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Betting Masterclass Series: Read our experts on their winning methods

17th April, 16:26

Betting.Betfair features some of the finest betting minds across sport so we asked our leading experts to outline how their approach in a series of Masterclasses. You can read them all here...

In the first of our betting masterclasses Ed Hawkins outlines his tried and tested methods for successful betting. You'll probably know Ed from our cricket blog where he applies his expertise to all formats of the game and he is also an award-winning author of books on sports betting.

Here Ed opens up with some wise words on Test match cricket. He tells you how to bide your time for the optimum moment to place a wager, explains why knowledge of the teams is essential and tells you how to make the most of the array of stats available to the modern cricket punter. All this and more is designed to help you make it a profitable five days (or fewer).

Next Ed explains his approach to wagering on Twenty20 cricket - an explosive form of the game which, in recent years, has provided fans with great drama and quick returns for plucky punters. Whether you're into the Big Bash, Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League or internationals, the betting opportunities are enormous.

As our man explains: "T20 is big betting business. Millions are traded in a matter of hours. Games can turn on one delivery." It takes a cool and cultured mind to make sense of what can be a bewildering form of cricket but, fortunately, Ed is the perfect guide. He explains which stats are worth consulting, what makes a winning team and fills you in how to be shrewd.

We round up our guide to betting on the main formats of the sport with Ed's key pointers for successful wagering on the 50-over game. The World Cup, which England won in 2019, is the pinnacle of ODI cricket, but the format often makes a great betting event whatever the occasion.

Ed explains why you need to do your homework on the teams, be flexible in your thinking and know that all-round strength is key for winning in this format. He goes into detail, provides compelling examples and arms you with the info and strategies you'll to have the best chance of success.

Yes, you read that correctly. This master class is about the stats that don't matter. Full-time betting analyst Mark O'Haire knows more than most about the football markets and here he begins his guide to becoming a successful bettor on the game by talking about the stats you should ignore.

Mark explains why head to head stats don't matter: "Past results in a fixture have no influence over future happenings." He also points out that possession stats aren't always what they're cracked up to be either. Read his full guide and you'll have a better idea of which stats matter and which don't.

In part two of his betting masterclass, Mark tells us why making sense of the data from a match is far more important than the result when it comes to successfully betting on football. It's all recognising that data is a bettor's friend, as Mark shows in his fascinating guide.

He goes into detail, using specific matches as examples, to explain why you should always respect the data and why, if possible, you should bet early to get the best odds.

Is there such a thing as the perfect football punt? Well, if there is then Mark would know how best to about finding it. Here he tells us about his essential checklist that you should use to find the perfect punt.

Work-rate and research are key, he explains, as you weigh up everything from the conditions and team news to tactics and the odds on offer. Whether it's the World Cup final or a preseason friendly, Mark's list should equip you with everything you need to try to find the perfect bet on matches at any level.

Steve 'The Punter' Rawlings is one of our longest standing and most popular writers and its for good reason, with his comprehensive previews of the weekly PGA and European Tour events always a must read for any golf bettors.

In his Masterclass, Steve discusses the key factors to consider when placing your tournament bets, including current form, course form, key performance stats and plenty more. Our man also talks about the type of bets to place and when best to place them.