A Guide to Betting on Goal Scorers in Football


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Football is the most popular betting sport in the world and when it comes to how you bet on football, there are many options for punters. Away from the outcome of the game, you can bet on stats, goals, the score, what happens in the first half and goal scorers.

The latter is a particularly popular way of betting on football, with many people choosing to show their support for the players they love by backing them for success. Bookmakers originally offered just one goal scoring market, which was the first goal scorer market, but now we have others to choose from.

If you are looking to start betting on goal scorers, here are the markets that you can use.

First & Last Goal Scorers

The first goal scorer betting market was the original market for those looking to bet on players to score. You can still bet on this today, or you can bet on who will score the last goal of the game. When it comes to betting, these two markets will always be priced up the same, so if a player is 8/1 to score the first goal, they will be 8/1 to score the last.

Both of these markets cover just one goal in the game, whichever is the first, if using that market, or the last goal, if you choose to bet on that market.

To Score Anytime

Although betting on a first goal scorer is the oldest betting market of these, betting on a player to score anytime in the game has quickly become the most popular. With this market your bet is not tied down to just the first or last goal in a game, your player can score at any time in the game, and if he does then you have a winning bet on your hands.

This market is perfect for those who want an interest throughout, as if there is an early goal scored and it is not by your player, you know your bet is down at the start. The prices you will get here are considerably lower than on the first/last scorer market, but you have a full 90-minute bet, covering every goal in the game.

To Score Two / To Score a Hat Trick

One of the latest markets to be introduced has been the creation of markets where you bet on a player to score multiple goals in the game. These are anytime scorer bets, so it doesn’t matter which goals your player scores.

You can bet on a player to score twice in the game, or if you really fancy them for success and want a bet at a bigger price, you can bet on them to score three times in the game, which is a hat trick. These can be really fun bets to have at good odds when you are watching a big game of football on TV, especially if you fancy one of the players to have a very strong game.

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