Football predictions are a national obsession. From heated conversations in the pub, to kids in the school playground discussing their heroes, you can't go anywhere in the UK without bumping into someone with an opinion on football who is ready and willing to make some predictions.
As well as making the weekend's sporting action that bit more exciting, football predictions made and shared between family members and friends can be given an extra edge by turning them into well-judged bets on football results.
Making accurate predictions on the outcome of games requires a good knowledge of the recent form, and also a strong understanding of what has been happening off the pitch in the football leagues you're most interested in.
Everything from transfer activity, to injuries, to managerial changes and the financial affairs of football clubs can have an impact on the predictions you make. Keeping yourself abreast of this information can be invaluable in helping to inform strong predictions, and a strong prediction has the potential to be turned into a winning bet.
Football on Betfair
Betfair's football offering covers action from the beautiful game as it happens all over the world.
By joining Betfair, you gain immediate access to football markets within the Betting Exchange, which allows you to bet against other Betfair customers by backing and laying outcomes at the prices you determine. This allows you access to football odds that are very difficult to find at other high street bookmakers and online betting sites.
Having revolutionised online betting with the Betting Exchange, Betfair then launched its own Sportsbook in 2013, offering fixed-price odds on a huge range of sports, including every major football league in the world.
The Betfair Sportsbook offering allowed fans to turn their football predictions into bets on a much wider variety of games in some of the world's biggest leagues, and some of the more obscure competitions, too.
As well as the big hitters like the English Premier League, La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy and the German Bundesliga, Betfair also offers the opportunity to make predictions and bets on Ligue 1 in France, the Dutch Eredivisie, and Major League Soccer in the United States.
When you join Betfair and place a single Sportsbook bet on any market, with a minimum stake of £10, you will earn a further three £10 bet tokens, absolutely free.
Studying the form
Lots of football fans enjoy betting on the particular team they support. This is often the most enjoyable way to bet, because the detailed knowledge that supporters are able to build up about their own team puts them in a uniquely advantageous position to make highly accurate football predictions.
For example, if you had followed Manchester United through the 1990s, you would have known the intricate details of the squad Sir Alex Ferguson built, as he forged a dominant footballing force around young players like Paul Scholes, David Beckham, and Ryan Giggs.
Supporters of that team would have watched them grow through their early years, when they were winning titles but struggling in Europe, and on into the late 90s, when they found themselves coming unstuck against the likes of Arsenal in the league, but enjoying more success on the continent.
Knowing which players are vital to a team's success enables much stronger football predictions to be made. Anyone watching that United team would have known that if Roy Keane was missing from the side in the late '90s, it was possible the Red Devils could lack the sort of steel they needed to cope with opposition midfielders like Patrick Vieira.
United fans knew of Keane's vital importance to their team before anyone else, just like they were the first to recognise the match-winning potential of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the first to know of Beckham's remarkable ability to hit spectacular goals from free-kicks.
Betfair football coverage
Making football predictions about matches happening on the other side of the world can be a very different proposition to betting on your own team. To get an insight into the ups and downs of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, or even the Brazilian Serie A, you need a reliable source of news.
Betfair's football news coverage takes you to the heart of domestic league and international cup competitions all around the world. As well as match previews and team news, you can rely on Betfair for detailed insights into the form of teams from all over the world, giving you valuable knowledge to inform your next round of football predictions.
Betfair's team of football journalists will recommend their picks of the best players and teams from big competitions, and from the more obscure football leagues that are difficult to make predictions on without insider information.
Betfair football stats
As with all sports on Betfair, the statistics offering for football competitions is second to none.
As well as providing fully updated league tables, match results, and fixtures from around the world, Betfair's stats page includes easily-searchable data on the half-time, second-half and full-time scores from any past games, allowing you to accurately assess how teams perform throughout the games they play, and helping to inform football predictions that might be on outcomes other than the score at the full-time whistle.
You can also use Betfair's stats facilities to search through detailed player data, and compare how teams have faired against each other in the past using a powerful head-to-head stats engine.
Football predictions that mean more
If you are already in the habit of making football predictions, be it on your own team's games or across various teams, you are putting yourself in a great position to turn those predictions into winnings.
The best place to obtain the widest range of odds across the biggest variety of football competitions, where your skill at making highly accurate predictions could lead to some big wins, is Betfair.
You can open an account today and make your first wager to unlock your free bonus bets. Good luck!