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Basically, soccer is very simple: Whoever scores more goals, usually leaves the pitch as a winner. However, many sports betting fans like to wager on more complex situations or questions than who wins the game, e.g. on the team who scores the very first goal at all. For this type of sportsbook, many things need to be taken into consideration if the outcome is supposed to be successful.
Of course the primary concern for this type of bet is the general quality of the competing teams. If, for example, Bayern Munich plays against Borussia Dortmund on a national gameday of the German Bundesliga, then first of all the general odds will be quite leveled. Secondly, it is safe to assume that for this very competition, the odds on who scores the first goal might be slightly in favor of Bayern Munich. With weaker competitors, odds will consequently drop with regards to Bayern Munich scoring the first goal.
The more obvious it is that a certain team can be described as the favorite team, the less appealing the odds are that bookmakerss offer for a victory of the chalk. On the contrary, less popular teams regularly provide for odds way above average when scheduled against nominally stronger teams, and thus allow for even higher payouts in case the underdog actually wins.
It is strongly recommended to read the terms and conditions of the respective bookmaker before placing a first goal bet, as online bookmakers policies differ greatly from each other with regards to a draw without goals as the final score. Some bookmakers regard this score as a lost bet, while others at least refund the deposit or declare the bet invalid.
Those sports betting fans who want to spice it up a notch can even wager on the player who will score the first goal. With an increased risk comes the outlook on higher figures, since there are 22 players on the field, each of whom possibly is the one to score the first goal. Obviously, odds also depend on the respective positions of the players on the pitch. Thus, the odds on a forward or winger to score the first goal will be lower than those for a defensive back, let alone a goalkeeper.
Let's resort to our previous example of Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund again, this time with regards to the 2012/2013 championship in Germany. A wager on Manuel Neuer as the player who will score the first goal would indeed have allowed for extraordinary figures due to the high odds, but this scenario was very unlikely to happen after all. On the other hand, wagering on Bayern Munich's forward Mario Mandzukic to score the first goal would have been less lucrative, because the odds for this event didn't allow for high figures at all.
Particularly for special betting options like this, bookmakers usually offer detailed explanations on how payouts are validated. Hence, to prevent misunderstandings, it is strongly recommended to read through the specific details on the section about first goal bets. An example of this is when the first goal at all is an own goal. Even if a player of Bayern Munich scored the goal, it is nevertheless credited to Borussia Dortmund, so consequently a player of Dortmund will be awarded the title of the team who scored first. However, usually own goals don't count with regards to betting selections which were placed on a particular player, or they are treated neutrally. Yet, it is also possible that wagers on the first scorer of a goal will be lost if it was an own goal. Again, a close look at the rules and regulations will serve to prevent misunderstandings.