Outright, or futures, betting is an approach for the patient punters. Unlike the short-term thrills of game-by-game betting, here you’re in for the long haul, predicting the outcome of an entire competition or league and staying engaged all season long. There’s plenty to digest, and this guide will teach you all there is to know about outright betting.
What Does Outright Betting Mean?
Outright betting is when you bet on the outcome of a competition, league, or event as opposed to an individual match.
There is a myriad of options when placing an outright bet, with markets often not limited to the outright winner. For example, you can bet on the UEFA Champions League’s top scorer, as well as the nationality of the competition’s winner. Odds will almost always be pretty big, especially with ante post betting. Still, bookmakers will offer outright markets throughout the duration of the competition, whether it lasts a couple of days (a golf major) or a few months (the Premier League season).
Example of an Outright Bet
Say you are keen to explore English Premier League outright betting and try to predict this year’s champion. Under the football competitions, select EPL and click on Outrights. There, you’ll see the Premier League Winner market, with all teams and odds listed. Click on the corresponding odds for the team you want to back and place your outright bet.
TeamOdds*BookmakerManchester City7/10Bet365Arsenal4/1UnibetLiverpool5/1UnibetTottenham50/1Unibet*odds are subject to change
Manchester City’s current superiority is shown by their odds to win the division, bookmakers do harbour hopes of a three-way title race with Arsenal and Liverpool’s odds shortening in recent weeks. Tottenham, once an intriguing proposition, now look like a long shot to win the Premier League and that’s reflected by their current odds.
Pros and Cons of Outright Betting
Cash Out – You can cash out your outrights early and get a portion of the winnings if things are not looking well for your bet.Odds Value – Given the long-term nature of the bet and the variables involved, the odds for outright bets are often quite large, especially if you’re backing an underdog.Time to Study Stats – Odds for outrights are posted early on, so you have enough time to analyse stats and do proper research.
Takes Time to Settle – Football outright bets and all other outrights take a long time to settle.Limited Markets – The number of outright markets is limited compared to pre-match and in-play betting.Single Market over a Long Time – Boredom could creep in as there’s focus on a single betting market for a long period.
Outright betting on football is the most common form of wagering on future outcomes. Here are some essential football outright betting tips:
1. Always think long-term
Consider the team’s stats, such as the team’s schedule, especially for those that play in multiple competitions. Try to predict the games where the favourites might shred some points, which is when the odds at bookies are certainly going to increase. That’s when you can place an outright if you still want to back the team. Remember that the season is long and that you have to be patient and analyse the situation carefully.
I’d always recommend the utilisation of statistics when placing an outright bet, no matter what sport or event. If it’s an in-season football bet, data will always be available to check out to gauge form guides. xG metrics, for example, can help gauge the sustainability of a team’s performance.
I’d always recommend you, especially if you’re placing a single bet, to check out the alternative options with bigger odds. With many outright markets, bookies will allow you to place an each-way bet which means there’s undoubtedly value to be had in backing an underdog.
4. Strike when the time is right
By strike, I mean either cash out at the optimal time, or place your bet when you think a team/player’s odds might be at their very best. Track the odds movement, factor in the current form of the team and the upcoming fixtures to get an idea of when is the best time to place another outright or cash out the existing one before things go south.
Best Bookmakers for Outright Bets
Almost all bookies will offer outright betting markets of some sort, but some stand out among the crowd. Here are the best three bookies for outright betting:
Unibet Outright Betting
Unibet offer some of the best odds for Premier League outright betting, and also offer various outright markets on the English top-flight – outright winner, relegation, leading assister, and top goalscorer. For example, you can back Aston Villa and Tottenham to win the Premier League at 50/1, whereas BetVictor boasts 40/1 odds for the same markets.
However, I was even more impressed by their futures coverage for American sports. For example, Unibet offers outright season markets for every NBA team. The bookie provides markets for the end of the season awards, too, and you can also bet on every division winner.
bet365 Outright Betting
Bet365 possesses the most extensive list of football outright markets, including the Number of Promoted Teams to Be Relegated, To Finish Bottom, Most Assists, and Team Outright Wins.
There’s an array of outright markets outside of the most common. You can bet on awards such as the Golden Glove, which player will notch the most assists in the season, and the PFA Player of the Year.
Few bookies can match the outright markets depth of bet365. You can bet on the outright winner for every league offered by bet365. This extends all the way down to the Southern Premier League South in England.
Bet365 doesn’t just stand out with their football coverage either. This bookmaker’s outright betting markets across their sportsbook is super impressive. For the NFL, there are a total of 30 outright betting markets.
BetVictor Outright Betting
BetVictor certainly compares to bet365 in regard to the extent of their outrights coverage. This bookmaker places a great emphasis on English leagues, but there is also a plethora of markets for European competitions such as the Champions League.
Nationality of Winner is one of several less common outright markets offered by BetVictor, while geographical markets such as Top Midlands Club are provided as part of their Premier League outrights coverage.
BetVictor supplies futures markets for the vast majority of sports that make up their sportsbook. You can bet on 2024 tennis and golf majors, for example. Like its competitors, BetVictor also offers division, conference, and championship markets for the current NFL and NBA seasons.
Similar Long Term Bet Types
Relegation Markets: This is another popular outright betting market. This bet involves backing teams to get relegated from their current division. For example, bet365 currently price Sheffield United at 1/6 to get relegated from the Premier League this season.Top Goalscorer: You’re betting on who you think will end the season as the leading goalscorer. The best bookmakers will offer this outright market for a long list of leagues and allow you to place each-way bets which means you will earn money if your player ends the season towards the top of the scoring charts. For example, you can back Son Heung-min to win the Premier League Golden Boot at 11/1 with Unibet.Player of the Year: Very few bookies will offer Player of the Year markets on football leagues outside of the Premier League, but you can also bet on equivalent markets for American sports such as the NFL and NBA MVPs. Bookmakers will offer odds for the PFA Player of the Year, an award handed to the best player in the Premier League that season. Erling Haaland is bet365’s favourite to win back-to-back PFA awards in 2023/24 at 6/4.
ThePuntersPage Final Say
Outright betting is all about smart choices and patience. With the help of this guide, you are now equipped with the knowledge to explore and profit from the many betting opportunities available. Ready to bet? Go ahead and put your skills to the test.