When it comes to betting advice, one of the most common questions asked by punters is how to find reliable, free football tips.
Who are the best tipsters and who offers the the most consistent football predictions?
In short, it’s a bit of a minefield. Relying on other people’s football betting tips is risky business. A better strategy is to gather all the information you possibly can, asses the value of the bet and then make a decision. After all, that’s exactly what bookies do,
However, unless you’re a full-time professional gambler (in which case you don’t need to be reading this), you’re probably don’t have time to spare to carry out in-depth research Elgin v Alloa before deciding there’s no value in any of the markets.
So, searching for free football tips is perfectly understandable. If nothing else, at least it might give you a place to start when weighing up your options.
Betting advice and broken promises
The web – and Twitter in particular – is awash with football tipsters claiming to offer expert insight and the best football predictions. Few of them, however, can be trusted.
For a start, where’s the proof? You’ll find screengrabs a plenty, showing off big wins and long-running sequences of victory, but it’s near impossible to take anyone’s word for it.
Check out these poor guys, for example:
This was apparently one of those “turn £10 into a £1,000″ challenges. It was all going so well until they whacked everything on a 1/25 shot. All their profits (any those of anyone following their tips) were wiped out when Chelsea and Watford exchanged seven goals that night. Oh dear.
Another issue is that many tipster sties are affiliated to bookies – meaning it’s not in their interest to send winning customers to their partners. This represents a clear problem.
So, who can you trust?
A grand don’t come for free
Why would anyone share free football betting tips for free if they’re reliable? The short answer is, they wouldn’t. The trouble with being a professional gambler is that bookies don’t like you and, when you start winning a lot, they will close your account quicker than you can say “cash out”.
This means there’s fewer ways for good gamblers to earn money. The solution for some is to monetise their expertise by selling their tips via subscription services.
The trouble with this is A) it’s not free and B) most professional gamblers’ strategies are medium or long-term – hardly ideal if you’re looking to dip in for some betting advice for your £5 weekend acca.You might occasionally find a pro offering free football tips to show off that they know what they’re talking about but, again, finding trustworthy sources is a minefield.
The best advice is to proof before you punt. That is, closely follow several tipsters and keep a record of how they perform. Place imaginary bets on their tips and calculate your profits after a decent timescale – say a couple of months or 20 bets.
One site that is certainly worth checking out is Casual Gambler – a site that reviews and ranks some of the best and worst tipsters online. It’s not comprehensive (to be fair, it’s difficult to keep up with everyone offering betting advice as so many are fly-by-night) but it’s a very useful resource.
The best football tipsters on the web
This is a great place to start because you’re not reliant on just one person’s tips – also, there is a good degree of transparency.
BettingExpert describes itself as a “social network for sports betting bringing together all the tools a punter needs to make the most informed wagers possible”.
It has more than 350,000 users, who share more than 650,000 successful tips a year.
The beauty of the site is that it ranks tipsters by their success, showing you who is offering the best betting advice. In 2016, they even give away £10,000 to their tipster of the year.
Nemanja Dojčinović advised bets on a total of 16 sports across 407 leagues, earning the most projected profit for his followers via almost 5,000 football tips, making a projected €1,772.80.
Betfair have an excellent sister site, crammed with betting advice across almost all major sports and special markets such as politics betting. It’s got loads of content and opinion from former professionals to writers who like to delve deep into the stats.
There’s loads to go at – almost too much. The drawbacks are there’s no record of the tipsters’ success rate so far and, obviously, they are there to promote Betfair, meaning if you want to shop around for odds, then you have to do that yourself.
3. Sporting Life betting advice
A bit like Betfair, Sporting Life has a section dedicated to in-depth betting previews. The main focus is racing but there’s also football tips and predictions.
The great thing about Sporting Life is that they are not there to promote any one bookie and they also offer a complete breakdown of their success rate – so you know which tipster is most likely to offer the best betting advice.
You’re better off alone
With all of this said, the fact remains that following other people’s football tips is a dangerous game. By all means use others’ opinions to help inform yours but try to keep a clear head and make your own decision.
It’s much more satisfying when you win and, if not, at least you only have yourself to blame.