Guide to Betting Football

Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, and it is also one of the most popular with gamblers.

We are going to use this page to detail a few things that you ought to know about betting on football, as well as some of our preferred sports books.


There are three different types of "odds", but they all mean the same thing. You have:

-"American" odds
-fractional odds
-decimal odds

"American" odds will look like this:




The top example means that you would win $110 if you bet $100 on a team and they won, while the bottom example means that a $150 wager would produce a profit of $100.

Fractional odds will look like this:




Divide the first number (11) by the second (10), and then multiply by your total bet amount to get the amount that you would win if you bet on a certain team.

For instance, let's say that you bet on a team that had odds of 11/10 to win. Dividing 11 by 10 leaves you with 1.1. This means that a successful $100 wager on this team would yield a profit of $110 (1.1 times $100).

Decimal odds represent the amount that you would receive back from a bet, including the amount of the original wager.

So, the equivalent of 11/10 in "decimal odds" would be 2.10. Multiply 2.10 by your original bet amount and this is the amount that you would get back from the book if you won, including the amount of your original wager.

So, let's say that you bet $100 on a team that currently has 2.10 odds to win. Under this scenario, you would receive $210 back if you won ($110 profit, plus $100 for your original bet being returned).

Bet Types

There are many different things that you can bet on in football. You can bet on the outright winner of a game. You can bet on who will be winning after halftime. You can bet on whether or not your favorite player will score. You can bet on which team will kick the most corners.

Typical odds for an "outright winner" bet will look like this:

Team A - 1.44
Draw - 4.33
Team B - 7.00

In this case, Team A is favored to win (a $100 bet would yield a profit of $44 dollars), while Team B is the underdog (a $100 bet on Team B would yield a total profit of $600 if they were to win).

You can bet on a draw (tie) as well - in this case, a $100 wager on a draw would yield a total profit of $333 if the two teams were to tie.

Deposit Bonuses

Many sports books will hand out initial bonuses in an attempt to lure in new customers.

Some books offer "deposit bonuses". Some books offer free bets. Some books offer no lose bets.

It is always a good idea to carefully research the initial deposit offers of various sports books so that you can maximize the potential impact on your bankroll. For instance, if a sports book offers a 100% deposit bonus of up to $200, you should make sure to make your initial deposit big enough so that you qualify for the entire bonus.

Recommended Sports Books

Two of the books that we highly recommend are:

Bet365 - 100% bonus of your qualifying bonus of up to 200 pounds

Stan James - free 10 pound bet


Sign up at one or both of these books to reap the rewards.