Betting on Soccer with Ladbrokes – Our Tips
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Football is one of those sports on which there are only really three outcomes a side can face: a win, a loss or a draw. However, there are many more elements within a match which can be bet on. So, the first thing that beginners need to know about soccer betting with Ladbrokes is that they don't need to stick to results alone.
Unlike horse racing, for instance, the result is not necessarily the thing to bet on.
Try 1st player to score
Let's look at a common choice of bet – the first player to score. In a typical game, like a Premiership fixture, you can see headline odds against all the leading strikers and midfield players. It may also be worth checking the odds against defenders, too, especially if you think that set pieces, like corners, are going to play an important part in the game. You might get more odds which allow for greater winnings this way. With a promotion, you can try this without taking much risks.
In addition, consider the substitutes as well as the starting eleven as potential players to bet on. At Ladbrokes, you can increase your chances of winning by placing an each way bet on the first goalscorer. If you bet on a certain player to score first at 6 to 1, but he ends up scoring second or third, then you get a half of the odds, which would give you a return of 3 to 1 in this example.
Find the correct score game
If you like the idea of predicting the correct score in a game, but think that the odds don't offer enough of a potential return, then consider a scorecast bet. This is effectively two bets which both need to come off for you to win, so you can think of it as a mini accumulator. You need to bet on the first scorer and the full time score.
For example, if you bet on Harry Kane to score first against Arsenal, with a result of Tottenham 2 Arsenal 0, then you could expect odds of around 30 to 1, depending on who else is playing and current player form. For a £10 stake you would win £300 in this example. However, bear in mind that you win nothing for Kane being first to net, if the result ends up as anything other than two-nil to Spurs. Equally, all goalless results end up in scorecast bets being lost.
Other lucrative bets
With a half time/full time bet you predict the ‘winner' of the game at the end of the first half and then again at full time. This allows for more variations than a simple result-based bet and is popular because it therefore often generate more attractive odds.
For example, you might predict that France lead Spain at half time but the game ends in a draw at full time. Another typical half time/full time wager would be that you bet the scores are level between Liverpool and Manchester United at the half way stage, but that United go on to win the final whistle blows. Remember that if you wager on bet like this that a correct half time result is no good on its own – you must predict both correctly to win.
You can also place your bet on different events with nice odds :
- Handicap betting
- Goal bands
- Double chance (small odds but not risky for beginners)