Corner Betting Strategy – Important Tips For Football Corner Betting
When choosing to bet on the corners market it is recommended that you consider the following:
- The difference in strength and weakness between the teams.
- Whether the stronger or weaker team is playing Home or Away
- Whether one or both teams are generally “defensive” or “attacking” teams
- The weather conditions
- The next match for the teams
The difference in strength and weakness between the teams
For example is one of the teams top of the league or bottom of the league? In a cup game, is one of the teams in the Premier League and the other in Championship Division 2? If there is an FA Cup game to be played between a top very strong Premier League team (like Chelsea or Arsenal) and a weaker lower division team (like Cheltenham) then it is more likely that there will be a higher number of corners in the match than if two weaker teams or two top teams are playing against each other.
This is because, especially in CUP games, the weaker team is more likely to be playing to draw rather than win and the stronger team is going to be trying to win. The stronger teams have many games to play in Europe, and are often in other cup competitions too. They do not want to draw because this means they will have more replays. They also want to avoid an “upset” as it is embarrassing.
Stronger teams will therefore attack more and have more shots on goal. This means that the weaker teams will often concede (give away) more corners, more free kicks, more penalties, more throw ins.
The goalkeeper from the weaker team will make many more saves (some of these will make corners) and the defending weaker team will often kick the ball away for a corner much more often than a better team – a strong team always tries to avoid conceding corners instead preferring to kick the ball out for a throw-in or keep the ball in play and try to pass to a team mate or a forward.
Thinking about this means that is more likely that:
- 1.The STRONG team will concede very few corners.
- 2.The WEAK team will concede a lot of corners.
- 3.The weak team will often concede a corner immediately after a corner.
- 4.In the second half, if the attacking stronger team has not scored they will probably apply much more pressure and try even harder to score.
- 5.The stronger team will often put on more attackers (strikers) to get a goal which means even more corners are likely.
When the weaker team is playing at Home
If the weaker team is playing at home then it is likely that they are going to get some corners, with the excitement of the match the first ten minutes is always a little bit strange. The weaker team sees the first ten minutes as an opportunity to pressure the stronger team because they have a lot of energy at the beginning. They might then score the first corner or get a few in the first 15 minutes. As the match continues they will probably get less and less corners.
The stronger team will often absorb the early pressure and later attack so you can expect the number of corners the stronger team gets to increase more quickly.
When the stronger team is playing at Home
The stronger home team with the larger crowd wants to see lots of goals so will expect their team to press from the very beginning. You can expect a higher number of corners to happen – especially for the home team – in this situation as well as a higher number of goals.
Whether the teams are defensive or attacking
Clearly two attacking teams playing each other should create more corners than two defensive teams playing each other but when you get a defensive team playing an attacking team you may see even more. Defensive teams often “give” corners as they are better at defending them – they also often like to attack on the break from a corner which often results in a corner “at the other end” – corners can quickly happen when attacking teams play defensive teams.
The weather conditions
Is it raining and windy? If it is you will see more corners than if it is hot, dry and sunny. A wet pitch means the ball moves more quickly than normal and goes out of play more easily. Also players slide more and the ball hits them. Goalkeepers sometimes drop the slippery ball and defenders have to kick it out for a corner.
The next game for the teams
Top teams have more games to play than lower teams, they also like to try new or young players in cup competitions and they also like to rest their top players but lower teams often try to use the same players for every game. Also, lower teams are more motivated in cup games because it is their only chance to win a trophy. A weakened top team will not be as good as their normal team so you can expect them to give away more corners than usual.
Finally, we show you some betting tips which are summarized these points above.
1. Look for Cup matches where the stronger and weaker teams are playing each other.
2. Gamble on the total number of corners to be “Above” rather than “Below” the numbers given by the bookmakers.
3. If the game is 0-0 or 1-1 at half time, gamble on a higher number of corners to happen in the second half than the first half.
4. If the stronger team is losing at half-time gamble on the stronger team to have more corners than the weaker team in the second half.
5. Bet on the stronger teams to win the “Race” bets and bet on low through to higher numbers.
6. For insurance or value bets – place low Race win bets on the weaker teams, e.g. Race to 2 or 3 corners.
7. Place bets on a corners to be awarded in both the 0-15 and 16 – 30 minute periods.
8. Never bet on “no corners”.
9. Never bet on even / odd corners totals unless you are playing them in accumulators for FUN.
10. If it’s raining, expect more corners.