In this article I am going to write about finding the best opportunities for scalping the football markets.
Swing Trading Football Strategies
Big name player gets injured
One of the most profitable strategies for scalping the football markets is to take advantage of injuries that occur in play. I will use an example from the Euro 2016 final.
During the first half of the Euro 2016 final Portugal’s star player Cristiano Ronaldo went down injured and looked like he could not continue.
In a matter of minutes Portugals price flew out from 4.5 to around 5.2. This enabled traders who reacted quickly to make around 13% profit on their stake.
This example is a more of a swing trade and it doesn’t happen that often. If you aware and act quick enough though there is good profit to made from little risk.
(In the 2018 Champions League final this also happened when Mo Salah got injured for Liverpool.)
Short Term Scalping
One of my favourite times to scalp a market is when one team is deliberately killing time and faking injuries.
This a common scenario when an underdog is leading a game and time is ticking down during the second half. The key to being profitable in this scenario is having quick enough pictures and recognizing which teams have a tendency to stall the play.
In this scenario you have the option of laying the losing favourite or laying the overs market. You should be able to gain a few ticks each time doing this again with very low risk.
There are other opportunities for scalping the football markets on Betfair but these are two with the lowest risk.
Key things to consider
Here are a few key things to consider when you are scalping the football markets on Betfair.
How fast are your pictures?
– You really need the fastest pictures available, if you are streaming with a 20 second delay then you are going to be behind the majority of the market.
How liquid is the market you are trading?
-If you are trading a Champions League game you should have no problem getting in and out of the market.
-If you are trading a low level FA Cup game on a wet Wednesday night the opportunity to scalp properly is probably not going to be there.
What is you risk vs reward ratio?
-What is your profit percentage each time you enter a scalp trade?
-How much of your bank are you willing to lose should something go against you?
When used in the right situations scalping can be a good way of building some very low risks profits during a game of football.
I hope these Betfair scalping football trading strategies have given you a few more options to think about.
(In order to scalp successfully on Betfair you will need to use some software that allows quick entries and exits into the markets. I currently use Geeks toy having found this to be the quickest and one of the most efficient pieces of software available.)
Ryan is a former mixed martial arts and kickboxing competitor. After finishing university he played online poker and taught English for a living in Thailand for a few years.
Upon returning to England his focus has been on making a living from sports trading, betting and arbitrage. Over the course of 5 years he has managed to make a six figure profit using the strategies discussed on this site.
Ryan runs the sports betting and trading website www.smartsportstrader.com
1 thought on “Betfair Scalping – Football Trading Strategies”
A nice couple of inplay strategies, I’d never thought of these. The bigger the game the better and obviously must be watching the game. I’m guessing these could well prove to be useful in the next couple of weeks. Thanks!