Looking for soccer betting tips? Master the art of football predictions!

Football is an extremely popular sport. It is also one of the most anticipated sports in the world when it comes to betting. In Europe, football matches and events account for nearly 50 percent of betting activities. So many people involved… some knowledge and insight into the types of bets could come in handy, to say the least. Being an absolute specialist in this matter, Ladbrokes is happy to provide you with the most important football betting tips!

Football betting tips: an introduction

The sheer number of competitions around the world guarantees tons of fun. Moreover: it also provides a market/industry that continues to grow. The choice of football bets is nothing short of gigantic. Such a gigantic bowl of options could easily make you lose your perspective. We help you to keep your head above water in this sea of ​​opportunities!

Let us guide you past all possible confusion, so you know exactly what you're doing and, more importantly, how to maximize your chances of winning!

Generally it comes down to this: Odds are estimated by us, the bookmaker. These are well-considered predictions about a certain result, on which you can bet. They are usually displayed in fractions (eg 2/1) or decimals (eg 2.00). When the outcome is given the probability 2/1, it is the same as 2.00; it means that if you win, you will earn 2 euros for every euro you have wagered.

Throughout the thousands of matches, we offer you a broad range of football bets. It's certainly not just about who wins the match. When you accurately estimate the probability of a certain outcome, you win.

In this article, we offer you a closer look at the different types of football predictions and bets.

Match result Betting: The archetype of football prediction

Football match result bets are the most famous and easiest way to bet on this game. You simply indicate which team will win and which team will bite the dust… or if you expect a draw. Please note: usually it concerns the score at the end of the 90th minute. Everything that happens in overtime or extra time does not count!

Individual player statistics: football predictions in detail

You can also bet on certain individual performances or specific events players face during a match. This clearly shows how advanced football betting has become. Nowadays you can bet on how many shots a striker fires, how many of them are between the posts, who will be the first/last scorer, who will be given a red card… The possibilities are simply enormous!

Great fun and very lucrative for those who know a lot about the individual players, but let’s never forget: football is one of the most unpredictable sports!

Handicap betting: an illustration

In handicap betting, it is determined in advance how the odds between two teams are estimated. This is quite handy, because it eliminates the possibility of a 'draw' on your bet.

We give each team a positive or negative score that determines the handicap. This can be about full goals (+1, -2…) or half (+0.5, -1.5…).

We'll give you an example. Suppose we take a goal handicap of -1 for Club Brugge and +2 for Anderlecht.

This means that, when you bet on Club Brugge, you win when they win by a difference of at least two goals. If they tie or lose, you lose too. You get your money back if you win with only one goal difference.

If you bet on Anderlecht, you win if they win, draw or lose by only one goal difference. If they lose by three goals or more, you lose too. With a negative goal difference of two goals, you get your bet back.

You notice: with whole goal handicaps you have a better chance of getting your bet back. With a half goal handicap this possibility is eliminated. Then it is simply an ‘all or nothing’ situation.

There are also formulas where a tie itself is assigned a score, enabling gamblers to bet on it.

Half-time / full-time football betting tips

For the more advanced football bettor there are also the half-time/full-time bets. You predict how things will look after 45 minutes and 90 minutes. Who is in the lead, who is behind or is it a tie?

A great option for those who have prior knowledge about the ‘habit’ of teams to start strongly or a bit more hesitant. If you also know which players will start and who will most likely come off the bench later, you might have the most defining edge when it comes to successful football predictions.

Double chance of winning? Try these football predictions…

There are three possible outcomes for each team in every football match: win, draw or lose. To increase your chances of winning, you can choose to bet on two possible outcomes at the same time. The options are evidently:

  • The home team wins or draws
  • The away team wins or draws
  • The home team wins or the away team wins
With each of the results of your choice, you win money. The profits are slightly lower than if you go for one shot, but it is the ideal formula for those who want to limit their risk a bit.

Accumulating Bets: Exponentially increasing odds

Accumulative bets are quite hot these days. This has everything to do with the potential big winnings for relatively low stakes. After all, every subsequent bet uses the profit of the previous one. The amounts thus increase exponentially.

The downside, of course, is that every bet has to be right to get a payout. One might say this is football betting in its purest sense!

Goal scorer Bets

Of course it is also perfectly possible to bet on the exact final score of a match. This is of course anything but easy, but the profits are correspondingly. This means there are substantial sums to be collected here.

Important: Usually it is the score after exactly 90 minutes that counts! Prolongations are not included!

Over/under bets

Red cards, scores, free kicks, penalties, corner kicks… you can bet on just about anything. Another very nice bet is an over/under bet. We indicate how often a certain situation will occur and you predict whether it will be above or below that number in reality.

It should be clear: at Ladbrokes, everyone who likes to bet on football matches will find what they are looking for. Be sure to keep an eye on our site for even more sizzling options!