We have numerous combinations in soccer betting which can earn you money. Nonetheless, making the best profit depends on how much you are able to avoid accumulators by all means.
Chances of winning become slimmer with the more results which are put into the accumulator. Although bookmakers love when people put more games in the accumulator, it raises their chances of losing and that spells more money for the bookmakers.
We aren’t totally ruling out the possibility of the game coming in, but most times, it doesn’t.
For you to profit very well from the betting industry, finding value in the betting market is necessary.
Hold up, what do you mean by ‘value’? Let me break it down to you.
UNDERSTANDING VALUE IN BETTING
When we talk about value in betting, it is referred to as a bet where the chances of a particular outcome are higher than the odds the bookmakers reflect.
For you to understand this better, consider flipping a coin. We can only have one of two outcomes: head or tail. The probability of getting any one of the outcomes is 0.5.
So, consider you want to bet on the outcome. For it to be a value bet, you need your odds to indicate that the probability is less than 0.5.
For instance, If the bookmaker presents an odd to be 1.2 on heads, it simply means that they considered the probability of this happening to be 45.5%. However, 50% being greater than 45.5%, this is said to be a value bet.
Contrariwise, if the bookmaker presents an odd to be 0.8 on heads, it means they think the probability of this happening to be 55.6%. However, 55.6% being greater than 50%, this is hereby, not a value bet.
SOCCER VALUE BETS
Let’s say these are the odds presented for the following upcoming premier league match:
Manchester City 19/10
Manchester United 11/8
This means that Manchester City is considered to have a 34.5% probability of winning the game against Manchester United.
Now, how do we know this bet has a value?
Unlike what was obtainable with the example we made using the coin toss, we don’t have a decisive chance that Manchester City will win. Stats, the star player’s recent form and the outcomes of previous meetings between both teams should aid in your decision, but eventually, a judgment call is what it comes down to.
The vaster your knowledge is, the better because it will help you to make this call.
Let’s say you take Manchester City to win and then in a few hours, it is announced that Kun Aguero and Raheem Sterling are ruled out due to injuries, there becomes a higher probability for Manchester United to win, which leads to shorter odds.
In this scenario, you would have found value.
POPULAR COMBINATION WAGERS
Combination wagers can be referred to betting on several outcomes which should take place in the same game. In soccer, there are many wagers to pick from. Although, there are two very popular ones we want to discuss here. They are wincast and scorecast. Let’s look at the workings of these wagers.
In this wager, you can pick the player which you think will score first in the game and the score at the end of the game. Not that this doesn’t refer to the RESULT but the final SCORE. In this wager, it is required that you not just say which team will win but the scoreline at the end of the game.
For instance, you want to place a scorecast wager in a game between Asernal and Liverpool. You may decide to take the first goal to come from Mohamed Salah and Asernal to win 3-1. Then, it is needed that BOTH events take place for the wager to be won.
If for any reason, Salah scored the first goal and Liverpool goes on to win Asernal, the wager will be lost still. The wager will be lost also if Asernal won 3-1 and Sadio Mane happened to score the first goal. You will ONLY win if Mohamed Salah scored the first goal AND Asernal beat Liverpool 3-1.
This is the basic principle guiding all combination wagers. It is compulsory for BOTH components of the wager to be right for it to be a win. For this reason, they are hard wagers to win but some appear easier to win than others.
Most people consider the scorecast wager to be the hardest wager to win. Although it has many risks attached, the payout is definitely appealing. You can find odds of 50.00 or more on this combination due to the high risk involved.
Being able to predict the exact score alone is very tough, and getting the first scorer at the same time is usually Impossible.
The wincast combination wager carries lesser risk than the scorecast, though, it is a personal opinion. It is a wager that carries a lot more success with it. In this wager, all you need to win is to pick a player to score at ANYTIME in the game and the RESULT at the end of the game.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROFESSIONAL AND RECREATIONAL BETTORS
In order to be a successful sports bettor, it is essential that you understand the difference between the probability of a team winning compared to the betting odds offered by the bookmaker and the team’s likelihood to win.
The best thoughts to give to such a scenario is in the event that there is a great upset.
Undoubtedly, you will think to yourself ‘How crazy a person is to have bet on them?!’
Answer: A lot more people than you can imagine.
Professional sports bettors in their wealth of experience can spot and take value bets easily, compared to recreational sports bettors.
It is for a very obvious reason; It is very rare for recreational bettors to put a stake on outcomes which are not considered very likely.
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