Betting on sports is hugely popular all over the world. Of the sports that we place wagers on, football is the most popular which probably comes as no surprise.
With so many leagues scattered all over the world and the bookmakers offering such a fantastic service by covering many of them, the choice out there is almost unlimited.
Whether it is something huge such as the German Bundesliga, or a smaller league such as the Japanese J-League, you will find betting markets.
Each year a new wave of football fans turn to betting on the sport to try and bring additional fun to the game.
As you begin betting, it is important not to let yourself get too carried away, searching for the big win early as this is an easy way to become disheartened.
Instead, a sensible approach is required and for those looking, here is a beginners guide to placing your first football bet.
Choose A League And Stick To It
This is important and even more so now because of the size of the football service on offer. If you want to make money from football betting, it is important you are an expert on the league you bet on.
This means keeping up to date with all the latest news, watching games and making sure you don’t miss a thing.
It is an almost impossible task to do this for more than one league. This is why, especially when starting off, you should choose one league, have that as your betting league and try to specialise in it.
For example, if you choose Serie A as your league and Inter as your favorite team, this should be one you watch, one you enjoy and perhaps most importantly, one that you can easily check out the latest news on Inter.
When you know what you want to bet on in terms of the league, it is time to find a bookmaker to place those bets with.
Find The Right Bookmaker For You
Don’t listen to your friends when it comes to choosing a bookmaker. Each one offers a different service and what is good for one person may not be good for another.
Look for reviews on the internet and how bookmakers rank against each other, this is always a great place to start.
Sites such as freebets.uk offer a service that reviews and compares the different bookmakers available to punters. While you may not always go with their number one choice, you can use these as a starting point.
From here you can expand to look at what each bookmaker has on offer specifically for you. How do they cover the league you are going to bet on, do they have an app, do they offer a good welcome bonus. These are all things you should be asking yourself.
Start By Placing Simple Bets
It is easy for a punter to be drawn in by complicated betting markets that offer huge wins, or big accumulators featuring multiple teams and a five figure pay out.
This is exactly what you need to avoid. You need to feel two things at the start of your football betting experience, the feeling of winning and seeing your hard work be rewarded as you get results correct.
You may have a great weekend studying, find numerous winners, but end up with no returns because you had an eight team accumulator and only seven of the teams won.
Avoid this, make sure you get a return for your hard work and try to keep things simple in the early stages.
There is a time and a place to be trying out more extravagant bets, but while you are learning, this is definitely not the time.