Football has never been more popular both as a spectator sport and as an interest for the betting community. With an increase in matches being streamed live into our homes, there is more to enjoy and more to get involved in.
The biggest interest centres around the richest domestic competitions such as the English Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and the Bundesliga. The best players in the World are attracted to clubs in these countries and naturally they provide the most televised games.
We have seen a pattern in all of these countries where certain sides have dominated – Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain, Manchester City and Chelsea in England – but you have plenty of options outside of the straight win markets.
I bet he scores
Even before the advent of the internet, first goal scorer betting was very popular as a side market and that trend very much continues into the digital age. In the modern era, you can also stake on the last goalscorer or you can back any player to score at any time in your chosen game.
These are just three examples of bets you can take which might well give you more value than the result market. However, shocks and surprises still occur as Leicester City proved in the 2015-16 season so the result betting retains plenty of interest.
Depending on the size and importance of the game, you can take advantage of over 100 football betting markets. These can include correct score betting, winning margin and how many sides will score in the tie itself.
In the modern day, the choice is huge but what about the games on offer?
The Biggest Prize
As far as International Football is concerned, the World Cup remains the pinnacle of the sport and this tournament is held every four years. The action moves on to Russia in 2018 where Germany will be looking to defend their trophy but there are other international competitions throughout the football calendar.
The European Championships are held every four years and you can also bet on the Africa Cup of Nations and the Copa America. In addition, there are major tournaments for every age group so look out for the Under 21 and Under 17 World Cups amongst others.
Most football watchers would agree that the most important club competition is the European Champions League which replaced the old European Cup in the 1990’s. Annual favourites include teams such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, all of whom are multiple winners of this tournament.
But the new format, which allows for a league prior to the last 16 and the knockout rounds, has evened things out to the extent that teams from around the world have a greater chance. Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are the English winners of the Champions League but who will join them in the future?
Around the World
Europe also provides us with the Europa League – a sort of second tier Champions League while you can also bet on important inter-continental tournaments in Asia, Africa, South America and beyond.
Back in each individual country, the English FA Cup is the oldest domestic tournament in the world and it is a showpiece for the game with the final being held at the end of May. You can also bet on the Copa Del Rey in Spain, along with domestic cup competitions all over the world.
Football betting markets are also provided for leagues and cup competitions across the globe so there’s always plenty of choice and on any given day, there are thousands of bets to be found in the football section of the sportsbook.