This season I will be doing my very best at sticking to 3 types of football bets and 3 types of bets only:
1. Betfair - dutching 2-1 / 1-2
(Dutching is when you put your stake across both scores so it gives an even return on either.
For example if your stake was £20, and the 2-1 scoreline is 6/1 and the 1-2 scoreline is 9/1 you'd put around £8 on the 1-2 and around £12 on the 2-1)
2-1 to either team on the above example would return approximately a £60 profit.
In this market, you are looking for high percentages of BTTS probability and over 2.5 goals, obviously. Also, a fairly high probability of a first half goal.
If the game goes to 1-1 by the hour mark, you will have a pretty decent cash in option to take and walk away.
You can also look to put a 'cover' (a protective bet) on another outcome to return your stake, so you may want to put £2-£3 on the 1-1 scoreline, or on under 1.5 goals, or on over 3.5 goals, which will give you some protection. If for example you put it on the 3.5 and it goes to 2-1 with say 10 mins left, you may as well cash in the scoreline for a good profit, then let hope for a late 4th goal to clean up on the 3.5 too.
2. Requestabet @ on or around Evens
My favourite market for this is the 'each team to have 1 or more corners each half and at least 1 card per team in the match' which you can get for usually around evens.
I like carefully choosing the matches and putting them as doubles.
Another one is 'each team to have at least 1 card and 3 corners'. Same, around evens.
These are usually best selected in some of the less likely matches, with lower ranked teams away from home.
(Both came in for our game v Liverpool, for example)
3. Shotgun accumulators.
Simply, get a long list of games, maybe 'All UK daily matches' or 'all top European league daily matches' so you have a long list of around 60-70 games in front of you.
- Copy the text 0.30
- Squint your eyes and absolutely randomly click anywhere from 4-15 matches down the list Home/Draw/Away
- In the bet slip, paste the 0.30 into the accumulator stake and press submit to place your 30p accumulator
- Repeat until you have used up your stake. I usually do it to around £15 so end up having around 50 accumulators going.
- One caveat is that if there is a real stand out match, such as a poor team away at Barca/Madrid/Man City/Bayern, then try your best to skip it
The reason for squinting your eyes, is to remove the temptation of manually taking out less likely odds, but it's these ones that you sometimes want to keep in and end up bumping the odds and surprising you.
Honestly, I have spent enough years and seen enough action to know that all best laid plans go out the window. Hours of research, systems and all that crap gets blown away by one team playing *****, or a dodgy penalty.
You may as well just go random and go fun. I've fairly regularly around £30-£40 before and seen returns anywhere from £7 to the highest of £450. I have been a goal away from £1750 and £2700 respectively.
My brother won £8k from a 30p bet before.
(As per the surprise odds, he'd found that he had selected someone like Vallodolid to be Madrid away and thought it was going to end up pointless, but they'd spanked Madrid 3-1 early on in the day!)
Fun factor? Huge.
Your cash in screen (especially on William Hill) gives a good indication of how they are getting on.