This is the nightmare scenario for football punters. You’ve got a cheeky first goalscorer or anytime bet on the match and the manager has only gone and benched your player! What was he thinking? This lad is on fire in front of goal.

So now you’ve got £10 riding on a player who isn’t even starting the game. So what happens to your bet in this situation?

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

  1. If the player you’ve backed to score the first goal doesn’t get on the pitch, your bet will usually be classed as void. Which means your original stake is returned.
  2. If a goal is scored by another player 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, 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 classed as valid when the player takes to the pitch. Even if that’s in the 90th minute.

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 normally 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 only bet in the ‘anytime’ market. When you weigh up the odds between first and anytime scorer the difference isn’t that much greater. However, with the anytime bet you get more chances to win! It’s especially useful 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.


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