Online soccer betting is one of the most popular options for sportsbook fans around the world. Due to how many countries have their own soccer leagues, it indubitably offers more lines than just about any other sporting events. Plus the whole world tunes in once the World Cup hits center stage. But at the end of the day, there’s no question that online soccer betting makes any matchup even more exhilarating. So how should one bet on soccer online?
How to bet on Soccer Games Online
The most important thing is to create an account. Once that is taken care off, you’re all set to begin making sports betting predictions on your favorite soccer leagues. But before you do, it’s important to have some basic understanding of online soccer betting odds and lines. Below we’ll be taking a look at the most common soccer betting lines.
Most Common Soccer Betting Odds/Lines
Undoubtedly, the most common soccer betting lines revolve around betting straight up, betting against the spread, and betting the over/under. If you want to bet straight up then you simply check out the money line. If you want to bet the over/under then the TOTALs is for you and the spread line helps you bet against the spread. The line begins on the left with the name of the team followed by the spread, the over/under and the moneyline. The spread and over/under have the number which the line is set at while the moneyline only has the odds. Additionally, you can bet on a draw using the bottom column’s money line.
|Orlando City SC
|Orlando City SC/Philadelphia Union Draw
Betting Soccer Money Line
The moneyline is fairly straightforward since you’re only betting on one team to beat another. You can also opt to bet on a draw with the money line. Using the example above we can see that Philadelphia Union is a -142 betting favorite on the money line. Likewise Orlando City SC is pegged as an underdog on the moneyline.
Normally the line starts at -110 and will continue to rise if a team is a favorite, like Philadelphia here. If a team is an underdog the odds will go into the pluses (+). So if you want to bet on the Union, you would need to place a $142 bet in order to be eligible for $100. In short, a $142 winning bet on Philadelphia would net you $242 (the original $142 + the $100 in winnings).
On the other hand, since Orlando City SC is the underdog, taking them straight up is more alluring. Simply put, a $100 winning bet on Orlando City SC would net you $428 (the original $100 + the $328 in winnings). Similarly, a $100 winning bet on the draw would net you $456.
Betting Soccer Spread
The soccer betting spread is a popular option due to how it operates. Instead of betting on one team to win, you are betting on a team to cover the spread. So how does a team cover the spread? In the above example we can see that the spread is set at ½ a point. Normally to cover the spread a team needs to beat the other team by that amount. So for Philadelphia Union to cover the spread, all they need to do is beat Orlando City SC. On the other hand, Orlando City SC will cover the spread if they upset Philadelphia Union or if they tie them, since they will have avoided losing by that amount.
Betting Soccer TOTALs
Betting on the TOTALs line is a bet on how many points will be scored in total in a given matchup. The line above is set at 3. If you think that there will be more than 3 goals scored in this match, you would take the OVER. The OVER is always the top line, Orlando City SC in our example. If you think fewer than 3 goals will be scoredS, take the bottom line.