Africa Cup Of Nations Betting

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations gets under way this Friday, and in the betting, host nation Egypt are the 9/2 favourites to win the competition outright.

Here we have all the news and information you need on the competition. Including the teams taking part, the venues, competition dates, and also the latest Africa Cup of Nations betting.

2019 Africa Cup of Nations – Official Website

Best Football Betting Sites For Africa Cup of Nations 2019

Below we have put together a list of the best football betting sites that can be used for placing bets on the Africa Cup of Nations 2019.

All of these bookmakers offer plenty of incentives such as money back specials, loads of different betting markets, and plenty of different in-play options.

There is also live streaming of the event with bookmakers such as Betfair and William Hill.

Who Is Favourites To Win 2019 Africa Cup of Nations?

It should come as no major surprise to see that host nation, Egypt, are 4/1 favourites in the betting to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

As well as having home advantage, they also have the services of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to call upon. Currently one of world football’s most prolific strikers.

The Egyptians get the competition under way on Friday evening, when they take on Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium. Kick off is at 9pm, UK time.

The hosts go into the opening fixture on the back of two wins, having defeated Guinea 3-1, and Tanzania 1-0 (both at home) in warm up matches ahead of the competition.

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Egypt’s Mohamed Salah will be looking to add the Africa Cup of Nations title to his Champions League success of 2019

Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Betting

We already know that Egypt are the 4/1 favourites, but what of their main contenders? Well, second favourites are Senegal and Ghana, both at 6/1. They are both closely followed by Nigeria and Ivory Coast at 8/1.

With 5 teams all closely bunched together in the betting, the suggestion is that this African Cup of Nations should be a fairly competitive competition, which is also great news from a betting perspective.

Competition Dates

As we eluded too above, the competition starts on Friday 21st June. It runs for 4 weeks, ending with the final in Cairo International Stadium, on Friday 19th July.

The 24 Teams Taking Part in the Africa Cup of Nations 2019

In total there are 24 teams taking part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The teams are divided up into 6 groups of 4. They are as follows

Group A

DR Congo
Egypt
Uganda
Zimbabwe

Group B

Burundi
Guinea
Madagascar
Nigeria

Group C

Algeria
Kenya
Senegal
Tanzania

Group D

Ivory Coast
Morocco
Namibia
South Africa

Group E

Angola
Mali
Mauritania
Tunisia

Group F

Benin
Cameroon
Ghana
Guinea-Bissau

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Competition Format

The format for this year’s competition is a bit stretched out. There is 6 groups of 4 teams, with the top 2 from each group, along with the 4 best placed third place teams, all progressing to the Round of 16.

This means that only 8 teams will be knocked out of the competition during the group stages.

The Round of 16 will start on 5th July, and from that day onwards, it is straight forward knock out football. The 8 victorious teams from the Round of 16, go through to the quarter finals. Then the 4 quarter final winners go into the semi-final.

There is a third place play-off match, it takes place on 17th July. This is 2 day before the final, held on Friday 19th July.

In total, there is 52 matches to be played at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations competition.

Host Cities

In total there are 4 cities hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, they are Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia. There are 6 stadiums to be used in total.

There of the stadiums are in the country’s capital city, Cairo. They are Cairo International Stadium, the strangely named 30 June (Air Defense) Stadium, and the Al Salam Stadium.

The other three host cities all have one venue each. Egypt’s second biggest city, Alexandria, will host it’s matches at the Alexandria Stadium (Egypt’s largest stadium, holding 86,000).

In Suez, the Suez Stadium will host matches. While in Ismailia, the smaller Ismailia Stadium (18,500 capacity) will host matches.

Where Can I Watch The Africa Cup of Nations?

In the United Kingdom, you can watch the Africa Cup of Nations on Eurosport.

It differs slightly in Republic of Ireland, where as well as being able to watch on Eurosport, state broadcaster RTE will also be covering the competition.

Is VAR Being Used In The Africa Cup Of Nations?

Currently having a good go at wrecking the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, VAR is set to also play it’s part in the Africa Cup of Nations.

But not until the knock out stages. Why is this? I don’t know, is the answer. All I do know is that it won’t rear it’s ugly head until the Round of 16.

over 3.5 goals predictions – Man City lead our Tuesday night Champions League treble

over 3.5 goals predictions

It’s the return of the Champions League tonight, and we are looking at having a small bet the over 3.5 goals market for a bit of interest.

Here are our over 3.5 goals predictions for the Champions League fixtures on Tuesday, 27th November. All three of the matches are 8pm kick offs.

– Lyon V Man City
– Hoffenheim v Shakhtar
– Bayern Munich v Benfica

This treble pays just under 10/1 on Betfair. If you apply Betfair’s acca edge, you will get 6.25/1. Using acca edge, you will get your money back as a free bet (in cash) if one leg of your accumulator lets you down.

Alternatively, you may want to put them in a Trixie bet (4 bets). That way, if two out of the three win, you will make a small profit.

We all know Man City are scoring for fun, and they may well be looking for a bit of revenge over Lyon after losing 2-1 at the home to the French side earlier in the campaign. Pep’s men are fresh from a 4-0 win over West Ham on Saturday.

I expect them to put out a strong team tonight, as avoiding defeat will ensure qualification as Champions, meaning they can rest players for the final group match.

Shakhtar are the whipping boys of Group F, having conceded 13 goals in their 4 matches so far. Hoffenheim matches can also involve a lot of goals. On Saturday they drew 3-3 away at Hertha, suggesting that goal scoring isn’t a problem.

It also looks like defensively the German side could be a bit open. Which is also a problem that fellow Germans, Bayern Munich seem to be suffering with lately.

Although Bayern Munich have been struggling this season, they’re recent Bundesliga results have been littered with goals. Their last two matches in Germany have been 3-3, and 3-2 defeat.

The Do’s and Don’ts of football betting

Do’s

1. Stick to what you know

It is impossible to be an expert and keep up with every football team and every player in the country. Following the developments of just one football team is time consuming and difficult to do, so trying to follow every league would be a mistake. Only place bets on teams you know to avoid big losses and disappointment. Don’t forget to grab the online welcome offers while you can to help maximise your deposits too.

2. Use reputable sites

There’s hundreds of gambling sites on the internet, from online casino sites like Dream Jackpot to sports betting sites. The majority of these sites are perfectly reliable, however, there are a few dubious scam sites that you need to be aware of. It is important to avoid such sites at all costs as you certainly don’t want to be part of a scam that will take away your deposit money or the winnings you make. To avoid being scammed, only use football betting sites which you have heard of, or that people recommend.

3. Set a budget

Most people who bet on football do it sensibly. Losing money is an inevitable part of betting, but if it’s affordable, it is not so much of an issue. Betting on football provides entertainment and it is a great bonus if money is won. Make sure to set a budget, whether that be a weekly budget or monthly budget so you don’t spend more that you can afford. You might put aside £10 a week for betting on football or £5 per game.

Don’ts

1. Avoid betting on your team or your main rival.

The number one rule with football betting is to never bet on the team that you love or the team that you hate as this may obscure your ability to judge the bet. Instead, use your common sense, as well as your gut feeling when looking at trends and how teams play.

2. Be cautious of enhanced odds

If the odds look too good to be true, that’s probably because they are. The odds have increased drastically because the bookmaker wants you to invest money into them. It’s also important not to load up on bargains. If you are going to do this, then go for less teams. You might browse the site and think it’s a good price, but often the outsiders work better as a single. For accumulators, it’s best to have teams that are good value, yet more desired.

3. Chase your losses

One of the worst thing a gambler can do is to chase their losses after a bad run. This happens all to often and is so easily done. It’s a trap that lots of football better fall into. Although you may want to increase your stakes after a bad run, it’s best to leave it and then come back with a fresh head on the next game. Another thing that can be a struggle is being too greedy. Perhaps your having winning streak after winning streak and can see yourself winning again and again, but the luck will most likely end sooner rather than later. If you experience this, avoid being tempted to increase your stake after every great winning streak, keep them at an affordable level to you.

Three horse race for the Premier League title after bookies are the only winners at Anfield

The Premier League title race is hotting up, and we now see 3 teams in with a chance of lifting the crown in May of next year.

It’s always said that the bookmakers love a good old 0-0 draw, and in the biggest Premier League match of the season to date, that’s exactly what they got.

Top 3 battling it out in Premier League title race

Unfortunately for us fans, Liverpool V Man City didn’t live up to expectations.

It was an intriguing watch though, and what the result also did, was give us a three way tie at the top of table. We now have City, Chelsea, and Liverpool, all neck and neck on 20 points from their 8 matches. It also added another nice win to our free football tips.

As we head into the upcoming break for international football, it could be argued there is a five horse race now on for the Premier League (for the time being anyway). Arsenal and Spurs are sitting in 4th and 5th place respectively, both on 18 points, just 2 behind the top 3. Can they maintain a challenge though?

Are the North London rivals strong enough to stay in Premier League title race

I’m not sure about the credentials of the two north London sides in retaining their challenges though. Arsenal are still finding their feet under their new boss. They’ve already lost to City and Chelsea this season, showing that they’re maybe not ready to beat the top sides just yet. Which is something they will need to do if they are to sustain a challenge.

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While Spurs have shown glimpses of what they can do, winning 3-0 at Old Trafford, but have at times flattered to deceive. It could be said that their squad isn’t the strongest, and they did seem to struggle to beat Cardiff last Saturday without the creative services of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in midfield. This suggests a lack of strength in depth, that will hurt them if they get a few injuries to key players.

Latest Premier League betting sees Man City still favourites at 4/6. Next is Liverpool at 5/2, Chelsea can be backed at a good value 9/1. Tottenham are 33/1, and Arsenal are 40/1.

Football Betting Systems

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We also look to bring you the best football betting systems that work. Proven football betting systems that have stood the test of time.

It’s not just free football tips that you can make money from, you can also do it from football betting systems that work.

For example, there is Pre Match Trading. This is a football betting system that works, showing you how to make money trading price changes on the Betfair Exchange before a ball is even kicked.

Another proven way to profit from football betting is by using the free bets you can get from acca insurance offers. The accumulator Generator system exposes this. It shows you how to break even on your acca bet. You then profit from the free bets you get if your acca misses by one.

Watch the latest Premier League goals and highlights right here…….

Profit Maximiser

If you’ve ever wondered what Profit Maximiser is, then let me tell you. Profit Maximiser is a betting system that makes money from free bets, it’s basically matched betting. For this you will need access to one of the betting exchanges.

Matched Betting is a tried and tested technique. It makes money from the free bets you get from bookmakers when you open a new betting account.

It also makes money from free bets for existing customers. Basically, any free bet can be converted into risk free cash using the matched betting technique.

What Profit Maximiser does is bring you all these free bets in one place. It will show you how to extract the maximum amount of risk free cash from all these offers. This betting system basically does the work for you.

As well as finding you all the bookmaker’s free bets, Profit Maximiser also shows you how to make money from spread betting offers, casino offers, and bingo offers.

Profit Maximiser Review

Please take the time to read our Profit Maximiser review, here we go into far more detail about how the system works.

In our review of Profit Maximiser you will see that it is a 12 months of the year betting system. As long as you have a wi-fi connection and a bank account, you can do make it work for you.

There is currently a 14 day trial available, where you can get full member’s access to the service for just £1.00 + Vat. If you don’t like it, you cancel within the 14 days. If you decide you like what you see, then you pay the remaining £96 + Vat, at the end of the 14 days.

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With the 14 days trial, any money you make is yours to keep. If you get really busy, you might even manage to make all the subscription money required in the 14 days trial.

Either way, you have absolutely nothing to lose by trying the Profit Maximiser system out – it’s only £1.20 in total. You never know, you might even like it. More details can be found in our full Profit Maximiser Review.

Mourinho Facing Huge Season at United

Manchester United have endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market in their attempt to close the gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s men left their bitter rivals in their wake last season to clinch the top-flight crown, reaching the 100-point park. After an early burst, the Red Devils were unable to match the pace of City for the majority of the campaign, finishing 19 points behind them at the end of the term. Jose Mourinho is now entering his third season at Old Trafford and only has the FA Cup to show for his time at the club, putting huge pressure on the Portuguese to deliver the title this season.

However, he has only been able to make one significant addition to his squad. Fred was one of the stars of last season’s Champions League for Shakhtar Donetsk, patrolling the middle of the park. He provided energy and a touch of class to the Ukrainian outfit. United moved ahead of City to secure the deal for the Brazilian to bolster their midfield ranks. Other than that Mourinho has added a back-up stopper in the form of Lee Grant and Diogo Dalot – a full-back for the future at the age of 19. With the transfer window scheduled to close on the 9th August, United are running out of time to make further signings to bridge the gap.

Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara have been linked, but the German outfit will be desperate to retain the services of their key players. If the Red Devils are unable to prise them away from the Allianz Arena they will have to move swiftly to other targets. City are considered the overwhelming favourites to win the Premier League once again due to their dominance last term and unless United bolster the quality of their side they will be forced to watch their rivals lift the trophy once again.

The hope for United will be the improvement of their younger players, who are starting to enter their prime years. Paul Pogba proved at the World Cup that he has the talent to dominate in the middle of the park, guiding France to the world crown. With Fred alongside him in the midfield, the duo could do a lot of damage. Romelu Lukaku scored 16 goals in the Premier League last term and is capable of reaching 30 should he receive the ammunition.

The wildcard could be the development of Marcus Rashford. When he broke on to the scene he looked capable of being an incredible talent. His rise has been stymied by being forced into a wide role. Rashford along with the rest of the England players could be reinvigorated by their experience at the World Cup therefore a surge in form could see United challenge for the crown at odds of 7/1 in the Premier League betting tips & predictions with bet365. Mourinho’s system should allow United to be stoic at the back once again, but there has to be more from the Red Devils in the final third.

The Portuguese has been criticised for his defensive style. However, given that City will be pushing men forward to match their exploits last season and United will have to match them point-for-point. There’s no excuse for Mourinho as he has spent more than enough money and has the talent to produce the same level of goals than their rivals. Another failure could be the end of his tenure at Old Trafford.

The UK’s biggest football betting wins

We all dream it but never think it will actually happen. What if my small bet on Manchester United turns into thousands of pounds? What if that one spin on my favourite football slot megareel.com/all-games/slots/starburst will lead to the payout that will pay off my mortgage? For some lucky folks in the UK, this has become a reality. Is it luck or is it purely down to skill? Read on to make your mind up for yourself but be warned, this may make you a tad jealous.

How can a £1 bet lead to a £575, 000 win? This happened to a lucky 58 year old woman in Kent in 2017. She picked out 12 selections with the majority being odds-against outsiders. She placed a bet that Huddersfield would beat West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday would beat Aston Villa and guessed various other results too. It seems like her win was down to ‘beginner’s luck’ as she doesn’t necessarily enjoy football, she only placed bets to make it more enjoyable to watch with her husband. Lucky!

If we knew the secret of how to turn 30p into half a million pounds we’d be multimillionaires by now. A Manchester United fan from Staffordshire won £500, 000 back in 2014, you can win too at this site. He placed a tiny 30p bet on a 15 event accumulator at the beginning of the season which had odds at 1, 666, 666-to-one. He also has predicted many other games in the past. Maybe this guy is psychic?

An anonymous football fan scooped over half a million back in 2011. His betting strategy of never placing more than £1 on a bet proved to be successful when he won £585, 000 after the final game in the Premier League between Chelsea and Liverpool. Luckily for him, Liverpool ended up winning the game (albeit this didn’t look promising in the first half) as Glen Johnson managed to score with only 3 minutes left to spare. Although this lucky chap didn’t claim to be a Liverpool fan before, he certainly is now.

We’ve saved the most unbelievable until last. One lucky man from London won a staggering £650, 000 after placing a £100 bet. He rightly predicted 8 results whilst the game was in play on all of the teams which were losing. The eight games had only 20 minutes left with the majority of the results not being in favour of the bets he placed to begin with. He placed a bet that would see West Ham and Stoke draw when they were 2-0 down and a predicted a draw between Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday when they were losing. For only 20 nerve-wracking minutes, £650, 000 is certainly amazing!

After analysing all of these stories, it seems that it’s all just down to luck, right? We like anonymous football fan’s tip of never placing more than a £1 bet to be in with the chance of winning half a million. We wonder how many times he had to place a bet to win such an inspiring amount. Here’s hoping your next bet will be just as lucky as these guys.

How football fans can use stats to make money

“Fans are being told what to believe. Rather than a discussion amongst friends, where people can form their own opinions, they’re being brainwashed by the over consumption of broadcasting companies employing any ex-pro at the drop of a hat. What the ‘experts’ say goes…”
Brian Clough

‘Ole Big Head wasn’t a fan of the over-analysis of football in the 1970’s and he let John Motson know all about it in an interview he gave to the BBC. The crux of Cloughie’s argument was that fans were being lectured by pundits, whereas they should be left to make their own conclusions.

If the legendary manager were still alive today he would undoubtedly have a few things to say about the way football is consumed nowadays. The sport is absolutely awash with stats and analysis now – barely 10 minutes goes by in a match without a commentator mentioning an often irrelevant statistic.

But we’re not here to lecture you on the permeation of statistics in football, we’re here to tell you how you can harness them to make money. Below we take a look at how stats in football are used and how you can use them to your benefit.

Stats, stats, stats

Football Betting Statistics

Almost every match preview – be it on a blog or a newspaper website – will quote you the latest betting odds and head-to-head statistics. Even at the end of a game, Match of the Day will show you the expected goals ratio of each team.

Statistics have become so important in the world of football, and that’s not just down to the analytical revolution brought to English football by Arsene Wenger, it’s because of betting too.

If you make a bet on a football match, you expect the bookmaker to give you the most accurate odds available, and they create those odds based on extensive research. Individual player form, formation success, head-to-head and plenty more stats are researched by bookmakers.

Scouts from all betting companies analyse every game in minute detail, and club sources help to update the bookies on injury issues as well. It’s a science, but it’s not exclusive, you can do almost all of these things too in order to eliminate risk from your bets.

Choose your markets wisely

It’s impossible to escape the hype when Rangers play Celtic, but there is nowhere near the same interest when Clyde take on Cowdenbeath in League 2. That interest is often mirrored by bookmakers too. Resources will be invested in getting the odds right for the Auld Firm game, and that’s where you can take advantage.

Firstly, there isn’t as much analysis done of teams in the lower echelons, so you can analyse the stats yourself and use it to make an informed bet with more favourable odds.

In the Scottish lower leagues odds are also calculated on less accurate stats or ‘truths’. For example Clyde could be on a 5 game home losing streak before hosting Cowdenbeath, who have won their last 8 games on the road.

More often than not, the bookmaker’s will go with home advantage when formulating their odds in these lesser known divisions, so you could take advantage of some very generous odds to make money.

Imagine Brighton were entertaining Liverpool, the odds would obviously be in Liverpool’s favour as they’re a better team and everyone knows it. But in the Scottish leagues there isn’t that universal knowledge, so odds are there to be taken advantage of.

What to look for…………..

Form

That’s the most important thing to look at before betting on any football match. Not just a team’s overall form, but their respective home and away form and their results in recent meetings.

The away team may be doing much better than the home side in the league, but could be suffering with poor recent away form, so be sure to do your research before betting.

Goals scored/conceded

Under Tony Pulis West Brom were notorious for scoring from set-pieces. The experienced Welshman had drilled his side to take advantage of dead-ball situations and as such, a large percentage of their goals came from these situations.

Whereas Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal were notably susceptible at defending from setpieces. When the Gunners travelled to the Hawthorns, most punters would bet on them as they were undoubtedly the better team.

But with a little more research, punters would have exercised more caution in their bets as the stats showed that West Brom had a weapon that Arsenal couldn’t cope with.

Injuries

You may not have a source in a club feeding you all the latest news from the physio room, but one thing you have access to is fantasy football. There are a plethora of sites offering Premier League fantasy football and almost all of them give users up-to-date injury news on specific players.

If you login in to check your fantasy team on a Wednesday and see a ‘doubtful’ icon over Mo Salah’s name, then you may be wise to think twice before backing Liverpool to beat Chelsea at the weekend.

Managers

Sometimes managers have a mental block when they come up against a certain adversary, and try as they might, they just can’t beat them. Take the Huddersfield vs Swansea game as a perfect example.

Both teams were struggling in the league, but the Swans were seen as the underdogs when they travelled to West Yorkshire. David Wagner’s Huddersfield had a decent home record, and an even better record when facing struggling teams at home.

But if you asked any Town fan what they thought the score would be, they would have told you 0-0. That’s because David Wagner and Carlos Carvalhal had faced each other 6 times before, with the Huddersfield coach never coming out on top in regular time.

Carvalhal’s propensity to park the bus foiled Wagner’s fluid passing style time and time again.

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When the Swans were reduced to 10 men after 9 minutes, Huddersfield were odds-on favourites to win, but the game finished…. 0-0.

Despite having over 80% possession and numerous shots, the Terriers were unable to break down Carvalhal’s team, and in honesty never looked capable of scoring.

A simple check on fans forums’ and a check on Huddersfield’s head-to-head against Sheffield Wednesday under Carvalhal would have pointed punters in the direction of a goalless draw bet.

Summary

Even though Brian Clough didn’t like them, stats and analysis enhance viewing experience and they are your biggest weapons when it comes to making money from the sport you love. We’re not telling you to spend 4 hours on a Saturday morning planning your £1 accumulator.

We’re simply telling you to keep an eye on every variable in place before betting for profit on football. It’s a funny old game, but it’s a relatively predictable one once you have all the stats.

Assembling a strong football treble

Football betting ranks as one of the most in-demand forms of gambling in the UK. There’s several ways of betting on football and a popular method is by backing a Win Treble, which compiles three likely winning selections into one stronger bet. These can also be made up of Both Teams To Score, Over 2.5 Goals, Both Teams To Score In Both Halves or Match Result & BTTS selections, but it’s win markets that remain as being the most popular.

It can be a difficult balancing act when picking out three teams that fit perfectly into your own football treble tips. The odds are important, with them needing to be high enough to offer worthwhile returns but not be too strong that their chances of winning are slim. Oddschanger take these factors into consideration when creating their own football treble tips, with their own Oddschanger Treble Tips page devoted to recommended bets for that market.

How do I make my own football treble bets?

The primary factor that goes into creating any football tip is the research you need to do before picking your teams. By looking at the form of each side, records at home and away, and current player availability, you should be able to work out what’s likely to happen. Nothing is ever set in stone so always remember to gamble responsibly, but by doing your own research, you’ll increase your chances of landing a winner.

When you’re happy with the three likely winners you’ve selected, shop around for the strongest bookmaker odds. If the best you can find is around 1/2, you’ll need to find stronger odds for the other two picks or your possible returns won’t look all too appetising. Selections in Win Treble bets will usually be around evens, with some being under and others being over, but that being the typical price for this type of footy tip.

Why are three selections so popular?

In traditional football betting, you’re likely to back a side by itself to win, create an accumulator with six or more teams, or assemble a treble with three solid picks. A treble offers a fair balance of good odds and a reasonably likely chance of it going in your favour. Accumulators take a lot to land as there’s so many teams involved, and any less than three selections doesn’t offer much in returns, so backing a reliable football treble is a good way to bet.

Using Statistics To Gain An Edge

The use of statistics is a major tool in the armoury of a punter when it comes to betting on football.

Premier League Statistics For Football Betting

For example, in the Premier League one of the most popular betting markets is Over/Under 2.5 Goals. This market is a statisticians dream. You can easily pull up all of the stats on Premier League teams, and you can plan your bets accordingly.

This means no betting on a hunch. You can accurately plan the teams whose matches are likely to have goals in them, or a likely to be drab affairs.

Obviously the bookmakers will also have access to these stats. But you will always get a match between two teams where the stats contradict, for example one team averages Under 2.5 Goals a match, and the other team averages Over 2.5 Goals a match, and that can be an area where you can find an edge.

In order to do this you will need to delve deeper into the statistics. You will need to look at the team who averages Over 2.5 Goals, and see where the majority of those goals were scored.

For example, they might have won matches 4 or 5-0 against struggling teams, and had a few 0-0’s away from home against mid table teams.

Likewise with the team who average Under 2.5 Goals. Have they played out a good few 0-0’s and 1-0’s against similar teams, but taken a few beatings away from home against higher placed teams?

It could be that matches at that teams home ground are tight affairs without many goals, but are poor on the road and concede a lot.

The statistics will tell you all this. If you are prepared to put the research in, you can give yourself an edge and have a better chance of being successful.

Bookmakers Football Betting Odds Are Statistics Based

The bookmakers base their odds on statistics, rather than hunches. Meaning football punters have to be prepared to do the same.

When Betfair are compiling their odds for the weekend matches in the Premier League, the guy or girl setting the odds doesn’t price them up on his/her gut feeling. It is based purely on statistics and on form.

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Form is another area used by punters for cashing in. Not wishing to contradict myself (after saying odds aren’t set on a hunch), but if we have been following a team and know that they haven’t been performing, we can add this knowledge to the statistics and see if it gives us more of an edge.

The bookies will base their odds more on statistics than form, taking the two and combining it can give us punters the edge, so that’s why we have got to be prepared to get our heads down and do the hard work.

Football Betting Systems

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We also look to bring you the best football betting systems that work. Proven football betting systems that have stood the test of time.

It’s not just free football tips that you can make money from, you can also do it from football betting systems that work.

For example, there is Pre Match Trading. This is a football betting system that works, showing you how to make money trading price changes on the Betfair Exchange before a ball is even kicked.

Another proven way to profit from football betting is by using the free bets you can get from acca insurance offers. The accumulator Generator system exposes this. It shows you how to break even on your acca bet. You then profit from the free bets you get if your acca misses by one.

Watch the latest Premier League goals and highlights right here…….

Best Football Betting Sites

Picking a decent bookmaker can be a painstaking task. Do they offer the wide range of football betting markets you are looking for?

Do they have a decent new customers offer? And what about offers for existing customers?

These are all important component when you are looking to find the best football betting sites.

Luckily, we have put together a page of the best football betting sites. Meaning you don’t have to trawl the internet to find them.

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Charlie Austin Throws His Hat Into World Cup Ring

There isn’t a lot of time left to convince Gareth Southgate if you are on the fringes of the England squad and not in the England managers immediate thoughts. With almost half of the season having been played time is most certainly running out as the Three Lions boss will have an idea of who he would prefer to take to next summers World Cup. There is even less room to impress for any English strikers that harbour any hope of receiving a pick.

The form of Harry Kane this season and general upward trajectory of his career have made the young Londoner arguably the most valuable striker in not only Europe but the world. There won’t be many other seats on the plane specifically designated for strikers that are headed to Moscow with Kane’s ticket seemingly already booked. There is no better time to strike then while the iron is hot and if any player is going to come into form then doing it on the home stretch before the World Cup would almost guarantee selection, that anyway would be how Charlie Austin hopes how proceedings would play out.

Charlie Austin’s Purple Patch

The Southampton striker has now scored 4 goals in his last 5 games and is beginning to get the attention of the England fans. Austin is a natural goal scorer and has been doing it his whole career. During his time at Swindon, Burnley and QPR before he arrived at Southampton, he scored 128 goals in 242 games which works out to a goal every 1.8 games. Life on the coast at Southampton has been a bit harder with Austin averaging a goal every 2.8 games, his record reads 15 goals in 45 games which is by no means poor but could be higher.

Southampton FC versus West Ham

Injury has made its presence felt throughout Austin’s career and without a doubt has impacted his goal return at Southampton. The man from Hungerford had scored nine goals before December last season when he dislocated his shoulder during a Europa League clash against Hapoel Be’er Sheva. It has been stop-start since December 2016 and Austin will be hoping his injury woes are behind him so he can focus on doing what he does best – putting the ball in the back of the net.

If he can stay fit then history indicates Austin will score goals and help Southampton climb the league. The added bonus that comes with scoring goals frequently for the Saints is that Austin will put himself on Southgate’s radar. He may have done so already with his odds being slashed from 33/1 for World Cup selection to now being backed at 10/1 on the latest odds provided by Oddschecker. Austin will have to be at his best and injury free if he is to get the nod from Southgate as there isn’t a lack of striking options for the England manager to pick from.

Competition Facing Austin

Barring injury it seems unlikely that the ever-improving Jamie Vardy won’t be selected by Southgate. The Leicester City man has been enjoying another fruitful season with the Foxes and has been sniffing out chances on a regular basis. In 17 games Vardy has seven goals and one assist, that goal return isn’t anything like a couple of seasons back during Leicesters title-winning season but there has been managerial change after Craig Shakespeare was fired which always suggests a team hasn’t been playing well. Through that Vardy has made the most and will be a player Austin will have to compete against.

Marcus Rashford is enjoying a promising follow-up to his breakthrough season and has nine goals in 26 appearances for the Red Devils. What is most impressive about the young Mancunian’s display is his ability to not only score goals but assist. He has nine assists to his name in his 26 games which adds another dimension to his game. Rashford’s odds of making the World Cup squad are in some cases 1/10. His contribution at next year’s World Cup should he be selected will be crucial if England hopes to advance far in the tournament.

Southgate’s Potential Selections

With Harry Kane all but assured of a place in Russia next year the likely additions to accompany Kane would be Vardy and Rashford who seem the most probable selections. Austin would be competing with the likes of Sturridge and Welbeck for the opportunity to become the fourth striker. There is a chance if chosen Rashford will be used as a winger which would greatly increase Austin’s chances of going to his maiden World Cup.

Austin is yet to register an England cap, but that doesn’t necessarily rule him out, although puts the 28-year-old at a slight disadvantage as there are younger players with more international honours. At 20 Rashford has 15 caps which has yielded two goals. Welbeck and Sturridge have 62 England caps combined and Harry Kane has 23.

Welbeck takes on Pinto

It is not only the youth knocking loudly at Southgate’s door but also the more seasoned campaigners. The England boss could turn to Jermain Defoe if he was looking for a bit more guile and nous up front. The Bournemouth striker has 57 England caps and 20 goals and is no stranger to international football but also no stranger to World Cup selection heartache as the former Spurs man was snubbed by England in 2006 and the latest being in 2014, that left Defoe ‘heartbroken’.

The End of Season Bunfight

The only way to guarantee Gareth Southgate’s undivided attention is to be prolific in front of goal. Realistically there are only a few spots left open in Southgate’s squad but a strong showing in the New Year and over Easter will do no harm. For a player like Charlie Austin who has been hamstrung by injuries that have curtailed possible game time for England the only way to get in would be to smash down Southgate’s door with the sheer weight of goals scored.

Harry Kane

Will Southgate Roll the Dice?

There is a huge amount of risk attached to picking an unknown quantity that a manager takes when doing so. This is especially the case when trying to assemble a squad to win a World Cup. England are long overdue a good run in a World Cup and the pressure on the England camp will be intense. Selecting a player like Austin will have grave consequences if there are other players available with more experience and proven international record. The guillotine would fall squarely on Southgate’s shoulders should the experiment fail.

If Charlie Austin kept up his prowess in front of goal and earned a pick from Southgate it could be looked at as a stroke of genius especially if the Southampton striker netted a few crucial goals for England that helped them progress further than they have gone for some time. Southgate will have to way up the risk and the possible reward he and England may get. With any risk-taking, there is a chance of failure, but maybe England needs to push the envelope and adopt a bolder approach.

For too long England have been unimaginative and predictable at World Cups which has resulted in a string of bad to mediocre finishes. Their selection policy is one part of the problem and if Southgate wants to be the man to finally deliver a World Cup back to England after a 52 year wait then he will need to be courageous with the decisions he makes.

Tried and Tested Approach Has Failed England

Even if a conservative setup has yet to benefit England in modern times it would be as foolish to be gung-ho with selection. If a player is in form going into a World Cup then there needs to be a break away from tradition and pick them. Capitalizing on players form is one way to ensure England don’t come out the blocks cold and lethargic during the group games. These last few months of the league should be as crucial as the yearly build up with all players in contention.