GREG BROWNING'S been tipping early goals in various games recently with some success. Here he explains his tactics and staking plan.

I'm always looking for new markets when it comes to goals and over the last month or so I’ve been doing time of the first goal markets and had some terrific wins from it.

First Goal Time

The time when the first goal will be scored – before 10 mins, before 20 mins, before 30 mins and so on! Seems obvious but there are a few variations depending on what bookie you use.

How do you find the market?

The market is only available once the in-play markets appear (bet365 usually around 10 mins before kick-off).

Scroll to the very bottom of the markets and you’ll see it “time of first goal” – save it as a favourite so it appears at the top.

What bookies offer this market? In terms of coverage across the leagues, bet365 is needed.

What leagues are available? Every top league and second tier in Europe – MLS, Oz and the South American leagues.

How will I know if the market is avail on a specific game? Once the match appears in-play you’ll know it's available where there are 62 or more in-play markets available (it tells you beside the match).

Why this market?

As you know I love goal betting, you have the opportunity to get some fantastic returns for modest stakes and have right up to 40 mins to get some winners. The more goals in the first 10 the better chance of 20 min and 40 min markets coming in and the first 10 min markets pay on average 4-1.

How much to stake? It’s not for me to tell you but certainly for 10-minute and 20=-minute markets it really is small stakes – 40-minute market a larger stake.

Betting method

For 5 games. Goal before 10 mins – 5-fold, 4-fold and trebles.

Goal before 20 minutes- 5-fold, 4-fold

Goal before 30 minutes – 5-fold.

Goal before 40 minutes – 5-fold.

Your 40-minute stake should be enough to cover the other bets and some profit.

Potential returns: Based on 5 matches depending on what league it can pay between 800-1 and 3000-1 for all 5 in the first 10 minutes. 20 minutes around 80-1, 30 mins 10-1, 40 mins 4-1.

Same again for 4 teams but this time it will be 4 fold, treble and doubles.

For matches of three and two teams, it's up to you. I do quite a lot of singles – this is the best method – for me anyway.

  • Goal before 10 min
  • Goal before 20 min
  • Goal before 30 min

Based on your total stake goal before 10 will give you 2/1

If it’s after 10 but before 20 evens.
If it’s after 20 but before 30 money back.

As I said this is just to give you an idea – it’s up to you to decide the stakes and find a method that works for you.

Hope this helps. Goals is where the heart is.


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