The beauty of Spread betting is that your selection doesn't have to win the division for you to win - they just have to do better than expected! We've spent ages looking at the forthcoming Championship season for 2007/8 and you can read our in depth review HERE
One of the big benefits of long term football spread bets is that unlike fixed odds betting, you do not have to lay your money out up front. Bets are settled at the end of the season or after you have 'closed' your bet at any time during the season.
With fixed odds betting, if you backed Man Utd to win the Premiership at the start of the season for £100, you pay the bookmaker at the time that the bet is made. This has always been off putting for us as it may be 10 months before you get your money back if you win.
|The total points index (above) is definitely the most popular of all of these bets. The spread betting firm will offer a points total for each team in each division and depending on how well you think a team will do, you can either SELL their total number of points (if you think they will do badly) or BUY (if you think they will do well). It's all about judgement.