In the modern betting world, you can place a bet on literally anything to happen in a football match. From the number of substitutions, goal-kicks and even throw-ins. One of the most underrated markets, however, is the corners market. And without many people knowing it, there’s a lot of research that can be done when it comes to betting on corners in order to have a successful run. There’s also a number of different areas to consider when placing a bet on corners, and I am happy to go through them…
Total corners (Over/Under/Exactly)
Betting on the total number of corners in a particular match is the most basic and easiest market to understand when it comes to corners. The bookies will pick a particular line pre-match which usually sits at over 8.5 or over 9.5 in total. You can work out if there is any value in these lines by doing your due diligence and research to see just how many corners each side averages per game.
You can even place a bet on the exact number of corners per match or even per half. This is complete guess work and something I would recommend staying away from.
Total Team Corners
Total team corners is an interesting market and one you can use to your advantage in certain scenarios. For example, whenever Manchester City play. They are a side who dominate possession and can see upwards of 75% of the ball at times. In these types of matches, you may be better off opting for team total corners rather than a match total. The opposition are going to keep men behind the ball, and they aren’t going to reach the final third very often to contribute to the corners total.
Corners Match Bet
This is another of the more simpler markets when it comes to corners. By backing a team in a corners match bet, you are just predicting them to be the side who takes the most corner kicks throughout the match. More often than not, it will be the favourite/home side who will most likely take the most and that will be reflected in the pre-match odds. You can do your research with this market, and compare how many both sides average per match. This will give you an idea whether or not there’s value.
In some matches, there will be zero value in the corners match bet market, for example if you have a match-up of Manchester City at home against a bottom-half Premier League club. In order to extract some value when it comes to corners, you can go with the handicap area. With Manchester City dominating the ball, having more shots among everything else, they will simply take more corners. With that in mind, you could go for something like Manchester City -5 corner handicap, which would mean they will need to take 6 more corners than their opponents.
The corners race market is an exciting one to take in-play and you can get some very good value with it. Again, to use Manchester City as an example. If they were trailing by a goal with around 70 minutes on the clock and they had currently taken five corners. Manchester City to win the race to nine corners would be an excellent bet with 20 minutes to go. They would be piling the pressure on and the opposition would be defending for their lives, wave after wave. It’s all about considering the scenario with this market and very often, you can predict how it will play out.
Other things to keep in mind when betting on corners?
Some league’s are better than others. This is quite obvious when you think about it, but it’s important to remind you not to get sucked into any match. For example, in a league such as the Italian Serie A… Teams are very much defensively-minded and their main priority is to sure things up at the back before anything else. A lot will work hard for results which means they won’t take many risks going forward. This will obviously have a negative impact on the total number of match corners, so some league’s are indeed better than others.
So, which league’s are the best the bet on when it comes to corners? I would tend to say the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and the Dutch Eredivisie. League’s in which the general philosophy is much more attack-minded with both teams coming to play. All three seemingly have a higher amount of goals and corners on average.
Quite a bit of corners betting can be done with common sense, and determined on how teams like to play. For example, some teams who like to play a narrow possession-based style of football and team’s who don’t play with old school wingers should be avoided. There isn’t anything more frustrating than when you have backed corners and the wingers refuse to run on the outside of the opposing full-back. That is the most comment situation where the magic happens.
There’s a couple of important things to remember. Firstly, match scenarios. This can be taken into account both pre-match and in-play. For example, the best bet for a corners match bet or handicap can be established before kick-off by completing the necessary research. And when it comes to in-play, you can gauge a good value corners race bet by seeing how the match is panning out. Finally, stats, stats and more stats. There are plenty of websites out there in which you can see the stats from every team from every major league and see how they average/compare when it comes to corners. You can build yourself an impressive success rate, simply by putting in the time and effort and research.