It’s a nightmare scenario for punters, you’ve placed a cheeky bet on your favourite player to score anytime (or first) in the big match, and your stupid manager has only gone and benched your star player! What was he thinking? The lads in the form of his life.

You’ve got £10 riding on a player who isn’t even starting the game. So what happens if the player you bet on doesn’t play?

Well, it all depends on your bookmaker. Each bookie has different terms and rules when it comes to settling Goalscorer bets. However, most UK bookmakers treat a first goalscorer bet like this…

Example Rules

  1. If the player you’ve backed to score the first goal doesn’t get on the pitch, your bet will usually be considered void. Which means your original stake is returned.
  2. If another player scores a goal before your goalscorer selection is subbed on, the bet is void (stake returned).
  3. If your player gets on the pitch before the first goal is scored, the bet is usually classed as valid. So if he scores you get paid out, and you lose the stake if he can’t find the back of the net before anyone else.

Things start to get more complicated when you’ve selected a player to score ‘anytime’. In this situation, your bet will usually be considered valid when the player takes to the pitch, even if that’s in the 90th minute.

[insert page=’x-snippets/coralsports_mainpagesofferbox’ display=’content’]

You could also find yourself in this situation: your player starts the match but is injured and subbed off. In that scenario, most bookies will deem it a losing bet if he hasn’t scored before being subbed. Some bookmakers will void bets (stake returned) on anytime goalscorer bets if your player doesn’t start the game.

However, it all depends on which bookie you bet with. You can typically find the ‘rules’ next to the bet type when placing a bet online. From here, check to see what your bookmakers’ rules are relating to players who don’t start a game. Some bookies even offer you a choice of cancelling the bet or letting it ride.

Remember, first and anytime goalscorer bets are only valid for the first 90 minutes of game time. I’ve covered the 90 minute rule in detail here. Own goals typically don’t count!

Personally, I restrict my scorer bets to the ‘anytime’ market. When you weigh up the odds between the first and anytime scorer, the difference isn’t that much greater. However, with the anytime bet you get more chances to win! It’s advantageous when backing players who typically might not score from open play but can score from free kicks and penalties.

You can find a huge range of stats for betting on first and anytime goalscorers with The site has a statistical breakdown on popular European leagues and their top goal scorers.

Those thinking of getting involved in goalscorer bet markets will find a fantastic selection at Betfred online. Details of their new customer offer can be found below.

Injury & Suspension Updates

Are you looking to stay current on the latest Premier League football injuries? With so many teams and players, it can be hard to track who is fit and who is injured. Checking on which players are unlikely to start a game can save you from betting on a player who won’t play.

Fortunately, there are a few reliable sources online that provide comprehensive injury reports for all Premier League teams. One of the most comprehensive sources of injury statistics is Premier Injuries.

They provide an updated table of all players in the English Premier League who are currently injured or suspended. The table includes information about each player’s injury, expected return date, and more.

Mr Play


Welcome Offer

BET £10 - GET £15

18+, Welcome Bonus: New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit: £10, max £15 bonus, valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at a min. odds of 1/1 (2.00) or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. System bets no eligible. 18+ #ad. Please bet responsibly. also provides an EPL injury report which gives a clear idea of which teams have the most players missing for their next game. The report also highlights any players who are returning from injury or suspension.

Fantasy Football Scout also offers an overview of injuries and bans in the Premier League, with detailed information about each player’s status. Finally, Soccer NBC Sports provides up-to-date news on Premier League injuries, suspensions, and absences. They also analyze how these injuries could affect team performance throughout the season. By using these reliable sources, you can easily stay informed about the latest Premier League football injuries and suspensions.




New customers only. Register (excl. 13/04/24) with WELCOME50. First bet £10+ at Evens (2.0)+ on Sports within 7 days to get Free Bets: £20 In-Play, £20 Acca & 50 x £0.20 (£10) Free Spins on Fishin’ Frenzy within 10 hours of settlement. 7-day expiry. Eligibility & payment exclusions apply. Full T&Cs apply. #ad. Please bet responsibly.