What’s the best way to maximize your chances of winning a bet?

We’ve all been there, seemingly sailing towards a successful punt only for the unthinkable to happen and the match to be turned on its head. Indeed, in the blink of an eye, a supposedly good bet can go up in flames. It should be said, before we carry on, that sport by its very nature is unpredictable, it’s why we love and adore it. 

Just think back to the greatest comebacks of all time and you’ll be reminded of why there’s nothing like sport in the world. Perhaps it’s Liverpool’s comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul in 2005 that lives long in your memory, or when Scotland came back from 31-0 down at halftime against England at Twickenham to tie the game 38-38.

Maybe you’re more of a golf fan and stay awake at night thinking about the Miracle of Medinah in 2012 when team Europe came storming back to win the Ryder Cup. 

Undoubtedly, Europe will be hoping that they can channel that same energy from Chicago in late September 2012 when they take on the Americans in the 2021 Ryder Cup. The latest golf betting markets for upcoming tournaments make for ominous reading if you’re a European as they have been priced at challenging odds of 2/1. If they’re going to do the impossible, then they’ll need the spirit of Seve Ballesteros to run through that team again. 

Just thinking about that day in Illinois and what Europe had to come back from does give one goosebumps. Then again, if you were betting on an American win, you probably didn’t go to bed with a spring in your step. This is where we try and find out the best way to maximize your chances of winning a bet. Yes, these are extreme examples of sport’s most stirring comebacks, but there’s something to be said for giving the outright winners market of a match or competition a wide berth. Indeed, you’ll find on closer inspection that it can lead to disaster

Instead, if you had bet on there being over 2.5 goals in the final of the 2005 Champions League, you’d have been paid out by halftime. Similarly, if you bet on total points over/under in the Six Nations match between England and Scotland, you would have stood more chance of winning. Likewise with the Ryder Cup in 2021, searching the latest golf betting markets for the head-to-head match odds instead of outright winners would have certainly provided more joy. 

Ultimately, if you broaden your horizons and refuse the temptation of just betting on an outright winner, there’s indeed more value to be had and you’ll stand a better possibility of winning.
This forces you to adopt a more in-depth approach to your betting by researching whether a team is in good goal-scoring form, how solid their defense is and whether some golfers shrink in a match play environment. There’s no coincidence that being in the know and seeing a better return on your bets goes hand in hand. Yes, there will be days when the unthinkable happens but more often than not, if you put in the time, you’ll walk away having won your bet.