Soccer is one of the most thrilling sports and betting on the Italian Serie A, in particular, is as exciting as the league itself. There are various betting options in Serie A, and each has its own variables. It is important to understand how these variables work and it will help you decide to place your bet.

Like in the English Premier League or the Spanish La Liga, there are a number of different kinds of bets, from moneyline bets, props bets, futures bets, half markets, and parlays, there are many different options a bettor has to wager on a match. The mechanics are also the same in the European Champions League.

This guide will help beginners understand how to bet on those betting options, how to read soccer odds, and which type of betting option may be the safer choice in your wager as we continue our series of Sports Betting and how to bet on each soccer league.

Serie A Moneyline Bet

Jens Petter Hauge of Milan (right) scores a goal vs Napoli. (Gety)

A moneyline bet in soccer is basically who of the two clubs you feel will win the matchup outright. Odds are placed for each team and based on your pick, you will receive a payout. For example:

Milan vs Napoli

  FanDuel
Milan +165
Tie +210
Napoli +175

* Odds by FanDuel

So if you bet on Milan to win at $100, you would be paid out $165, your original bet plus the winnings. If you bet on Napoli to win, you would win your bet plus $175 in winnings, but if you expect the game to end with no winner, the payout would be $210.

Over/Under Serie A bet

Adam Ounas (left) of Cagliari battles for possession with Matthijs De Ligt (right) of Juventus. (Getty)

Over/Under in soccer betting is a wager on the total number of goals. If you think a match will be over/under a certain that combined total, then you place your bet. For example:

Cagliari vs Juventus

  FanDuel
Over 1.5 -500
Under 1.5 +370

* Odds by FanDuel

Over 1.5 means that both clubs must score at least 2 goals combined. Anything below that and you lose your bet. On the contrary, Under 1.5 signifies that both clubs must score at a combined sum of one goals the most. Anything over that and you lose your bet.

Serie A Prop Betting

Alexis Sanchez of Inter (centre) is challenged by Wilfried Singo of Torino (right). (Getty)

Prop bets in soccer are just like those of other sports. Here you bet on what could happen during the game, for example, who will score a goal, or how the game will end after the final whistle.

There are Player Props, where you guess the exact goalscorer of the game. It could be the first or the final scorer of his club, or during the match overall. Or you can try your luck by doing the Game Props. With the Game Props, you guess the correct final score or the correct score combination. For example:

Inter vs Torino

    FanDuel
Inter to win 1-0, 2-0, or 3-0   +180 Draw 0-0, or 1-1   +550 Torino to win 1-0, 2-0, or 3-0   +1500
Inter to win 2-1, 3-1, or 4-1   +290 Any other Draw   +1500 Torino to win 2-1, 3-1, or 4-1   +1700
Inter to win 3-2, 4-2, 5-2   +1300   Torino to win 3-2, 4-2, 5-2   +5000
Inter to win any other score   +700   Torino to win any other score   +10000

* Odds by FanDuel

Serie A Game Spread Bet

Matteo Pessina of Atalanta (left) and Alvarez Estevez of Spezia (right). (Getty)

For this form of wager, points (or goals in the case of society) are essentially deducted, and points are awarded to the underdog. These variations in the points/goals are known as the spread. For example:

Atalanta vs Spezia

  DraftKings
Atalanta -2.5 +175
Spezia +2.5 -215

* Odds by DraftKings

Since Atalanta are favored by -2.5, that means that they have to win or draw by 3 goals. Anything below that and you lose your bet. While if you bet on Spezia, then they have to win or draw by 3 goals. Anything below that and you lose your bet.

Serie A Futures

Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus lifts the 2017-18 Serie A trophy

Just like other sports, there are futures, here you bet on who will win the Serie A after Round 38, or in what who will become the Serie A champion for the season. For example:

  FanDuel
Inter -750
Juventus +750
Milan +1600
Atalanta +10000

* Odds by FanDuel

Serie A Live Betting

Giacomo Raspadori of Sassuolo (centre) celebrates after scoring against Genoa. (Getty)

Serie A is one of the most popular live betting sports leagues in the world. In addition, to the correct final score, the correct goalscorers and so, you can also bet on the total number of cards, the total number of corners, the half-time score, and more in live betting.

Odds change very quickly during a match, so you need to be quick to place your bet. As the game changes so do the odds. So, you need to make sure you bet quickly and follow the game perfectly to win your live bets. Every variable changes constantly.

Serie A Parlays

A Serie A bet is multiple bets on your ticket, here you bet that Milan will beat Napoli; Cagliari and Juventus to score Over 1.5 goals; Inter to win 2-1, 3-1, or 4-1 against Torino, and Atalanta to win or draw by 3 goals in the game vs Spezia. You would need to hit all four combinations to win your bet.

We hope this article was helpful in understanding the different types of Serie A betting options. It is important to become familiar with each before you start betting on parlays for example.