What Are The Safest Bets on Football?

Football is, without a doubt, the most popular sport in the world. It has fans in every country – sometimes more fans than the countries’ national sports. And an incredible number of people bet on it, either professionally or (most of them) casually. For casual bettors, taking a look at the football bets at V9Bet may seem overwhelming at first – there are countless options to choose from, one more attractive than the other. But not all of them are created equal – some of them are much safer than others.

Outright winner

While betting on the outright winner is not the safest bet out there, it is reasonably safe – and it’s one of the most common options people choose. 

When it comes to football matches, there are only three possible outcomes. Either the home team wins (1) or the visiting team (2), and the third option is a draw (X). As a general rule, the more likely outcome is either 1 or 2 – there is always a team that’s more likely to win (the favorite), and one that’s less likely (the underdog). Draws happen much less often – even though they have attractive odds, betting on them is a risk taken.

Bookmakers, in turn, offer bettors who would like to play it safe two more options, each of them with better chances of succeeding than betting on the outright winner.

Double chance

Double chance is a surprisingly safe bet – that is perhaps the reason why not all matches have this option. As opposed to outright bets, where you are expected to bet on one of the potential outcomes of the match, in the case of double chance, you can place a bet on two at the same time:

  • 1X (home win or draw)
  • X2 (draw or away win)
  • 12 (home or away win)

Compared to an outright bet, your risk is significantly reduced. 

Draw no bet

Finally, here is one that also reduces your risk – and the number of outcomes of a football match you have to consider. Draw no bet basically means that you can bet on either the home team (1) or the away team (2) to win – and there is no bet if the match ends in a draw. If neither of the teams manages to overcome the other in the field, and the match ends in a draw, you will not lose your bet – you’ll simply get back your original stake. While it’s not exactly a win, it’s not a loss either.

Should you bet on football?

If you are a football fan, and you don’t make a habit of it, an occasional bet on a match is OK. Aside from the potential to put a bit of extra money in your pocket, it will also add a bit of extra thrill to your enjoying the game. And this is often more important than the money itself.

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