First Goalscorer bet is exactly what you’re thinking it is – a wager on the scorer of the first goal in a 90 minute game of football. As such, it is a simple market to understand and get your head around.
What's in this article
- Best Bookmakers for First Goalscorer Betting
- What Happens If… – First Goalscorer Rules
- What are First Goalscorer Betting Tips and Strategy?
- Study Player Form
- Study The Head To Head
- What is the First Goalscorer Betting Market?
- Similar Bets to First Goalscorer Betting
- Two or More OR Hat-Trick
- Last Goalscorer
- Anytime Goalscorer
- Team Goalscorer
- No Goalscorer
- Each Way
- First Goalscorer Betting FAQ
- First Goalscorer Betting Conclusion
Best Bookmakers for First Goalscorer Betting
What Happens If… – First Goalscorer Rules
At this point, you may have concerns about certain scenarios that might impact on your first goalscorer bet. Let’s take a look at these.
What are First Goalscorer Betting Tips and Strategy?
First goalscorer might seem like a random bet whose outcome could be settled by any number of circumstances but there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of success.
Study Player Form
Consider the probabilities of the player you are considering putting your money on actually scoring the first goal such as is he in red hot form or going through a bit of a dry spell. Do take this into account, as you’re more likely to win on an in-form striker even if the odds will be considerably shorter. The same applies, in wider sense, to teams. If a team is in great form in front of goal, they’re perhaps more likely to score first. Also, remember that some teams are well known to nick late goals while others tend to score early on and, in some cases, sit back and defend their lead. This too can dramatically affect the first and last goalscorer odds. Is there a player who is considered to be a dead ball specialist? Better still if he happens to be a defender and he likes to take penalties or free kicks. What if the big number 5 wins a lot of headers when attacking corners? Is the opposing goalie world class or well known to be dodgy, especially at crosses? These are the kind of things you can use to your advantage.
Study The Head To Head
For whatever reason, some players do better against certain teams than others so check the head to head record for the past few meetings between the two sides. Again, there is no guaranteed formula or set reasoning but some top class strikers struggle against sides in the top or bottom four while others are deadly when it comes to derby matches. Consider too the opponent’s tactics, do they play on the front foot leaving gaps at the back ripe for a striker to exploit or are they a physical team giving away freekicks and penalties, maybe even picking up a red card? Will your guy rise to the occasion or wilt in a physical match? Also, remember, a player that is just coming back from injury could well take a few games to get going again. Additionally, they might not be able to last the full 90 minutes, in which case perhaps don’t back them to be the game’s last goalscorer.
What is the First Goalscorer Betting Market?
The first goalscorer market is simple. Bookmakers will produce a book of live betting odds featuring a list of the players likely to be involved in an upcoming, normally televised, football match. Using all of you footballing knowledge and bettor’s instinct, you select the player that you think will get that all important opening goal. If your selection is the first goalscorer in a match, you win and if he isn’t, you don’t.
Most of the players in a first goalscorer market will be priced at appropriate odds, which means shorter prices for strikers and attacking players and longer odds for defensive players and outright defenders. Remember though, defenders can still take free kicks and penalties as well as going up for headers when their team is awarded a corner kick, this is something to bear in mind.
For instance, in the 2018/19 English Premier League season, the golden boot was shared by three footballers, all of which coincidentally happened to be African. 2015 African Player of the year, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 2017 and 2018 winner Mohamed Salah and, in 2019, Salah's Liverpool team mate Sadio Mane. Such was their form that season, and most seasons for that matter, that you will receive very low odds on any of these three players getting the game’s opening goal. This is because they very possibly WILL get the game’s opening goal.
To spot opportunities in this market, pay attention to the latest injury news which can lead to teams experimenting by employing a lofty centre back upfront as a centre forward. Perhaps a new coach might give penalty taking duties to a new player or move a winger inside to play as a striker. Any tactical change whatsoever might have an impact on a game’s first goalscorer because in football anything can, and very often does, happen.
Similar Bets to First Goalscorer Betting
The player markets don’t simply end with first goalscorer betting, there are plenty of other similar bets for you to consider on matchday.
Two or More OR Hat-Trick
Why stop at one goal when you can, for longer odds naturally, pick a player to get two or more goals or even a hat-trick. Yes, we know that a hat-trick is “more than two goals” but bookies still offer hat-trick odds so the choice is yours. Essentially, a two or more bet – also known as multiscorer – is where you back a player to score a minimum of two, commonly known as a brace. Should he achieve this, you bet will be a winner. The hat-trick market betting is similar but you are wagering on a player to score a hat-trick so this might be best to save for when the top players play against weaker opposition.
Last goalscorer betting is very similar to wagering on the first goalscorer but, as the name suggests, this time you are betting on who will score the last goal of the game. In truth, the odds on first and last scorer are often the same and first goalscorer rules and last goalscorer rules are also identical. Once again, only 90 minutes apply and own goals are ignored completely. There is one key difference between first and last goalscorer however and that concerns players who are substituted. So long as your last goalscorer pick played any time at all during the game and doesn’t score your bet will stand and be judged as a loser.
Anytime goalscorer betting is another similar bet, although the anytime goalscorer odds will be significantly shorter than when betting on what order the goals are scored. This is because, with an anytime goalscorer bet, bettors are putting their money on a player to get a goal at absolutely any point in a 90 minute match of football. It doesn’t matter if the goal is the ninth in a 9-0 rout, so long as it goes in, according to anytime goalscorer rules, counts towards the final result and is credited to your pick, you are a winner.
Unless this is a David Versus Goliath of a fixture, then these are odds are generally quite short because you are betting on which team will score the first goal and there only two teams to choose from. Of course, there is a third option you can back, no goalscorer which brings to our next betting option.
And that betting option would be to back on there being no goalscorer at all. It might seem a little disingenuous to put money on a game and hoping for no goals to be scored but it is an option, although not one with an especially high odds. However, there is one reason to back on this market and that is to use it instead of backing a 0-0 draw. True, more often than not the no goalscorer and 0-0 correct score market have exactly the same odds however, the no goalscorer market generally excludes own goals whereas 0-0 is recorded as an exact score. So, if a game ends 1-0 thanks to an own goal, it would payout on a no goalscorer bet but not on a 0-0 correct score bet. Just a little loophole to provide you a touch of bettor’s insurance.
When you bet on first goalscorer each way on the first goal scorer, you will be paid even if your player doesn’t score first so long as he does score the second or third goal. Of course, you still get paid if he scores the opener too. This is because it is an each way bet and, as such, splits its stake between two outcomes, actually scoring first, and scoring one of the first three goals in a match. For example, let’s say you place a £5 each way bet on the first goalscorer rated at 9/1. If the player you’ve backed scores the game’s first goal and then goes on to get either the second or third goal, you’ll be paid out £50 for the first goal and, settled at 1/3 of the odds, another £20 for the second goal which makes up your each way bet.
First Goalscorer Betting FAQ