Our top corners predictions
Here are our top three picks for corners betting on the upcoming fixtures.
Malta vs England: Corner before 7 mins @ 5/6 (1.83)
England will come into this game with the intention of opening Malta up early on and, as such, we see the Three Lions winning a corner before the seventh minute. Malta will be intent to soak up pressure in the early stages of the game and will likely sit deep to reduce any gaps in their backline. That may well prove effective at protecting their goal but they are likely to give up a fair few set pieces.
Portugal vs Bosnia: Bosnia ‘to win’ +4 @ 21/20 (2.05)
Our next prediction comes from another international match up and whilst we fancy Portugal to have the better of this match, we do feel Bosnia will have their moments against a Roberto Martinez managed side. Martinez doesn’t have much of a record for creating defensive resilience whilst Bosnia will be looking to sit in and hurt their hosts on counter attacks. That combination of tactics could see them force some uncomfortable moments for Portugal and, as such, we think they’ll win enough corners in this game where a +4 handicap sees them pip Portugal ‘to win’.
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Kansas City vs LAFC: Under 11 corners @ 13/8 (2.63)
We end our corner predictions in the MLS where we back this game between Kansas City and LAFC to fall north of the 11 corner mark, which is a wager we think offers huge value given the odds of 13/8 (2.63). Kansas average a middle of the road 9.4 corners per game across the season so far whilst LAFC are one of the highest performing teams where corners are concerned with a game average of 11.4. As for the head to head record, two of the last three meetings played at Kansas’ ground have gone over 11 corners.
How do corners predictions work?
With football betting markets nowadays you can take a punt on pretty much any aspect of the game and making corner predictions is no different. How though does corner betting work? The truth is there are loads of ways you can bet on corners within a game.
Total corner betting is similar to the total goals markets where you simply bet on whether or not there will be over or under a certain threshold. For goals, you might see this as over 3.5 goals or under 3.5 goals. Corner betting is the same. The bookmaker will provide you with a series of thresholds and your job as the punter is to back over or under. Depending on the way you choose to bet, you’ll either be left with a simple over/under bet or, if using whole numbers as opposed to decimals, you will have an ‘exactly’ option to consider.
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For example, Bet365 are offering a total corner market for Tottenham vs Crystal Palace with a 9.5 benchmark. If you bet on ‘over’ then to win the game must feature 10 corners. If there are nine corners of fewer then an ‘under’ prediction would have been needed.
There are variations to this sort of bet where you can bet on the number of corners a particular team might get or you can look to predict over/under corners within a particular time period e.g. within the first 10 minutes of a game.
Corner Match Bets
Corner match bets isn’t a catchy name but that is what this market is called. The reason for this naming convention is because the bet you place follows the exact same principles as the match result market. Your job is to bet on the outcome of the game in respect of which team wins the most corners.
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Like with the 1X2 markets, you have three betting options – home, draw or away. The team the earns the most corners in a game would be determined as the winner. The actual match result of a game has no bearing on the bet outcome.
Like with the total corners market we have just touched on, there are variations of this bet type offered by bookies. Most common are handicap markets. Again, this follows the same principles as match betting. Sticking with our Tottenham vs Crystal Palace example, Spurs are favourites with Bet365 to win the Corner Match Bet with an 8/11 (1.73) price. If, however, you bet on Spurs to win -1 corner then the odds grow to 11/10 (2.10). By contrast, if you back Palace to win with a positive handicap then your odds will shorten.
First Corner/Last Corner/Next Corner Betting
This corners betting market probably doesn’t need much explanation but it’s worth touching on as the markets do exist and, more importantly, are popular. You’ll find bookies, such as Bet365, offer this as three separate markets. The ‘first corner’ market is where you bet on the team you expect to win the first corner of the match with the ‘last corner’ being where you predict what team will earn the last corner of a game. These bets can be placed both ahead of games and during matches. The ‘Next Corner’ market, as you might guess, is betting on a team to win the next corner and is widely available as an in-play bet.
The last corner betting market worth discussing is the ‘race’ element. The bookmaker will offer a laddered approach here with a defined number of corners offered. As the bettor, you decide on the threshold – or the number of corners in question – and then place a bet on the team you expect to reach that number of corners first.
Why is Corner Betting popular?
There are two main reasons why corner betting is popular amongst punters. The key reason is because it’s seen as a risk averse betting option. Consider more ‘mainstream’ markets such as match result or total goal markets as an alternative. A team can absolutely dominate a game of football and not find a breakthrough courtesy of poor refereeing decisions, great goalkeeping or a result can be undone through a moment of madness at the back. Most football fans will have seen that scenario play out hundreds of times. It is very rare to see a game of football like that where the team in the ascendancy don’t earn corners though – it’s a market that has much less interference within it.
The other big reason bettors like corner betting is because it’s really intuitive to in-play betting. Imagine you’re watching a game of football and a team is chasing a game with 10 minutes left. Your widely expecting them to ask all of the questions in the closing stages but scoring a goal is a big ask. The idea of that team winning the next corner and/or the last corner of the game though is much more likely.
Of course, odds will be reflective of that probability but, generally speaking, the value on offer will be better.
Corner predictions FAQ
Is corner betting widely available with bookmakers? Yes, most well known bookies will offer some form of corner betting markets.
Can corner bets be placed in-play? Yes, corner betting is perfect for in-play betting.
What is the most popular corner betting market? There are many different markets but the most commonly used market is the over/under format.