Professional sports have long been of great interest not only for the participants themselves. Sports and tourism are tightly connected with such large industries as the media, advertising business, and betting. Often the fee for winning competitions or tournaments is less than half of the side income of successful athletes.
The rating of a game or a match is very important. For example, the World Cup gathers more than a billion people in stadiums and in front of the TV screens around the world. The intrigue of the decisive match for the champion title doesn’t leave fans from large European countries nor fans from the smallest settlements in Africa indifferent. But games within the lower leagues often attract the attention of only those football fans who sincerely love participating clubs and live in the countries where the competition is held.
Given the status of sporting events, all football championships can be divided into three main categories:
- World championship
The main tournament is of the utmost importance in professional football. The most powerful teams from all over the world are fighting for the champion title. During the world championship, the main attention is focused on the games of the participating teams. The tournament has been held since 1930, attracting the attention of millions of fans with its high-quality game and emotional tension.
- Continental championships
This level of competition also ignites genuine interest among football fans. A large selection of matches in the pay line, short time intervals between games, and good media coverage make this option the best for successful football betting.
A knowledgeable bettor can easily find the necessary information to analyse the previous games of participants in a continental-scale competition.
- National championships
In local championships, participants rarely play steadily as the clubs’ small budget doesn’t let them craft a well-playing team with star players. Despite the bleak attention from the world press and telecommunications, matches of the regional level often appear on the pay lines of big bookmakers. Some fairly experienced bettors specifically choose such games to search for value sports bets.
- Youth, college, and pro leagues
The most unpredictable results are expected in this category. It’s difficult to identify the main parameters that affect the outcome of the match in youth and student matches. Professional sports bettors rarely choose events from this list due to the high risk of losing a bet being uncompensated even by the most favourable odds.
Football competitions in low-rating leagues have similar parameters regardless of the participating countries. If the bettor can correctly use the received information, the bet will most likely bring a good income. Let’s analyse the most important aspects of matches within the lower leagues.
The financial well-being of a football club is the foundation of the team and coaching staff, the ability to acquire new players and qualify for major championships. Unfortunately, most teams playing on a regional scale don’t have large sponsors or generous investors.
Small salaries are unlikely to attract star players, so most often there are several leading athletes in such clubs. The outcome of the meetings depends on them. Such strength imbalance in the team doesn’t contribute to a smooth game, and interpersonal relations are far from perfect.
In general, with a thorough study of the available information, the performances of teams from the lower leagues are quite predictable; scandals and sensations are rather an exception here.
However, the probability of coming across a fixed match in smaller championships is much higher. There’s too much at stake for world-class players to take such risks. There are known cases with agreements involving top division teams in the history of big sports. The punishment for such an agreement was so severe that it hasn’t happened again for 15 years. When it comes to local competitions, the human factor is most common, and control over the rules here is much weaker.
In major championships, the favourite is often known before the start of the game. A huge number of bets from bettors who want to bet on the leading team contribute to the overload of one of the probable outcomes. To increase the number of those wishing to bet on the opposite outcome, the bookmaker artificially lowers the already low odds. As you know, even with 100% confidence in the passability of the bet, playing at low rates won’t provide tangible profits.
There’s a completely different situation in the lower leagues: there are thousands of times less bets on participants in such events, which reduces the advantage in the game line. Even with tangible demand, the odds remain quite attractive. In this case, bets on the favourite are justified and can bring a good income to the player.
Sometimes, when drawing lots, a football club with worldwide recognition and a significant budget gets an ordinary team without any special titles as rivals. The date of the scheduled confrontation is usually known long before the game itself. Statistics show that not all little-known teams cope with emotional and physical pressure from both the administration and the fans.
This is expressed in increased nervousness and inattention during games that precede a significant event when the players with a clear task won’t give their all and will beware of any traumas. This tacticexplains big defeats even in home matches with a weak opponent.
- You shouldn’t base your bets only on favourable odds and analysts’ advice. First of all, the player must have up-to-date information about the past games of the team, the physical condition of the participants, and their motivation to win.
- In minor competitions, bookmakers don’t put much effort into calculating fair odds. Usually, one person is responsible for evaluating such matches, which creates a high probability of misinterpretation. This is where you should look for value bets.
- Minor league games aren’t very popular. To cover the costs, bookmakers put a fairly high margin into the odds. Before placing a bet, you should reconsider all the pros and cons.
- Local games aren’t very effective. In this case, bets on less total have an excellent winning chance. It’s important to take the rating of the opponent and whether it’s a home or away game into account to make a successful bet.