I love football.
Like many Americans, I grew up playing because it was horrible at other sports. I played in high school and then dropped out when I went to college and realized that running after a hangover was something I was also horrible at.
If you’ve made it that far, you probably like soccer, and it might bother you that I don’t refer to it as soccer. I get it, but it’s football on this page, buddy.
Now what may to agree is to bet on the beautiful game.
If you wake up in the United States to watch English Premier League action at 4am. M. And at 7 a. M. Pacific Time, you know there’s nothing like a bet or two to keep you interested in that 0-0 Burnley-Brentford match.
I enjoy live betting soccer games. I really enjoy it, but I’m going to save that manifesto for another day.
Instead, I’ll focus on my top three bets for each of the time slots on Saturday, October 30.
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Leicester City vs. Arsenal; 7:30 am ET
It is very important that you keep in mind how soccer games are listed. Normally, bookmakers will list the home team as a second team. With football, this is not the case. As with driving across the pond, this is reversed.
Leicester hosts Arsenal.
I’m going to be honest with you because that’s the beauty of writing for one betting vertical as opposed to any other – I’m a Tottenham Hotspur fan. Why?
Well, after college I moved to San Francisco, California, to live with my brother, four other guys, and a couple of mice. We all woke up to watch Premier League football before college football and the NFL on the weekend.
You watch enough football, you end up picking a team during the season, you just do it. I would ask anyone who does not have “a team” in the English Premier League to pick one and follow it for a season. It is one of the most rewarding and worst experiences you will have as a sports fan.
I chose Tottenham because at that time (2007), they had a style of play and some players that I really liked. I am also a Cleveland sports fanatic and love pain. Also, they had good kits (uniforms) and, an added bonus, they are the rival of my older brother’s favorite team.
I did a preface of my choice with all that information because I want you to know that it is difficult for me to bet on Arsenal to win. I rarely do. Now, I keep betting their games, but not for them to win. What I like here is the total goals under 2.5 in the game. Sits on +100 odds and I think this is the kind of game that ends 2-0 or 1-1.
Why? Well, you know that both teams are capable of putting the ball in the back of the net. The only problem is that they both know it too. In these types of games, an early goal can push a team to prepare on defense, or a visiting team will eventually settle for a counterattack throughout the game in hopes of scoring a goal.
I just think this ends up being frustrating to watch, not that it’s not entertaining. Woodworking will be hit, crosses will be lost, and amazing saves will be made.
All that said, I do like those under 2.5 years old.
Liverpool against Brighton and Hove Albion; 10 am ET
Liverpool is winning this, but with a money line at -400, I’d rather take advantage of them to get a better payout. What i will do is take Sadio Mane will score a goal at any time at +110. I’m not a huge fan of scoring goals at any point in soccer. I like the style of live betting on the next goal scored more than anything, but for this game I think it’s a good bet.
Why? Well, Mane was late in Liverpool’s 5-0 win at Manchester United and was the only player looking to pile it up even more. He was unsuccessful against United but I hope he gets what he was looking for when he plays Brighton.
If you’re a Spurs fan, I want you to know how difficult it was for me to suggest betting on Mane. I really do. It’s about making money, and we know this guy is capable of hitting any target he chooses (memories of Moussa Sissoko’s penalty in the Champions League final and me tossing a glass across the room).
Remember, you do not have to watch the game to bet.
Tottenham against Manchester United; 12:30 pm ET
I hate these kinds of games as a Spurs fan.
Both clubs are in very, very bad shape, despite being within three points of being in the top four of the Premier League table. Tottenham cannot score and Man United could yield three goals to any top opponent.
Are the Spurs that type of opponent? No. Now, I love that the Spurs come out and be more aggressive since they play at home. They were able to show up in the first half when they hosted Chelsea earlier in the season (we won’t talk about the second half).
I think they score at least one or two goals in this match.
It will be enough?
Who knows, but I think they score before 45 ‘and I love them at +240 lead at halftime. Manchester United have a lot of firepower, but Tottenham have a good enough defense to absorb the initial pressure. If the Spurs survive the first ten minutes without scoring a goal, trust them to score and win the first half.
Games like these are great for live betting, but I’ll go ahead and be brave enough to bet on them before the start. If Spurs score that goal early, it’s a great coverage opportunity as you get closer to 45.
Good luck Saturday, and if you wake up at 4am or anywhere in the world to tune in, you’re one of the main reasons football is so awesome.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.