Possible types of football bets and their process

If you like watching football, in many cases you also like to bet on your favorite team or their victory. Especially in the last few years, since Tipico, bwin and similar providers have conquered the German market, football betting has become much more popular. Many people bet on football with their hearts and bet their money on the team they are also a fan of. Others bet with their heads, paying close attention to the likelihood of the outcome they are betting on without being guided by allegiances to any particular team.

Whether you bet for passion, to test your analysis or to make money, you need to know what football bets you can place and how they work. You can find out about various portals where you can place bets.

Types of football bets

There are different variants of football betting, not all of which offer the same risk and probability of winning. Some variants are also less complicated than others. All football bets are based on single bets. There are also the very common combination bets and system bets. Each of these three types of football bets will now be presented.

single bets

Single bets are probably the oldest bets that exist in sports or betting at all. At the same time, they are also the easiest bets to place, which may have something to do with their age. A single bet works by correctly predicting the outcome of a single game. For example, you bet that team A will win, that team B will win or that the game will end in a draw. In a further developed form of the single bet you can also predict the result or the goal difference with which the game will end.

Possible profit

For single bets, calculating the win is very simple, you just need to multiply the stake by the odds to get the payout. With a bet of 10 euros and odds of 2.50, you will receive a payout of 25 euros if the tip is correct. Of this, 15 euros is pure profit, while with the remaining 10 euros you simply get your stake back. Compared to other types of bets, the risk of a single bet is quite low. On the other hand, the possible winnings are not quite as high as with combination or system bets.


You can place a single bet with almost all established bookmakers in all football leagues. Only at Tipico do you have to combine at least three results into one bet when betting in lower leagues or in non-established fringe sports (i.e. certainly not in football), so that individual bets are not possible here for all events.

Accumulator bets

Accumulator bets

A combination bet is slightly more complex than a single bet. It is basically a series of single bets placed one after the other. The way a multiple bet works is that you have to name a few outcomes on different events. These must all occur independently for you to take home your win. Otherwise, the entire stake is lost, regardless of how many times you are right with your bet.

Possible gains

With a combination bet, the calculation of the possible winnings is a bit more complex than with a single bet. But here, too, it is not rocket science to calculate the possible profit once when placing the bet and thus assess the risk. To do this, the odds of the results are multiplied by each other and by the stake. With odds of 2.5 as well as 2 and 1.5, a possible profit of 75 euros can be achieved with a stake of 10 euros.

This is the same as placing the bets one after the other and choosing the payout of the previous bet as the stake each time. However, the risk here is quite high, since you lose your entire bet with just one wrong tip in the combination. The more tips with higher odds you combine in an accumulator bet, the higher the risk.


Almost all sports betting providers have an offer for combination bets. As already described above, Tipico only allows its customers to place combination bets in lower leagues and in marginal sports and does not allow single bets in these cases.

System bets

System bets

With the system bet, as with the combination bet, you can bet on the outcome of different events at the same time, but the risk is significantly lower. In this case, the odds-to-risk ratio is adjusted so that you have a lower risk with similar odds. However, since the system bet is quite complex in concept, it is still relatively young and less well known to people who do not like to bet as a hobby.

Possible profit

As already mentioned, the system bet is comparatively complex. Here you place several combination bets at once. This is easier and faster than placing them all individually. For example, you can bet that a specific team will win in each of four selected soccer games. With the system bet, you have four triple combination bets. The amount you bet is split evenly between each accumulator bet.

In a sample calculation it looks like this: Team A wins their game with odds of 1.5. Team B wins their game at odds of 2. Team C wins their game at odds of 2.4. Team D wins their game at odds of 2.7. You bet forty euros, for a total of ten euros, on each possible combination bet. If two teams lose, no accumulator bet will be placed. But if, for example, only team B loses, you still get 1.5 x 2.4 x 2.7 x €10, which is €97.20. Of that, €57.20 is pure profit – and you had a lot less hassle placing the bets than with four individual combination bets.


The system bet is available at almost all sports betting providers. Again, there are no limits – you just have to be aware that the stakes here quickly get quite high. Otherwise, the system bet convinces with a large time saving compared to individual combination bets.

The fiction of safe bets

Gamblers are always trying to design a system that will guarantee them no losses over time. Such constructs of a safe betting system are also touted from time to time when a player has had success with it for a period of time. In the long run, however, they rarely prove true. While it is true that you can make low risk bets, especially if you are always well informed and bet wisely. But in football there is always a bit of luck involved. So it’s not about placing a single bet with a sure win or developing a system to avoid long-term losses. You have to rely on your luck with every bet, despite all your knowledge.

What is commonly bet on?

The most common bets are on well-known teams, as this is the best place to assess them. This also applies to the bookmakers who calculate the odds, which is why the odds are usually the most reliable for established teams and leagues. For example, bets are often placed on matches in the Spanish, French, English or German premier leagues. But the Champions and the Europa League are also very popular. Not to mention the European and World Championships, where many people bet well in advance on who will win the tournament.