Football Betting and Odds

What you Need to Know

If you’re a keen footy fan, the chances are that you like the occasional flutter on your favourite team or tournament!

After all, more than 76% of the football audience in the UK likes to bet regularly, whether they enjoy in-play wagering or detailed footy accumulators.

If you’re part of this number, then you’ve come to the right place. At Mark Jarvis, we offer access to all of Europe’s major leagues, including the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga. You can also bet on continental tournaments including the Champions League and the Europa League, from individual matches to the overall winners.

You can also bet all-year-round with Mark Jarvis, as we offer a range of markets related to everything from the World Cup to domestic leagues in Australia and Vietnam. We’ll also provide all of the live footy scores online, helping you to make the most of the lucrative in-play market.

Our Football FAQ

How do I Bet on Football?

There’s never a sure-thing in the world of football betting, but understanding how this market works can increase your chances of success!

The key is to focus on sports that you know, whilst undertaking detailed research of team news, historic results and recent form to make informed selections.

When it comes to footy betting, you also need to explore the full range of available markets and bets in order to derive value from the live odds. For example, if you want to back a foregone conclusion at a starting price of 4/5 and improve your potential returns, you should consider using techniques such as handicap betting.

So, Handicap Betting can Improve the Odds on Offer?

The short answer is yes, but the real question that remains is how does handicap betting work in football?

In simple terms, this form of betting allows you to use a handicap and lengthen the odds of a particular outcome. So, if you want to back the heavy favourites in a game but have been put off by the prohibitive price on offer, you can place a bet at longer odds by applying a one or two goal handicap.

The key is to tailor the extent of the handicap to reflect the difference between the two teams, based on your own knowledge and understanding of the sport.

What Does Under 2.5 Goals Mean in Football Betting?

As you can see, you can explore a number of markets in order to make football betting more financially rewarding. One of the most common markets in footy allows you to speculate whether there will be more or less than 2.5 goals in a specific game, but what exactly does this mean?

This simply refers to the total number of goals that will be scored in a selected match, and if you think there will be fewer than 2.5 successful strikes then the game will need to produce two goals or less for the wager to come in.

What’s an Accumulator Bet?

Another popular type of football bet is the accumulator, which allows you to combine four or more selections into a single wager.

All of these results must go your way if you’re to bank any returns, but the increased risk and extended odds on offer also enable you to pursue potentially bigger gains.

Make no mistake; successful footy accumulators have helped punters to bank some serious cash, but your selections need to be well-researched and informed in their nature.

What’s a Heinz Bet and Why Should I Care?

The fabled ‘Heinz’ bet is a kind of super-charged accumulator, in the form of a six-selection wager that contains 57 selections (namely 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 four-folds, 6 five-folds and a single six-fold acca).

Named after the 57 varieties Heinz company slogan, this is essentially a full cover bet that packs every permutation of six selections into a single, action-packed wager.

Believe it or not, you can also lay down a ‘Super Heinz’ bet if you’re so inclined. This includes a whopping 120 permutations in a single wager, but like a World Cup penalty shootout it’s definitely not for the feint-hearted.

What About Match Result Betting?

Perhaps the simplest form of footy wagering remains match result betting, which is often described as the win, draw or lose market.

This simply requires you to speculate on the outcome of a single game, whether you back the home or away side or bet on a draw.

This market is most popular for people betting on league games, as these are always settled in 90 minutes and provide a simpler proposition for punters!

How Much Money Should I Wager?

We’re not quite sure how much money is bet on football each year, but some estimates put this at close to £1 billion across the globe.

This should have no influence on how much you wager as an individual throughout the year, however, as you need to establish a bankroll in line with your means, expectations and the experience that you have of the footy betting market.

You should also set rules pertaining how much you stake on any given wager, depending on the odds and value on offer.