Soccer is experiencing a surge in popularity in the United States and the MLS has already seen some major European power players make the jump to the states. While MLS continues to trail in ratings to the Premier League, Major League Soccer is definitely becoming more competitive and continues to expand to many new cities.
Soccer betting is a major driver behind the uptick in the sport’s popularity. In New Jersey, fans can now place wagers on their favorite teams right from their home without having to visit a physical sportsbook or casino. The only requirement is that you must be located inside the state and be over 21 to place a bet.
Soccer odds can be a bit intimidating to new players so here we will take a look at how MLS odds work and the top sportsbooks where you can get your betting fix.
How to Bet on Soccer Odds
Soccer odds are usually based on which team is the favorite and which is the underdog. The favorite will be signified by a minus sign, which means you get paid less than your initial stake, or a plus sign, which shows how much you would win on a $100 bet. The moneyline is the ratio between your bet and the payout, so if the Red Bulls are a -150 favorite, you would need to bet $150 to win $100, but if the Sounders are a +110 underdog, your $100 bet would win you $110.
You can also place an “over/under” bet on the goal total. Every sportsbook will set a projected combined goal total for the game and bettors can wager on whether the final combined score will be over or under the projected total. Over/under bets can also be placed on various prop bets, which allow you to wager on whether Ibrahimovic will have over or under 2 goals or whether Andre Blake will record over or under 4 saves. You can also place bets on season-long futures, which allow you to wager on things like whether Sporting KC will have over or under 20 wins or whether Atlanta United will score over or under 70 goals.
Soccer Betting Options
Since the Supreme Court paved the way for New Jersey to legalize online sports betting, every top casino and sportsbook in Atlantic City has launched an online presence.
You can now place soccer wagers from your phone or computer at prominent casinos like the Golden Nugget, Caesars, 888 Casino, Borgata, MGM, Sugar House, Hard Rock, and Resorts.
William Hill, the popular European sportsbook, has also launched in a big way in New Jersey, as have fantasy sports behemoths FanDuel and DraftKings. These companies offer a user-friendly interface and solid mobile applications as well as a wide range of prop bets and in-game wagers.
All of these sites offer generous free bet or deposit match bonuses and many will also offer reward points for loyal players that continue to use their platform. You will need to stick to one site to unlock your bonus amount but signing up to several sportsbooks allows you to shop around to find the best odds for your pick.