Soccer Sports Betting Odds
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Betting on soccer games online
You can place different types of bets on soccer matches, each offering exciting ways to predict the outcome. You don’t just have to forecast who will win; there are betting options for total goals scored or how many goals you think a team will win by.
The choices mean you can still profit from a fixture even if the odds on the win/lose market are not attractive.
Read on to learn more about your soccer odds options, whether you’re betting on MLS games, the Premier League, or Bundesliga in Germany.
Moneyline soccer betting
The most common way to back your favorite team, or bet on any soccer fixture, is moneyline betting. This is a straightforward bet where you predict which team will win the match or whether you believe it will be a tie. While it’s the easiest way to place a bet, the payouts may not be significant if you back the favorite. But if you think the sportsbooks are wrong and you back the underdog, you can make a handsome profit if the result goes your way.
Sportsbooks invest a lot of time researching before coming up with the moneyline, taking into account recent form, player injuries and suspensions, and which of the two teams is playing at home. The moneyline is presented in the following way: favorites are listed as a minus number, underdogs as a positive number.
Let’s take an example of Liverpool at home to Newcastle United in the English Premier League. The moneyline might be presented like this:
- Liverpool -200
- Newcastle +470
In this case, Liverpool are the clear favorites, and if you agree, you must wager $200 to win $100. But if you think Newcastle will win, you bet $100 to win $470.
Remember that the negative number means you bet that amount to win $100. With the positive number, you win that amount when you bet $100. You don’t have to bet the full amount, of course; you can bet in proportion. For example, bet $100 on Liverpool to win $50, or bet $10 to win $5.
Moneyline odds will change in the lead-up to a game, so keep an eye on the markets and place your bet when you think the time is right.
Betting the spread on soccer
If moneyline betting is not appealing, consider placing a bet on a point spread. In soccer, this will be the margin of goals by which the bookies think a team will win or lose.
Let’s take the same game example of Liverpool vs. Newcastle United. The sportsbook might put odds of -100 on Liverpool with a spread of -2.5. This means you are betting $100 to win $100 (or part thereof) if Liverpool win by more than 2.5 goals. A margin of three winning goals is needed, so a 2-0 or 3-1 victory wouldn’t cut it.
Spreads offer potential value to bettors because you can cover a spread by betting on the underdog. In our game, Newcastle would be -100 at +2.5, meaning you bet $100 to win $100 if they lose by fewer than three goals, if it’s a tie, or if Newcastle win the game.
Different sports will have alternative spreads. The spread is usually 7.5 points in NFL games, whereas in NBA games, the spread can often be over 20 points.
Over/under soccer odds
New sports bettors like the simplicity of over/under odds. In soccer, the over/under relates to the total number of goals scored in the match. For example, the over/under on LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders might be set at 2.5.
You can bet on the under at perhaps -110, meaning you wager $110 to win $100 if there are fewer than three goals in the game. If you go over, you might bet at +150, meaning you win $150 with a $100 bet, so long as there are three or more goals.
While it’s normal to set the over/under in soccer at 2.5, some teams score for fun, and the bookies will reflect the odds in this case.
Also, if the top-of-the-league team is playing at home against the bottom side of the division, the chances are it could be a significant home win, so again the odds will be shorter for the over bet in this case.
Follow the sport to keep informed
The bookies only set their soccer odds after studying the form and information available to them. They don’t often make mistakes, but sometimes a little research of your own can swing those odds in your favor.
For example, suppose you happen to know that a game in England is against two local rivals, such as Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur. In that case, it’s likely to be a fiery, high-tempo game, and form might go out of the window. A bet on the underdog may offer good value in this case.