Most of the main football leagues in Europe are up and running again, and football fans worldwide are starting to follow the action in their favorite competitions.
For football fans who like to bet on the outcome of the games, that can mean getting advice from betting experts, which can range from team previews for the Scottish Premiership to Champions League and Europa League betting predictions.
There is no shortage of betting tips available online but not all tips are equally valuable and not all tipsters are equally skilled. So how do you sort the reliable from the unreliable betting tipster and maximize the value of the betting tips you use?
Check out the Tipster
When you’re considering the reliability of a football betting tip, perhaps the best place to start is to do a little digging into the person who is giving you the tip.
Some tipsters are highly skilled professionals, and their tips may be available in private clubs or on the websites or publications of football or sports media outlets. Others may be amateurs who have a good reputation, or less reputable tipsters who throw out a variety of tips in the hope that one of them is a winner. So before you follow any tips, ask yourself questions about the tipster, including their background, who they work for and what do other people say about them.
Should you Pay?
This leads us to the next issue around tipsters, which is whether you should pay. Of course, it is up to the individual, and there may be particular tipsters who are worth paying for, but be wary. With tipping, unlike many other areas of life, those who charge a fee for their services may be less professional than those who tip for free, and there are lots of scam artists out there.
Generally, given the popularity of football betting, and the sheer variety of tips and tipsters out there, it should not be necessary to pay for football tips, and if you do find yourself considering taking the step of paying for a tipping service, the next recommendation is even more significant.
Check out the Record
One of the most important aspects of tipping is a tipsters’ track record. We don’t mean whether their most recent tip was a winner or loser, but most tipsters should at least provide an indication of how successful they have been over a long period. Tipsters who are reluctant to provide evidence of how their tips have fared may not be reputable and should be avoided.
Read the Explanation
One way of getting an idea about the quality and reliability of a football tipster is to read any explanation of their selection. Not all tipsters do this, of course, but being able to read a short or lengthy description of a tipster’s reasoning for a particular tip can give you an idea about how they work, how sophisticated their approach is, and whether it is significantly better than your own.
Check the Prices
The final check to carry out is to make sure the tipster has chosen the best price. Tipsters who only tip football bets from one or two bookmakers or who don’t bother to get the best price are less likely to be reputable and reliable. If you are thinking of betting on a football tip, check the price that has been quoted and compare it to the best available in the market at the time.
There are plenty of football tipsters out there, so you do not need to settle for unreliable tipsters. Look for tips produced by tipsters who can add value to your own football betting and, of course, never bet on any football tip with money you cannot afford to lose.