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It's notable that a lot of recent success stories in football have been teams that have taken a statistical approach to the game. Footballers are not machines, but you can track their every move out on the pitch now, and there are sites that can tell even the newest bettor important tips on how to win at football betting.
The best on the web, in our opinion, is whoscored.com - a goldmine of statistics on the best goalscorers, defenders, and so on. You can use the data on whoscored to show, for example, the teams in any major league which score or concede the most goals before or after half time; with this information, you could place a bet on the Half-Time/Full-Time result.
There is a world of information on whoscored, and it's very easy to get lost in it - so take your time, get to know the stats, and don't be afraid to ask questions, either of your old friend Google or that mate we all have who knows everything about the game. A bit of extra knowledge, and you will know how to always win football bets.
Get to Know Different Kinds of Bets
How about the different kinds of bet you can make on a football match? There are many, some of them with great value to the smart bettor, others proving a bit of a distraction from the top prizes. Be careful what you put your money on, and you won't go wrong.
Bets on exact scores are the ones that people seem to flock to - but they shouldn't. Why? Well, for starters, they're not going to win you the big money the high odds promise, unless you're very fortunate. Let's suppose you bet on Team X to beat Team Y 2-0. What happens if team Y scores in the final minute to make it 2-1? You've lost a lot of money, that's what.
Protect yourself from this nightmare scenario, by betting on odds that might be shorter, but are for more likely occurrences. These might be the overall result (win, lose or draw), or the previously-mentioned Half-Time/Full-Time result, a useful bet if you know a team that has a few slow-starters in its ranks.
Rather than betting on the first goalscorer, as the TV commercials always implore you to do, think if that is the most sensible thing to do. Sure, your chosen player might be good. In fact, he might be the best goalscorer in the land. But how likely is he to score before anyone else, and will it really make a difference to the team's result whether he scores first or second?
Better to bet on your player scoring anytime. The odds aren't as long or as attractive as with first goalscorer, but you're more likely to win the bet, and so to get a return. This is another example of, with a bit of astute application of knowledge, how to always win football bets.
The accumulator, or acca, is the bet that can go so right, or so wrong, because of its increased level of risk.
What you do is put together a series of bets, usually on the same thing, across multiple matches. You might bet on the winner of, say, five different matches, with the aim of getting a bigger return when those matches are all over. Here and in Football Betting 101, we'll show you how to win football accumulator bets.
The benefit and the problem with accas is that, although when you add the matches together, they make for very attractive odds, if you invest in a five-fold (five-match) acca on match result, and four teams win but one team loses, you've lost your acca.
To avoid this situation, study team form carefully, look at sides in all major leagues which are on winning runs or which are facing sides that they are likely to beat, and place your bets accordingly. Look out for bookmakers offering promotions such as acca insurance - this is a way of getting your money back, usually as a later free bet, if one part of your acca lets you down.