Most newbies to online sports betting are often instructed to stay away from risky bets. Statistically speaking, they don’t tend to perform well in terms of long-term profits. Yet risky bets are what most punters are drawn to – just consider the popularity of Accumulator bets. The same is true for Scorecast bets.
Scorecast soccer bets essentially combine Correct Score and First Goalscorer markets into one big bet. As such, they fall into this category of inherently risky types of wagers. Let’s weigh their pros and cons and see if the risk is worth taking.
What is Scorecast Betting?
A Scorecast bet is a wager which predicts two things about a football match – the exact score at the end of the game and the first player to score a goal. Generally speaking, both these elements are also available as separate betting markets. They’re called Correct Score and First Goalscorer respectively. If you’re already familiar with these two, you probably know how Socrecast bets work as well. If not, we’ll give you a quick rundown.
First Goalscorer is the easier part to understand, so we’ll start there. As the name implies, you simply have to pick a player from either side and hope that they’ll score the first goal of the match. There’s not a lot of nuance to this kind of bet, either. However, it can be incredibly difficult to get right on its own – let alone as part of a Scorecast. Think of it this way – the wager can easily fail at any moment. If someone scores a goal in the game and it’s not the player you picked, the bet is settled as a loss right then and there.
The Correct Score part isn’t much easier, either. You need to correctly predict the exact score at the end of a match. This includes the exact number of goals scored by both teams. Needless to say, this can be just as tricky to guess. Correct Score betting predictions are often simply educated guesses based on the two teams’ head-to-head statistics.
How Does a Scorecast Bet Work?
Combine the two wagers we just mentioned, and you get a Scorecast. It’s important to note that the two parts of Scorecast all hinge on the success of the other. Much like an Acca, if one part of the wager loses, the Scorecast as a whole loses as well. There are some exceptions to this rule, though. For example, if the player you predicted as the First Goalscorer does not end up playing for any reason, that part of the bet is voided. Most top online bookies will simply treat your bet as a single Correct Score.
To illustrate, let’s go through an example. Let’s say Liverpool are playing West Ham. The winner of this match is rather easy to predict, and just backing The Reds would offer a measly payout. However, a 3-0 score is not as unlikely as it usually may seem – especially not if we consider previous fixtures. Let’s say the 3-0 outcome is priced at 9/1, and you also pick Mohamed Salah as the first goalscorer. It’s another relatively easy pick, coming in at odds of 8/1.
An Accumulator bet with wagers like these would likely offer huge odds of something like 70/1. However, since it only deals with a single event, a Scorecast would come in at around 40/1. That’s a pretty good payout considering Salah’s multiple Golden Boot titles, no?
Scorecast Betting Tips and Strategies
This market is invariably a bit of a Hail Mary, as they say. You could pick the shortest odds for Correct Score and First Goalscorer bets in the league and still not be very likely to win. Here are some things you can do the tip the odds in your favour, though.
First of all, this is one of the most stats-intensive betting markets in football. You can’t base your predictions on much else than the previous records, so you may as well dig up as much as you can. This is largely true for any market if you want to win football bets, but you need every advantage you can get with Scorecast bets. Also, keep up with football news to stay on top of striker forms and trends.
Also, our advice is to try to look for “safe” options as much as possible. Scorecast betting odds are inherently long because of the inherent risk. No matter how you look at it, your profits are going to be quite strong. However, that’s only true assuming you win in the first place.
As such, you really don’t want to go for outsider strikers or improbable scores. That’s a sure way to turn an unlikely bet into an impossible one.
Like most multiple bets and highly specific niche wagers like First Goalscorer, Scorecast is not for the faint of heart. Your decisions need to be based on a lot of tiny details and bits of information – and even then success is not guaranteed. Still, it can be a great way to broaden your horizons as a punter and move away from Accas as your go-to high-odds wager.
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