One of the questions we are asked most often here at Honest Betting Reviews is “Who is the best football tipster?”
We have searched the internet far and wide and tested out hundreds of footy tipsters under live trial conditions here on the site to try and find profitable services to follow. And we continue to review new tipsters 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 five football tipsters 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.”
What to Look for in a Successful Football Tipster – and What to Avoid
Before we get onto looking at our list of the top football tipsters, just a quick word on some key factors we look for in a football tipster – and what things you should avoid:-
- – Established track-record: it is vital that a tipster has a track-record that is independently verified by a site like ours. Many tipsters fabricate or inflate their results and some are outright scams. Focus only on those with a verified track record and ignore any without.
- – Longevity – any tipster can have a lucky run for a few weeks or a few months. Some even manage it for a year. Only the really good tipsters can consistently beat the bookies over the course of many years however and those are the ones you should focus on. We’ve lost count of the number of tipsters who have burst on the scene with a lot of fanfare and impressive-looking results, only to disappear a few months later after a long losing streak.
- – Return on investment – a key factor in any tipster’s results is the return on investment (ROI) they achieve in the long run. In other words, for every £100 they bet, how much profit do they make? Is it £10, £20, or more? This is a useful way of comparing tipsters with different staking, strategies and bet frequency. In football, anything over 10% is considered impressive.
- – Strike rate – how many of a tipster’s bets win? Also known as the “win rate,” this is an important metric as it gives you an idea of how long your losing streaks are likely to be, what kind of bank size (or starting capital) you need and quite simply, how often you might expect to take cash off the bookies. Strike rates vary depending on what odds a tipster bets at, but in football they can often be over 50%.
- – Overall profit/loss – last but certainly not least, how much profit has a tipster made overall? This is perhaps best understood not just in how points (or units) they’ve made, but by how much your starting bank would have grown by following the tipster. If one tipster had managed to double a £1,000 starting bank in a year for example, where as another had only grown it 30%, then presuming they both stake at fair levels, the first one would obviously be preferable.
So these are some of the key things to look for when assessing a tipster and play a big part in how we rate the tipsters we review here on the site.
Our Top 5 Football Tipsters
Without further ado, here is the list of our top five football tipsters based on our extensive trials conducted to date:
1. JK Diego’s Draw Betting System
Betting on draws is one the most underrated forms of football betting and one person who has really cracked the code of how to bet on draws after 8 years of studying them is a guy called JK Diego.
The headline figures are that he made over $100,000 betting on draws last year, which in itself is a phenomenal achievement.
When you analyse the numbers further however you realise just how good his results really are. Those members starting off with just $20 stakes have been making over $2,000 per month following his betting system.
At level stakes JK made over 350 points profit last year, which is quite outstanding. Normally you would say just 20-30 points profit to level stakes is impressive for a football tipster, so these kind of results are quite unheard of. Every month last year was profitable and this year is following the same pattern – as you can see from our live trial here.
And what is even better is that you can actually improve upon the results by trading out at 85 mins in games that are drawing.
The service doesn’t come cheap however – which is fair enough as JK needs to protect prices for his elite group of followers – so this is is for high-rollers and serious gamblers only. If that is you then quite simply we don’t think you’ll find a better football tipster anywhere.
Rating: 5 stars
Predictology is a football betting strategy builder that utilises a vast database of over 300,000 matches and an AI prediction engine to find value football bets.
You can use it to either build your own betting strategies or just follow the ready-made tips they churn out each day, which are delivered straight to your inbox if you’re a member.
We did the latter during our own trial of the service and made an excellent 38 points profit with a 52% strike rate.
Predictology covers 56 of the world’s biggest football leagues across Europe, South America, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia, with selections coming throughout the year, in both Summer and Winter leagues. Bets come in a variety of markets including the match odds, lay the draw, over 2.5 goals and others.
There are a whole host of systems to choose from, including the “Lay the Draw” system that has made just under 500 points profit at an ROI of 18%, the “Goals, Goals, Goals” system that has made 67 points profit at an ROI of 12.5% and the “Value Home Wins” system that has made 148 points profit at an ROI of 19%.
With so many resources at your fingertips and such impressive results across a range of strategies, Predictology is a football bettor’s dream and certainly deserves a place high on our list.
Rating: 4.5 stars
3. Bookie Insiders Football
Imagine if you could beat the bookies by betting on big football matches, year after year.
Well one tipster who has done exactly that is Neil Macdonald of Bookie Insiders Football. Tipping on the main European leagues such as Serie A, the Bundesliga, Premier League and La Liga as well as the Champions League and Europa League, Neil has consistently found value betting opportunities for over eight years now.
In total he has made over 400 points profit since 2013, which would be over £20,000 profit to £50/point stakes.
That has been made with an ROI of 6.8% which is very good over such a long period of time and when you consider the strike rate has been 51% it is even more impressive.
The majority of the bets are in the team goals, over/under, match odds, Asian handicap and BTTS markets and there is generally good liquidity on those markets.
It is notoriously difficult to make a profit on the top European leagues so the fact that Bookie Insiders have done it so consistently and over such a long period is highly impressive. A service well worth adding to your portfolio.
Rating: 4.5 stars
4. Football Advisor Lays
Next on our list is Football Advisor Lays and this is a strategy that lays teams to lose on major football leagues around the world and has been very successful.
We have reviewed this service extensively and it performed admirably in a seven-month trial, making 37 points profit on the win lay bets.
It has achieved a long-term strike of over 80% which is very impressive and means the large majority of bets so far have been winners.
It is notoriously difficult to make money from laying so it is good to find a service that has managed it and done so over a long period of time.
All bets can be placed on Betfair so you don’t need bookies accounts which is a bonus.
All in all then this is a service well worth checking out.
Rating: 4 stars
5. 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 one of the most reliable and profitable. The very high strike also allows larger staking and offers the potential to build a bank quickly.
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…