Want to relax when you are watching your sports matches? Then place a pre-match bet, put your phone away, turn on the television and start the excitement train! For those of you who are not familiar with Pre-Match Betting, let us explain: these are bets placed on a match or an even before it starts. To give you an example, FC Barcelona plays Real Madrid on Sunday afternoon. By placing a bet that either Barcelona or Real wins on Saturday or even Sunday morning, you have placed a pre-match bet. It’s that simple!
There are some advantages and disadvantages of placing pre-match bets. The odds are fixed once you place your bet, regardless what happens afterwards. So if you placed your bet and some of the key players of the opposing team are injured or disqualified, you are in luck as you will see the odds go down. But not for your bet. However, this works the other way around as well.
When is Pre-Match Betting preferrable to Live Betting?
Pre-Match Betting and Live Betting both have their moments in a good betting strategy. Knowing when to use both can maximize your profits. So when is the other preferred above the other?
- You are watching sports in a social setting and can’t focus on live betting
- The odds are temporarily in your favor as you have information about a match that has not been picked up by bookmakers
- You have a fixed budget for betting and want to know exactly how much you spend and what the return of investment might be
- There is a pre-match betting bonus that opens up lucrative wins
It is much like the stock market. You need to get in when the odds are right. That is the magic of a good betting strategy. To know what exactly is ‘the right time’, you need to have a good dose of information on a match and a good instinct!
Sports that are perfect for pre-match betting
Some sports are better ‘read’ live than others. Meaning that it pays of to bet live or before the match starts. With football, the odds will increase when Team A scores, while you might think that Team B has the better of the game. In this way, you can work that knowledge in your favor. With a sport like tennis though, it is much harder to read a game live except for the fact that one athlete is better than the other. Another benefit of tennis is that you can’t bet on a draw, so it is safer to pick one of the two in a nice pre-match bet!
Sports that we consider to be a high risk
Most team sports are safe to bet either pre-match or live. This does not go for sports like MotoGP and especially Formula 1. Considering the chaotic nature of especially the start of these races. Where usually one or more riders are thrown of track or have engine problems. We advise you to keep your money in your pocket until at least the second lap. And even then, these sports are high risk due to pitstops, safety cars and penalties. High risk, but high in adrenaline as well!