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6 Top Tips to Keep in Mind When Betting on Football

As the most popular sport on the planet, it's no surprise that millions of people like to place bets on football on a daily basis. Putting your money where your mouth is can be a great way to enhance your enjoyment of the big match, since you'll be more invested in every corner, card and substitution.

Having said that, there are certain things you should keep in mind when visiting your preferred bookmaker, either in person or online. We've compiled a list of our favourite tips, tricks and pieces of advice to ensure that the experience remains a pleasant one, as well as giving you the best chance of overcoming the odds and winning as many wagers as possible.

  • Consider crypto

The advent of cryptocurrencies has proven to be a perfect match for online gamblers. When you visit a Bitcoin football bookmaker, you can take advantage of the fact that these platforms generally do not use financial transaction middlemen such as banks, credit card providers and payment portals. As such, they have lower overheads and can pass these savings on to you in the form of more attractive bonuses, offers and odds. What's more, the blockchain technology underpinning them is airtight from a cybersecurity point of view and they offer enhanced anonymity, too.

  • Take advantage of freebies

Speaking of perks and promotions, many betting sites offer free bets or bonus funds on sign-up, as well as recurring loyalty rewards and bet-and-get offers. It makes sense to always use these, since any freebies you don't use are really just money left on the table. If you can, it could pay dividends to place a bet using a freebie on one outcome, then hedge it by backing the opposite result on another website. Of course, such tactics require you to do your due diligence to ensure it's actually worth the effort and that you won't lose money in the long run.

  • Stick to what you know

With the interconnected capabilities of the world wide web, it's possible to bet upon (and often watch) football from every corner of the globe at every hour of the day. For those who like to place a flutter at irregular times, that's very enticing indeed... but it does mean that you might end up throwing money away on markets that you know very little about. Just because it's possible to bet on the Kazakhstani 1st division or the Malawi Cup, that doesn't mean you should. Stick to what you know to give yourself the best chance of winning your bets.

  • Hold off until the lineups are announced

Sometimes, it can be very tempting to lay a bet far in advance of the kick-off a certain game you have your eye on - especially if you're feeling confident about a specific outcome or event happening. However, football management is often about team rotation these days (Pep roulette, anyone?), while last-minute injuries also occur. If the player you've backed to score a hattrick finds himself on the bench, the chances of your bet coming in are slim to none. Similarly, a weakened teamsheet for one side could enhance the odds available for your preferred wager - or alternatively, make you reconsider.

  • Capitalise on in-play odds

Often, the best value to be found at a bookmaker occurs as the action is unfolding in real-time. For example, if you're watching a game and the tackles are flying in thick and fast, it's reasonable to expect that the referee is going to have a busy afternoon. In this instance, it may be worthwhile to check the odds on a red card being shown or a certain number of booking points being reached. By keeping your finger on the pulse of the game as it develops, you can tweak your betting strategy to take advantage of momentum swings as and when they happen.

  • Know when to take a break

The competitive side of human nature means that we never like to admit defeat or end things on a losing note. In most scenarios, this is an admirable trait - but it can spell disaster when it comes to betting on football. If you find yourself on a hot streak of soggy losses, it's a sensible idea to stop, think and take a break for a couple of days. Doing so will take the pressure off yourself to win back your losses with more and more outlandish bets and can help to turn the tide on your luck, too.

Betting on football is a great way to become even more invested in the sport than normal. To ensure you do it responsibly and efficiently, follow these simple tips when visiting your favourite bookmaker.