Last goalscorer bet
A last goalscorer bet is exactly what it says. A bettor must select the last goalscorer in a game to win their bet. If a different player scores the final goal or the match ends goalless, the bet loses. It is the opposite of a first goalscorer bet.
Last goalscorer bets explained in detail
Last goalscorer bets often come with quite a few terms and conditions, and every bookmaker is different, so it's essential you read the small print before you place your goalscorer bets. Here are a few general terms to consider when placing a last goalscorer bet:
Last goalscorer bets are typically settled after 90 minutes, including injury/stoppage time. However, extra time and penalties aren't, unless stated otherwise
If your selected player scores an own goal, this does not count
If your selected player plays the full game or plays any part at all in the game, for however little time, the bet is valid and you will lose your stake if they do not score last
If your selected player does not play any part in the game, then the bet will be void and your stake returned
Bets tend to be settled by the bookmaker shortly after the game ends, however, times vary by bookmaker
Once a bet has been settled, bookmakers cannot make subsequent corrections if, for example, a goalscorer is changed by a dubious goals panel
If a match is postponed, some bookmakers will void the bet whereas others will keep the bet live until the fixture is rearranged - always check the terms of your preferred bookmaker
Make sure to check with your bookmaker regarding any terms and conditions for last goalscorer betting.
Last goalscorer betting strategies
Check team line-ups and formation
If a player you want to select is starting the game, research how likely they are to play the full 90 minutes - remember, if they get substituted without scoring, the bet will be valid and will lose the bet. Additionally, check if any substitutes have come on and scored late in games as they may be more likely to make an impact against a tiring defence than someone who has started.
Penalties, free kicks and corners
Make sure to research penalty and free kick takers before you place a last goalscorer bet. A late foul from a tiring defender may result in a free kick or penalty, which will give teams a chance to score the final goal of a game. Also, research the scoring rate of certain defenders. If you think it will be a tight game that may be decided by a late set piece, then backing a defender to score, more often than not will be offered at longer odds, can be profitable.
Look for value
Remember, as with all types of football bets, you're not looking for the most likely player to score (this will almost always be the players with the lowest odds), you're looking for players who are more likely to score last than the implied probability of the odds being offered - also referred to as a value bet.