Football betting isn’t just about predicting which team will win their respective match at the weekend, nor do I only focus on the number of goals in a game or whether my Both Teams to Score wager will land me a tidy profit. You can cast your net far and wide these days and I’ve written this article to explain a really effective corner betting strategy that can be used for any football match.
Best Corner Betting Sites
What is Corner Betting?
Let’s start with a few basics. Throughout the ninety minutes of a football match, the ball will go out for a corner a certain number of times. It could range from a referee awarding exactly zero corners (this occasionally happens!) all the way through to thirty corners occurring during the game (another freak of nature).
Normally, you would be looking at something like 10 corners being awarded on average when it comes to a Premier League game. Customers might have the following betting market for a match between Brighton v Manchester United:
- Over 10 Corners @ 2.00
- Exactly 10 Corners @ 7.50
- Under 10 Corners @ 2.20
If you back the first option, you need the ref to award 11 corners or more for your bet to win. The second option is the biggest price as you need exactly 10 corners to profit. The third selection is what you might back if you think there will be 9 corners or less.
How Do I Find Corner Betting Markets?
When you visit a popular bookmaker such as bet365, they actually have a section of their pre-match betting markets devoted to “Corners”. This means that you will see the above three-way market along with other options such as:
- Total Corners – where you might get five different ranges to back, eg 6-8 @ 3.60
- Alternative Corners – which involves picking your own line as opposed to 10
- Corners 2-Way – you simply bet Under / Over an amount such as 10.5
- First Half Corners – another three-way market
- Corners Match Bet – if you fancy a team to get the most corners
- Corner Handicap – similar to the above but with one team getting a corners advantage
I like to go through the full list and see what’s available with each bookmaker. You might find a selection at odds that you really like and I especially like the Alternative Corners betting market. Just look at the wide range of options you have available which means that you can move the line according to how many corners you think will be awarded:
As you can see, backing Over 4 Corners or Over 5 Corners would be an ultra-cautious bet, although you can see there’s a big price jump between backing Over 8 Corners and Over 9 Corners. There’s even the option to go for a couple of “Exactly” bets – after all, one of the above selections has to come in for that column.
The Best Corner Betting Strategy
OK so by now, you should have a really good understanding of how to bet on corners for a particular football match. However, now comes the big question – how do you know whether to back over or under a certain number of corners?
Some punters think that the number of corners awarded in each football match is completely random but that is NOT TRUE! If that were the case, then you would find the same corner betting odds for every football match, whereas if I go through the latest football coupon, there are big differences in prices.
Therefore, we need to have a betting strategy when it comes to punting the number of corners. I would recommend carrying out some basic research when it comes to both teams and the great news is that a bookie like bet365 provide plenty of useful stats which means that you can get the latest information all in one place before you go ahead and place your bets.
Nine Golden Tips for Betting on Corners
- Look at the average number of corners that Team A has been awarded this season
- Look at the average number of corners that Team B has been awarded this season
- Compare the difference when it comes Team A and Team B home / away corners
- Consider the current playing style of both teams and how that could affect how many corners are awarded
- Look for fast attacking wide players on both teams who are likely to force the opposition to concede corners
- Look for dangerous strikers who will get shots on target and force goalkeepers to make saves
- Consider the number of goals that both teams are scoring – a higher number should theoretically mean more corners
- Contemplate how a football match might play out – will one side be under pressure from the off and be defending a lot?
- Consider which teams are possession-based and which sides like to play on the counter
It’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. The more research and thought you put into your corners betting, the more chance you will make a profit. Naturally, you are looking to find an edge over the bookies and your research might suggest that there’s a 65% chance that there will be Over 10 Corners in the Brighton v Manchester United match.
If the above selection is trading at evens (implying a 50% chance of it happening), it means you can potentially double your money on a betting option which you calculate has a much stronger likelihood of happening.
How to Place a Corner Betting Accumulator
Never let it be said that accumulator bets are solely to bet on teams that you think will win. While I have time for a 1×2 football acca like the next man, I also like to try my hand when it comes to accumulator football betting that includes Corner Betting markets and a multiple bet allows us to pick out a few “safe” options and perm them together in a juicy accumulator bet.
Take a look at the below Corner Betting accumulator I recently put together:
This was a Premier League football corners acca and I managed to get very fair odds of 8.60 about these four outcomes happening. In order for my corners accumulator bet to win, I would need the following to happen:
- 10 or more corners in the Brighton v Man United game
- 11 or more corners in the Arsenal v Norwich game
- 10 corners or less in the West Ham v Chelsea game
- 11 or more corners in the Man City v Liverpool game
Backing the above selections as singles wouldn’t make any appeal to me, especially lumping on at 1.61 where you have to shell out a decent stake in order to land a big return. However, you can put four odds-on corner bets into an acca and get a big price which means a £10 stake would ensure a return of £86.
Why Place a Corner Bet Acca
Corners are something that get awarded more frequently in a football match than a goal. As you can see from the above examples, a bookie might typically anticipate ten or more corners being awarded in a Premier League match, while the average number of goals in a game is closer to three. Therefore, having a corners bet accumulator means added excitement if you are following the games.
Once you have placed your corners accumulator bet, you can return to your bet slip when the games kick off and monitor the corner count that is happening in each game. You might even choose to watch some of the matches and you can either cheer on or cheer against corners being awarded as the game proceeds.
Naturally, here at WhatAcca.com, we have several articles explaining why accumulator bets are so fun and often rewarding. The primary basis for placing a corner acca is that you only have to risk a small stake in order to achieve a large return. Providing that you choose a sensible number of selections and you have a strong reason to put in each one in your bet slip, then you should do very nicely from this wager.
Also, unless you are betting on Match Corners (one team to get more corners than the other), then you are generally not particularly interested in who wins the match. Therefore, a 3-0 scoreline in favour of Manchester United isn’t important unless it’s having a bearing on how corners are being yielded as a result of that happening.
In-Play Corner Betting Markets
A corner bet is not just for pre-match punters. Indeed, for many, a corners bet really comes to life when a match kicks off and it’s an In-Play betting market which tends to stay open for business throughout the game. A bookmaker such as bet365 might start off with an In-Play corners market such as this:
- Over 10 Corners @ 2.00
- Exactly 10 Corners @ 7.50
- Under 10 Corners @ 2.20
However, if there are three corners awarded in the first five minutes of the game, then the bookies might hastily change the line and you might expect to see the following instead:
- Over 12 Corners @ 1.90
- Exactly 12 Corners @ 7.50
- Under 12 Corners @ 2.30
The In-Play markets are essentially in tune with what is taking place on the pitch and that is how the betting options stay relevant to the game. There’s no point a bookie offering prices on 10 Corners if there have been nine corners by half-time as the odds will not be particularly appealing to a customer.
Placing an In-Play Corner Betting Accumulator
This is where things get really interesting! Let’s imagine there’s a Saturday 3pm kick-off and you place an In-Play corner accumulator on the five matches taking place. Maybe you place your five-fold on there to be at least 10 corners in every game, with bet365 updating your bet slip so you can see when each leg has been settled as a winner.
Betting an In-Play acca can be something that you do a few minutes after the game starting or alternatively, it might be a half-time multiple bet. You might even want to do a second half corners accumulator wager, especially if you think that the number of corners awarded is either going to increase or decrease at the current ratio.
Can I Cash Out My Corner Bet Acca?
Cash Out is most certainly available when it comes to accumulator bets and that applies to corner betting. It’s worth noting that a corner acca doesn’t need to only include corner bets and you could for example put together the following football accumulator:
- Manchester United to win
- Over 2.5 Goals in the Leicester v Chelsea match
- Over 10 Corners in the Spurs v Watford match
- Arsenal -1 on the Asian Handicap v Brighton
Sometimes punters limit themselves to one market with their accumulator and, while in some ways it is simple to focus on goals, teams or corners, it doesn’t make a lot of sense on the basis that you should really form different views to the various matches.
Anyway, when you place an accumulator featuring corner bets, it’s then a case of checking out your Cash Out value and deciding whether it’s ever a good idea to take the money or not. If you want to take the early money, try to figure out the best time to Cash Out as many customers pull the trigger too early on a perfectly good bet and live to regret taking a smaller amount.
Sometimes it pays to hold fire, especially as corners can often be like buses and come in pairs or threes. Therefore, there’s no need to panic if the ref hasn’t awarded a corner and it’s not like a bookings bet where you’re at the mercy of a refereeing decision. If the last touch of the ball was off a defender before it goes out, then it’s another one for the corner tally.