals they have spotted. Thus, if you back a team while at a one goal handicap, your bet pays if your team wins by a margin greater than two goals. If your team wins by a single goal, ties, or loses, then your bet also loses.
Alternatively to the traditional handicap market, you can bet football matches on the “Asian Handicap” lines. The Asian Handicap provides you a refund if the bet ends in a tie. Additionally, some Asian Handicap matches provide for multiple outcomes. In the example below, you will see exactly how an Asian Handicap bet works.
In an EPL Match between Chelsea and West Ham United, the Hammers list at +0, +0.5 goals (2.11 odds), whilst the Blues line is set at -0, -0.5 (1.67 odds). In this bet, half of the bet is determined at the actual full time result, whilst they settle half of the bet at a half goal handicap.
Thus, if you back West Ham to win at the Asian line of +0, +0.5 goals, half your bet is settled on the actual score and the other half of the bet is settled with West Ham receiving half a goal. If the score ends in a draw between the two English clubs, you receive a refund on half your bet and they pay you at the stated odds for the other half of the bet.
If Chelsea wins the match by a goal, you lose both legs of the Asian Handicap bet, as the half goal is not enough to cover West Ham’s margin of loss. If West Ham wins by a goal or more, then both legs of the Asian Handicap pay you at the stated odds.
In the same example, had you backed Chelsea, you are paid out on your bet across both legs if Chelsea wins the match outright. If the match ends in a draw or a Chelsea defeat, you lose both legs of the Asian line. As you can see, they refund the portion of the bet that results in a draw.
Besides betting the actual results of football matches, you can bet on specific events throughout game. For example, you can bet on Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to score the first goal in the game’s first goalscorer market. Better yet, you can back him to score two or more goals in the match (this happens quite often). You can also punt on whom you think will score the last goal of the match, whether there will be a penalty kick awarded (or missed), and whether both teams will score. There are lines for the number of corner kicks in the match and you can bet on “corner races” where the team who takes five corner kicks first (for example) wins the race. If you are betting on a match between passionate rivals (such as the Manchester Derby between Manchester United and Manchester City), you can bet on how many yellow or red cards will be issued in the match. Through match specials and prop betting, you can bet on virtually every aspect of a football match.
Another way to be football is in the futures market. When betting football futures, you are betting on things such as who will win the A-League, which team will win emerge as the European Champion’s League winners, or which teams will be relegated. You can even bet on what managers you think will be fired, or which club will be the next to sign David Beckham. Rumour has it that Beckham may join Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey in the A-League next season, as Sydney and Melbourne have approached him with interest. When the MLS comes to a close, there will surely be a futures line on when Becks is heading next.