Following from our last article on pro footy tips we’re going to reveal the best football bets for the 2018/19 season.
Patience is a virtue that often applies to sports betting, even if most betters look for a really fast profit. Season-long bets are the ultimate way to ensure that you’re taking the bookmakers’ money, not the way around. You have more time to think your bets through and if your favorite team or player has a bad day, you’ll still have time to recover afterwards.
It’s the start of the season in European football and there are plenty of markets to choose from. If you have troubles picking a bet or simply have no idea what’s hot and what’s not, we’ve put on a list of 10 long bets you can make for 2018/2019. Let’s see what we have for you guys, shall we?
The Best Football Bets For 2018/19 Season Revealed
1. LaLiga top goalscorer – Lionel Messi – Odds 1.60
The moment Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Juventus Turin, we witnessed the end of an era in LaLiga. Leo Messi remains without his nemesis and becomes a star that must shine alone in the Spanish football. Of course, there are plenty of impressive players, mostly in the same team as the Argentinian, but nothing compares to the Mess-Ronaldo duel. A duel that made Leo score at least 26 goals in the last nine seasons of LaLiga, that is.
In the 2011/2012 campaign, Messi grabbed 50 goals to his name. Teammate Suarez is regarded by the bookmakers to be his primary contender for the LaLiga goalscorer title and although the former Liverpool forward has put some impressive stats lately, we don’t see him getting even near Messi.
2. Premier League relegation – Cardiff to relegate? Yes – Odds 1.50
Premier League may be the best football league in the world, where everyone can beat everyone, but newly-promoted Cardiff doesn’t seem to belong here. It has a rather stubborn and rudimentary manager when it comes to a tactical decision, Neil Warnock, and a squad filled with players that don’t say a lot. Cardiff’s most expensive transfers this summer were made from the EFL Championship.
The team began the season with a loss, 0-2 at Bournemouth, where it was pretty clear what type of football the Bluebirds propose this campaign. Maybe at home, Cardiff will perform better, but we don’t feel its chances to avoid relegation. Actually, in their only season in the Premier League thus far, Cardiff began the campaign with a 0-2 loss. Coincidence? We think not.
3. Premier League standings – Winner without Manchester City – Liverpool – Odds 1.85
There’s no doubt that Pep Guardiola’s team is the most valuable one in the Premier League. Last season’s champions, the Citizens will try to retain the crown and break even more records than they did in the previous campaign. But Liverpool has proved a lot in the 2017/2018, especially in the Champions League, and by adding Keita, Fabinho and Shaqiri to the squad, the Reds have made clear their intentions of fighting for the championship.
Chelsea and Arsenal have new managers, so it will take a long time until they’re up for a title battle, while Manchester United is lead by Mourinho, who passes on to his players the most boring play-style ever seen at a Premier League giant. Tottenham made no transfers this summer and while the squad is pretty good, the past has shown us that the Spurs can’t maintain the same rhythm the whole season.
4. Serie A – Cristiano Ronaldo over 29,5 goals – Odds 2.00
At 33-years of age, Cristiano Ronaldo is ready for a new challenge. And Turin seems to be the perfect place where he can show his goal-scoring abilities. To make room for him in the attack, Juventus has sold Gonzalo Higuain, which gives us an important hint – that the Portuguese will probably play as a striker. We could see him and Mandzukic reverse roles, but the Croatian is more involved in Juventus’ defense mechanism, so we’re going to stick to our initial read.
CR7 has scored less than 29 goals in his last two LaLiga seasons, stats unworthy of a perfectionist like him. Therefore, we are convinced that he will give everything to become the top goalscorer in the LaLiga.
5. LaLiga – Marco Asensio over 8,5 goals – Odds 1.87
Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus has left a hole in Real’s offensive trio. And who’s better to take his place if not 22-years old Marco Asensio? The Spaniard played 32 games in LaLiga last season for “Los Blancos” and managed to score six goals. Still, he wasn’t truly a starter, but more an impact man. This is the season when Asensio has all eyes on him and everybody expects him to shine. Has excellent long shot range and we’re sure that he’ll score more than nine goals in the LaLiga.
6. Bundesliga top goalscorer – Robert Lewandowski
The way Bayern Munchen has no rival in the Bundesliga, the same way Lewandowski can’t miss a fourth consecutive top goalscorer title. Last season, he scored 29 goals, with one less than he did in Bayern’s previous two campaigns.
After a disappointing World Cup with Poland, Robert Lewandowski will look like a beast this season. Great in the box, with a powerful header and a lovely mid-range shot, the striker also takes penalties. And he has no rival in the German Bundesliga, his closest opponent being seen by bookmakers as Leipzig’s forward Werner.
7. Serie A standings – Winner without Juventus & Napoli – Inter Milano – Odds 1.95
Juventus and Napoli fought for the title until the final rounds last season. Third came AS Roma and fourth Inter Milano, catching the last ride for the Champions League groups. But a club like Internationale can’t be pleased with just a 4th place finish, so the “Nerazzurri” made some interesting moves on the transfer window. Nainggolan, Politano, Lautaro Martinez, Balde, de Vrij, Asamoah and Vrsaljko, all came to help the team win the title after nine years.
From the other teams expect Juventus and Napoli, only AC Milan got similar reinforcements. Also, let’s not forget that Inter has Icardi, the author of 29 goals last campaign, a performance that allowed him to the take home the Serie A top goalscorer trophy (alongside Immobile, from Lazio).
8. LaLiga – Barcelona to win the league and Atletico Madrid to come second – Odds 5.50
Real Madrid lost Ronaldo and Zidane, two decisive men in the club’s recent history. While that happened, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid brought new players and have stability on the bench and in the locker-room. And after all, this is the exact same order we saw last season when Real Madrid finished 3rd in LaLiga.
Valencia or Sevilla could make a run for the Champions League spots, but we don’t see them involved in the title race.
9. Premier League H2H – Chelsea vs Arsenal -> Chelsea – Odds 1.45
Both teams missed out big times last season, with Chelsea finishing 5th in the Premier League, while Arsenal took the next seat, 6th. Both clubs sacked their managers and are looking for a fresh start.
While Chelsea looked good in the first two rounds, the Gunners put on a poor display against City, on “Emirates”, as well as against Chelsea, where they lost in the last 10 minutes. The overall feeling is that Unai Emery isn’t the type of manager to lead big clubs, as he also failed at PSG.
10. LaLiga – Atletico Madrid over 65,5 goals – Odds 1.87
Last season, Atletico finished second in the La Liga standings despite scoring just 58 goals in 38 matches. But “Cholo” Simeone is a manager well-known for his defensive approach, so the fact that his team conceded only 22 goals surely satisfied him more than an efficient offensive would have.
However, Atletico bought some interesting players this summer, with Lemar being the crown jewel. Surely Atletico’s game plan will look way different this season!
So, which one of these are the most appealing for you? Also, do you have any other tips regarding season-long bets? Let us know your thoughts, using the comments section below!