Another major disruption to the domestic UK Leagues this weekend with International matches on the agenda and it nauseates with last month’s International games just past. International matches are an area you must avoid if you are a punter worth your salt. Odds compilers themselves won’t bet on these ties to any decent stakes.
While their employers are attempting to entice you into their estates with their adverts of Northern Ireland to beat Italy or Scotland correct score against the Czech Republic, the guys compiling the prices are giving it all a miss. The reason being there is far too many unknowns.
It takes International sides on average nine years to play the number of games club sides play in a season.
With that lack of competitive form as a guide you would be as well betting on snooker.
There are so many mismatches at this level that even a bettor with little knowledge of the machinations of odds could work out that the favourites are invariably too short as mug money attempting to run up a six or eight team accumulator is accounted for by the layers. The general rule for these matches are that goals and subsidiary markets such as corners dip in numbers.
The golden rule is to sit out these matches altogether. Like an anaconda in the rainforest we must wait and study until we move in on our prey. Be selective in your betting and you will reap the rewards.
William Hill made £32.2 million from the 2010 World Cup and a gross margin of 25% on all bets. That’s far higher than their return on investment in the domestic UK Leagues and you should do your pocket a favour by adopting and adapting Hills own slogan – “I Will not bet on International football matches”.
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