Live Soccer Betting: What is it? Advantages? And What to Remember?

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21 September 2020

Also known as in-play betting, live soccer betting refers to bets placed while the game has started but is not yet complete. This has become an extremely popular form of betting for punters because of the excitement that naturally comes from watching the result of your bet play out almost instantly. There is certainly a difference between pre-match betting and live in-play betting in terms of strategy and your experience.

Live soccer betting, while considered fun, requires having an established knowledge of soccer, the leagues, the clubs, the players and habits of the aforementioned. 

Live soccer betting is a strategic way of betting (if you are looking to make money). Therefore, you need to have a clear and unemotional preset strategy in order to get the most of live soccer betting.

In this article we will highlight the strategies to use during live betting, its advantages and what to remember when betting.

What are the Advantages?

Plenty of betting options & chances to Bet 

You can place in-play bets whenever you have free time to watch soccer, that could be in the morning in Australia, Midday in South Korea, China or Japan, in the afternoon there’s African and European football with SOuth American football ending the day.

Also, certain bets are simply not possible when betting before a game starts, but that work just fine when betting in-play. Here are some examples.

  • Next team to score
  • Next player to score
  • Time of next goal

More information to work with

Since the bets are placed when the game is live, you will get to place informed bets based on how the game proceeds. You will have a sense of which players are ‘on’ or which team has momentum. This information boosts the accuracy of your outcome predictions. 

The most basic is that in-play betting allows you to watch what’s going on in the match right before you place your bet. Watching the action even for a couple of minutes before deciding when to bet could be more crucial than whole hours of research and stats reading.

Best Chance of Finding Value

This is probably the best thing about live betting, it’s way easier to find value. For example, a favourite offered at 1.30 odds pre-match could be found at 1.80-1.85 at halftime, but in theory, it has the same possibility of winning the match as before it had begun.

Also, there is value in an over 1.5 or 2.5 goals live in-play bet just a few minutes after kick-off compared to a pre-match bet; with every pass, shot, tackle or save the odds and value will climb. If you’re patient enough to wait for the right moment, you’ll find a bet in extremely valuable odds. You must find the knack of spotting value.

Cover Pre-match Bets

Most sportsbooks have the Cash Out option which comes in handy during live betting. If you had placed a pre-match risky bet, you could opt to cut your loss and place a counter bet that will help you end in profit regardless of the earlier loss.

he cash-out, offered during in-running bets, is another weapon for you to make your bankroll look safer. If you’ve placed a pre-match risky bet (putting money on the underdog, for example) and they take the lead, you could “close” your bet with profit, no matter the final score.

This is where the pre-match bet comes into play. Ideally, hedging your bets means counter-balancing potential losses with other bets. For example, if your pre-match bet was for a team to win, you can place another bet during the live game to counter that wager. This is a great way to stay in control of how much you are willing to risk. And although you also end up offsetting some potential winnings in doing so, it is an effective spread betting strategy you might consider incorporating.

Tips for Live Soccer Betting

Watch the games!!!!

One of the big advantages of live soccer betting is the fact that you have more information to work with. But this is only true if you watch the games. This is the absolute best information as you gauge the “feel” of the game and assess the tactics and match live.

You still have to study games in advance – Do your research

As valuable as the information you get from watching games is, it’s of limited use by itself. You should still be studying games in advance when live betting, and analyzing all the relevant factors that you normally would if placing bets beforehand. The more you know about the teams and players involved, and the circumstances surrounding a game, the better your chances of interpreting what’s happening on the field once the action starts.

Avoid Guessing

This is obvious but still, sometimes emotions can get the best of you when trying to recoup money and in-play betting can be seen as an avenue to do this. So please, follow the advice about watching games and doing your pre-match research. 

Remember to Bet for Value

On the subject of fundamental rules, this is another one that would be beneficial to remember. You should only ever place a wager if you’re confident that it offers value. It’s not enough to just bet on what you think is going to happen: you have to consider the odds too. If the odds for any given wager aren’t high enough when compared to your estimated likelihood of it winning, then you shouldn’t be placing it.

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