Football Spread Betting for Beginners

Guest article written by Paul Micelli

Traditional betting patterns have seen some significant changes in recent years and the rise in popularity of spread betting continues to see the conscientious sports betting enthusiast enjoy excellent profits. However, sports spread betting remains something of a mystery for the casual punter and the random collection of numbers will make very little sense to the uninitiated. In effect, the numbers usually reflect the buying and selling prices of an event spread and in terms of the way betting operates the system is very similar to the stock market.

The Advantages of Spread Betting

I remember, with a certain amount of bitterness, a football sections list I bet on sometime during the mid-1980โ€™s in the early rounds of the FA Cup. For a nominal stake I was in a position to win something in the region of ยฃ28,000 with just a few seconds to go. Somewhat typically, non-league Bath City managed to snatch an equaliser against Bristol City in stoppage time and I was left with absolutely nothing for my efforts!

Would I have been happy to settle for 95% of my winnings before that fatal goal was scored? Of course I would! Spread betting actually gives the opportunity to withdraw from a wager while it is still in profit. Indeed, there are some who bet prior to the start of a match who walk away with handsome profits before the kick โ€“off even takes place!

Getting Started

Because of the real time nature of sports spread betting, it is advisable to open an online account with one of the many internet spread betting companies. Although there are many different sites where an account can be obtained, preference should be given to market-leading companies such as Extrabet, Sporting Index or Spreadex. As with most online betting sites, there will usually be a matching bonus offer available once an account is actually approved.

Football Spread Betting

Football has been the most popular event for spread betting in the UK since bookmakers first went online during the 1990โ€™s. Part of the reason for this is the massive number of betting opportunities available and the fact that bettors can wager on individual matches or long-term markets over the course of a full season.

Michael Wilding

Michael started the Race Advisor in 2009 to help bettors become long-term profitable. After writing hundreds of articles I started to build software that contained my personal ratings. The Race Advisor has more factors for UK horse racing than any other site, and we pride ourselves on creating tools and strategies that are unique, and allow you to make a long-term profit without the need for tipsters. You can also check out my personal blog or my personal Instagram account.


  1. need to have beginners guide on football spread betting. can you please arrange thanks

    1. This is a multi-part series so there will be more following giving some examples of how you can start spread-betting on football and they type of spreads available.

  2. I am a tricast player on horse racing but there is so little available about strategies on this mode of betting. can anyone help please?

    1. Very good point David, there is little written about it. I have made a note and will look to write something on tricast betting in the coming weeks. Thanks

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