Being by far the most popular sport on the planet, football naturally draws a lot of people to betting sites, with fans wagering on the outcomes of games all over the world. So, to get an edge when betting, gamblers look high and low for strategies. The term gambling more often recalls images of people playing casino games, employing tactics to beat the house; but can any of those casino game strategies be used to boost one’s football betting game?
Here we’ll be exploring the various betting methods and strategies to gain an edge in the casino game roulette, and how they can be used or adapted for use when betting on football.
Table tactics: Covering Options and Studying Form
One of the most popular roulette tactics is to try to cover the majority of the board. Some will bet on a few of the outside bets, but using nine chips on inside bets ranging in coverage from double, triple, and quadruple numbers, a higher percentage of the board can be covered, and the odds of a quadruple bet coming in as a win will return the initial stake. Covering the majority of the options can be extrapolated to football betting, utilising the Double Chance markets – combining a few to boost the returns while also having two of the three outcomes in the game covered.
A tactic that is far more trustworthy when it comes to football betting but is greatly used when playing roulette is studying the form. A lot of online roulette wheels come with a complementary history table, telling players the numbers that recently fell in so that they can follow patterns. As roulette produces completely random outcomes, studying the form is far more effective when football betting – particularly recent head-to-head results as well as home and away form.
Betting strategies: Martingale and D’Alembert
So, those were the more general, very basic strategies of roulette that can be applied to football betting; these are the tried and trusted technical roulette betting strategies that can be utilised when betting on football. The first is the Martingale Method. A very simple strategy, the Martingale Method has the player adding losing stakes to their next roulette bet, eventually winning back all of their losing bets as well as making a profit on top. As you can see by the Premier League fixtures table, the top division in England often hosts three timeslots for games on a Saturday, giving three chances in one day to play through the Martingale Method. Much like the Martingale Method, the D’Alembert is a method of adding losing bets to your next bet but only placing on evens wagers. This may seem somewhat difficult to find in football markets, but games that have favourable under/over bets can come up big with this method, such as when Manchester United were tipped by Tesla Bet to score over 2.5 goals against Crystal Palace before they won 4-0 on 30th September. Because it’s the most competitive elite league in the world, the Premier League throws out a lot of close contests, so games like Chelsea vs Manchester City will produce quite even odds for win/lose/draw bets.
Betting strategies: Labouchere and Chaos
The Labouchere is a favoured roulette betting method and can be adjusted to apply to football betting. It involves taking selections and putting them into a sequence of numbers that represent those selections. Say you select five outcomes, and number them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, you then combine the first and last of the sequence and place your bet on those two. When you win, you remove those two selections from your sequence – winning the sequence when just one number remains – but you add to the sequence if one of your selections loses, adding the winners of that bet. In roulette, this is done with numbers, but in football, you could start this off with five top teams to get better odds of progressing with the sequence. By checking out a table of the most successful teams in the league, such as Transfermarkt’s eternal table, you can find some good choices to start your sequence. A less strategic approach that many enjoy in roulette is called The Chaos. This strategy involves the player just throwing bets anywhere and everywhere on the table without thinking and then seeing the outcome. With a football bet, you could get the long list scrolling and just tap down wherever; you may even land on a correct call for a very unexpected result, such as that of Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 27th September when they smashed the German Champions 3-0.
Roulette is a casino classic for a reason; it’s quick, easy, and people can employ strategies when playing. While it is worlds apart from football betting, many of the strategies used to gain an edge in roulette can be utilised by football bettors hoping to get one up on their bookie. Not only can they strategically enhance your chances of making a profit, but they can also add another element of play to betting.