How to Pick a Goalscorer Bet…and Win!

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In today’s betting guide we’re looking at how to pick a goalscorer bet, namely first goalscorer and anytime goalscorer bets. Keep these different points in mind when deciding who to bet on for goalscorer bets.

Picking a goalscorer to back can be relatively easy in some aspects. Yes, the likelihood of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring at the weekend is incredibly high. You’ll also receive pretty terrible odds with that. The goalscorer market is always an interesting one to us at Thatsagoal but it is one we’ve had relative success in.

So, how do we do it? How do we make the most of goalscorer odds for a first or anytime goalscorer bet?


How to pick a goalscorer bet:

  • Look who is playing who
  • Check the opposition tactics
  • Study the form or both teams
  • Pick the best bookies
  • Check if Betfred are offering double delight/hat-trick heaven


Who’s Playing Who?

There are a number of reasons as to why you should check out the head to head of teams before picking a goalscorer. First and foremost would be a player’s record against them.

If a player almost always scores against the upcoming opposition, it’s naturally worth a few quid.


The Opposition Tactics

This is a very interesting one and should almost always be taken into account. If a goalscorer is playing a team who likes to mark people out of games or will adjust their tactics to stop a certain player, they may not be worth backing.

Jose Mourinho is a prime example of this. He’ll set his side up to cut off service to strikers by man-marking key players and continually breaking up play.


Study the Form

The most important thing to do before deciding on a goalscorer bet is to study the form.

Our football predictions will help you get a picture of a team’s form. If a club is on a losing streak, having scored few goals a safe bet would be to move on.

Studying a player’s form will allow you to not only see their goals per game ratio of late (a striker having bagged 5 in 4 is more likely to score than a full back who has scored once all season), you’ll also see how they play against different opposition.

For example, some strikers may score for fun against relegation fodder, but can’t find the net against the top six – Romelu Lukaku springs to mind in this case.

It’s all about being savvy. If you know a player is in good form and playing a team who leak a lot of goals, it’s a pretty safe bet.

Equally, if you back a penalty taker against a side who gives away a lot of penalties you could also be onto a winner.


Best Bookies for Goalscorer Bets

There is no easy answer here so we’d just recommend having a betting account with a few different bookies and our best bookmakers in the UK article will help you choose. The odds for both anytime and first goalscorer bets vary greatly so it’s handy to have a few different accounts. For example, you might find Sergio Aguero to score first at 3/1 with one bookmaker and 5/1 with another. This would mean you lose out on a massive £20 just for using the wrong bookies for a £10 bet.

The bookies below are a good starting point for betting on goalscorer bets, get the free bets advertised when you sign-up too.


What is Betfred Double Delight/Hat-trick Heaven?

This is one of the best first goalscorer offers out there. We absolutely love it. For most televised matches, Betfred double delight-hat-trick heaven runs and it gives you an added bonus on first goalscorer bets. If the player you bet on scores first and then goes on to get a second goal, you get double the odds for your bet. If he then goes on to score a hat-trick, you get those odds trebled.

For example:

You bet £10 on Romelu Lukaku to score first at 4/1.

If he scores the first goal and no more, you win £50.

If he then scores a second goal, you get the 4/1 doubled to 8/1, so you win £90.

If he scores a hat-trick, you get the 4/1 trebled to 12/1, so you win £130.


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