Welcome to our best football betting apps blog. Here you will find the betting apps we believe stand out from the rest when it comes to betting on football from your mobile phone. So let’s get to it. Check out our favourites list below.
Here’s what you’ll find on the page
- Our top 10 apps for football betting
- Football betting guide
Top 10 football betting apps
Here are the best apps independently rated by the betting apps UK team.
1 – Bet365 App – Best overall app
Bet365 is our number one go-to app as far as football betting is concerned.
Best for: All-round football betting
In our opinion and from our experience it is an excellent app for football betting – although they call it soccer!
It is super reliable, ultra-quick and offers top quality service and support all around the clock. They have a huge range of leagues that they cover from all around the world, from the well known to the bizarre! We find they have a very wide range of betting markets covering almost everything we could think of happening in a football match!
Here’s how the app looks –
The brand is innovative, yet keeps one eye firmly on the competition. This allows the Bet365 sports app to bring together a blend of exclusive and popular features that have proven to be real crowd-pleasers.
Live football streaming (Geographical restrictions apply).
Cash-out – including partial cash-out.
Edit your bet – even after you have placed it.
Bet builder – create your own customised bet.
2 – William Hill App
William Hill has one of the best layouts of all betting apps currently available, in our opinion.
Best for: Football Stats
The daily lists view makes it incredibly easy to build accumulators and comes in handy at the weekend when large multiples become more plausible.
The screenshots below show the football home screen, top bets of the day and the stats view (L-R).
The app has daily price boost that you can select on your bets (terms apply, see site for details). When we were reviewing the app these gave us the option for a boost on one bet per day. You could tap the boost odds on the bet slip to get the price even higher!
The app now also includes links to the new “Stats Zone”. This is football betting heaven! Every game from the world major leagues are covered and you’ll find the latest stat for both teams.
Stats Include (At time of writing, subject to change)
- League form
- Latest odds
- Home and away form
- League position graph
- Head to head results
- Winning/ losing margin over the last 20 games
As you can see for this list its a great way to view the form of both teams before placing your bets. The stats centre also has the odds for 1X2 markets so you can bet straight from the Stats centre. If you are looking for other markets you will have to go back to the app for these odds currently.
The only downside we have noticed to the stats is they only over league games. You won’t get stats for any of the cup games like the FA Cup or League Cup as well as other European cups.
The only downfall here that have witnessed is reliability. The William Hill app does have a rare tendency of giving up during key busy periods. This can leave you a little frustrated, especially if you are looking to cash out of a bet.
3 – BetVictor App
The BetVictor app offers strong prices across all football markets. It is a fairly simplistic app, creating a less clunky atmosphere and a speedy way to get your bets placed.
Best app for: Football Bet Builder
Its an app we’d describe as modern and sleek. It does not rely on flashy graphics or bright colours to catch your attention – it just focuses on being a modern and stylish app and we like that! The Bet Builder is excellent and gives you an instant price for your same match multiples.
It has some of the most attractive gameplay visualisations we have seen on a betting app and keeps the end-user bang up to date with the latest action on the pitch.
The addition of the Bet Builder has taken the app to another level. You can build your own football bets and get an instant price. Pick your exact bets and place them there and then. This is an excellent addition to the app.
Here are the options you can select on the #BetBuilder
- Match result – Home/ away/ draw
- Goalscorer – First/ last/ anytime
- Corners – Under/ over/ exact
- Match goals – Under/ over/ exact
- Team goals – Under/ over/ exact
- Correct score
These are all available for the full match, 1st half or 2nd half bets
Newly Added: Method of goal!
This is an interesting market where you can get some big odds by selecting how they will score. You can set this for the match, team or player –
- Outside the box
- Free kick
Again these can be set for the full match or either half.
This is the widest choice we have seen from any bet builder on the market.
4 – Betfair Exchange App
Betfair are one of the few bookmakers that offer an exchange service on top of their standard sports betting offerings. This effectively turns you into the bookmaker.
Best for: Football Odds.
Our rating here comes from the exchange app rather than the sportsbook. The sportsbook is a good solid app in its own right but when we are talking about the best app for football odds then the Exchange will take some beating! It has recently been confirmed by Oddschecker as the best place for Premier League football odds and they are usually a tick or two higher than the standard bookmaker prices.
There is no option to place multiples though or you revert back to the sportsbook odds. This is the app for high-value single bets and serious bettors.
Here is how the app looks –
Therefore you have the ability to lay bets for others to place rather than the usual backing. A nice twist to the normal way of doing things and one that can bring back extremely strong prices.
The Betfair sportsbook app also boasts to have the best odds on the Champions League
*Betfair Sportsbook offered the lowest average match over rounds since 1/1/18 on the UEFA Champions League (excluding qualification matches) & EPL, compared to leading UK bookmakers. T&Cs apply.
5 – Betfred Sports App
The Betfred app has some great features that make it a great app for the dedicated football fan.
Best for: Accumulators
The app provides the user with the ability to change the homepage to the football section. Therefore football betting is then all you will see.
What we liked about the Betfred app is the simplicity of placing a big acca. The screenshots below show the football home where you can just tap on the competition you are looking for to find the match list. We found Betfred to be excellent at pricing matches up early and making their prices available well in advance of the games in the major UK leagues and across Europe.
Here is how football betting on the app looks –
We found over 15 different coupons available on the app during testing. This does change depending on what games are on and in the summer will be considerably less.
Here are the available coupons we found, Goals Galore is Betfred’s Both teams to score coupon –
- Popular matches
- ROTW long list (All the day’s games from around the world)
- UK Long list
- European long list
- In-play longlist
- Goals galore
- Goals galore bonus
- Goals galore 1st half
- Goals galore no draw
- BTTS + Match result
- Match results and 3 or more goals
- Match result and 4 or more goals
- To win to nil
- To score in both halves
- Draw no bet
- Win either half
- Win both halves
Here is how the goals galore coupon looks –
To select a game you just tap the box so a tick appears. You are looking for games where you think both teams will score, you have to select a minimum of 3 results. The odds are fixed based on the number of games you select.
The app is also packed full of statistics and independent guides, giving you all the tools required to make an informed choice without having to bounce in and out.
6 – Ladbrokes App
The Ladbrokes app is a good app all-round but lacks anything to really grab you. They do offer 0dds boosts quite frequently across all of the top leagues and competitions across the globe.
Ladbrokes has a good range of offers but does not feel like a headline app for anything in particular. The app and offers are almost identical to Coral (They are both owned by the same company). For us, Ladbrokes needs to up its game a little and try and lead in the market rather than following.
There are also cash prizes up for grabs with free games offered every now and then. Therefore providing you with the chance to win money for nothing.
A recent example of this was the 1-2-FREE promotion that offered up the chance to win £100 cash for correctly predicting the score of three set fixtures. Free bets were also issued out for correctly predicting one or two of the three.
7 – Coral Sports App
The Coral betting app is a nice all-rounder, performing well across all areas most football bettors are interested in.
There’s a user-friendly layout, with live promotions clearly displayed using a large scrolling banner across the top of the app’s homepage.
The app is very similar to Ladbrokes in layout and functionality.
The quick bet feature makes it good for in-play betting although most apps in this list now have that feature. We do like the built-in casino and table games on the app but that isn’t enough to get it higher in our list!
8 – Paddy Power App
The Paddy Power app is the app for those who don’t take themselves (or others for that matter) too seriously.
Paddy Power are the jokers in the pack inasmuch as they love to crack a joke about any trending football news. The app almost feels jovial but it’s on social media where Paddy Power are at their best!
They are well known for their comical banter and publicity stunts and are always doing a cheeky ad here and there.
Away from the social side, the Paddy Power app is a secure, honest betting service that offers a wide range of football markets. It also has a very good horse racing section too for those people who also like to have a side bet on the nags.
9 – Skybet App
The Skybet app has some unique free games available that does it worthwhile being a registered user.
The Soccer 6 game is a free game that helps make the 3 pm kick-offs on a Saturday a lot more interesting. Six fixtures are set for you to predict the correct score lines. Get all six right and life-changing amounts if money awaits you.
There’s also a Six-a-Side fantasy game that is frequently available. Pick six players from a select match and track individual performance from the app as the action plays out. Cash prizes also available for the highest-scoring teams.
Football betting apps guide
Here’s everything you need to know about football betting in the UK!
Football is all about scoring goals, so it makes sense that there’s a lot of choices here in terms of bet type. Goal times, goal types, goal amounts and team goals are all possible to bet on. The over/unders option is particularly popular within the Goals markets.
With Over/under goal markets, you are betting on whether the number of goals in the game (or per team) will be over or under a certain number. To prevent a grey area appearing if the number matches the number of goals, 0.5 increments are used as the set number. For example over 1.5 goals. Bets can be placed on a specific half, a specific team or as a total in the match. A few examples can be found below;
- Over 1.5 goals in match.
- Under 3.5 goals by home team.
- Over 2.5 first half goals.
These markets are all about the individuals on the pitch and whether they can find the onion bag or not. Odds are provided for each player eligible to play. Obviously the strikers and top goal scorers have the shortest odds, with defenders and unlikely scorers having much longer.
Betting on a player to score multiple times is readily available, as is a certain player to score the first goal in the match. It will come as no surprise to hear that the likes of Ronaldo and Messi are good options in these types of markets in most matches.
Goalscorer markets can also be combined with the outright markets to extend the odds given. For example, if you were to choose Messi to score anytime in the match, you may wish to combine this selection with the Barcelona win to strengthen the level of return slightly. This option is usually available as a single selection rather than actually physically having to combine it.
Both teams to score
One of the most popular markets currently away from the outright market is both teams to score markets. Here, you are simply betting on whether both teams will score or not. With goals being scored anywhere from the first minute to the final kick, this type of bet usually keeps the adrenaline rushing right up to the final whistle.
Single odds on this type of bet are usually quite consistent, hovering around the evens mark. However, bundle a few of these selections together into an accumulator and the odds soon become a lot more attractive.
This market can also incorporate the outright selection too. For example, the home team to win and both teams to score. It only takes three or four of these types of picks to bring about astronomical returns. Be warned though, this does look a lot easier than it is in reality. Hence the hefty odds attached to winning one.
Various forms of handicap betting can be attached to a football fixture to bring about either less risk or a greater return on the outright selections. These are usually represented by a positive or negative symbol followed by a number. Eg, Home team +2 or Away teamTeam -1.
The unit in question here is goals. In the first example, the home team would be given a 2 goal handicap. Effectively this is saying that team A has a two goal advantage. For this bet to lose the away team would need to win by two goals or more. A two goal lead would tie the match once the virtual handicap had been applied so if you had picked the to win option, this would lose.
You can choose to select what is known as an Asian handicap to safeguard yourself against a draw. In an Asian handicap, money is returned if the result ends in a tie once the virtual handicap has been applied to the actual end result. There are also half lines available, for example Home team -1.5. By adding the 0.5 in to the equation this eliminates the possibility of a tied result entirely.
Forget goals, now you can bet purely on corners! Sounds bonkers, but some people love it and have been quite successful from it as well.
If you have the time to research corner statistics to identify trends, it could well give you a slight edge over the average corner betting punter. Some teams play a lot wider than others, leading to more corner opportunities. People have started noticing this and have started to bet accordingly.
You can bet on team corners, match corners, first-half corners, second-half corners, race to a certain amount of corners, team to get next corner and the list goes on.
Another element of the football game that has opened itself up into its own betting category is match disciplinary action.
Now you can bet on how many times the ref reaches into his/her pocket. You can bet on individual players to be booked, team bookings, match bookings, number of red cards and more. Some bookies use a booking points system whereby a yellow card is worth 10 points and a yellow card is worth 25 points ( 2 x yellows resulting in a red is worth 35 points). You then have the option of betting on whether the number of booking points will be above or below a certain number.
Creating your own bet
Most reputable online bookmakers offer users the opportunity to create their own custom bet. Each bookmaker has a slightly different name for this particular feature, but there is very little difference between the offerings or idea behind the feature. Here you can combine multiple elements of football to create your own personalised bet. Select or request your elements and a price will be given back to you. If you are happy with the odds offered, you can then go ahead and place that bet. Elements that are typically used for customised bets are:
- Outright market
- Both teams to score markets
- Goalscorer markets
- Corner markets
- Card markets
Here is an example from the Betvictor app – One of the best apps for Bet builders.
Pulse betting is one of the latest innovative features that is now being offered by select bookmakers. This service is supplied to online bookmakers via SBTech and provides users with the option of betting on a goal being scored within a certain time frame – the next 30 seconds, one minute, 5 minutes or ten minutes. Once you have selected one of the aforementioned timeframes the time will be split up into three sections as shown below
The later the goal (within your total allotted time) the more money will be returned. Ideally, the user would want a goal within the third time period to secure the maximum amount. Check out the video below to gain a feel of what Pulse betting is all about.
Types of football bets.
- Singles – One selection
- Doubles – Two selections
- Trebles – Three selections
- Accumulators – a term used for a bet consisting of multiple selections, all of which must-win for the bet to be successful.
Advanced multiples in football betting
Away from the standard accumulator, whereby all selections in a multiple must win, there are also several perm bets (short for permutation bets) that can be placed.
These are known as parlays or exotics depending on where you are based. These types of bets cover multiple bets within it, meaning not all selections have to win in order to see a return. One of the simpler examples is a Trixie bet. This is a bet comprising of three selections and consists of four separate bets as follows.
Selections A, B and C are chosen;
- A + B + C
- A +B
- B + C
- A + C
As this is classed as 4 bets the stake amount will be multiplied by 4 i.e a £5 Trixie will require a £20 stake – £5 on each line above. As you can see this type of bet only requires 2 of the three selections to win for the bet to see a return. However, the bet will return the maximum amount if all three selections win, causing all four lines to be winners.
Check out explanations of other perm bets from the list below