Whether you’re new to the football betting scene or simply looking to change who you bet with its hard work finding the best bookmakers out there. You’ll be looking for offers, odds, security and a decent pool of bets to choose from yet most of what you see when conducting research is ads that have been paid for and blatant attempts to get you to sign up so someone gets their cut – regardless of the service you’ll receive. Not here though, oh no, we’re going to run down the 10 best bookies for your football bets. No hard sell and, more importantly, no bias.
10. Paddy Power
Paddy Power offers a decent service for punters. Both their app and site are simple enough to navigate but it will take a little bit of getting used to. Once you’ve got to grips with it though you’ll find it more than adequate. Their odds aren’t market leading but they offer plenty of promotions and money back deals. One big thing keeping them at the back end of our top 10 is how quick they are to limit punters who clean them out on a regular basis.
9. Grosvenor Casinos
The name might be a slight giveaway but Grosvenor is best known as a casino company – both on and offline. Their venture into the world of sportsbooks has been a roaring success too though so don’t dismiss them. Their site can take a few seconds to get used to with their sports betting being bundled alongside more traditional casino games. It’s pretty quick to suss out though and once you do, navigation is clean and easy with a useful search functionality and popularity menu. A sign up bonus of double odds is available too and a free to play – although difficult to win – goal scorer game could net you £1m.
Coral are one of the better known bookies given they’ve had a high street presence for a while. Their web offering is pretty decent too though. Like everyone on this list, the selection of bets you can place are vast but they have quick select menus that allow you to format what you’re looking at. It’s not a deal clincher by any means but certainly handy. The other plus is their free to enter game ‘correct 4’. Unlike some pie in the sky games this gives you the chance to win £50 cash but also offers £1 and £2 free bets for, frankly, not doing a lot.
Ladbrokes are often perceived as the market leader in horse racing but that doesn’t mean their football offering is shoddy. In fact, it’s far from that. Like the majority, a wide-ranging fixture list is available but with Ladbrokes, many of the events are available to watch live if your account is funded. On top of that their 1, 2, FREE game is a great incentive to login each game week. Simply predict the correct scores of three games and win either free bets or £100 of money to bet or withdraw. Their platform is pretty smooth work too.
If you’re looking for a huge sign up bonus and a ridiculous depth of fixture coverage then 888Sport may well be the site for you. For one thing, when you register they’ll match your first deposit for any value between £10 and £100. That means you can bag yourself a free £100 stake if you so wished! Not bad. Where fixtures are concerned, your choice is so broad you can’t possibly know all of the leagues. Unless of course, you are an expert on the Iranian Premier League, in which case I apologise. Even then, you’ll still be able to flick around their site almost effortlessly.
You might have seen SportPesa knocking about on a few football shirts in the past. They have a pretty decent offering too. Their sign up bonus is modest at ‘stake 10, get 10’ but beyond that their platform and betting range is hugely engaging. Their odds are in the ballpark of the competition – as is a lot of their offering – but their ‘add-2-bet’ innovation means they deserve to rank fairly high up our list. This feature allows you to add bets to an existing bet to boost odds. Sometimes, the simple things are the best.
Betfair has two elements to it when it comes to football betting. It has the traditional bookmakers side. That ticks most boxes with a decent variety of games covered and plenty of bet options. The sign up offer worth up to £100 in free bets is a sweetener too and, unlike 888, your qualifying stakes can be split over five bets I.e. five times £20 in freebies. The other side is the Betfair exchange. If you’re not familiar with how an exchange works then in a nutshell you place bets against other punters rather than the bookie. It means you lay the potential winnings of the other bet down but the upsides are big. They also facilitate ‘matched betting’, which can bank you tidy returns with next to no risk
If Ray Winstone hasn’t drummed it into you yet, Bet365 excel when it comes to in-play betting. The thing that underpins this is one of the smartest platforms available on the web. It’s clean with clever menus and makes rattling through the available matches and bets so, so easy. They also have a monstrous selection of leagues to delve through too.
SkySports have the rights to a whole range of football matches through their TV channels and it’s no surprise they have one of the most popular betting sites to go with it. It’s not without good reason. They offer 100% reliability, their site and apps can be navigated with your eyes closed and your settings can be managed with ease. On the betting side, you can bet on almost anything imaginable and you’ll get competitive odds too. To top it all off, you’ll get a sign up bonus of £20 when staking £5 and they offer a loyalty scheme. Oh, and let’s not forget they run the free to enter Super 6 that can payout up to £1m with someone guaranteed a minimum of £5k every game week.
Does BetVictor offer the most stylish web and/or app design? No. Are their welcome offers the most compelling? No. Do they offer more range than anyone else? No. What sets them apart then I hear you ask. Well, when you’re choosing a bookie there is one key metric that should be considered the holy grail – the best odds. If you’re not into shopping around every time you place a wager then BetVictor is for you. It has been found to have the best average odds over an extended look at the Premier League. Given that the PL is the most watched league in the world it’s only fair BetVictor occupy top spot.
There you have it, the 10 best bookies for all your football needs. Give one a try or if you’re feeling organised, sign up to several and take advantage of the many offers that will roll your way.