Football Betting Goal Scorer Markets

Individual goal scorer markets are a popular part of anyone’s betting strategy and although they can be notoriously tough to predict, they can be very lucrative at the same time. We all have our favourite footballers who we like to follow but what bets can you take within these markets and how can you harness your research to help you turn a profit?

First and Last

goalThe first goal scorer and last goal scorer betting always carries the higher risk and therefore the higher prices. In form strikers will carry the lower odds but naturally they will give you more consistent returns and if, for example, you had followed Luis Suarez in 2013-14 or Sergio Aguero at the start of the 2014-15 campaign, you would have enjoyed regular profits.

As an alternative to the main centre forwards, have a look at the players further down the pitch. Who takes a team’s set pieces – free kicks and, more importantly, penalties? Men such as Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and Everton’s Leighton Baines, are a constant threat from dead ball situations and they will command much higher prices in the goal scorer betting.


The anytime goal scorer market of football betting sites is essentially self explanatory. Here, you can back your chosen player to find the net but their strike can come at any point in the 90 minutes, plus injury time, of the selected match.

He doesn’t have to score either the first or last goal and while odds for this bet are naturally shorter, many punters prefer this as it is a much safer option. Once again, you could take a prolific centre forward and if they are on form they can provide some regular returns but don’t forget those outside punts that score more than their fair share over the course of a campaign.


In addition to the single goal markets, it should be possible to bet on many of the players to score twice or three times in a given match. This type of bet isn’t necessarily made available for defenders but top strikers and potent midfield players should always be listed.

Obviously these are going to drop in on rare occasions but a prolific scorer against one of the weaker sides in the division may stand a good chance of finding the net more than once.

Football Betting Offers

As this is a popular area of football betting, many bookmakers are happy to offer promotions based around goal scorer markets. As an example, you may get double or treble your money if you correctly back the first scorer and they go on to find the net twice or three times.

In addition, other bookies provide offers based around a player’s number. The man wearing number 8 may feature heavily in 888sport deals for example.

Overall, these are fun bets and can keep your interest in a game, even if your preferred team is losing. Do your research and look out for certain offers and promos and you could return a healthy profit over the course of a football season.

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