English Premier League Betting
Check out our comprehensive article on how to bet on the Premier League. Everything from the Best Odds, Stats, and Bonuses.
The English Premier League is perhaps one of the most difficult leagues to bet on. The high level of quality throughout the league means that any team can beat another on any given day.
So if Premier League betting is your thing, you need to be smart. Approach it from a different angle and put time into research. Lazy betting on the top 6 against one of the lower teams will lose you money in the long run.
With that in mind, we have created this article to give you a run down of the things you need to know, and how you can make Premier League betting more profitable for you!
Best Bookmakers for Premier League
There are hundreds of bookmakers competing to try and win your custom. So it can be a little difficult deciding which one is best if you like betting on the English Premier League.
Who the best bookmakers are is subjective, so we are going to give you our favourites to get you started!
Bet365 lead the way when it comes to betting offers and bonuses for new customers, but we’ll have more on that in a bit. In terms of actual markets, they lead the way too and have a staggering number of markets for punters to choose on, offering some great odds.
To encourage customers interested in Premier League betting on betting on the winners market, they have increased the each way terms to 1/5th odds. This means that if you bet on the winner E/W and they finish in the top 3, you will receive each way winnings of a fifth of the odds for the E/W portion of your bet. Most bookmakers only payout for the winners and the runners-up.
Also, when you place a pre-match bet on any Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast market, if the game finishes 0-0 they will refund your stake if the bet loses!
Because Sky Bets parent company Sky Sports also own the TV rights to the league, Premier League betting is one of their top priorities.
To kick this off, they play on the popularity of their transfer deadline day on Sky Sports News by offering a vast array of transfer related markets. This enables you to follow any transfer tips or predictions you have and make the transfer window that bit more special!
Sky Bet also run a very interesting ‘request a bet’ service. It does what it says on the tin. Request a bet such as: ‘Team A to win, Both Teams To Score, Player X to score first, There be 5+ bookings’. Skybet will then give you odds on that bet, and they’re usually pretty high! You can then share your tips on social media and get your friends to follow your prediction on the Sky Bet site too!
Betfair is one of the very best bookmakers in the business these days, and it helps that they have the very popular betting exchange as part of their product too. We’ve all been in the position where our prediction isn’t quite turning out as we expected. With the Betfair exchange, you can trade out of your position during the match and make a profit whatever the result! They also have one of the best bookmaker’s blogs, with lots of useful tips. They share the great odds available on the exchange to help you with your bets.
Paddy Power is well known for their whacky and crazy promotions. They have always been one of the best bookmakers, and since their merger with Betfair, they have just cemented that position. One of their most well-known Premier League betting promotions is for their bonuses on Top Goalscorer bets. Every time your player of choice scores a goal, you receive £5 in free bets. Pick a player like Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane and the free bets soon add up!
Paddy Power also has a great range of markets for you to bet on. If you want to be entertained, their social media channels also give very amusing coverage of the English Premier League!
Best Premier League Bonuses
When you start Premier League betting, a search for free bets and bonus codes can be overwhelming. There are so many bookmakers offering attractive bonuses, and it can be confusing knowing which ones to take. So here are a few tips on the best bookmakers bonuses so you can start putting your predictions to the test!
|Bookmaker||Promotions||Reveal Bonus Code|
|£200 Welcome Offer||Bet365|
|£50 Welcome Offer||Matchbook|
|£30 Welcome Offer||Betfair|
|£20 Welcome Offer||Unibet|
|£20 Free Bet||Sky Bet|
|£30 Free Bet||Paddy Power|
The main Bet365 bonus code is probably the very best in the industry. When you sign up for an account and deposit £10 or more you will be entitled to a 100% bonus of your qualifying deposit, up to a huge £200!
Of course, there are always terms and conditions attached to new account bonuses, so here are the main ones:
- You must bet the amount of your qualifying deposit once before being able to bet with your bonus. Deposits made using NETeller, Skrill or Skrill 1-Tap will not count as your qualifying deposit.
- You must have settled bets (excluding bets that have been Cashed Out) to the value of three times your qualifying deposit and bonus before making a withdrawal.
- Bets which do not contain at least one selection at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or greater do not count towards any turnover requirements.
- You will not be able to withdraw your bonus and/or winnings generated from your bonus if you have not completed the turnover requirement within 90 days of claiming your offer.
When you have played through that deposit, Bet365 also have other betting offers to encourage your ongoing play.
If you are a fan of combining odds and creating accumulators then the Bet365 Euro Soccer bonuses will work for you!
It offers you the chance to earn a bonus of up to 100% on accumulators on top domestic leagues in Europe (including the English Premier League). The structure of the bonuses are as follows:
|14-folds and upwards||100% bonus|
Customers new to Skybet are eligible for a £10 free bet once they have opened an account. You don’t need to input a bonus code; the free bet is added to your account before you even make a deposit!
Some of the key terms and conditions to consider for their betting offers are below:
- Free bet stake not returned in any winnings
- Free bet is non-withdrawable and cannot be cashed out
- Free bets can be redeemed against any single or each-way market and cannot be used in conjunction with any other registration offer
Following on from this, customers have the opportunity to use some of the Skybet ongoing bonuses and free bets. Skybet is one of the best bookmakers in this area.
They offer numerous price boosts for Premier League betting, and it’s always worth checking these to see if they match your own predictions.
The Sky Bet Club is one of the most popular betting offers though. They offer a £5 free bet every week so long as you follow a few simple steps.
- Log into your account and opt into Sky Bet Club
- You have until midnight on Sunday to place £25 of qualifying bets. Odds must be Evens (2.00) or greater and cashed out bets are excluded.
- Your free bet will be credited by 7 pm on Monday to use for any sport.
Irish giants Paddy Power offer excellent new customer bonuses. If you sign up and bet £10, they will give you £30 in free bets.
As with the other bonuses, we have mentioned, there are some key terms and conditions to consider. Here are the main ones:
- Only deposits made using debit/credit cards or Paypal will qualify
- Free bets are valid for 30 days
- Bets made using a free bet or bets made to qualify for a free bet are not eligible for cash out
One of the best ongoing bonuses Paddy Power offer to enhance your Premier League betting is their ‘2 up’ bonus. Simply put, if your team goes into a 2-nil lead, they will pay you out as a winner. There’s no need to worry about any comebacks from the opposition!
The other of their betting offers most relevant for your Premier League betting is their Acca Insurance. If one leg of your five fold on the English Premier League lets you down, they will give you your stake back as free bets on Football!
How to bet on the Premier League
As mentioned, the trap that many people fall into is they bet on the heavy favourites to win their matches. The problem with Premier League betting is that it is the most widely bet on competition. The weight of money that is bet means that the odds are very tight and accurate.
The key to successful betting is finding value. The odds of the top 6 teams to win are often very short, and there is absolutely no value to be had. That’s not to mean you can’t find value – but you need to look for it more carefully before making your predictions!
Before the season even starts there are numerous ways of grabbing some value bets. During the summer months, teams fight for the latest world class players; there are lots of incomings and outgoings and changes to squads or even management. These changes make it very hard to judge a team’s chances the following season, which leaves some huge opportunities to find some big prices if you are willing to take them.
As an example, Leicester City, the winners of the 2015/2016 English Premier League started the season at 5000/1 to win the trophy!
There are numerous other markets to look at if you think you’ve spotted something that the odds compilers haven’t:
- Premier League Outright Winner
- Premier League Top 2 Odds
- Premier League Top 4 Odds
- Premier League Top 6 Odds
- Premier League Top 10 Odds
- Premier League Bottom 3 Odds
- Premier League Top At Christmas Odds
- Premier League Bottom At Christmas Odds
Premier League Points Handicap Betting
The Premier League points handicap betting market is one of the most intriguing. You’re looking for a team that you think will over achieve in relation to the others. The club that is favourite to win the league starts without a handicap. All of the other Premier League candidates are then given a + points headstart, which increases all the way down to the relegation candidates who are given around +45 points.
You are betting on the club that you feel will win the English Premier League once their +handicap has been added to their final points tally. With the odds of each selection usually being about 15/1 it means it can be particularly profitable if you pick the winning team!
Top Goalscorer Betting
Another great market to find some odds if you’re into Premier League betting is the Top Goalscorer market.
Simply put, you are betting on which player you think will score the highest number of goals during the English Premier League season.
Normally, one of the biggest names in the league wins the trophy, but as you can see from the following list, there have been a few seasons when bigger priced players have won it, such as Harry Kane, Dion Dublin and Kevin Phillips.
|1992-1993||Teddy Sheringham||Nottingham Forest/|
|1993-1994||Andy Cole||Newcastle United||34|
|1994-1995||Alan Shearer||Blackburn Rovers||34|
|1995-1996||Alan Shearer||Blackburn Rovers||31|
|1996-1997||Alan Shearer||Newcastle United||25|
|1997-1998||Dion Dublin||Coventry City||18|
|Chris Sutton||Blackburn Rovers||18|
|1998-1999||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Leeds United||18|
|Dwight Yorke||Manchester United||18|
|2000-2001||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Chelsea||23|
|2002-2003||Ruud van Nistelrooy||Manchester United||25|
|2007-2008||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||31|
|2010-2011||Carlos Tevez||Manchester City||20|
|Dimitar Berbatov||Manchester United||20|
|2011-2012||Robin van Persie||Arsenal||30|
|2012-2013||Robin van Persie||Manchester United||26|
|2014-2015||Sergio Aguero||Manchester City||26|
|2015-2016||Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur||25|
Odds for the favourite start at around 4/1 and average out at around 20/1 for strikers who are good and have a realistic shot.
English Premier League Betting Trends
Because of the unique nature of the English Premier League, you can use some little-known trends to help you with your match predictions and find some bets with great odds!
Correct Score Markets
Although the English Premier League is seen as an entertaining league, the most common scoreline doesn’t paint that picture.
Around 10% of games have a final scoreline of 1-0, with a further 10% having a scoreline of 1-1.
At the time of writing, there have been 353 games played in the 2016/2017 English Premier League. Below shows the frequency of each result.
|Final Scoreline||Number Of Games||% Of Total Games|
It’s worth keeping these in mind when forming your predictions for the correct score market. Especially when two teams that are closely matched go head to head as you can pick up some great odds.
The 2016/2017 English Premier League has also been a great season so far for goalscoring. The average number of goals has increased to around 2.8 goals per game.
When forming your predictions, it’s also worth keeping in mind that the English Premier League has quite a low percentage of games having both teams scoring. Only 50.71% of Premier League games see both teams hitting the back of the net!
Home advantage is not to be underestimated, especially in the 2016/2017 English Premier League, which may show where things are headed in the future. We have seen teams like Burnley have amazing home records, but fail to pick points up on the road.
These are the key stats to consider:
- 49% of matches are home wins
- 23% of matches are draws
- 28% of matches are away wins
The clock is ticking, you’re in the 80th minute, your bet is winning, and the odds are decreasing. You may think your predictions are safe. Think again.
The 2016/2017 English Premier League season has seen 18.1% of the total goals scored after the 80th minute. That is 176 of the 973 total scored when you start to think your bet is safe.
You can turn this to your advantage and bet on some big odds as the clock ticks down!
About the English Premier League
The Premier League was formed in 1992 after clubs in the Football League First Division come together and decided away to take advantage of a lucrative TV rights deal.
It’s proven to be a great move, as the English Premier League is now the most watched league in the world and the clubs in the league take a share of a whopping 8.3billion pounds in TV revenue!
The English Premier League, for those of you that don’t know, is the pinnacle of the English Football league system.
It is contested by 20 clubs, and the participants each season change based on a relegation/promotion system.
Three teams are relegated from the English Premier League every season, and 3 are promoted from The Championship which is the second tier of English Football.
The season starts in August and runs until May with each team playing 38 games. This consists of one home match, and one away match against every other team in the league.
The team that gains the most points during those 38 games becomes the Premier League Champions. They also gain a place in the following season’s Champions League competition. Runners up, and third-placed teams also gain entry into the Champions League group stage, with the 4th placed team gaining entry to the Champions League qualifying round.
The fifth spot earns a place in the second-tier European competition, the Europa League. Places in the Europa League may open up for 6th and 7th placed teams, depending on who reaches the final in the FA Cup, and English League Cup.
European places are given to the winners of these competitions, so if they have already qualified for a place through their English Premier League position, then these Europa League spots are passed on to 6th and 7th placed teams in the league.
Since its formation, Manchester United have been the most successful team. The reign of Sir Alex Ferguson saw the ‘Red Devils’ win an astonishing 13 league titles.
|1992-1993||Manchester United||84||Aston Villa||74|
|1993-1994||Manchester United||92||Blackburn Rovers||84|
|1994-1995||Blackburn Rovers||89||Manchester United||88|
|1995-1996||Manchester United||82||Newcastle United||78|
|1996-1997||Manchester United||75||Newcastle United||68|
|2011-2012||Manchester City*||89||Manchester United||89|
|2012-2013||Manchester United||89||Manchester City||78|