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Football fans around the world have incorporated online betting into their football intake. They place a bet on the action to either add something different to a game or because they think they know how a game is going to plan out. Here at LeoVegas, you'll be able to find a wide array of football betting tips, betting odds and betting markets for hundreds of football leagues around the world alongside domestic cup competitions from Europe and international tournaments such as the World Cup, European Championships and Copa America.

If you're looking to place bets on the latest football action, you can choose to do so in two ways and they are through outright betting and in play betting. This means that you can place outright bets on any game from any of the football competitions in the world, these can either be on individual games or tournament winners.

Football Odds: How to pick the best odds

When placing a football bet, one of the most important elements is knowing how to pick the right bet for each game and the best way to do so is by firstly knowing which format you should view your betting odds in.

With this in mind, you have three options, fractional odds, decimal odds and American odds. Fractional odds come in a fractional format such as 3/5, this means that for every £5 you stake, you would receive £3 in return. Decimal odds have the format of odds x stake - stake. So, with decimal odds of 9 and a stake of £1, you would receive £8 winnings on top of your stake. The final odds format you can do is American odds, which is scarcely used in football. These odds indicate the value you would need to win £100 if the odds have a minus sign but if the odds have a plus sign, it shows you what you would win for every £100 staked.

Football betting using tips & predictions

Here at LeoVegas, we have a wide range of football betting tips and predictions that can be found on our blog. When picking tipsters to back, it is worth noting that tipsters will never have a 100% win rate, nothing in betting is guaranteed, meaning that when placing bets using tips and predictions, utilise your own knowledge to decipher which bets you would wish to follow and which predictions wish to avoid.

Best Football Competitions for Betting

In the United Kingdom, you can find the best football betting markets in the world for a multitude of competitions. There are hundreds of competitions you can bet on but these are some of our favourites.

English Premier League - One of the oldest and most competitive leagues in the world, you'll find a wide range of stats available at any time which can help you in picking the biggest upsets in season.

UEFA Europa League - If you follow the Europa League, you'll know the wide potential this tournament has, there are dozens of lesser-known teams from European countries where unpredictable results can lead to fantastic match odds if you correctly predict a result. With this in mind, bigger teams will likely rest players for matches, meaning the chances of victory are slightly less than their odds may imply.

UEFA Champions League - You'll get significantly lower football odds in the Champions League as the number of unpredictable results dramatically decreases, where the Champions League comes in handy is for bets such as the Bet Builder, which allows you to pick multiple options in a game and combine them into a singular bet, like you would for an accumulator across multiple games. As teams consistently play their strongest XI and play at their best during these games, it is easier to predict who will be on the field, who will have the most chances and which players are likely to be carded.

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Football Betting FAQs

How to bet on football?

Placing a bet on football couldn't be easier than it currently is at LeoVegas, once you have created an account, simply head to our sportsbook section and use the filter option to find all of our football options. Our filter will also allow you to choose between individual leagues and nations for your selections. If you wish, you can also only see betting odds for a select number of leagues, you can select up to 10 leagues to view at once, making LeoVegas a perfect option for your weekend accumulators.

What is BTTS in Football Betting?

BTTS is an acronym for the term 'Both Teams to Score', one of the most popular markets in betting, bettors will often place BTTS bets across a wide range of leagues and nations for weekend fixtures. This means that both teams will score in the game. However, BTTS can also be pushed further, for example, if you look into our markets, you will find BTTS for individual halves and in both halves, these are used to provide enhanced odds in your bet slip.

How does handicap betting work in football?

Commonly found in other sports such as basketball, handicap betting is the process by which an uneven game on paper is made more equal in our football betting markets. This is done by giving the favoured team a handicap, i.e. an obstacle to overcome. In the case of football, this is presented in the form of goals, with a -2 handicap for a team meaning that they would need to win the match by more than two goals for the bet to be successful.

What does under 2.5 goals mean in football betting?

In football, you can bet on the total number of goals in a football match. Sometimes the totals can be confusing as they are presented as decimal numbers rather than whole ones, for example; 2.5 goals. The reason is to avoid any doubt about whether a selection has been successful or not, as you can’t score half a goal. So, betting on under 2.5 goals in football would be a successful bet if the final score was 0-0, 1-0, 1-1, or 2-0. However, if more than 2.5 goals were scored, the bet would be unsuccessful.

Does my football bet include extra time or penalties?

This is a scenario that will depend on which bet you place but most cases, the answer to this will be no. Unless specified when you place the bet, your bet will only be counted over the course of 90 minutes. For Cup competitions where extra time and penalties are applicable, you will often find that the bet will specify whether or not it covers the variable of extra time and penalties.

Are footballers allowed to bet?

The position of a professional football player means they can be privy to information that gives them a betting advantage, this means that any football-related gambling activity is strictly prohibited. However, Footballers are allowed to bet on sports other than football, for example, you'll often see footballers engaging in horse racing betting as they have no links that would give them a betting advantage.

Can you bet on preseason football?

Absolutely! If you see a friendly match that you like the look of, it's highly likely that you'll be able to place a bet on it with LeoVegas. You will be able to find the vast majority of betting markets available on-site for friendly games that you would find for the likes of the Champions League or the Premier League.

How to read odds when betting on football betting

Reading odds ultimately comes down to which format is your preference, there are three to choose from, these are American, Decimal and Fractional. In the UK, Fractional is the preference, in Europe, Decimal is the preference and in American, American style odds are the preference. Fractional odds will read as 1/10, this shows that for every total of the second number you place, the first number would be your return, so in this instance, if you staked £10, you would get £1 back.

What does DNB mean in betting on football?

DNB stands for 'Draw No Bet' this is a market that is based around the idea that if the game ends in a draw, you'll get your money back. Primarily based on games where one team is hitting a good run of form, this bet allows you to place a bet with a safety net knowing that if a team fails to perform and draws the game, you'll get your money back.

Football Casino Games at LeoVegas

If you’re looking for online casino games to play in between football matches, you might be interested to learn that we offer both slots and live casino games that are inspired by the beautiful game.

Live Football Studio essentially presents the game of baccarat in a unique way, with players able to bet on a home win, away win, or a draw between two face-down cards. A draw is the most valuable outcome in terms of a payout, but is also the least likely. Evolution Gaming add an intriguing element by also providing score updates from the biggest real football matches from around the world.

Football Star slot is a Microgaming title that offers up to 243 ways to win. It’s also got a strong football theme that is integrated into every single aspect of the game. Rolling Reels can lead to multiple wins from a single spin, while the Striking Wild feature guarantees a win whenever it triggers. The Free Spins bonus comes with a multiplier trail, where wins of over 2,000x your stake are possible.

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