Outright betting is one of the more popular football betting tactics, but it is also one of the hardest ones to get right. Outright betting is where you place a bet on the outcome of an entire game or competition.
For example, an outright bet on the English Premier League would be placing a bet on the overall winner of the competition. It is placed on the English Premier League as a whole rather than an individual game within it. As a result, outright bets are typically placed right at the start of a football competition, but they are still available throughout the course of a competition. Most people place them prior to the competition starting so that they can get the best possible odds.
Outright betting have much higher returns when they are compared to other single-match bets and, as such, they are much more appealing to serious sports punters who properly understand the competition and the individual teams and players within it. Besides betting on the overall winner of a competition, outright betting can be used to place bets on a team’s finishing position (you can bet on the loser if you so wish), bet on the player to score the most goals or bet on the total number of goals scored by a team.
The difficulty of outright betting largely depends on the individual competition. For instance, it is far easier to place outright bets on the English Premier League than it is the English FA Cup, because there are far fewer teams participating in the English Premier League and the teams themselves are more widely known.
An example of outright betting would be betting on the winner of the English Premier League for the 2018/19 season. Some of the teams, in our scenario, are Liverpool at 3/1, Chelsea at 5/1, Manchester United at 10/1, Leicester City at 20/1 and West Bromwich at 50/1. You could place a £5 bet on West Bromwich at 50/1 and win £25 if they win the entire Premier League (unlikely, but this is just an example!).
When looking at outright betting, take the following into account
A bet on an individual game will be paid out instantly whereas an outright bet will only be paid out at the end of the competition – do you want to wait that long?
If you are betting on a team before the competition has even begun, you should keep an eye on the players, any injuries and potential transfers – these can easily shake up the odds, especially immediately prior to the competition.
Review the history of the team you are betting on to avoid wasting your money. For instance, only eight of the seventy teams who have ever participated in the World Cup have won it; it is unlikely South Korea are going to come out of nowhere and win the World Cup so don’t bet on them.