How do you make the most of your bet?

Football betting is a risk, but can be fun to while away time and make some good money in the process, if done sensibly.

But how do you make the most of your bet? Here is what you may need to do:

Know your sport inside out

It’s not just about which football team has won their last six games, but how well they have really played offensively and defensively. Were they good at keeping possession or were they lucky? These are the kinds of details that will inform your betting and will better prepare you for spotting those good-value markets.

The favourite doesn’t always win
Not every time will your favourite team win. How many times have you been disappointment when that bottom team beats your team? This is what happened when Hull City, who seat at the bottom, beat Liverpool 2-0.

The fewer selections, the better
This is something that may seem like common sense, but punters forget it all the time. The fewer selections you include in your bet, the more chances you stand of winning.

If you’re betting to make money, think small, not big. Three or four maximum. Once you find yourself putting that 20-fold accumulator on, you really are on cloud cuckoo land.

Don’t bet with your heart

You might really want your team to win. You want it so badly you even start to convince yourself it’s possible. Before you know it, you believe it so much that you’ve put your money on it.

Avoid important events like derby games

The unpredictable element is magnified because there’s more at stake and players may elevate themselves for that extra degree of pride.