A Complete Guide to Football Predictions. Chapter 0 - Football Betting Guide and Best Practices
For those new to betting, there are some basic terms that you need to know to enjoy our free betting tips. We’ve listed some main of the main betting terms below, followed by some football-specific ones, so you are ready to go with our free football predictions!
Odds - These are prices offered by bookmakers on a specific outcome, such as Brazil, to win the FIFA World Cup.
These odds are normally shown as fractions, such as 5/1, but can also be shown as decimal odds such as 6.00.
If Brazil were offered at 5/1 to win the tournament and you placed £1 on this outcome, and Brazil won the tournament, then you would receive back £6 - £5 profit plus your original £1 stake. If any other team won the tournament, though, you would lose your £1 stake.
Single Bet - A Single is the most basic form of betting with you selecting one outcome to happen. In the example shown, Manchester United would need to win their match for the Single to win.
Double - A Double is two selections in one bet. Both selections have to be correct for your bet to win. In the example shown, Manchester United and Chelsea would need to win their matches for the Double to win.
Treble - A Treble is three selections in one bet. All three selections have to be correct for your bet to win. In the example shown, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal would all need to win their matches for the Treble to win.
Accumulator - An Accumulator or ‘Acca’ involves four or more selections in one bet. Sometimes it can also be called an ‘X-fold,’ with X being the number of selections. The Accumulator example shown below has five teams in it, so it is highlighted as a ‘five-fold’ by bet365.
Each selection has to be correct for your bet to win. These are very popular bets as they offer the potential for large wins for relatively small stakes. However, with a number of selections in an Acca, they are extremely difficult to land. In the example shown, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Burnley would all need to win their matches for the Accumulator to win.
Football Specific Bets
The bet types explained below are all football-specific and regularly appear on our free football predictions here at ghanatips.com.
Home Win/Draw/Away Win - This betting market is where you pick the result of a football match - Either a home win, away win or a draw. Please note that extra-time and penalties do not count for this bet. Below is an example of this market.
Double Chance - This betting market allows you to cover two out of three possible outcomes in a football match, increasing your chances of winning.
1 - stands for the Home team to win
2 - stands for the Away team to win
X - stands for the match to end in a Draw
In the example shown, if you were to back Draw or Aston Villa (X2) and Aston Villa won 1-0, then you would have a winning bet.
- This betting market is where you select whether the TOTAL number of goals in a match will be over or under a specific number. The most popular market for this is over or under 2.5 goals. Below is an example of this market.
Home Goals - This betting market is where you select the TOTAL number of goals in a match scored by the home team. The most popular market for this is over or under 1.5 goals, although you can bet on a team to score a specific number of goals.
Away Goals - This betting market is where you select the TOTAL number of goals in a match scored by the away team. The most popular market for this is over or under 1.5 goals, although you can also bet on a team to score a specific number of goals.
Draw No Bet - This betting market removes the option of the match ending in a draw for betting purposes. It allows you to back either the home team or the away team. If your selected team wins, then your bet is successful. If the match ends in a draw, then your stake is returned. If the other team win, then your bet has lost.
Asian Handicap - Similar to the Draw No Bet, this betting market normally removes the option of the match ending in a draw for betting purposes. In the example below, the handicap is 0.5 goals, with Aston Villa receiving a 0.5 goal start to the match. The team who scores the most with the handicap applied is deemed the winner. If you were to back Everton with a handicap of 0.5, then for your bet to win, they must defeat Aston Villa by one or more clear goals.