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Betting on the number of corners in a football match isn’t the type of bet the average punter makes and are considered a novelty bet by many and one which you may wish to use your free bets on. Most will consider winning these type of bets ‘pot luck’ but this is mainly due to a lack of experience in the market as corner betting can actually be extremely profitable for some bettors who are willing to dedicate the time to researching and carefully selecting matches and teams to bet on.
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at what corner betting is, the different corner betting markets available to bet on and a few tips and strategies to help you win more bets on corners.
There are various corner betting markets available which you can place at bookies. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen bookmakers increase the number of markets they have made available on football matches and corner betting is just one of those.
Some corner betting markets include:
Over / Under / Exact: This is when you predict either the exact number of corners in the match or if there will be over or under a certain number. For example, an ‘Over 10.5’ corners bet would win if there were 11 or more corners awarded in the match. An ‘Under 8.5’ corners bet would win if there were 8 or fewer corners in the match. The total number of corners is based on the corners awarded to both teams combined.
Corner Match Bet: This is when you bet on which team will receive the most corners. The outcome of your bet isn’t based on the number of corners awarded, just the team which received the most before the final whistle.
First/Second Half Corners: You can bet on the number of corners which are awarded in the first or second half. Similar to the first example, you can either select an ‘Over’ or ‘Under’ bet or bet on the exact number of corners.
Corner Handicap: If you think a team will be awarded a lot more corners than the other team, you may wish to look at the corner handicap market. An example of this type of bet would be ‘Liverpool -4 corners’. Your bet would win if Liverpool receive 5 or more corners more than their opponents during the match. You essentially have to subtract ‘4’ from Liverpools total corners and if it’s more than the other team received, you bet would win.
Time of First Corner: Some bookies allow you to bet on the time of the first corner. This is usually whether there will be one awarded in the first 10 minutes or so.
Corners Race: If you think a team will start strong, the corners race market may be a good bet. This is when you back either team to receive a certain number of corners before the other team.
First/Last Corner: You can bet on which team will be awarded the first or last corner of the match.
Asian Handicap Corners: This market is similar to ‘Corner Handicap’ as explained above except that you will receive your stake back if the number of corners is equal. For example, if you bet on Liverpool Asian Handicap ‘-4’ and Liverpool received 10 corners with the other team receiving 6 corners, the result would be a draw and you would receive your stake back. You can also bet on the Asian Total Corners market where there is no chance of a draw. Again, this is similar to the standard corner handicap except you will notice ‘.5’ has been added to the number of corners. If you bet on ‘Liverpool -4.5’, your bet would win if Liverpool received 5 or more corners more than their opponent and lose if they received less than this. An equal number of corners in this market is not possible.
Not all bookies offer corner betting but you’ll find markets available at the majority of top bookmaker sites. For those which do offer corner betting and the types of corner betting markets you are interested in, the main thing to look out for are the odds. Not all bookies offer the same odds and so it’s a wise choice to bet with those offering the highest. However, other factors may help you decide which bookie to bet with such as any betting offers which are available or the available deposit & withdrawal options.
For football betting, we recommend Betfred and Bet365. Betfred regularly run free bet offers on football matches and so you can often get a free bet for placing a corner bet on selected matches. These can give you a chance at winning and additional bet using your free bet and increase your overall returns. Bet365 are recommended as they regularly offer the best odds on football markets. They are a great bookmaker to have an account with and if you don’t already, you’ll be able to claim up to £100 in Bet Credits as a new customer. You can view details of both Betfred’s and Bet365’s welcome offers below.
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Corner betting markets are available both pre-match and in-play. There are different strategies which you can apply to both type of bets which we will be looking at below.
Pre-match corner betting is when you place a bet on a corners market before kick-off. Therefore, you don’t have any insight as to which team will be attacking most or other in-play stats but there are a few things you can look at to increase your chances of winning your pre-match corner bets.
The first thing you should look for when deciding on a football match to place your corner bets on is the previous stats for the teams playing. If they have a consistent record of receiving a large number of corners, then they may be a good bet in their next match. If they are playing a team who are also awarded a lot of corners on a regular basis then betting on a high number of match corners may be a good bet.
The more shots there are in a football match, the more corners there are likely to be. Shot are made towards the goal and if they come off an opposing player either trying to block the shot or if a goalkeeper deflects it out of play, a corner will be awarded. Analysing the number of shots made by a team can give you an idea of the level of corners there will be in a match. You will be able to view the number of shots made by a team in previous games on various websites. For example, if two teams were playing each other who both had a record of taking a large number of shots per game, an ‘Over’ bet on the number of match corners could be a good bet. Similarly, if ‘Team A’ had a record of a high number of shots per game and were playing Team B who had a low shot record, betting on Team A to receive the most corners may be wise.
Goalkeepers are responsible for a large number of corners awarded during a football match. If a goalkeeper tends to palm the ball away around or over the goalposts rather than catching the ball, there is a greater chance of more corners being awarded. You may not be able to gather stats on this area but if you are knowledgable about football and aware of this factor, you may be able to build your own stats and keep record of them.
Some defenders are more inclined to put the ball out of play when under pressure whereas others have the confidence and ability to compose themselves and send the ball upfield or to another player. Players who put the ball out of play more often are more likely to give away corners. Similar to with goalkeepers, you may need to record your own stats with the defenders but it may come in useful when betting on corners.
If you have collected data on players who tend to give away more corners than others, it is important to check whether or not those players will be featuring in the match you are betting on. Lineups for the Premier League are usually announced one hour before kick-off and so it may be sensible to wait until after this time to place your corner bets if you are using these factors when deciding on your bets.
Football leagues around the world have different styles of play and produce more corners than others. League which generally playing attacking style of football such as the Bundesliga are more likely to see a lot of corners in matches whereas more defensive leagues such as Serie A will produce less.
The advantage of in-play corner betting is that you’re able to see how the game is going before deciding on your bets. If one teams tactics are to push forward and attack, they stand a good chance of receiving corners. The bookies may not update their corner betting odds as frequently as other markets which allows an opportunity to get value in your bets.
One strategy which some bettors use is to bet on the Asian Handicap market late in the game and specifically, the Asian ‘Over 1 corner’ market. If you bet on this market with 5 or less minutes left, the odds are generally just below evens and your bet will win if there are two or more corners and receive your money back if there is just 1 corner awarded. This strategy is best applied when one team is attacking aggressively towards the end of the match. This will most likely be when a team is losing and need at least one goal to get anything out of the game. Late corners are common in these circumstances and so an ‘Asian Over 1 Corner’ bet is wise. It is generally not recommended when two equally matched teams are playing each other and the match is a draw as generally, both teams are happy to settle for a point and will play the game out cautiously without attacking too much.
A similar strategy can be applied at half time should the favourite be losing. In this circumstance, the favourite is likely to start the second half in an attack-minded way as they will be pushing for goals. Therefore there is likely to be a number of second-half corners and so betting on the ‘Over’ market may have value.
Corner betting markets are often overlooked by both punters and bookies but can be profitable if you make informed decisions on your bets based on the criteria mentioned in this article.
Always do your research into the teams playing when betting on corners and apply your knowledge of the game and players along with statistics of previous games when deciding on which bets to place.