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Betting on sports – Best sports for betting (updated for 2019)

Betting on sports is incredibly popular throughout the world. But what are the best sports for betting in 2019?

In this article, we’ll look at the most popular and profitable sporting events you can place your bets on. Plus we share some tips on how to maximise your sports betting profit.

Read on to find out more.

Betting on sports

Betting is a hobby enjoyed by thousands of individuals up and down the country and across the globe. Bet365 alone has welcomed over 32 million bettors to their platform over the years.

There are many events and categories that punters can choose to bet on. From betting on the next prime minister to the winners of Love Island, you can literally place a bet on anything these days.

However, betting on sport is typically the most popular choice for many punters. It’s no surprise when the two are so synonymous.

There’s a certain excitement that you can’t get away from when betting on sport. This is especially true when punters watch events and place in-play bets.

So what are the most popular sports for betting in 2019?

Most popular sports for betting

As you may know, you can bet on a huge range of different sporting events. However, there are some sports that are more suited to betting than others. Here’s a list of the best sports betting categories:

  • Football
  • Horse racing
  • Cricket
  • Tennis

Let’s check out each of these in a little more detail.

Football match betting

Being the largest and most popular sport in the world, you’d expect to see football betting on this list. A lot of fans love placing bets on football fixtures, from Premier League games, Champions League to La Liga.

Whatever league you choose, you can be sure to find plenty of betting opportunities available.

Many punters like placing bets on the most common football betting market, Win/Draw/Win or 1X2 as you may see it written.

Whilst this is a brilliant way to place your bets, there are far more opportunities available to bettors. For more information and tips on how to win at football betting, check out this article.

Horse racing betting

Betting and horse racing go hand in hand and have done since the early 17 hundreds when Queen Anne first opened the Ascot racecourse.

Horse racing was and still is one of the most popular sports for punters to bet on. One of the key benefits is the simplicity of the sport and therefore the betting markets available. Placing bets on horse racing has become even easier thanks to digital betting platforms.

Horse racing is the only sport where you’ll find physical bookmakers taking bets live at an event. Betting on horse racing has maintained its traditional aspects despite facing challenging competition from online platforms.

Horse racing is certainly one of the most exciting sports to place your bets on in 2019. If you aren’t already, I recommend you consider staking money on horse racing events.

Cricket match betting

Betting on cricket matches is also incredibly popular with punters around the globe. Being one of the most widely watched sports, with over 2.5 billion fans, you can’t write a sports betting article without mentioning cricket.

Whether it’s a full-on Ashes test, a one day international or a T20 big bash game, there’s plenty of cricket to bet on throughout the year.

Some of the most popular cricket betting markets include top batsman, top bowler, number of sixes in an over and many many more.

Most bookmakers offer cricket match betting markets so you’ll be able to place your cricket bets easily.

Betting on tennis

Another great sport for betting on is tennis. Across many parts of the world, tennis is an incredibly popular sport making it an awesome option for placing your bets.

With four majors each year and a whole host of other, smaller tennis tournaments, there are plenty of opportunities to place your bets.

For a long time, a few great tennis players have dominated the sport. You’ll probably know the names of the big three:

  • Novak Djokovic
  • Roger Federer
  • Rafael Nadal

And occasionally our very own Andry Murray.

As these guys have become formidable winners over the last few years, you can often find some great odds on their opponents. Whilst long odds aren’t in your favour, these guys are only human and they have their off days.

Think of the time when Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round back in 2013. This still stands as one of the biggest upsets in grand slam history.

All in all, you can certainly find some great value odds if you look outside of the big three.

For a whole host of betting tips and advice on how to maximise your profit, check out this article.

Picking the best sports for betting

So what makes the sports mentioned above so great for betting? It’s fair to say, there are a number of aspects that make for a great sport to bet on. However, below are some of the key considerations we’re looking for.

  • Information available
  • Widely covered
  • Number of events/markets

Information available

If you want to make your betting strategy a success in 2019, you need to do your research. You need to know as much information as possible on the team, runner or player you’re betting on.

The more you know, the more informed bets you’ll place which should lead to a more profitable strategy.

So we’re looking for sports where information is readily available and easy to gather. Obviously, the more widely covered a sport is, the more research you’ll be able to do.

Thanks to the internet, there are hundreds of different sports betting related sites that you can access for free. These sites share previews and tips from experts in the industry.

Widely covered

We’re looking for sports that have a lot of coverage in the press whether that be on TV, radio or online. As I mentioned in the previous section, this allows you to research teams more thoroughly.

You can watch your favourite teams in the aim of gaining extra information to get ahead of the bookmakers. What’s more, a fixture becomes far more exciting when you’ve got money riding on the outcome.

Number of events/markets

The more events there are for a certain sport, the more opportunities you have to place your bets. The same applies to betting markets available.

The most popular sports have events and fixtures on a regular basis. For example, top flight football teams sometimes have two or more fixtures each week. If you take a look at football as a whole, there are hundreds of fixtures each week.

Basically the more events and markets there are, the more options you have when it comes to placing your bets.

Which sport should you bet on?

As you can see above, there are plenty of options when it comes to betting on sports. So how do you choose which one to bet on?

There are many factors that go into making a decision like this and it’s very subjective to each bettor.

If you’re new to betting, I recommend you stick to a sport in which you have a fair amount of knowledge of the teams and key players etc.

If you don’t have any knowledge, it’s time to get researching. Find out as much information as you can before placing any bets. You’ll thank yourself later.

Can you bet on multiple sports at once?

There are pros and cons of betting on multiple sports at once.

By betting on more than one sport, you’ll be able to find more betting markets and events to place your bets which allows you to find the best value.

However, you’ll need to dedicate a lot of time to research the most up to date information for a range of different sports. In this regard, it’s much harder to become an expert in your field.

Whilst this is not essential, it’s important if you want to beat the bookies on a regular basis.

I’ll leave the ultimate decision with you, but I suggest you dedicate your time to one sport, especially if you’re new to the whole betting scene.

As you become more experienced and your knowledge increases, you can look to make money from different sports.

Betting on sports overview

Overall betting on sports is the most popular category for placing your bets and as we’ve seen there are many different sports you can place your bets on. Each sport offers something different to bettors which makes the whole process far more exciting and entertaining.

Having a range of sports also gives you more opportunities for placing your bets and allows you to maximise the value from your bets.

Which is your favourite sport for betting? Let me know by leaving a comment below right now.