First goalscorer betting has become increasingly popular in the last few seasons as punters look to bet their favourite players to open the goal scoring in a particular match.
In a competitive game, where both teams are available at odds-against, the odds on the individual teams main players scoring can often be bigger than 6/1. The availablilty of the bigger odds, compared to match odds, is an obvious attraction for punters but for the majority of matches it’s a tough betting market to win on.
Betting on the first goalscorer in a match can be really difficult to predict as goals can really come from anywhere in a side – a poachers goal from your main striker, a free kick from a midfielder, a headed corner from a centre-half or even a wonder strike from a full-back.
Bookmakers recognize the popularity of the bet but also the difficulty in getting it right so that’s why they are happy to run a number of offers around the market. They run money-back specials on the first goalscorer market if something happens in the game – a players gets sent off, X players scores the first goal etc – and they will also offers double odds if your first goalscorer selection goes on to score the second or even third goal in the match. Without doubt the bookmakers know they have the edge on these markets and are very profitable for them.
However there are some cases when betting on the first goalscorer can prove a very profitable business and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is the classic point in case.
You need to find a team who have become reliant, for whatever reason, on one player and that player needs to have the ability to shoulder the goalscoring responsibility. So in recent weeks this has happened at Tottenham when Jermain Defoe got injured against West Brom and Emanuel Adebayour went off to the African Cup of Nations. With their main striking duo missng, Tottenham needed another attacking outlet and got it with Gareth Bale.
Bale’s form has been sensational of late – he has scored his sides last six goals and he has opened the scoring in their last three Premier League games as well as their Europa League encounter with Lyon. Sandwiched in between those four games was an international friendly for Wales against Austria where Bale once again opened the scoring in their 2-1 win. He’s on a roll and is unplayable at the moment. There is no reason not to continue betting him to score the 1st goal in upcoming games. Tottenham’s next game is on Monday Feb 25th against West Ham at Upton Park. 5/1 anyone?
So when betting who will score the first goal – consider how a team is playing and look out for them special bookmaker offers.