Match odds: The most popular bet type in soccer, sometimes referred to as the win-draw-win bet. This is a bet on the overall winner of the game, for instance Melbourne Victory might be $1.50 favourite to beat Sydney United, who are at $2.50 with a draw at $1.90. This means a $10 wager on Victory would give you a return of $15, while a United victory would give you a dividend of $25. If you have bet on a draw and are successful you would receive a $19 return.
Multi-betting: Is when you combine several individual bets on the same ticket. For instance you might bet on Manchester United to defeat Chelsea, Wayne Rooney to score the winning goal and Manchester City to defeat Liverpool. This is a high risk but high reward way to bet that has become very popular in Australia because the odds can be attractive. Is sometimes be referred to as the parlay or a combo.
Single: The most simple of bets, you only need to pick the correct winner.
Double: A double is two bets on the same ticket. For instance you might bet on Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory. For example you place a $100 double bet on Heart at $1.77 to beat Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory at $1.64 to beat Brisbane Roar. If both Heart and Glory win, you get back your initial outlay, plus your winnings. ($100 x $1.77 x $1.64 = $290). A profit of $190.
A treble or triple: A treble is three bets on the same ticket. For instance you might back Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle United. For instance you place $100 on Chelsea, paying $2.50 to beat Manchester City, Manchester United is at $2 to beat Aston Villa and Newcastle United are paying $4 to beat Stoke. ($100 x $2.50 x $2 x $4 = $2000). A profit of $1900.
Accumulator: Is when you have more than three bets on the same ticket. All of the bets must be successful for it to pay out.
Total goals (Over/under): You beat on whether both teams will score more or less than 2.5 goals for the match.
Correct score: Bet on what the score-line will be at the end of 90 minutes.
First goal: Pick which team will score the first goal.
Half-time: Pick the result of the game at half time, home win, away win or draw.
Half time/full time: Pick the team winning at half-time and then pick the final result. For instance you could back Melbourne victory to lead at half-time but Melbourne Heart to get the overall result.
Draw no bet: Bet on either team to win the match, if the game ends in a draw your stake is given back.
First goal scorer: Pick which player from either team will score the opening goal of the match.
Last goal scorer: Pick which player on the field will score the last goal of the match.
Anytime goal scorer: Back a player to score a goal at any time during the match.
Scorecast: Pick the first player to score and the final score of the game during normal time. Both picks must be right for you to win.
World Cup: The biggest sporting event in the world features the best soccer nations from around the globe. The 2018 incarnation will be held in Russia with Australia set to play in its fourth successive World Cup. The favourites heading in are Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain.
UEFA Champions League: The most prestigious club event in the world. The tournament is open to the winner of European Leagues. The most successful clubs in the events history are Real Madrid with nine titles, AC Milan with seven titles and defending champion Bayern Munich with five.
Asian Cup: Australia plays in the Asian Cup after switching from the Oceania group. The winner of this tournament earns automatic qualifications into the Confederations Cup. Japan has held a stranglehold on the Asian Cup in recent years.
FIFA Confederations Cup: A tournament for national teams, currently held every four years. It is contested by each of the holders of each of the six FIFA Confederation Champions, the reigning World Cup winner and the host nation to bring the team numbers up to eight.
Copa America: Is a South American international association football competition contested between the men’s national teams of South America. It is the oldest tournament of its type in the world.
Oceania Football Cup: Teams from the Oceania region, minus Australia, contest this tournament which is dominated by New Zealand. Australia had a great record in this tournament until it opted to join the Asian zone in 2006.
A-League: Australia’s premier soccer competition with teams right across the country. Players such as Australian and EPL great Harry Kewell and Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero currently play in the A-League.
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La Liga: The Spanish national league is arguably the best competition in the world. Not many soccer fans would disagree that Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of the best club’s in world soccer. Household names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi wow fans in this competition.
English Premier League: Many people, not only English, regard the EPL as the best and most skilled league in the world. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are among the top clubs in this competition. Star players include Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney.
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German Bundesliga: The German National League has emerged as one of the strongest competition in the world with the stand-out team in the country Bayern Munich. Borussia Dortmund has also emerged as a team capable of challenging the best teams in the world.
Italian Serie A: While the Italian League is not as strong as it once was, Juventas and AC Milan make sure the competition is not forgotten. Still sits comfortably in the upper echelon of leagues around the world.
France’s Ligue 1: A highly regarded competition. Some of the best players in the world emerge from France. Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon ensure the French competition has a strong standing on the world stage.
Brasileirão: Is one of the most exciting competitions in the world with its free flowing style of play. This is Brazil’s premier competition. Teams like Corinthians are capable of matching it with the best and on an individual basis some of the best players in the world are playing in this league. The strength of Brazil is highlighted by their favouritism for the World Cup this year.
Argentina’s Primera Division: Has a rich and proud history. Famous clubs like Boca Juniors and River Plate emerged from Argentina. The dominant teams in recent years have been Velez Sarsfield and Lanus.
Dutch Eredivisie: Holland’s top flight league is not as strong as it once was but Ajax and PSV Eindhoven still have some world class players. Feyenoord and FC Twente are in the chasing pack and have closed the gap in recent years.
Portugal’s Liga ZON Sagres: While not as strong as the neighbouring La Liga, Portugal’s best competition has team’s like FC Porto, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon that are well known all over the world.
Russian Premier League: Another of the European leagues that has slipped in recent years but teams like Zenit St. Petersburg, CSKA Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala still have plenty of cash.
Mexico’s Liga MX: Is regarded as the eleventh strongest league in the world. The strongest team in recent years has been C.F. Monterrey who boasts a third place in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Turkish Süper Lig: Soccer-mad Turkey boasts one of the most famous rivalries in world soccer. When Galatasaray clashes with Fenerbache the country comes to a stop. The Turkish League is currently ranked at no.12 in the world.
The Ukranian Premier League: Has slowly earned respect over the last 10 years. Boasts teams such as Shakthar Donetsk, Metalist, Dynamo Kyiv and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk who have all, at some stage, caused a boil over on the international stage.
Always look for value: Consider the odds before you bet. Always consider whether the reward outweighs the risk. If Manchester United was playing Manchester City in a 50-50 game and both are paying $1.90 you are probably better off steering clear.
Form: If the team you’re betting on is playing away, do they have a good record on the road? Or do they generally perform better at home? Some strong clubs have dreadful away records, or haven’t won at a certain ground for many years. It always pays to check the form.
Recent results: Always be aware if a team has lost or won their most recent matches. Usually gives a good indication of how they are travelling.
Compare bookies: Make sure that before you bet with one bookie, to check the other ones in case they offer better odds. Opening up new accounts costs you nothing and can make you some extra cash if you use them all wisely. Also, keep an eye out for bookie promotions and bonuses.
Injuries: You take Lionel Messi and Xavi out of Barcelona’s line-up and they are going to be significantly weaker. It only takes a few minutes to check the club’s website to see who is fit to play.
Derby games: Often a game between two fierce rivals can throw up an unexpected result. You need to take these games into account when placing bets. For instance there is no love lost between Real Madrid and Barcelona, or closer to home Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart.
Recent events: Often if a manager has been sacked or a star player has been stood down because of an off field indiscretion the team’s morale can be affected.