Betting on football games has never been so popular. Admittedly, the days of the football pools are long gone, and the Friday ritual of fetching a fixed odds coupon from the nearest high street bookies is virtually over too, but there’s a new kid in town when it comes to football betting – the online sports book or bookmaker.

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If you want to get into football betting then perhaps the best way to start is to find an expert tipster – one that will tweet daily tips from all leagues, perhaps. Make sure they are legit, though – all top tipsters have a verifiable record of their successful tipping history.

Fans of non-league football are certainly able to get in on some football betting action, even if they only want to bet on the leagues and divisions they know most about. As well as all four divisions of the Football League, the vast majority of sports books will also cover the major non-league divisions of the English football league pyramid, right down to the seventh tier of the system.

This means full and comprehensive coverage of the National League, the National League North and the National League South. Many sports books will also cover the Northern Premier League, the Isthmian Premier Division and the Southern League Premier.

Naturally, it’s the National League that receives the most coverage, and therefore has the most markets to bet upon. As well as outrights, you can bet on the winner of any match you want to, or go for the draw if you think that’s the most likely result. For each game you also have the opportunity of predicting the correct score, goals over/under (typically 2.5), both teams to score (or BTTS for short) and any combination of these bets.

Usually, you will not be able to bet on individual player markets such as the first goalscorer via an online sports book when it comes to non-league games. If there is some aspect of a game you want to bet on that not available via an online bookmakers site then you can contact the sports book via email, phone or a chat applet to see if they will offer you odds.

When you get to the seventh-tier level of English football at an online sports book you’ll find there’s even less to wager upon via the site. You may only be able to choose the winners in a game or go for a draw, the correct score, goals over/under and half time/full time combined bets. Again, any aspect of a game you may want a price on is usually available upon request.

There are so many options when it comes to betting on non-league football matches it can be difficult to know where to place your wagers, which is why it is often best to rely on a full-time tipster rather than using your own judgement. Such tipsters do all the hard work in analysing all aspects of a game, so you don’t have to, and only the best tipsters survive in the long run.

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