A Quick Guide to Football Betting Options

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Anyone who sets out to place a football bet for the very first time may be surprised to discover that there are dozens of different bet types to choose from.

Some enable the bettor to make more specific predictions about the outcome of a match in an effort to make bigger profits, if their predictions are accurate. Others actually give bettors the chance to make money from football betting, even without predicting the overall outcome of the match as a whole.

This quick guide to football betting options highlights the most popular types of bets that are available, and explains how they work.

Match Result

The most common football bet involves predicting the overall result of a match when the full-time whistle is blown after 90 minutes of play (plus any stoppage time). You can bet on which team will win, or on the match resulting as a draw, and the odds available will – as in all other football bets – reflect the previous performance of the teams involved.

Note, that the match result bet does not normally include any extra time that is added to a match, so a match which is drawn at 90 minutes and then sees extra time being played (during a tournament game, for example) would be settled as a draw.

Half-Time Result

The half-time result market allows you to bet on what the result will be when the half-time whistle is blown after 45 minutes of play. In all other respects, this type of bet is identical to the match result bet, although the odds will obviously differ, depending on how the teams involved have played in the first halves of their previous matches.

Half-Time/Full-Time Result

Also known as the ‘double result’ bet, this market requires you to bet on what the result will be at both half-time and full-time. Because you effectively have to make two predictions, the chances of success with this type of bet are slimmer than in the match result or half-time result markets, but the odds paid are more generous to reflect that fact.

Draw No Bet

Some online betting sites allow you to bet in a ‘Draw No Bet’ market. This offers odds about each of the two teams winning the match, but if the match results in a draw, all bets are void and any money you bet will be returned to your account.

Correct Score

This market enables you to predict what the final score of a match will be when the full-time whistle is blown after 90 minutes of play.

The most common score lines are priced for every match, and the odds offered for each will depend on their likelihood according to the odds-makers. An ‘any other score’ outcome is also offered for those who want to bet on a score line which is not listed.

Half-Time Score

The half-time score bet works in exactly the same way as the correct score bet, but here you must predict what the score will be when the half-time whistle is blown after 45 minutes of play.

Number of Goals Scored

Bettors can predict how many goals will be scored in total by the time the full-time whistle is blown. This is done by betting that the number of goals scored will be under or over a certain value.

For example, bet on Under 0.5 goals and you are effectively saying that you don’t expect any goals to be scored, and your bet would win in that situation, but it would lose if one or more goals were scored. Similarly, a bet on Over 2.5 goals would win if three or more goals were scored, but it would lose if two or fewer goals were scored.

Both Teams to Score

One of the simplest of football betting markets is the one that allows you to bet on whether or not both teams will score a goal during the 90 minutes of play. This is a straightforward Yes or No proposition, and if you answer it correctly, your bet will win.

First Goalscorer

The first goalscorer betting markets tend to offer quite impressive odds, but that’s because you have to predict which player will be the first to score a goal in a given match.

Each player in this market will be offered at different odds, according to a number of factors, such as their playing position and their previous goal-scoring record. A striker who is a prolific goal-scorer would therefore pay lower odds than a defender who scores rarely. If you think that no goal will be scored then you can bet on ‘no goalscorer’, and the odds for that outcome will usually be the same as for betting on the 0-0 result in the correct score market.

Cards Shown

How many cards will be shown to players during a particular match? That is the question that bettors must answer in the cards markets. The good news is that bettors don’t need to be exact about this, because the options usually will be for Over/Under a certain number of cards. For example, if you were to bet on ‘Over 3.5’ then there would need to be four or more cards shown for your bet to win.

Corners

The corners markets require bettors to predict how many corners will be taken in a particular match. There are several ways in which these markets can be offered. In some, you must state whether there will be Over/Under a certain number of corners, as in the cards shown and goals scored markets. In others, three or more categories are offered, such as ‘9 or Less’, ’10 – 12’ and ’13 or More’.

The number of football betting options that you can choose from is vast, and the ones highlighted here just happen to be the most popular. Explore the full range of available markets at your favourite betting site and you should definitely find several that take your interest.

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The FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup 2018

U17's Woman World CupIn November 2018, the women’s world cup for under 17s will take place in the cities of  Colonia del Sacramento, Maldonado and Montevideo in Uruguay. Although the championship, organized by FIFA, does not have the mega viewership of the men’s over 21 World Cup, it is very quickly gaining popularity, particularly in nations where the men’s teams do not fare so well.

 

A Brief History

With a growing interest in women’s football, FIFA decided to organize the first U17 World Cup in 2008 New Zealand. That year, the North Korean team won the championship. Since then, it has been organized every two years, in the even-numbered year.

The participating teams are selected from selected qualifying tournaments held across the six confederations of football, which are head by FIFA. Five of the confederations organize special under-17 championships, except Asia’s AFC, which uses the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship to pick the participants.

This Year’s Teams

A total of 16 teams will be competing this year to lift the coveted cup at the end of the championship. Matches are organized similarly to other global tournaments, with group stages followed by finals.

The women’s under-17 world cup welcomes teams not normally associated with men’s football, including South Africa and North Korea. North Koreans, in fact, are the most successful team, having won two titles so far. They also remain favorites for this year’s event.

The first match of the competition will see Ghana play against the host nation, Uruguay. Ghana had done extremely well in the qualifying matches, scoring a total of 19 goals against their opponents, Djibouti. Neither team has yet won the winner’s title, however, Ghana has come in 3rd in the 2012 edition.

Group A, which also includes New Zealand and Finland, is currently the only full group as the other three groups are still awaiting the winners of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship. These represent teams from North and Central America as well as Carribean nations.

Currently, Group B’s team are Brazil, South Africa, and Brazil. Newer fans of this championship may be forgiven to think that Brazil poses the biggest threat to the other teams. However, it is actually Japan, who have already won the competition in 2014 who are the team to monitor closest.

Group C will see the defending champions, North Korea, battling it out against Germany, Cameroon, and the third team to be selected from the CONCACAF tournament. Whilst the German team have never won the championship, they did place third in 2018.

Finally, Group D sees the Korean Republic, Spain, and Colombia, together with a 4th team. This group is expected to provide the most exciting games since it has at least one previous winner, the Korean Republic, and one previous runner-up, Spain. Games will get even more exciting if the 4th team turns out to be the United States, which is also a previous runner-up and will certainly give the other teams very challenging games.

The Favourites

Naturally, being the only team to have raised the World Cup twice since its recent inception, North Korea is the favorite to win, with odds certainly being in their favor. Apart from winning twice, the country was also a runner-up in the 2012 tournament, proving their appetite to succeed.

The other countries to have ever won the title are Japan, South Korea, and France. The French team did not qualify for the competition this year, so they are certainly not a threat. The other nations, however, have all the right motivation to keep the cup in Asia, especially with improving relations between the countries.

As often happens in such competitions, each African nation that competes does so with the knowledge that they are playing for the entire continent, not just their nation. The pressure this yet is almost certainly on The Black Starlets. So far, Ghana has proved that it can rise up to the challenge and beat the other nations. However, with football being such an unpredictable sport, it is difficult to say what will happen.

World cup 2018

For Russia the 2018 World Cup is a chance for some much needed good publicity. We don’t know what will happen off the pitch but on it the hosts are available at 50/1 and that seems right. A recent friendly against Brazil, five time winners and joint favourites at 5/1, saw a routine 3-0 win for the South Americans in Moscow. Brazil have much to prove with their 7-1 defeat to this year’s co-favourites Germany still haunting them from World Cup 2014. The Germans couldn’t follow up 2014’s World Cup victory in Euro 2016, losing in the semi-final to France who are rated at 6/1 for this year’s event, but they have a strong squad and tend to make the latter stages of tournaments as a matter of course.

France came up short against Portugal two years ago but have the greatest strength in depth of any team playing this summer. This blessing has sometimes seemed like a curse however as finding a best starting eleven from all that talent has proved difficult for Didier Deschamps. France’s conquerors two years ago, Portugal, are relative long shots in 2018 at 25/1 but they have a tight defence and arguably the best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo.

Some say Ronaldo but there are many more who say Messi is the greatest. Unfortunately for the Argentine his countrymen may not be up to the task of cementing his legacy with the trophy. Available at 10/1 they were beaten 6-1 in a warm-up match by Spain who can be backed at 7/1 outright. The Argentinian forward line is spectacular but it must be to compensate for the goals their weaker defence will concede. Spain, winners in 2010, showed that a resurgence may be on the cards now that they have some genuine striking options and also merit consideration.

Europa league

Four teams remain in the UEFA Europa League and one of Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Marseille or Salzburg will lift the trophy in Lyon, thus also assuring themselves of a coveted spot in next season’s Champions League. Atletico Madrid are clear favourites and are frankly a cut above the other teams still in the competition. Since coming third in their Champions League group, where they took four points off Roma which looks even better form in retrospect, Atletico have cruised and Arsenal will have to seriously raise their game in order to qualify for the final.

The Gunners must make the most of the 1st leg at home because their away form, both domestically and in Europe is woeful and almost cost them their Europa progress so far. Atletico have only conceded four goals at home in La Liga and are undefeated despite having hosted Real Madrid and Barcelona already. According to the bookmakers the winners of this tie will most likely go on to win the tournament but Marseille and Salzburg also have their claims.

Following a 1-0 home win versus the French RB Leipzig doubled their leg within 2 minutes in Marseille. 2-0 up with an away goal, game over then? Well no, far from it! In a topsy-turvy tie Leipzig found themselves 3-1 down at half-time, 3-2 on aggregate and going out, then level at 3-3 and qualifying on away goals, before two goals for Marseille finally saw the German side eliminated.

Even more remarkably Salzburg lost the first leg 4-2 against Lazio in Italy and were 5-2 down early in the second half, but this quarter-final was not over either! Sensationally the Austrian side scored 3 goals in the space of 5 minutes to end up winning 6-5 on aggregate and taking their place in the semis.

Shakhtar prepares for lengthy siege when Bayern comes visiting

Bayern won another game in impressive manner by crushing Hamburg in the domestic championship by eight goals to none. The more they play, the more obvious it becomes that they have no real contender in the Bundesliga this is only a training for the Champions League. Even here, they start as overwhelming favorites regardless of where the game is played and the same happens tonight when they travel to Ukraine. Shakhtar will be the ones opposing them but they don’t have reasons to be optimistic.bayern

At least on paper, Shakhtar has home pitch advantage but the game is actually played in Lviv so the fans won’t be that numerous and the atmosphere less than impressive. Ukraine is troubled by conflict these days, with football being far less important for the inhabitants and this will be obvious in this fixture. The home side will still do its best to score goals and the former champions, but they don’t have the squad to do it and not playing in Donestk doesn’t help either.

In fact, Lucescu is expected to field a single striker because he needs five defenders and a strong midfield to maintain ball possession. Even so, the visitors will probably take the initiative and pass the ball around as they see fit, given the fact that Guardiola has practiced this strategy over and over again. Less than one week after scoring eight goals at home, the offensive is entitled to be cheerful and aim for a similar results, even if you were goals are scored.

Sorting qualification in the first leg is not that difficult and by scoring twice in Ukraine, the Germans will be more or less assured that they will be playing in the quarterfinals. They have no injured or suspended players, after resting those who were doubtful over the weekend and it is very likely for some of them to be pulled out in the second half. It all depends on the result at half time, but past performance suggest that they have what it takes to score an early goal.

The host will need to counter Bayern with direct attacks, because on the flanks they are outgunned and outplayed, so it will all come down to how the only striker performs. Shakhtar is under no impression that it could cause a major upset, but will defend its chances frantically, while aiming for a single point. If opportunity presents itself and the host get to score on the counterattack, then they will have at least your ethical chances of advanced the next stage.

The top priority would be to keep a clean sheet and this is the thing that punters should have in mind when betting on this match. The +1.5 Asian handicap on the home side is a bit risky but the odds are tempting and even value, so it makes sense to place such a bet.

AS Roma set to end Bayern streak

One of the most interesting games for this stage of the Champions League groups is the confrontation between AS Roma and Bayern. The Italian side is having its best season start in many years, while the Germans are apparently cruising to another title in the Bundesliga. While nobody is surprised by their performance, AS Roma’s strong debut is impressive on many levels and everyone is waiting to see how they will match up against a proven side.

as romaUntil recently, the Italians were dominating the domestic championship and sat on the first place in Serie A but as a result of losing to Juventus on the road, they fell into second. They are within striking distance and there are plenty of rounds left to play, so time is clearly on their side. On the other hand, winning most of the games in the Champions League and advancing to the next stage is a pressing matter and so far they can be proud of their accomplishment.

AS Roma won with ease against CSKA Moscow and then saved one point on the road at Manchester City, so they sit in the second place behind Bayern. Winning tonight against the German side would allow them to take the lead for the first time and this would also make them the top favorite to win the group. This is easier said than done, because the Germans are yet to lose a match and their performance in the domestic championship is even more impressive.

So far, they won both games against Manchester city and CSKA Moscow by 1-0, but they were far more prolific when playing against fellow German teams. They win five games in a row and kept a clean sheet in the last eight games, with October being an extremely good month for them so far. In the last two rounds, Bayern scored 10 unanswered goals and they will be traveling to Rome, trying to extend this winning streak to six in a row.

Seven different players scored in the last two goals and even though Muller and Lewandowski are the two listed as strikers, the most prolific scorer is Goetze. This is an offensive midfielder who will probably play tonight from the very beginning, so the German side will have plenty of options. Wingers will play a big role in this fixture as noted by http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/10/20/4249138/wingers-to-play-a-big-role-in.html and both the hosts and the visitors have a couple of great players on these positions

Strictly from a punter’s perspective, this is a very interesting match, with bookmakers offering excellent odds for a home win. Obviously, it is difficult to go against Bayern at this time when they are on offensive roll, so a better chance to be to take the double chance wager at odds of 1.80. Those who are willing to go all the way with the German side will rejoice hearing that virtually all bookmakers are offering odds of even value for the visitors to win.

 

Chelsea aims rare victory on the road

Chelsea has always found a way of making it out of the group stage, despite the fact that their champions league campaign started relatively slow. This year makes no exception, because the English side had to settle for a draw in the opening match and they are now traveling to Portugal. This is where they will play against a defensive minded team, fully aware of the fact that the visitors are favorites to win.

4footballSporting Lisbon is equally frustrated by its start as the team had to settle for one point on the road against the weakest team in the group. Maribor made its debut in the Champions League and they obviously lack the experience needed to make a deep run in this competition. Their low expectations were obvious as the hosts defended with all lines for 90 minutes and succeeded in stripping the Portuguese of points.

Tonight things will be quite different, because Sporting Lisbon is going to be the team to defend and the fact that they have home pitch advantage won’t matter much. They have real problems in scoring regardless of where the game is played and only two quality strikers to rely upon. Their roster includes 8 forwards but only Slimani and Carrillo are meeting expectations, with the two strikers scoring a combined five goals so far.

They are the ones that the Portuguese expect to create scoring opportunities, but the trick is to make the most of those few they get. Chelsea does many things great and defending is just one of them, with Mourinho being one of the most pragmatic managers. Now that he also has Diego Costa in his starting formation, the Portuguese coach is going to shift into more aggressive gear and try to win a couple of points against the team he admired as a kid.

The Spanish striker is firing on all cylinders and has scored eight goals already in only six games, so he will be a real threat for the home side. It will come as no surprise if Sporting Lisbon would assign two defenders to guard him at all times, even though this might leave other players free to push forward. In a nutshell, this game is probably going to result in yet another draw, which would keep both teams in the race with real chances. For punters, the prospect of increasing their investment four times by betting straight on the draw is alluring and it is worth a chance at medium stakes.

Marseille’s dreams of glory could suffer a blow in Bastia

The beginning of a new season is always a difficult moment for the teams who aspire to win the championship, with Marseille being one of them. The French championship is more competitive than ever, but even though PSG has by far the best team, they are not the only ones to worry about. Monaco can rely on its best players and with Colombian superstar Falcao back to fitness, they should give the reigning champions a run for their money.marseille

Marseille is not among the favorites to lift the trophy, but they can change all that, by starting the season on the right foot and taking an early lead. So far, the stars seem to have aligned in their favor, because PSG failed to win the opening match away at Reims. With both Lyon and Monaco playing tomorrow, Marseille have the rare opportunity of getting at the helm, even if for only 24 hours.

In order to do that, they need to secure all three points away from home at Bastia, a team that has a reputation for playing defensive football very effectively. Past performance suggests that the hosts are going to defend with all lines for 90 min., but shouldn’t be underestimated on the counterattack. Last season they scored just enough goals to ensure a winning record in front of their fans and their hopes of remaining in the first French division depend on home performance.

Marseille have more than one ace in its sleeves, with its best asset being by far the offensive, and it is Gignac and Payet that they will be relying on tonight. The two strikers have scored a total of 24 goals last season with the former being the one who stood out from the crowd, with 16 goals. Both of them have met expectations in a single friendly games and overall the team scored 13 times en route to winning three of the four matches.

They decided to play most of the games at home, which leaves us with very little useful information about their performance on the road. The visitors will come out firing on all cylinders, in an attempt of taking the lead early on, because the longer the hosts deny them the chance to score, the more difficult it would be to win. As far as punters are concerned, the visiting team is clearly the one that is worth backing tonight, but the odds are not high enough.

Last season, Bastia managed to defeat opponents 10 times when having home pitch advantage but they were not particularly successful against Marseille over the last decade. It was the visitors who won five of the last six head to head games and each time they had to settle for a narrow margin victory. This is the most likely outcome for tonight, so punters who seek the best return on investment should place a small bet on Marseille to win by exactly one goal.

Lyon plays first Europa League match in 2014

A couple of years ago, Lyon was playing against Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League and even though they were the underdogs, they were not to be trifled with. Much has changed and with some of their best players being traded to other teams, the French side is now struggling to regain its position among the most competitive European squads.4football

The top priority right now is to reach the group stage of the Europa League, a pretty simple objective, given the fact that they will be playing the qualifier against Mlada Boleslav. The team from the Czech Republic is bound to exercise some pressure in front of their own fans, because winning on the road is very unlikely. Even so, they start as underdogs and as a result will try to avoid conceding a goal, while scoring on counterattacks.

Bookmakers and pundits alike are reluctant to trust Mlada Boleslav tonight, even though they have home pitch advantage. An interesting analysis of the upcoming match for those who plan to wager can be found at http://www.goonersguide.com/football-pick-22491-Mlada-Boleslav-v-Olympique-Lyon.htm. The hosts have the advantage of already playing an official game in the domestic championship and winning, even though the narrow margin triumph is not something to shout for.

Manager Jarolim is not a big fan of offensive football and the best proof is that in the previous games played by his team, he rarely used more than two strikers. Duris and Skala appeared to be his favorites upfront and they’re going to feature in the starting formation, hoping to tip the scale in Mlada’s favor. There is a gap between the midfield and backline, which means that players from one sector will need to support the others, which might leave the strikers a bit stranded.

Both of them are still looking for their first goal in an official match after subpar performances in the friendly games played by the Czech team in July. Lyon will be trying to score at least once on the road, because by doing so, they will deny their opponents the chance to barricade themselves in the second leg. This is how they got eliminated last season and some lessons need to be learned, which explains why the visitors will use a 4-3-3 starting formation.

This served them well in the previous games played against top European teams, but not only strikers are a serious threat for Mlada Boleslav. Lyon has one of the best midfields of all the teams playing in the Europa League qualifiers, with Gourcoff being one of their most prolific scorers. This is the first time that the two teams meet, so there is no head to head record for punters who value these sorts of statistics.

Placing a wager on this fixture is fairly easy, because even though only a few hours separate us from kickoff, the odds revolve around even value. Betting live after the match has started is another option, but with Lyon expected to storm the visitors from the very first minute, it is not worth the risk of them scoring first, because the odds would plummet as a result.

Brazil takes on favorite neighbor in the last 16

After a string of convincing victories in friendly games, Brazil started the World Cup 2014 rather shaky and was lucky to win the opening match. There were many who claimed that the referee made that victory possible, by awarding a penalty shot that shouldn’t have been there. Nevertheless, the hosts picked up speed and they doubled their efforts after drawing against Mexico, to win the final match by 4-1.

It was an impressive effort but the fact that they were competing against a team already out of the competition casts some shadows over that triumph. Things are about to turn serious, as they prepare for a decisive match against Chile, a squad that stunned the teams in Group B. They won with relative ease against both Australia and Spain, but decided to take the foot off the gas in the final match, which resulted in a defeat to the Netherlands.

The players are under no illusion that they are in for a challenge, because past performance suggests that Brazil wins in most cases. Their opponents have an impressive home record that includes three victories and they are yet to lose a game to Chile when having the support of their fans. All these facts explain why the odds are stacked against the visiting team, but this is not the first time that Chilean players have to fight seemingly insurmountable odds.

Defending against Brazil is clearly a better idea, but against the likes of Neymar and Fred, it would be a mistake to retreat all players into their own half. A flexible approach is needed, something that Chile proved to be capable off, but it will all come down to how well Vargas and Sanchez perform. The two strikers have been a constant presence upfront and there is no reason for either of them to be kept on the bench, especially with both of them scoring one so far.Brazil vs Chile

There is no room for a third striker and taking unnecessary risks is not what the underdogs need to do right now, but they have another ace in their sleeves. Arturo Vidal is both willing and capable of advancing to support the strikers if his skills are necessary and he’s expected to assume an offensive role. The backline is decent, but if the defenders are forced to block the Brazilian strikers on many occasions, it should be only a matter of time until a mistake will be committed.

As for the hosts, this is the best opportunity to extend an already impressive winning streak, against the team that they have always dominated. They can rely on the support of their fans as the arena will be packed with enthusiastic Brazilians, cheering for the Cariocas. It goes without saying, that the hosts are under a lot of pressure and they can’t afford to take it one step at a time and hope that they will eventually score a goal.

The sensible approach would be to back Brazil to win outright, but the odds of 1.60 offered by most bookmakers are hardly impressive. A far more tempting proposition would be to trust the hosts to cover the -2.5 goals spread at odds exceeding 2.30. If the hosts score early, the game could easily spin out of control, but if the Chilean defenses hold by half time, both teams will shift into a less aggressive gear.