Betting On The Premier League - The Compete Guide
The English Premier League is the most watched football league on the planet, and consequently gambling on the EPL has become a multimillion pound industry. This article will give you an overview of the bets available, and is built on in many more advanced articles and guides to getting the best value from your Premiership bets here at High Tech Gambling.
This guide is divided into the different categories of bets you can make on the EPL. First the season long bets are covered, then multiples (usually over a weekend of fixtures). Individual match betting has many more possibilities than it used to, and this is covered next. At the end of the page you will find links to more great articles to fine tune your betting strategy.
Premiership: Season Long Bets
The first, and most obvious season long market is the “Who will Win the Premiership?” market. This is an interesting market, in the fact that in any given season, generally the bookmakers will have pinpointed just four or five teams who can actually lift the trophy, so for many teams you will receive very long odds. However, since the start of the Premier League in 1992, only five teams have actually managed to win it, and over thirty eight games it takes a very strong squad to win the EPL, so keep this in mind if looking at backing some of the longer odds teams.
Other season long bets are for teams to finish in the top two, top three, and a popular bet is for a team to place in the coveted top four which assures Champions League soccer for that team in the following season. In fact some bookmakers will even offer teams to finish in the top six, or even the top half of the table.
At the other end of the table, you could also place a bet for a team to finish bottom of the EPL, or to finish in the bottom three and face relegation. Rare to have a bet where you want a team to lose every week, but this is one!
A slightly unusual, but popular season long bet is the season handicap betting. This is where each team is given a specified amount of points start over the team that is considered the favourite. For example, a team that is deemed to struggle and face relegation may be given a 40 point start over the favoured team. This bet is popular as every team is given around the same price (usually in the whereabouts of 16/1), and if you think your selected team will over perform during the nine months of the season, this may well be the bet to place.
There are also markets where you can bet on the EPL’s top goal scorer, and season head to heads where you can back one team to finish above another, particularly popular between teams who are deemed rivals.
I might add that most or all of the above bets can be placed at any time during the season, but they are most popular before the season starts, and if you want a long term interest for just one stake, this is the way to go.
Multiple Bets On The Premiership
In any given round of fixtures, there will be ten games played, mostly at a weekend (ranging from Saturday lunchtime to Monday evening), but occasionally midweek as well, and one of the most popular bets on the EPL is a multiple bet. This is where you select two or more teams to win, and if they all win, you’re in the money. The way they work is that the initial stake is placed on the first team, if that wins all of the money (initial stake and winnings) goes onto the second team, and then the third team etc etc There is no limit to the amount of teams you want to back (you can include matches from other leagues and countries as well) and obviously the more teams you include, the higher the risk and return.
You may for example want to place a multiple bet on all the televised matches that weekend for a bit of added interest, or wager on all the teams that you consider “bankers” that weekend for what you think will be a likely profit, or a chancy bet on some teams that are considered outsiders for a much higher return – the choice is yours.
A multiple bet that is growing rapidly in popularity is the “both teams to score” bet, You pick as many games as you like, and if each team scores in every game, you’ve won. A bet guaranteed to get you cheering every time a goal goes in anywhere!
Multiple bets are not just limited to the above markets, you can place them on correct scores, first goal scorers, and many other markets (I’ll be looking into these markets in the next section) – these are bets with much longer odds, and if you are looking for a chance of a big win with a small stake this might be the kind of bet you are looking for.
EPL Individual Match Markets
On any particular game in the English Premiership, there are a variety of ways you can invest your money. The first and most obvious one is the “to win the match” market. You think a team is a good price to win a particular match, go ahead and back them. Obviously these prices will vary, you’ll receive very small odds if you back a top team at home to a weaker team, and that is why these bets are sometimes more popular in multiple bets, but conversely you could receive much longer odds on a team considered unlikely to win.
Another popular market is the correct score market. These are longer priced markets, as obviously, picking a correct score is much more difficult than simply predicting a match winner. If you think the league leaders will win easily at the weekend, instead of backing them in the “to win the match” market, you may want to back for example, a four-nil home win. In these markets you can back more than one selection, so in a game you think may be a high scoring draw, you could back both two-two and three-three, and you are covered for both. The correct score market is not just confined to the full time result, you can also place a bet on the exact half time score.
The First Goal Scorer market is another popular one. Look at the team line-ups, and if you think a player is a good price to get that all important first goal, back them. This is a strange bet in the fact that it can last just one minute, or the whole ninety minutes. Once again, this is market where the odds will vary a lot, a striker will be a much lower price than a midfielder or a defender. Very similar to this bet is the Last Goal Scorer market. Exactly the same as the first goal scorer market, except this bet is guaranteed to last the whole game – nail biting if your player has is the current last goal scorer, but guaranteed to run until the final whistle (unless your player is substituted or sent off!).
The Half time – Full time market is another market you can invest your money in. Simply predict who is winning (or if both teams are drawing) at half time and full time, and you’re in the money. You’ll see the longest odds in this market if you select one team to be winning at half time and the other at half time, and much shorter odds for the same team to be winning at both half time and full time. If you fancy a team to come out strong and have the game won by half time, then you’ll receive longer odds on this market than you would on the “to win the match” market, so that might be your bet of choice on this game. Conversely if you think a team will come out strong and lead at half time, but fade in the second half, this could be a good place for a speculative longer odds bet.
As touched upon earlier in the multiples section, there is the both teams to score market. Place the bet, sit back and hopefully watch a match with chances at both ends, probably not the place to bet when you think one manager will come and play for a draw and park the bus!
Time of the First Goal is a bet you can place where you are offered odds on given time ranges, for example 0-10 minutes, 11 to 20 minutes and so on until the ninety minutes are up. A bet where you go from wanting no goals, to suddenly shouting for a goal – the clock is running!
Over/Under bets are another way you can bet on the match. The most popular of these is over/under 2.5 goals – whereby you are predicting whether the total goals scored in the match (by both teams combined) is 0, 1 or 2 goals (under) or 3 or more (over). If you think it will be a dour defensive struggle, back under 2.5, or an all-out attacking goal fest, back over 2.5. You will also find markets offering over/under 0.5, 1.5, 3.5, 4.5 etc on many bookmakers
Handicap betting is available on each game as well. A team may be given half a goal start, or a goal start, or more sometimes, and the odds are changed to accommodate this. For example, a weaker team may be given a 1.5 goal start away to a strong team, but if you think they have a chance and do not want to risk your money on the longer odds win, this may be the bet for you.
A much more speculative but popular bet is the Scorecast. I say speculative, as this requires you to correctly predict both the first goal scorer and the correct score. This is the market where you will see the longest prices on individual games, and another market where you could see a big return for just a small outlay. An exciting bet if your player does score first! (Some bookmakers offer similar markets, where you predict the first goal scorer and the team that wins, or the first goal scorer and the time of the first goal).
There will be betting available also on the number of corners in the game, another under/over market, which will generally be around the 10.5/11.5 range.
You can even bet on the number of cards in a game. This will usually take the form of a points system, where for example, a yellow card is worth ten points, and a red card worth twenty five, and then you can place a bet either on under/over the number of points (for example, under/over 47.5 points), or a range of points (for example, “under 20”, “between 21 and 40” and “41 and above”).
Various other special markets are available on some games, including bets on selected games for individual players to score a hat-trick, individual players to be sent off, and even goalscorer head to heads where you back one player to score more than the other.
Live in-game Betting On The English Premiership
Unlike all of the other markets which take place before a game, which are relatively static in terms of price movements, the in-game markets are where the odds are really fast moving.
You can place a bet on most, if not all of the individual game markets during the game. Because of the relative scarcity of goals in football, one goal will have a massive impact, and a team can easily go from strong favourite to outsider in the blink of an eye.
“To win the match” odds are very popular in running. You’ll usually find that a team who is strongly favoured in the betting will generally drift in price the longer the game stays goalless. If they score early, their price will contract dramatically, but if the other team score, the price will be much higher.
You are able to bet in running up until the end of the game, but bear in mind, if a team is winning comfortably late on, there will probably be no odds for that team, and only very long odds for the draw or for the other team winning.
Correct score markets will be offered in running until the end, as well as the over/under bets (unless they have already been settled – for example the 3rd goal has already gone in the over/under 2.5 goals market).
Both teams to score is also offered in running, but once again these markets will be settled the moment both teams have actually scored.
Many bookmakers will offer a “Next Goal Scorer” market in running if the first goal scorer market has already been settled, this gives you more opportunity in the goal scorer markets. As well as this, you can bet on which team will score the next goal – obviously lower odds on that market – you will be able to bet on “no more goals” in this market as well.
Generally many of these in-running markets are at their busiest during half-time, and some bookmakers may offer enhanced odds or specials at this time.
That just about covers most or all of the available bets you can have on the English Premier League, but soccer betting is a growing and evolving market, and bookmakers will always try and bring out more enticing and eye catching bets, so keep an eye out for these as well. Here are some more articles to help you reach the next level: