Understanding the Importance of Football Team News Before Placing a Bet

October 23, 2021

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When you are betting on football, you will be placing a bet on a team sport, where various players may or may not play. With the top leagues being so competitive now, team news is becoming more and more important for gamblers to know about, prior to placing their bets.

This comes in two waves, and if you are placing bets over a weekend, finding out the team news for those you are thinking about betting on, and who they are playing, is vital to your success.

Both are important and here is what you need to look out for when thinking about both of these, and your bets.

Pre-Match Press Conferences

Depending on the schedule and how teams work these, they often happen on the Friday before weekend games or one day before the game if it is played in midweek. This is where the manager of a team will sit with local press and answer any questions they have.

It is highly likely that in this press conference, the manager will be asked about player availability, especially if someone has either received a recent injury, looks to be coming back from one, or has been banned.

This is your first key source of information, and should be used to work out the kind of position you think teams will be in. For example, if you’ve already picked out a team, and you hear the manager give their players the all clear ahead of the next game, you will keep them in your picks. Hear that they have two or three injury doubts, you may decide to leave them, and if you hear injury doubts coming from the other team, you are perhaps going to be even more confident.

You will not get finalised team news or formations from this, but it will be enough to back up the decisions you have already made about teams, and could help you to rule out some that you are no longer sure about.

Team News Announcement Pre-Game

The second step is the announcement of the line up, which comes one hour before kick off. All teams announce this on social media straight away, so if you are betting on games, follow those clubs on social media to see this.

At this stage, you should already know which teams you want to be with, and by waiting you are simply double checking the information you already have.

If there are any surprises then you may decide to pull a team out of your bet and go without them. As soon as you see this, when you are happy with your bets, you can place them before kick off.

Bet Types Where This is Even More Important

The bets where this is more important focus on individual players, or because you are banking on individual players to do well. This includes goal scorer markets, total goals where you are backing over because you like the strikers, and more.

Every market is important and needs a check before kick off when the teams come out, but these in particular need extra attention.

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