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Bundesliga Betting Primer: How to Make $$$ on Soccer

Tristan Hoh

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New to betting on soccer? Check out Tristan Hoh's betting primer with the Bundesliga returning tomorrow morning. Parlays, ties and more!

If you are reading this article, you are probably already proficient in betting and its lingo. I’m going to touch on some of my preferred tactics of making it rain instead of just the ‘101’. I’ll briefly touch on the basics, but at the end of the day, we’re all here for the same reason: to make money. Assuming most of you are American, betting on soccer can look tricky at times. The reason for this is the event of a draw. In America, there’s a winner and a loser, no in-between. The occurrence of a draw puts soccer betting in a class of its own.


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Something I want to emphasize before starting is that it’s never good to bet on something which you do not have knowledge. It doesn’t take a genius to tell you that, but the amount of people who bet blindly is upsetting. Finding the nooks and crannies of a given match is what will truly lead you to profit. ‘The ugly ones’ — that no one really wants to bet on — are the bets we should be taking advantage of. Whether you uncover information on your own terms or from an external source (like me), please don’t bet blindly.

‘Both teams to score’ or ‘both teams to score and over 2.5 goals’ is the main bet I’ve found success with

In order for the bet to hit, both teams must score (surprise). Usually this pays out nearly one and half times your investment (a $10 investment turns to a $15 profit or $25 back). In tightly contested matches, a goal scored by team A forces team B to push further ahead. Simply put, the team that’s trailing must do all they can to avoid losing. 

The next type of bet I’ll touch on is the draw

Draws are quite prevalent in this sport, but can be difficult to predict. The logic I utilize when betting the draw is simple: if I have reason to believe the favored side in the match is too large a favorite, I dub the draw as good value. Usually this lays out nearly two-and-a-half times your investment (a $10 investment turns to a $25 profit or $35 back).

Finally, it can be beneficial to bet the winner of a match on the three-way money line

The team you backed must simply win the match in order for the bet to cash. I’ve especially found success with betting underdogs. When betting on the favorite, it’s important to take careful consideration of the odds. Sometimes, even if it’s a confident backing, betting the favorite isn’t worth it. I typically wouldn’t recommend betting the three-way money line on a favorite priced -200 and beyond. Sticking those larger favorites in parlays can be very profitable though. For example, on tomorrow’s (May 16, 2020) Bundesliga slate, there are two bigger favorites: RB Leipzig (-330) and Borussia Dortmund (-200). Instead of taking them separately, parlaying them to both win their respective matches makes the payout worth the investment.

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