Football can be incredibly exciting, as you’ll know if you’re a season ticket holder or even just a casual fan. The high drama of moment-to-moment play, the incredible euphoria when the star striker scores a goal, and the nail-biting tension of a penalty shootout are all familiar to football fans; if you’re not a lover of football, you just won’t know the emotion that goes into loving the game.
If you’re looking to augment your love of football by placing a wager or two on your favourite team, then you’re not alone. Whether it’s titans like Chelsea or underdogs like QPR, betting on a team can add an extra layer of spice and flavour, and you could even stand to win some money (although you shouldn’t rely on this, as betting can obviously be unreliable). Here’s how to start betting on your favourite West London teams!
Pick the right sports betting site
The world of sports betting is, as we’re sure you can imagine, a murky and difficult one to navigate if you don’t know what you’re doing. You could easily stumble across a website that doesn’t have your best interests at heart, and before you know it, you’re spending way too much money or even offering up your details to a site that’s going to misuse them. Thankfully, sites like Bet Station have aggregated all of the best sports betting platforms out there, so you’ll never walk alone when it comes to picking the right site. (We know, that’s Liverpool, but we couldn’t resist.)
Choose an appropriate bankroll
The concept of a bankroll might not be familiar to you if you’ve never betted before, so here’s a rundown. Your bankroll essentially represents the amount of money available to you while you’re betting. It should stand to reason that you shouldn’t spend every single penny you’ve got, and that your entire bank balance shouldn’t be the basis for your bankroll. Choose a sensible percentage of your overall balance and earmark it for your sports betting ventures. Make sure to stop as soon as you start hitting the limit of your bankroll, too.
Brush up on your team
If you’re going to be betting on the team you support (which may or may not be a bad idea – more on that later), then you need to make sure you know them inside and out. Let’s say you’re betting on Chelsea. Do you know the team’s strategy for the current season? Are you up on the star striker, the midfielders to watch, and the defensive line that’s going to keep the opponent out of the box? Do you know whether Chelsea performs better at home or away (hint: it’s usually the former)? Making sure you’re as informed as possible will stand you in good stead when it comes to sports betting.
Play all sides
It’s generally a good idea to make sure you’re playing all sides when it comes to sports betting. That means that even if you support a team, you should be prepared to bet against them if it comes down to it. The reason for this should be obvious; if your team is slated to lose, then it’s not going to benefit you at all if you bet on them, and you’d just be losing money for no reason. While it might be painful to bet against the team you’ve supported your whole life, if you want to achieve any success as a sports bettor (which is still dependent largely on luck), you need to say goodbye to allegiances, at least while you’re betting.
Learn your terminology
Do you know the difference between over/under betting and scorecast betting? Are you up on what a draw no bet wager entails? Learning your betting terminology is definitely a good idea if you’re going to start sports betting. The more informed you are about football betting, the better you’ll do when you’re betting on your favourite West London squad, and the easier you’ll find it to get started. Betting on the final result of a match isn’t the only way you can approach sports betting, after all, so make sure you’re well-informed!
Don’t expect to make money
No matter what anyone says, there’s no cast-iron, guaranteed way to make lots of money while you’re sports betting. While it may be true that many people make a career out of betting in one form or another, only a small percentage of those who bet actually manage to turn a profit. With that in mind, you should make sure you’re betting on West Ham with an eye to having fun and enjoying yourself, not for profit. After all, that way you won’t be disappointed if a bet comes up bad and you wind up out of pocket, which is definitely going to happen somewhere along the way.
Know when to stop
When you’re sports betting, it’s important to know exactly when you need to stop. It helps to surround yourself with people who will aid you in knowing when this moment has come; sometimes, it can be easy to get swept up in the moment and not know when you should back off, even if you’re not addicted. Make sure you’ve got a support network of people around you who can tell you when sports betting might be becoming a problem for you. It’s important that betting remains an enjoyable pastime and that it doesn’t come to dominate your life.