3Sports prediction (or sports forecasting) and betting /gambling has been a substantial pastime right from the colonial days when European sports was introduced into Nigeria by the British overlords. Particularly soccer forecasting and betting (soccer or football being the most popular sports in Nigeria and arguably worldwide) has thrived firstly on the unyielding passion of people for their favorite football teams across Europe (and even Asia & Africa), and willingness to place a wager or bet on them (to win matches of course). And secondly, on the high level of unemployment in the country at present; as such football betting is seen more or less as an alternative way of making money amongst the youths (rather than stay idle). In addition, electronic payment systems have so much improved, and people can easily pay for bets online even with small amounts.
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Helpful strategies/tips needed for successful sports prediction and betting in Nigeria
Experience has shown that winning a football match is not dependent on the passion of any fan, and predicting the winner of any match does not come easy because the bettor has little or no control over the outcome of a game; he may win or lose his bet. To avoid huge losses and frustration to bettors, licensed online sports betting sites have come to the rescue. Since the inception of Betway in Nigeria in the year 2009, there has been a proliferation of online sports betting sites that can more accurately predict the outcome of each game based on information and statistics about the strengths and weaknesses of each team, their game history, players’ abilities and other stringent factors that would give bettors truly informed decisions.
In general, it is advised that football bettors learn the secrets of football betting carefully and be guided by trusting the information sourced from, and their money into the hands of a dependable online betting platform (also called bookmaker). In general, there are some valuable tips a bettor should learn to apply to avoid huge losses:
Tips For Successful Sports Prediction
- The odds of winning a bet may be high, but so also is the probability of losing the game. Be careful not to rush to increase your bet or stake.
- Have a controlled budget and reduce your spending on sports betting. Learn to bet with smaller amounts, to avoid spending all your money and lose so much (so you can still feed yourself anyway).
- Your goal must not be to win large amounts of money like in the range of millions because it may not work that way.
- You are advised not to bet on your favourite teams because winning a game has nothing to do with your emotional attachment to a team.
- The more you invest in betting, the more likely are your chances of winning; but beware of betting or gambling addiction (you are highly susceptible to this).
- Choose a reliable online sports betting platform or bookmaker, and create an account on the site. Such a bookmaker must be licensed by the government, has secure and widely accepted payment methods, and are very responsive to their customers.
- Deposit some money in your betting account.
- Study the odds carefully. Learn to calculate what you are likely to earn from each bet before choosing which team deserves your support (and money).
- If a team shows 50 per cent probability of losing or even higher, do not bet on that team.
- Learn to trust your instincts. If you have doubts about any team, then do not bet on that team.
Without claiming to be absolutely thorough or exhaustive, we have a list of ten trusted online sports betting sites below that have been confirmed from various sources as some of the most dependable sites for sports betting in Nigeria as of today. Let’s have a look at them and how they operate.
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Top 10 Betting Sites in Nigeria 2022
Established in Cyprus in 2011, 1xBet is acclaimed to be the world’s most outstanding sports betting site and an official partner of CAF (Confederation of African Football). 1xBet offers a large welcome bonus of 300% of your initial deposit starting from N400 upwards to a maximum of N145,600. The site has an amazing array of live games, esports (numbering up to 1000 virtual sporting events), as well as numerous casino games to choose from. Even more, 1xBet has a broad array of competitive odds you may choose to apply. There are many payment and withdrawal methods on the site (which is also easy to navigate), and good customer support. What’s more, the bookmaker offers monthly bonuses, huge player rewards and promotions continually.
For all the latest sports news, the latest football statistics and league tables, football analysis and predictions all offered FOR FREE – PredictZ is the place to be. It is acclaimed one of the best and most popular sports prediction and betting sites in Nigeria, and is designed for easy navigation by the user.
Also a hugely popular sports betting site across the world and in Nigeria, Betway accepts deposits from N100 to N200,000 with a 50% deposit bonus added for new users. A dedicated platform is reserved for Nigerians; and it operates a user-friendly interface. It offers live streaming of matches, and high betting odds across a large collection of sport events (not just football) as well as an impressive array of casino games and e-games.
The Betensured sport betting site is dedicated solely to football prediction and betting, and it offers both free and paid football prediction membership plans. However, the site provides in-depth analysis of both past and present football matches, team forms, and seasons. The site reports in detail on all football matches across the globe on a daily basis, and gives meaningful predictions of future events with good statistics.
The Sportybet site is renown to be the fastest-paying sports betting and prediction website in Nigeria, and is established in many locations across the world. You get up to N10,000 bonus on the first deposit. The site is designed to suit the needs of local users in each country; and they have the best odds, very good rewards and referral promos. Bettors can bet on both live sports and virtual sports. It offers live streaming of games, and has a user-friendly interface as well as a functional mobile app.
Established in Lagos, the Betking site provides sports betting options covering live football, tennis, hockey, cricket and basketball; and it is colourful, easy to navigate, very beginner-friendly and user-friendly. It also offers the highest odds. There is a good variety of virtual games, and a fantasy mix (a random combination of real-life matches, where teams from different matches are made to compete against one another). Also the site saves your game history so the player can pick up wherever he/she stopped in the last game before being interrupted for whatever the reason. The site also offers attractive bonuses and fast payouts.
Established in Lagos, this site boasts currently of being the third most visited website in Nigeria, after Google and YouTube. It offers betting services on major sporting events taking place in Nigeria, and is an official partner of the Nigeria Professional Football League. You get 100% bonus on registration; and a free pass to participate in a weekly football jackpot where a user can win big by predicting the scores of 6 random matches for that week. Users can place bets on both live and virtual games.
This well-known sports prediction and betting site was established in Europe in 2018 and is accessible to bettors and users across the world – except that US players are not allowed. With over 40 sports betting markets and over 100 live casino games, good customer support, clear user interface, a responsive mobile application, very good odds, live betting, and a wide selection of deposit and withdrawal options, the 22bet site is really good to go. It also operates in four languages (English, Chinese, Turkish, Spanish).
This reputable and fast globalizing sports prediction and betting site established in 1994, comes all the way from Ukraine with its headquarters in Cyprus. It only recently began operation in Nigeria in 2021. It willingly offers a 120% bonus on registration. Parimatch has a friendly and easy-to-use user interface. It also offers betting on over 30 sports events, more than 100 casino games, lots of virtual sports, and live streaming of football (only).
This foreign but reputable sports betting site came to Nigeria in 2018 and has gained a lot of prominence both here and worldwide. Ushering in new users with a 100% bonus on first deposit after registration. There are up to four methods available for user registration. It offers both pre-match and live sports bettings, ɠreat odds, a good array of betting markets and a broad array of casino games and esports. The user interface has a fairly okay colour scheme and not too difficult to navigate, though it appears crowded. The site provides a vast option of deposits and withdrawal methods, including local funds transfer options that are convenient (bank deposits, Visa and Mastercard for instance).
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