Football bettors can be broken down into two types: Those who like the instant hit and those who can patiently wait to collect their profits.
Both can, of course, be profitable, with punters picking up shrewd wins from live betting just as easily as a season long punt. There is, however, an argument that says things are more predictable over the course of a season.
For example, Paris Saint Germain could have an ‘off day’, such as with their defeats to Rennes and Strasbourg last season, but on balance they will come through in the outright markets.
This is important as we are now at the stage of the year when bookmakers are releasing their outright odds for the new season.
Backing ‘sure things’ in outright markets requires a little patience and the odds are not always huge, but there is less chance of an upset than in a single game. Moreover, if you make the right moves in terms of matched bets and bookies’ promotions, you can eliminate the risk all together.
Eredivisie Big 2 Can Guarantee Return
So, how do you maximise your profit for the new season? The first port of call is to the Eredivisie in the Netherlands, where you will find only two teams in with a serious chance of winning the title – PSV Eindhoven or Ajax.
The current odds from Black Type show PSV as 3/10 favourites for the title, with Ajax priced at 21/10. Another bookie, 188Bet, has Ajax down as the favourites at 15/13, with PSV priced at 23/17.
The short of it is that you can back both teams in what is essentially a two-horse race at a price nicely above evens.
Scouring the leagues and different bookmakers for bets like these can lead to real profit, especially if you claim a free bet no deposit offer to cover any potential losses.
There are, of course, pitfalls to look out for when making these season bets. For example, Bayern Munich, who are best-priced at just 2/13 to win the Bundesliga, should possibly be avoided this season.
While Munich tend to plunder the rest of the Bundesliga for players each summer, there is also a sense of transition around the Bavarian giants, with likes of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben coming to the end of their careers.
Exciting, dynamic sides like RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund have a reasonable chance of releasing Munich’s grip on the Bundesliga title this season.
PSG Will Stroll to Victory in Ligue 1
If you are looking for a sure thing for next season, then look no further than PSG. Their dominance is much more pronounced than, say, Juventus or Munich.
You may have to shop around for decent odds though, with Betway’s odds of 1/7 looking the biggest at the moment. Although, not all major bookies have released odds for Ligue 1 as of yet.
Naturally, most punters will be looking at the Premier League outrights at this time of year. Man City’s incredible performance levels last season has insured that Pep Guardiola’s men are odds-on for the title, with a best price of 4/6 (BetBright, Sky Bet).
That seems risky though. Especially when you consider there are five other teams with a realistic chance of winning the league. It should also be noted that City sent 16 players to the World Cup – twice that of Liverpool.
Could tiredness play a role? A 7/1 each-way bet on Manchester United, who will likely spend huge amounts in the coming weeks, looks a much shrewder way of betting on the Premier League.