The World Cup draws ever closer and the groups have now been announced. If you're planning on wagering some of the games, finding value bets is – quite literally – your best bet. Of course that's easier said than done if you're new to betting, and sometimes even if you're not. Here's some things to keep in mind for the best chance of narrowing down those often-elusive value bets for the World Cup 2018!
While the most obvious thing to put odds on is the outcome of a game, that's also the downfall of many a punter. It's not always a bad idea, but placing odds on the results of a match alone won't give you the best value. Using the match results as part of a wider value bet can be a good tactic, but always start by considering as many different markets as possible.
Top goal scorer is one area to consider and a potential way to increase your betting profits. It isn't dependant on the whole team performance like match results, and some players are known for having fairly consistent records when it comes to scoring. Checking these stats out beforehand for as many teams as you can to get a solid start in value betting.
If you're serious about finding the best value bets during the qualifiers and the main matches themselves, then you'll need to plan. Make sure you know all the fixtures, gather all the relevant stats you can, suss out what football betting markets you want to look at and give yourself a budget.
Diving in as and when on a whim can certainly be fun, but it's also an almost guaranteed way to lose money. The only way to find great value bets is through plenty of research. Keep an eye out on the major bookmakers' sites for the latest odds and find the ones that offer you the best return, too.
Some of these sites have commentary or insights from experts. It can also be worth finding online communities with similar aims, or even just starting a little betting group with friends. The more heads you've got sifting through the odds and stats, the quicker you'll be able to find some potentially winning markets.
To get you started, here's a brief overview of the qualifier groupings and some value bet possibilities per Group:
There's certainly lots to chew on given even this brief look into the groups, and whatever you choose to bet on, it's certain to be an exhilarating competition. If, or when, you're ready to start placing some early World Cup wagers to get ahead of the crowds, simply head over to Paddy Power now and join!