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Football Book Review – The Premier Football Betting Handbook 2010/11

Football betting has become a huge industry. It seems with every passing season there are more options in terms of markets to bet on, from the first goalscorer to the number of corners in a match, and with these increased opportunities there are enormous winnings to be had.

The Premier Football Betting Handbook is an essential guide, which gives the reader an edge when having a bet on the Premier League. The book is co-written by Matt Finnigan and Pete Nordsted who both have gained extensive experience and knowledge as specialist sports traders and now full-time football punters. It has information for everyone, from those who like the odd bet to those who would like to make the step up to the next level of football betting.

The book follows a simple format and is written assuming that the reader has little or no knowledge of how betting works. It takes people through the basics including how to calculate odds, knowing when is the best time to place a bet and how the bookmaker himself makes money.

The handbook also explains over ten Premier League betting markets, including full time winner, correct score and Asian handicaps. Longer term markets are equally covered including everyone?s favourite, the Golden Boot.

As an additional bonus, the guide gives a rundown on each Premier League team, with the authors grading each club with letters depending on ability. Chelsea for example are Grade A while Wigan Athletic are at the other end of the spectrum on Grade D.

For those who love numbers, the book offers statistics on every referee and each club, based on the 2009/10 Premier League season, in areas such as goals scored home and away, player goals, half time and full time scores, corners taken and more. The authors also highlight interesting facts: Who would have known that Stoke drew 0-0 at half time in 18 of their matches last season or that Sunderland were behind in 13 games by half time and did not go on to win any those?

All in all, the Premier Football Betting Handbook is well written and provides easy to understand and accessible information. It is suitable for anyone, from a first time punter to a seasoned pro who is interested in refining their punts. While football will always throw up some weird and wonderful surprises, this book with its abundance of stats and team info will no doubt be a real asset for every casual and serious bet loving fan, and will make sure that they will enjoy that matchday experience just a little bit more.

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