If you’re just getting into betting on football, you may be wondering which bets are the easiest to win. Although these bets often have low odds — meaning that you won’t make huge profits — there’s a high likelihood they’ll be correct. As a result, we’ll take this article as an opportunity to look at five of the easiest football bets there are (and some of the difficult ones)!
What Makes an Easy Bet?
Simply put, easy bets are bets with a high chance of being correct, which means they usually have the lowest odds. You can think of easy bets as bets with low risk, but also low reward.
For example, bets with a 50% chance of being correct might have odds of around 2.00. Easy bets often have odds as low as 1.05, which implies a more than 95% chance they are correct!
The 5 Easiest Football Bets to Win
Here are five easy football bets with high likelihoods of being correct:
One of the easiest football bets is Over/Under. This bet allows you to speculate on whether a given match will have more (Over) or less (Under) than a certain number of goals. Over/Under bets can have a high chance of being correct if you choose an Over bet for a low number of goals (e.g. 0.5), or an Under bet for a high number of goals (e.g. 6.5).
For example, a bet for Over 0.5 goals means that at least one goal needs to be scored during the course of an entire 90-minute football match for you to win. For a lot of football teams, this is no tough task, so odds for this bet can be as low as 1.04.
On the flipside, you can place a bet for Under 6.5 goals. That means that as long as less than six goals are scored during the match, you’ll win.
2. First Half Over/Under
A variation on the Over/Under bet is First (or Second) Half Over/Under. As the name suggests, this bet involves speculating on the number of goals that will be scored in the first or second half of the match.
Since these bets impose a specific time limit (one half of the match), they are less likely than full-match Over/Under bets. However, First or Second Half Over bets for low numbers of goals and First or Second Half Under bets for high numbers of goals can still have a high chance of being correct.
3. Double Chance
Another easy football bet is Double Chance, which allows you to bet on two of three possible outcomes for the match. The options for Double Chance are:
- Home or Draw: the home team wins or the match results in a draw
- Draw or Away: the away team wins or the match results in a draw
- Home or Away: the home team wins or the away team wins
Since Double Chance allows you to bet on not one, but two possible outcomes, it’s much more likely to be correct than a straight Home, Away, or Draw bet. Depending on the strengths of the teams, odds for Home or Draw or Draw or Away bets can have odds as low as 1.10 and even lower.
4. Draw No Bet
Draw No Bet allows you to speculate on a given team winning the match while insulating yourself from a draw. In other words, if the outcome of the draw is a match, the bet is cancelled and the money is returned. This makes Draw No Bet an easier bet to win than a regular Home or regular Away bet.
5. Both Teams to Score
For some matches, especially those featuring two aggressive teams, a likely outcome is that both teams will score. This can make Both Teams to Score an easy bet to win.
Hard/Difficult Football Bets to Win
While there are some easy bets to win, there are plenty of difficult bets. Although these bets have a much higher risk, they can have significantly higher odds (and thus a higher reward).
One of the most difficult football bets is Correct Score, where you speculate on the exact, final score of the match. Since Correct Score involves speculating on a very specific outcome, it’s much less likely to be correct and thus has much higher odds.
2. Half Time Score
Another variation on the Correct Score bet is Half Time Score. As you might expect, this involves betting on the exact score of the match at half time, which is often a specific, unlikely outcome.
3. Odd or Even
One bet which is consistently difficult is Odd or Even. This involves speculating on whether the total number of goals scored in the match will be odd or even. If lots of goals are scored in a match, this can be very difficult to predict.
Should You Place Hard or Easy Bets?
We’ve looked at some of the easiest and hardest football bets there are. What you’re probably wondering is whether it’s more profitable to place hard or easy bets.
While easy bets have a higher chance of being correct, they usually have low odds, which means little profit involved. On the other hand, hard bets may be unlikely, but have high odds and thus greater profit.
As a result, there’s no real benefit to strictly placing one type of bet. Instead, you should place bets which have the most favourable odds when compared to their true likelihood.
There are plenty of easy bets out there, from Over/Under to Double Chance. Although these bets have a high likelihood of being correct, they usually have very low odds. On the flipside, hard benefits boast high odds, but have a high chance of being incorrect. As a result, you shouldn’t necessarily favour easy or hard bets. Instead, you should place bets that have the most favourable odds, bearing in mind the likelihood you expect for them.