Most Useful Sites For Football Betting: The Ultimate List (2017 Update)

The Best & Most Useful Sites For Football Betting

It is imperative to give yourself the best advantage when looking to make long term profit from the bookies – with this in mind we thought it would make sense to create an article with the best and most useful sites to aid punters when researching football bets for things such as stats, facts, team news, betting odds and more (to be updated as and when we find new resources).

Most Useful Sites For Football Betting

Those that just have a lucky punt usually find themselves way off. The most profitable gamblers always have an in depth knowledge of the sport, whether it be football, horse racing, or boxing, and they have a wealth of resources they use to research and analyse potential winners.

As football has evolved, so has the way the game has been presented to fans. Match stats are readily available at the click of a button, while in game analysis is presented to us without request, to give us a better indication of why a match is playing out the way it is. Today in bookies up and down the country, there are resources within shops that will show you a teams league standings, their form over the last 5 games and so on.

So what sites should you be specifically looking to use? I’m sure each punter will recommend one that they think is the ‘go to’ site for football fans, a site they think is a must to look at before constructing an accumulator, while others will draw solely on their own knowledge and perspective.

In this weekly blog series, we will bring you a useful website to help enhance your chance of beating the bookies.

Transfermarkt.co.uk

First on the list of most useful sites for researching your football bets is Transfermarkt – an unbelievable resource during the summer and January transfer windows, as it keeps an up to date record of every single transfer across the world. From global multi-million deals in Europe, to loan moves between South American clubs, there really is no place like it for up to date transfer news. Yet its usefulness doesn’t stop there.

It also provides an in-depth breakdown of squad and player performances not just from the current season, but from seasons gone past as well. For example, a search of Tottenham yields the total squad value, average player age, as well as the percentage of foreign players in the squad. From here we can get performance data on the whole squad that includes goals, assists and minutes spent on the pitch.

One of the most important attributes of the site is that it shows the clubs form, as well as the formation used during the game. Knowing how Tottenham are likely to set up may favour a punter to go one way or the other, depending on the opposition. It may also help in understanding what formation is likely to be played once the team sheet is announced. Tottenham normally play a 4-2-3-1 formation, yet if they were to play their strongest back 4, as well as Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, and Moussa Dembele, it would suggest they are using a 4-3-3 formation, which again may swing a punter one way or the other.

Moving on we also get a detailed individual breakdown of each player within the squad. A term often used in football is ‘fitting square pegs into circular holes’ which means playing a player out of position. The most obvious example of this is Wayne Rooney. Deployed as a striker, number 10, and central midfielder over the last 2 seasons, debate is rife as to where his best position is. Last season, when deployed as a striker, Rooney was involved in 17 goals, compared to just 2 goals as a number 10, and 2 in central midfield. Now if Manchester United set up with both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rooney in the team, it is obvious Rooney will not be playing as the striker, due to United’s use of either a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-3 system. So why is this useful to know as a punter? Well if Rooney is playing in a deeper role, his chances of scoring are dramatically reduced (as most would imagine) and therefore should be avoided in any bets involving scoring first and possibly even anytime.

Transfermarkt also gives us a breakdown of a players record against indiviudal clubs. So if Wayne Rooney was playing in a number 10 role against Aston Villa, you may wish to neglect his goal scoring record from that position, and focus on the fact Rooney has scored 15 times against them in 29 games, more than any club he has ever faced. Similarly, if he was to be deployed as a striker against Chelsea, you may want to avoid a scoring bet on him, due to his record of 9 goals in 34 appearances against them.

This just brushes the surface of what Transfermarkt has to offer a pundit, and how the pundit chooses to use the site is entirely up to them, but it is no doubt one of the best free resources for football information on the internet today.

Soccerstats.com

Soccerstats is one of the most user-friendly databases available on the Internet and offers a plethora of information on all aspects of a football game, from home and away form, to providing information that can settle the old debate about who fills out their stadiums the most.

For betting purposes however, it offers a multitude of stats over a series of sub-categories that target several different betting categories, meaning it will help those who like to bet on the amount of goals per match, as well as those that bet on goal timing. As with Transfermarkt.co.uk, it covers numerous different leagues around the world, so it is extremely useful to those punters that have accumulators covering several leagues. It is also presented in such a user-friendly manner that it is quickly navigated, and that it displays information in a way that is easily interpreted. The website covers goals per match, form, goal timing, first scores, HT/FT scores, and much more, and here are just some of the ways it can be used.

This weekend you may fancy putting on a Premier League accumulator based on over 2.5 goals in a game. By using Soccerstats.com, you can quickly select the goals per match option, and each team will be listed alphabetically displaying the average amount of goals per game they are involved in.  What it will show is that when Liverpool play, there is an average of 3.79 goals (highest in the league) scored between them and their opponent, and therefore they would be a good bet to select when choosing over 2.5 goals. It also shows us the other end of the spectrum. Both Southampton and Middlesbrough average 2 goals per game (joint lowest in the league) between them and their opponents and therefore they should be avoided when being placed on an over 2.5 goals accumulator.

Another option it presents us with is the average minute a team scores their first goal in, as well as showing us a total goals breakdown for each 15-minute period of a 90-minute game. This is an extremely useful tool for those punters that like to bet ‘in play’ as we can get a rough idea of what is likely to happen in the next period of the game. If Manchester United hold a 1 goal lead going into the last 15-minutes of a game, an in play bet of a draw may be the best way to go. This is because United have a negative goals record of 1-5 in the last 15-minutes, as displayed on Soccerstats.com.

As with Transfermarkt.com, each individual punter will find different ways to use Soccerstats.com and different areas of the website will be more useful to some than it will to others. However on a whole, the website is a must for all punters due to its user-friendly lay out and its in-depth stats bank from leagues all across the world.

WhoScored.com

As a database, WhoScored.com might be one of the most complete ones out there. It covers globally; daily fixtures, live scores, news, as well as a plethora of stats.  On top of this it offers detailed previews of the majority of major matches across the 5 big leagues as well as cup competitions across Europe.

So how is it a useful resource for punters?

It offers an extremely easy break down of the most important stats in football on their home page. No endless navigation is needed to locate them, the most important and basic stats are right there as soon as you enter their website.  It offers both player and team stats across the top 5 leagues, as well as giving player ratings based off the WhoScored system.

Currently (17/8/17), the stats are dominated by Ligue 1 players and teams as they have already completed 2 game weeks. Radamel Falcao leads the goal charts whilst his teammate Joao Moutinho leads with assists. Going in to game week 3, Monaco travel to Metz, and by using Who.Scored’s simple stats layout, we can see that no other player has scored more than Falcao away from home (3) so far this season. Not only is he leading with away goals, he has also scored 4 of his teams 7 goals this season, which equates to 58% of overall goals. This suggests that Falcao anytime would represent value for money, especially at 4/6*.

The preview section they offer for European games is also a fantastic tool when looking into team selection before a game. Here at ThePuntersPage, we try and preview as many big games across the leagues as possible, but there is only so many hours in a day and so many people to be called upon to do this. For those we can’t cover, WhoScored will more than likely have a preview for the majority of games. Just a quick search will bring up statistical previews of games from the Premier League, La Liga, Liga NOS, Ligue 1 and so on. From here you can view probable starting XI’s and team news, as well as the formation most likely to be used at kick off. There is nothing more frustrating than putting a first goal scorer bet on, getting to kick-off, and realising the lad you backed is out with a bruised ankle.

As with the other sites previewed, WhoScored has something to offer every punter, its just up to you to see what aspects are useful, in order to maximise your earnings.

Conclusion

To conclude, it is imperative to utilise as many betting tools available in order to give you the best chance of making a long term profit and thus beating the bookies. Hopefully you can use our list of the best and most useful sites to gain information and knowledge that’ll help you make more calculated betting decisions.

Alex Boardman (Contributor to thepunterspage.com)