Football Trading Strategies

What is Football Trading?

Football Trading Strategies involve placing a back or lay bet on a football match with the hope that the odds will move in your favour so that you can lock in a profit by hedging your initial bet.

Due to football’s popularity across Europe, football is also one of the most popular sports to trade on Betfair.

Football Trading Strategies
Football Trading Strategies

Pros and Cons of Football Trading

ProsCons
Unlike other sports, Football is an all year round sport so you can trade throughout the year.As football is one of the most popular sports to trade on Betfair, you will be up against a lot of seasoned traders. Many experienced sports traders are more than happy to profit from inexperienced traders.
It’s relatively easy to find football matches with good liquidity to trade on.Many football traders are also football fans, so they may have a bias for or against certain teams. This can lead to poor decisions being made based on the trader’s opinion rather than based on what is happening on the pitch.
Most football trading strategies are easy to implement and do not involve entering multiple markets.As there are lots of football matches played each week during football season, there is a danger that beginner football traders will end up trading too many matches.
Due to the nature of football, you will often have multiple opportunities to exit your trade during a match as odds will change quickly when goals are scored.

Betfair Football Trading Strategies

Back the Favourite Football Trading Strategy

Backing the favourite in football is often overlooked by many football traders as they think there is no value in it.

This may be the case if you are backing the favourite at the start of the match but if you wait until the odds on the favourite rise in-play before backing them e.g. they go a goal behind early in the first half, then you will have a better chance of making a long term profit from backing favourites.

If you want to learn more about backing the favourite in football then check out our guide to the Back the Favourite Football Trading Strategy.

Back the Draw Football Trading Strategy

Backing the draw in football is not very popular with mug punters or sports traders, therefore there will be more money placed on either team to win.

Therefore, the odds on the draw are often higher than they should be. As the odds on the draw are usually above 3.0, you don’t need to have a very high strike rate to be profitable over the long term e.g. if the average odds with which you back the draw are 4.0, then you only need to get 1 in 4 of your trades right to be break even.

If you want to learn more about backing the draw in football then check out our guide to the Back the Draw Football Trading Strategy.

Lay the Draw Football Trading Strategy

Laying the Draw in football is probably one of the oldest and most widely used football trading strategies used by sports traders.

The Lay is Draw Strategy is popular because it is simply to trade and usually only needs one goal to be profitable.

If you want to learn more about laying the draw in football then check out our guide to the Lay the Draw Football Trading Strategy.

Back Under 2.5 Goals Football Trading Strategy

This strategy involves taking advantage of the fact that as long as no goal is scored, the odds on under 2.5 goals will come in which gives traders the option of backing high and laying low to lock in a profit.

If you want to learn more about the backing under 2.5 goals strategy then check out our guide to the Back Under 2.5 Goals Football Trading Strategy.

Back Over 1.5 Goals Football Trading Strategy

Trading the over 1.5 goals market is very popular with sports traders as it is a strategy with a very strike rate, which suits traders who like lots of small wins.

The key to making this strategy work is backing the over 1.5 goals when the odds have increased in play.

You can check out our guide on the Back Over 1.5 Goals Football Trading Strategy to find out more.