Soccer is without doubt the most popular sport in the world, from any perspective, whether it be the number of participants, the number of spectators, or the amount wagered.
One of the safest bets is that on any given day, it is possible to find a soccer game on which to punt.
The English Premier League (EPL) is one of the top competitions in the world by the measure of average attendance. The EPL has 20 teams, but offers a delicious bit of jeopardy as poor-performing sides, the lowest three over the course of a season, are “relegated,” that is demoted to a lower competition. To be “promoted,” back to the top 20 requires proving worthiness by winning in the next lower competition.
AFL clubs such as Gold Coast, Carlton and Brisbane are glad a similar situation does not exist in Australian Rules, or those three would be relegated to the VFL based on their finishes in 2018.
Stats and History
Since 1992, Manchester United has won the EPL Championship 13 times over 26 seasons, a 50 percent winning strike rate. That is indeed impressive given the tightness of the typical soccer game, low scoring and the potential for drawn matches.
A typical match fixture for the EPL, in the days leading up to the match, offers as many as 150 markets with some bookmakers, so every type of imaginable punt will be found.
In fact, we mentioned two above without intending to do so.
There could be a futures market such as, Manchester United to Win Premiership, or such-and-such to be relegated or promoted.
By far, however, most punters will put their money on EPL fixtures by betting on one club to beat another, or those same two clubs to play to a draw.
Those three markets alone mean that over the course of a season, there are almost 2,300 bets.
Line betting on EPL fixtures is very popular, but comes with a very important caveat. Bookies typically set the line for goals at 1.5, 2.5, or higher in some instances. Since we know of no soccer code that offers half goals, betting a +1.5 line means that the backed club must win by two goals or more.
Beyond those two primary head-to-head markets, EPL punters will find Goal Markets in abundance. Goal Markets cover almost any conceivable scenario. Some examples include markets for both teams to score in both halves of a match, a prop for the first team to score, and even things such as the total of first half goals to be an odd or even number.
Punters interested in a safety net will often find bookies that offer a stake refund for a drawn match, but that drops the odds.
Over the course of the 38-game EPL season bookmaker promotions are abundant and far too numerous to describe in any fashion.
Even if we did manage, by the time we got done the bookies will have come up with something new, so the bottom line is that anyone can find an EPL punt at any time.