Even though the Socceroos did not do so well in the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, some of the players have done well playing in top competitions around the world and some have elevated the play of the A-League, one of the most popular codes for Aussie punters.
Soccer betting is not for the faint of heart, as games are generally low-scoring affairs and the A-League is one of the world leaders for drawn matches, but one of the appeals of A-League punting is that win bets on head-to-head markets offer decent returns and punters who are willing to chase the odds offered for draws might find some green fields.
Throughout the season, bookmakers offer a futures market on the A-League.
This market is interesting to follow throughout the season, as the odds shift based upon match outcomes, but one of the chief appeals is that unlike the AFL, with 18 clubs, or the NRL and its 16, the A-League has just the 10 clubs, so punters interested in picking a Grand Final winner automatically have one chance in 10 of a winning punt.
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The market spread, as of early in the 2018 – 2019 A-League fixture, is pretty tight, ranging from the low of $4.50 with one bookie for the favourite Sydney FC, to the high of $41 of the Central Coast Mariners.
Most bookies offer scads of markets for any given A-League fixture and every match will offer two prices, one for each club and one for a draw.
From that point, the number of markets simply blows up.
A little clicking on some bookmaker websites will even identify the most popular sub-markets for you and many of these are just what a punter can use to make informed selections.
Number of goals is a popular market, where you do not even have to pick the match winner. The lowest odds in this category are for matches to score over or under two goals. The odds ascend as the total number of goals climb on the over side, at the same time declining on the under side.
In other words, there are some high probability punts to be found in the over/under market.
Another popular market is the Correct Score. One upcoming fixture between Melbourne City and Wellington Phoenix showed the lowest odds on City winning by the score of 1 – 0. The longest proposition was for Wellington to win 4 – 1 or 4 – 2.
This barely dents the surface of a typical A-League fixture and along with the markets that attract the most money, one of the more popular ways to bet on A-League is through markets based on where the game stands at the half. Players to score two goals in a game and the Scoring Markets category includes tantilising propositions, such as first team to score, or which team will score in both halves.
Bookmakers typically offer plenty of promotions for A-League fixtures, too, so this is one of the more interesting codes to follow from that viewpoint.