Association football is considered by many the “king of sports” – it certainly is the most widely played sport in the world, and the one with the biggest fan base of them all. Literally, billions of people around the world read the football news every single day, watch football matches on TV or on streaming – there are entire communities built around one association football team or another, sometimes in the remotest corners of the globe.
Obviously, association football is also the sport most people bet on or want to bet on. And at the same time, it is also the sport that most people bet on the wrong way. The tips below will show you how to do it right.
Love is blind, they say – this applies not just to your significant other but to your favourite sport as well. The fans of one football team or another have a bit too much trust in their teams’ capabilities and they bet accordingly – with their heart instead of their head.
So, as a general rule, you should never bet on your favourite team. The heart sometimes overrides ration, making you place bets that are almost certainly destined to be unsuccessful. This will not only cost you money but it will also feel extremely disappointing – as if your team would’ve let you down.
While in most cases, sports are reasonably predictable, there is always room for the unexpected – this means that even the surest bet comes with an inherent chance of being lost. This is why one of the most important rules of gambling – not just betting but any other form – is that you should always play only as much money as you can afford to lose.
This is the first rule of what those initiated in the secrets of gambling call bankroll management.
Another rule that naturally follows is never trying to win back the money you lost by betting again and again.
When choosing the matches to bet on, choose the ones that are the more important for the team you intend to bet on – because the players and the teams will do the same. When they face an opponent that’s much weaker – say when Liverpool, currently placed second in the Premier League, plays against Newcastle (second to last), it will not be as focused and prepared as in the case of a match against Manchester City – currently in the top position of the EPL. The more important the event, the more focused and prepared the players will be – and this will show in their effort, play style, and performance as well.