Online betting companies offer a bewildering number of markets across hundreds of football matches every week. In order to find the best betting opportunities, you need to put on your stats anorak, do some research and look for market trends.
You may find that certain markets are easier to research than others or that you simply prefer one type of bet to another.
Why corner betting?
Okay, so the corner betting market may not sound too exciting (and if you are a Liverpool fan, you might try and avoid the subject of corners altogether) but before you drift off for your afternoon nap, there are a few things you should know. Corner betting is actually one of the easiest football markets to research and can provide you with plenty of betting opportunities every week. And if you are new to soccer statistics, corners are a great place to start.
What is corner betting?
Corner betting basically involves betting on the total amount of corners that will occur in a game. By examining the data for each team, it can be possible to accurately predict how many corners a game might produce. It is a good idea to learn how and why corners occur to get an even better understanding of the stats in front of you.
As with any bet, a good sample size is needed for accurate research; however, data from previous seasons may not be relevant due to changes in management, players and tactics. So try and stick to using recent data from the current season and wait until at least 10 games have been played.
You may have already seen Over/Under Corner bets offered on football betting pages. This market gives you the chance to predict if a game will finish with over or under a certain amount of corners. The betting company will set a figure that is used as an indicator of the most likely outcome – this will normally be around 9.5 or 10.5. You must decide if total corner count will be higher or lower than this figure.
There are plenty of online resources for corner statistics, so it should not be hard to find match-ups between teams that are likely to produce a high or low corner count. When looking at the stats, remember to look at home and away records separately, as the figures may vary greatly between the two categories.
Corner Spread betting
If you are familiar with spread betting, you can use the same statistics to buy or sell points over or under the spread. The bookmaker will once again set a benchmark but this time it will be a spread such as 10-11. Once you have decided if the corner count will be over or under the spread, you can place your bet.
If the spread is set at 10-11 and you predict that there will be more than 11 corners, you can buy points above the spread. If there are more than 11 corners, you will win money for every corner above the spread. So, if you buy at £1 per point and there are 15 corners you would win £4. However, if there is a total of 9 corners you would lose £2.
If you think there will be less than 10 corners, you sell points below the spread. If there are less than 10 corners, you win money for every corner below the spread. So, if you sell at £1 per point and there are 7 corners you would win £3. However, if there is a total of 13 corners you would lose £3.