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Best Free To Play Football Betting Prediction Games

Jamie Casey for Bookies.com

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Best Free To Play Football Betting Prediction Games

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Super 6 remains the biggest free-to-play betting promotion in the business. With literally millions of players, you probably don’t need us to tell you what Super 6 is, but have you tried any of the alternative free betting games out there?

Everyone loves a free bet and that’s essentially what these prediction games boil down to, so make the most of your free hits every weekend as we pick out the best of the rest.

Free or 4 – William Hill

If you’re a Scottish and English lower football expert, then this is the game for you. But even if you don’t know your Forfars from your Forest Greens, it’s still worth a crack! William Hill’s Free or 4 gives you the opportunity to pick six games you think will produce either three or four goals. If you get all six, you win eight £25 free bets, that’s £200 in free bets! If you manage to go agonisingly close with five out of six you’ll be rewarded with a £5 free bet, while four out of six correct predictions will net you a £1 free bet. The downside is William Hill tend to limit the available games to obscure fixtures, such as the Scottish lower leagues. However, there’s a handy lucky dip tool for those who can’t be bothered to do their research.

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1-2-Free – Ladbrokes

I played this game almost every week last season and although I never landed the £100 cash jackpot, I did manage to collect dozens of free bets from my efforts. The game couldn’t be simpler – Ladbrokes select three stand-out games ahead of the footballing weekend and you guess the score in each one. It’s kind of like a mini Super 6, although the chances of actually winning something are much higher. You’ll need three correct scores to get £100 of withdrawable funds put in your account, but two correct scores will see you handed a £5 free bet and one correct score will get you a £1 free bet to play with. Over the course of the season, you might be surprised by the amount of Ladbrokes free bets you collect, and if you invest them wisely you can turn them into withdrawable funds.

Football Super Series – Coral

I may not have won the jackpot in 1-2-Free, but I have managed to land the biggest prize (£50 cash) in Coral’s Football Super Series game not once but twice! In this game, you’re asked four betting-related questions on one key game taking place over the weekend, usually a Premier League or FA Cup encounter. The questions are typically along the lines of result or winning margin, first scorer, number of cards and number of corners. You don’t have to be spot on, as Coral offer players multiple-choice answers with grouped options, so you can guess the first scorer will be ‘Mahrez or De Bruyne’ for example. Both times I've got four out of four on this game - which used to be named Correct 4 - the games in question were goalless draws. Sometimes a game has 0-0 written all over it! If you get three out of four right you get a £2 free bet and a £1 free bet for two correct answers. Worth a crack!

Million Pound Picks – Grosvenor Sport

Granted, new bookmakers don’t go handing out £1m jackpots without customers pulling off something remarkable – and picking 10/10 first goal scorers correctly would be nothing short of a miracle – but the beauty of this game is that users get rewarded for good efforts. As mentioned, this free game allows Grosvenor customers to guess the first goalscorer in 10 selected games of the bookmakers’ choice each weekend during the season. If you get all 10 right (you won’t!) then you’re a millionaire, but if you get at least three (you might!) then you’re rewarded with a free £10 bet. Better yet, assuming the jackpot is not won, each week the player with the best effort of the week will land a £2,000 cash prize, which is shared with other users should there be a tie. If you’re any good at picking first goalscorers, you could land the 3/10 minimum for a free £10 several times throughout the season.

Scratch of The Day – William Hill

For the best user experience, this cleverly-named game is best played either in the William Hill mobile betting app or on the mobile browser. The game itself has a little bit of an edge over the other free betting games on this list as it’s available to play every day between the designated periods. Inspired by the age-old gambling medium of scratch cards, each customer gets one scratch card per day, with different rewards on offer each time you reveal the hand you’ve been dealt. You might end up with nothing, but you could just as easily end up with a free bet, or at least the promise of a free bet should a certain outcome materialize in an upcoming game. However, most of the prizes are actually offers which require you to opt in and place a bet, but you won’t know unless you give it a go, so get into the habit of scratching on William Hill a few times a week and start collecting those free bets. Be mindful though, if you don't bet with William Hill often and have an account balance of zero, then they may restrict you from playing this game before long.

Up For 8 - 888Sport

Up For 8 provides 888 Sport customers with the opportunity to win big with no risk. Correctly predicting eight correct results is harder than it sounds, but in your first two efforts in this weekly game you’ll be rewarded with a £1 free bet for each outcome you call right. That’s a pretty good incentive to get started – and if you bet with 888 regularly there’s even more reason to play as a weekly stake total of £25 (at odds of 1/2 or more) will mean you still qualify for the free bet tokens even after the first two plays. As for the jackpot if you nail all eight results, it varies, and you could end up having to split it with other players. But you’d still take a shared jackpot off a free hit, right? Much like William Hill, 888 may restrict your ability to play-and-win if you don't bet with them at least occasionally.

4 To Score – Betway

This one is more for the ambitious punters, meaning it’s harder to win but therefore boasts an appeasing jackpot of £50,000. You may have seen this one advertised on TV, but if you’re not already aware of it there really isn’t much to get your head around. Betway pick four football games taking place at the weekend and you have to predict the first goalscorer in each fixture. Simple, yet incredibly difficult to pull off. The one thing that lets this game down is that there’s no free bet incentives for performing well. A free bet for two or three correct predictions would improve the customer experience, but since it’s free-to-play we can’t complain too much! Have a go this weekend.

About the Author

Jamie Casey for Bookies.com
Jamie Casey
Jamie Casey, a sports writer with extensive experience in the sports betting industry, has contributed to such publications as RTÉ, Sky Sports, The Irish Post and Bleacher Report.