This strategy requires research. Okay, maybe not, but then don’t expect to bank profit.
You can trust us, and we’ll repeat it – the more the odds drop on a particular favourite, the more likely you will make a substantial profit without hedging your bet.
Of course, many factors affect significant movements in the odds. For example, it could be a personnel situation, financial problems or even the weather on a particular day. So, before using this strategy, check how big the odds movements were in a specific match and whether this impacted the outcome.
Match Selection & Lay Betting
We love to use this strategy in lower-league matches. We noticed that the pre-match odds for the home team to win the game were at odds of 2.1. Just before the match started, these odds dropped to around 1.70. This was not ideal for us, so we decided to exit during the game. Did we make a profit? Check it out!
Because the highest BACK odds on the home team were 1.70 on the exchange, we placed a LAY home team bet for £10 at odds of 1.71 to get our bet matched as soon as possible, as we were seconds away from kick-off.
After a while, our bet was only partially matched. However, this did not last long because the odds on the home team suddenly dropped to 1.64, and our bet was fully matched.
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Taking Action According to Match Events
The match itself was a real rollercoaster. In the 10th minute of the game, the away team had already scored a goal, and we could have exited the market with a profit, but we did not.
Three minutes later, there was a change to the scoreline, as the home team managed to grab a goal. At this point, we were at a loss, but this was the match we expected as well…
In the 30th minute of the game, it was 2-1 for the home team. However, we were convinced the odds were even better for placing a LAY home team bet, so we added another £10 for this event.
At this point, our bets were as follows:
The away team managed to score an equalising goal just before half-time. We were then able to exit the market and make a profit of more than 40% of our initial bet at half-time of the match.
However, we did not do so because we expected a more significant profit and waited to see what happened in the match’s second half.
It was a good decision. In the 65th minute of the match, we decided that our profit was enough for us. It was more than 70% of our initial bet, an excellent return for trading. Therefore, we decided to hedge our bet by placing a BACK bet on the home team.
However, it took a while to create real examples from trading, save screenshots and describe them briefly, so after a time, the odds for the home team to win jumped to 2.46, and finally, we managed to place a BACK bet on the home team.
As it turned out, this was an excellent decision for us, as moments later, the home team scored a goal to make it 3-2. However, the Trader team would not be themselves if they did not try to show you something additional.
Since we had a profit from trading in this match anyway, we decided to move forward and placed a new LAY home team bet. This time it was about half of our current profit and was at odds of 1.18.
After a brief consideration, we sacrificed another 50% of our profit to have the opportunity to win 400% of our initial bet potentially. This was the last bet we played in this match. Ultimately, the market and the bets we placed were as follows.
The match ended 3-2 for the home team. This time, our predictions were not entirely accurate. We indeed managed to make a profit of 20% of our initial bet, and for a moment, it was even 80%, but the match failed to end X2 as we had initially assumed. If the differences in pre-match odds fluctuations had been more significant, i.e. the odds for the home team would have dropped from 2.1 to 1.5 or lower, then we would not have hedged our bet, and here we finally did.
As you can see, this match was full of emotions and excitement – a lot was going on, evidenced by the number of bets made and settled.
Trading is a moment of ups and downs. In just 90 minutes of a football match, we managed to record a 50% loss, only to have an 80% profit shortly after that and eventually end up with a 20% profit. The final decision always belongs to the Trader. How much profit you want to make is entirely up to you. Remember to be satisfied with even a 5% profit at the beginning of your trading adventure. It’s not much, but it’s still better than any loss.
For this article, we wanted to show that the laying favourites strategy can bring even 400% profit, but in the end, we didn’t manage to do it because the home team won the match. However, in the process of trading in this match, we managed to make ‘only’ 20% of our initial bet.
In a regular race, the top prospects for the win are the first to third favourites. They always have the hype and backing of everyone.
In this case, your eyes are gazed at the third favourite. Such a horse is already overpriced in the exchange which makes it a great pick.
In fact, some great media houses are with great speculation of the probability of the third emerging as the number one.
For no reason, everyone backs up this horse.
Once you’ve carefully analysed such a horse; you consider the overhype and most importantly you spot two other horses with better chances of winning.
In this case, you have yourself a good 3rd favourite lay system.
Now that you have the knowledge, you should check out these helpful tips.
They come from experts and would go a long way in making your system successful.
Apply the 3rd Favourites lay system to race with at least eight starters: It is best to apply this system to races with more horses. In such cases, there is a higher chance of your system panning out better.
You don’t necessarily have to place your orders before the race: Unknown to many, in-play applies to the lay system so you don’t need to make your picks before the race. You could watch the odds and the race for a little while after the race has begun. When it looks more certain, go ahead and pick the third favourite horse on the market.
Don’t forget to refresh: If you are watching the odds live, it is important for you to refresh. The odds fluctuate and there may be a change in the positioning so always refresh to stay updated.
Bottom Line: Should I use 3rd Favourites on Lay System?
There is nothing stopping you from employing the 3rd favourite strategy in your lay system.
It is a much safer approach for those who don’t want to pick the favourite winner.
Although the payout may not be as large as going all out on the first favourite, you still stand a chance at winning.
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