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Three Underrated Football Betting Markets

The majority of football bettors in the UK will tend to gravitate towards their favourite markets with match winner, both teams to score and under/over 2.5 goals amongst the most popular. However, with an increasing number of bookmakers having significantly expanded the number of options available to Premier League and La Liga punters, there is now ample choice for those who enjoy a weekly flutter. With around 400 different markets priced up for televised ties, it's rich pickings for football fans, and we've highlighted three alternative options which are worthy of consideration.

Player to be Carded

Most UK bookmakers will offer their customers a wide variety of card markets, and although very few football fans should be actively encouraging the referee to brandish a yellow card, this bet is ideal for those players who are prone to frequent moments of indiscipline. Bettors may wish to consult the referee stats before finalising their selections with current Premier League regulars such as Mike Dean and Anthony Taylor renowned for their lack of leniency.

Top six sides are often perceived to be looked upon favourably by referees, so backing opposition players may be the best way to approach this market. Champions Liverpool received the fewest yellow cards during the 2019-20 campaign, with Wolves and Manchester City also amongst the best behaved sides last season.

Although defenders are usually priced up as favourites in this market, it may be wise to focus on central midfielders with Granit Xhaka, Jefferson Lerma, James McCarthy and Jorginho all receiving nine or more cautions during the course of the campaign.

Highest Scoring Half

The highest scoring half market is often overlooked by punters, although this is an excellent option for those who enjoy following the statistics. Cagey matches may explode into life during the last twenty minutes, whereas other sides are naturally fitter and are therefore able to outlast the opposition.

During the 2019-20 campaign, Manchester City games averaged 1.89 goals in the second half, with Pep's side notching 54 of their 102 goals after the break. In contrast, Aston Villa conceded 42 of their 67 goals in the second 45. Unsurprisingly, when the two sides met at the Etihad in October 2019, all three of the Citizen's goals came in the second period.

Fans may also play a role in helping to shape the outcome of the game with increasingly frustrated and impatient supporters urging their side forward at every opportunity during the closing stages. However, with top flight clubs currently being forced to play in empty stadiums, this may temporarily result in the goals being spread more evenly throughout the 90 minutes.

Although supporters are not currently able to influence the action on the pitch, a number of divisions such as the MLS have employed Virtual Reality to help engage fans watching at home. These have been a huge hit and other sports have followed suit with the MLB and NBA also offering live fan feeds as well as filling the stadiums with graphic recreations of supporters. VR has helped to provide an immersive experience and has also helped to give sports aficionados their match-day fix. Other industries such as medical manufacturers and online casinos are also benefiting from this constantly involving technology. NetEnt, who are one of the most popular software developers according to VegasSlots.co.uk, were one of the first developers to take advantage of this growing trend, with the release of Gonzo's Quest VR in 2017.

Over 1.5 Team Goals

One of the biggest frustrations in football betting is seeing your chosen team take a 2-0 lead, only to lose concentration in the second half and end up throwing the game away. Some teams are naturally attack-minded and will pour forward at every opportunity, and as a result, they are rarely able to keep a clean sheet.

The over 1.5 team goals market is a superb alternative to betting on the match outcome with the possibility of being paid out before the half-time whistle has been blown. Although home sides are generally favoured in this market, value can often be found by backing the visitors to double up during the 90 minutes.

With online bookmakers now providing a wider selection of markets than ever before, there's never been a better time to wager on football. Punters can find numerous alternative markets available for each Premier League match, and it can often pay dividends to take the time to explore some of the less conventional options each weekend.