One of the questions we are most often asked here at Honest Betting Reviews is “Who is the best football tipster?”
We have searched the internet far and wide to find the top football tipsters and continue to review new tipsters here on the site in our quest to find the best.
In giving you our verdict on who we think is the best football tipster, we firstly reveal who we think are the top 4 football tipsters that we have reviewed here on the site.
Then we take a look at the credentials of some of the biggest names in football tipping and analyse their claim to the crown of “best football tipster.”
Our Top 4 Football Tipsters
Without further ado, here is the list of our top three football tipsters based on our extensive trials conducted to date:
1. Profit Maximiser
Imagine if you could win £500 per month risk-free from betting on football.
Well that possibility has become a reality with this amazing piece of software.
Profit Maximiser is basically a system that brings together all of the free bets you get on football (and some other sports) from the bookies.
It then shows you exactly how to set these free bets up so you cannot lose, whatever happens.
We trialed this system for three months and gave it a solid thumbs up after it made over £2,400 profit.
There are literally dozens of offers every month for you to capitalise on, it is just a question of knowing where they are and how to do them.
Profit Maximiser does all this work for you so for just a couple of hours per week, you can make money completely risk-free.
There is also a Facebook group with over 50,000 members and a wealth of knowledge and experience to be gleaned from fellow members.
Rating: 5 stars
2. The Football Guru
Having made over 320 points profit, that equates to over £3,200 in profit or £160 per month to just £10 stakes.
What is most notable about The Football Guru is the excellent strike rate at over 40%, which means plenty of winners for this football tipster.
The service is run by a guy called Anthony who is a professional sports gambler and really knows his stuff.
Bets come in the main European leagues as well as in international matches, so markets with plenty of liquidity.
We have rarely come across such an impressive record for any tipster, let alone a football tipster, so The Football Guru deserves a place high on our list.
Rating: 5 stars
3. Banker Bets
As the name suggests, Banker Bets is a service that focuses on low-odds selections – or so called “bankers” – in a variety of world leagues.
Although betting at odds-on is often seen as the fastest way to the poor house, they have proved the opposite since they started tipping in late 2014. During our trial they managed 95% bank growth with an outstanding 84% strike rate and have continued to perform strongly since our trial finished.
As they point out themselves, there is just as much chance of there being value on a short price as on a long odds selection. Their results would certainly seem to bear this sentiment out.
Of the football tipsters we have reviewed so far, they have been the most reliable and profitable. The very high strike also allows larger staking and offers the potential to build a bank quickly.
Rating: 4.5 stars
4. Betting Bias (football)
Betting bias are a team of professional gamblers who offer tips across a range of sports including football, golf, horse racing and cricket.
Their tips have shown excellent returns since the service was introduced 5 years ago with a return on investment averaging over 20%.
Their football tips focus mainly on the Premiership and big competitions like the Champions League as well as international matches. They delve into a range of markets to find value, including first goalscorer, over/under markets, teams to win to nil as well as the main match odds markets.
With a consistent record of profit established over a long period, we are happy to give Betting Bias’s football tips a firm thumbs up.
Rating: 4 stars
Best Football Tipster – The Contenders
Now we assess the credentials of some of the more famous figures in football tipping and evaluate whether they have a claim to sit on the Iron Throne of football betting as tipster-in-chief.
Kevin Pullein – Racing Post
Perhaps one of the most famous football tipsters around is Kevin Pullein from the Racing Post. According to his employers, he is “quite simply the best football analyst and forecaster ever to have appeared in print in the UK.”
Now perhaps they are biased, we couldn’t really say. But Kevin has established a formidable reputation as a predictor of all things football-related and used to have a regular column on the Guardian where he published some fascinating articles on general trends in football betting.
These articles were based on extensive research and years worth of statistics and often revealed that long-held beliefs about “universal truths” in football betting are, in fact, bunkum.
Some of our personal favourites were his article showing that it is not always a goal-fest when top teams play those lower down their division, analysis about the significance of playing at home (it’s actually more of a factor in South America than Europe) and stats showing you shouldn’t always to expect lots of cards in derby matches.
Some of these ideas were expanded on in his 2009 book “The Definitive Guide to Betting on Football,” which we thoroughly recommend as an insightful guide to developing winning football betting strategies.
Now frustratingly the Racing Post don’t publish full results of their tipsters so we can’t really say how good Mr Pullein’s tips are (cue a trial perhaps?). But given his long-standing reputation and contribution to exploding some of the myths around football betting, we think Kevin is certainly worthy of consideration for the accolade of “Best football tipster.”
Angus Loughran – aka “Statto”
Another famous tipster and professional gambler familiar to many is Angus Loughran.
Loughran rose to prominence on 1990s television show Fantasy Football League alongside Frank Skinner and David Baddiel. Clad in pyjamas and a dressing gown, Loughran was nicknamed “Statto” on the show and provided stats on the guests’ fantasy football teams.
Loughran built up quite a reputation for himself, appearing on the BBC’s horse racing coverage, writing a betting column for the Daily Telegraph and commentating on football for Eurosport and ESPN.
He was famed for his almost encyclopedic knowledge of football, reportedly watching hundreds of football matches per year (before the days of Sky and BT Sports when that sort of thing became normal) and there were even whispers that Loughran was making hundreds of thousands per year betting on football.
Sadly his carefully cultivated image appeared to have come crashing down in 2008 when he was declared bankrupt, reportedly for owing debts to spread betting firm Sporting Index.
Events surrounding the bankruptcy were shrouded in mystery however, with reports suggesting the debt amounted to little more than £5,000 and that Loughran had done promotional work for Sporting Index and had not expected the firm to press ahead with the bankruptcy proceedings.
In the event the bankrupty was annulled in April 2008 via a voluntary agreement. Whatever the exact circumstances surrounding the bankruptcy, the incident did little for the pundit’s reputation as one of the country’s most foremost professional gamblers.
Perhaps Angus had the last laugh though, as he was reported to be one of the main investors in stats firm Opta, which was sold for £47m in 2013.
He currently provide tips on the easyodds website, although these are on horse racing rather than football.
It is difficult to give a firm verdict on Loughran’s abilities as a football tipster – or even as a gambler. For reputation alone though he must be considered as one of the most famous of the modern era.
Pete Nordsted – Premier Betting
Pete Nordsted rose to prominence with the publication of his 2009 book “Mastering Betfair” which contained strategies for making money trading on the betting exchanges.
He is a full-time sports trader and football betting expert and spends countless hours analysing football markets looking for value betting opportunities.
Contributing weekly articles at goal.com, Matchbook and Pete Nordsted.com – where you can view his drawmaster tips – Mr Nordsted is very widely respected in the industry and has built up a formidable knowledge of football betting.
With such a broad portfolio and a considerable depth of knowledge, Pete is rightly considered one of the foremost names in football tipping.
Ben Linfoot – Sporting Life
Sadly we couldn’t find a photo of Ben – merely a mysterious silhouetted man with binoculars who may or may not be the legendary tipster himself.
What isn’t such a mystery however is the excellent record of Mr Linfoot, who has amassed quite a following at the Sporting Life’s Betting Zone tipping section.
Ben is probably best known for his Value Bet column, which offers value bets for the top weekend race meetings. However, he has also produced a commendable return on his football bets, including tipping Athletico Madrid for the 2014 Champions League each-way at 40/1 (if you remember they were just a minute away from victory in the final before Sergio Ramos headed an equaliser for Real Madrid).
Mr Linfoot concentrates mainly on the big leagues and Champions League and opts for the selective approach of a few well-thought out tips rather than tipping large numbers of selections.
With a large following and a profitable record, Bin Linfoot deserves to be recognised as one of the best football tipsters.
Matt Love – Football Elite
Matt has run the respected Football Elite website since 2009 and has built up a deserved reputation as one of the top football tipsters around.
His selections are based on evaluations of home and away form and the over-valuation of big name teams when they are out of form. Together with other stats, Matt puts together weekly “recommended bets” that are usually around 5-10 of the top bets from around the top leagues in Europe.
The good thing about betting in the top European leagues is that prices stand up well and there is no rush to get the bets on in the fear that prices will crash. On the contrary, prices often drift out before kick-off with people tending to back the big-name clubs whilst Matt opposes them.
In the past couple of seasons, Matt has also introduced tips for the English leagues below the Premiership and a “vulnerable home favourites” system.
The results speak for themselves, with his recommended bets having amassed 458% bank growth since going live, the football league bets producing 44% profit and his ante-post bets making 73%.
There are few football tipsters out there who can boast such an impressive long-term record, so although he may not be as well known as some of the names above, we believe Mr Love deserves to be considered for the crown of best football tipster.
Well it seems there is no obvious winner of the title of “best football tipster.” Certainly we have a few contenders, but frustratingly many of the big names don’t actually publish their results, which is both unhelpful and usually a bad sign.
In terms of knowledge and publishing record, Kevin Pullein and Pete Nordsted would appear to have the edge. Perhaps on notoriety and fame, few can top Angus Loughran. On their actual tipping record however, it appears Matt Love has it with his Football Elite tips. We heartily recommend his football tips if you are looking for someone who can find value bets in high liquid markets and produce profit season-in and season-out.
As ever though, we will continue our quest to find the ultimate football tipster and we have a number of trials going on at the moment. Perhaps one will emerge to take the crown once and for all…