How to bet on the English Premier League: useful tips

The English Premier League is the most exhilarating football league in the world with the numbers to prove it. It is watched by over 4 billion people in 180 countries all over the globe. Whether it is Europe, Africa, the Americans, Australia or Asia, you will find a Premier League fan.

With such a huge audience, there is plenty of betting opportunity. With 20 teams going head-to-head, home and away, there are plenty of games to bet on through the season.

For any punter, it is not enough to simply bet but to win as well. To place great bets, you must know how the league works and what betting options exist. This will help any punter take advantage of their love for football and win some cash.

This article is a great start to get you going with betting on the English Premier League.

How Does the League Work?

In 1992, the English league rebranded as the English Premier League. It consists of 20 teams that play 38 games each, home and away. By the end of the season, fans have witnessed 380 games of nail-biting football.

The England Premier League has only one winner, the team with the most points. The top three teams are rewarded with qualification to Europe’s most lucrative league, the UEFA Champions League. The bottom three teams are relegated to the EFL Championship while the top three teams in the EFL Championship are promoted to the top flight.

Since its inception, the league has had different winners with some winning it more than others. some of the previous champions include Manchester United, Liverpool, Blackburn, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. Manchester United holds the record for the most championships with 13 under its belt.

With the basics out of the way, you need to get into understanding the betting options that you will find at bookmakers.

Betting Options

A great bookmaker will give punters different betting methods to choose from. These methods have different odds and payouts that all depend on the level of complexity. There is something for everyone, whether you are a beginner or expert.

Here are some of the betting methods you can choose from while betting on the English Premier League.

Three-way Moneyline Betting

If you are familiar with other sports such as basketball, NFL or NHL, you may have heard of two-way moneyline betting. It means you have only two options you can bet on. It is either the first team or the second team that will win.

A Three-way moneyline adds some flavour. The nature of football results added a third option which is the draw. So with the three-way moneyline, you can choose whether either team will win or draw.

Spread Betting

Spread betting borrows from points spread in other sports such as basketball. Instead of using points spread, the EPL uses goal lines because goals are the points in football. The spreads are lower in football because the goal’s difference between teams is usually low.

-1.5/+1.5 is a common goal spread you will come across. It means the favoured team has to win by two goals or more while the underdog has to simply win. This type of odd gives the underdog a headstart.

Totals  Betting

Totals bets are also known as over/under bets. You bet on the total score of both teams at the end of the match.

The oddsmaker will create a line that a punter bets the score will be over or under. Some of the common lines set by sportsbooks include 2.5, 2.75, or 3.0 for the EPL.

Live Betting

Some sportsbooks have the option of live betting. It allows punters to bet in real-time as the game is going on. Some of the options you may get the chance to place a wager on are who will score next, which player will receive a yellow card or who will score the final goal.

It is similar to props betting which adds excitement to the game. You get to place wagers on different aspects of the game that have nothing to do with the outcome. You also get to do this across several games at the same time making it more interesting.

There is no dull moment with live betting.

Future Betting

A season goes through different ups and downs that make it difficult to decide who will win the league. For some punters, these are the waters they like to swim in. The future bet is their lifeline.

Futures bets allow punters to predict the team that will win the league. It is a great bet because it has a high payout if you can get it right. The payout gets higher the further away your bet is from the season end.


The EPL has so many games giving you more opportunities to win money. But before diving into, you should know how the league works, the history of different teams, the odds and what kind of bets you can place.

You can start with the simpler bets such as three-way moneyline. As you advance, you can try more complex bets to win some big money. Remember to bet responsibly.

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