LAST UPDATED : 7/2/2018 BY : JAMES
Football is the most popular sport worldwide in pretty much every aspect you can think of, including the amount of money spent on betting. Our article on how to bet on football and win covers the basics of football betting.
Football, or soccer, is a top priority of most of the bookmakers out there. The fierce competition for customers affected the industry in many ways and one of them is the huge variety of markets available. Especially when it comes to the most popular football competitions such as the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the German Bundesliga, the Italian Serie A, the Champions League where you can often choose between more than 100 markets on a single match.
This can be a bit confusing for the bettors, as sometimes it’s not entirely clear how some of them work. In this article, we explain everything you need to know about the most common football betting markets.
You can find this one as match result, 1X2, FT result in different bookmakers and they all mean the same thing. Simply put, you are placing your money on the full time result in the football game. The three options are home win, away win and a draw. You can choose only one of them and the other two mean your bet is lost.
This market is similar to the match result, but this time, you take the safer route and place your money on two of the three possible outcomes. You can choose between 1X, 12 or X2 (1 means a home win, X a draw and 2 an away win). In this case, if one of the selected comes true, you win and you only lose if the third option happens.
Example: you think that West Ham will beat Sunderland at home, but you want to be safe and go for the 1X option. The only way for you to lose the bet would be Sunderland winning the match.
View our double chance betting guide.
Over/Under 2.5 goals
Another popular market that attracts plenty of players. The main idea is to bet on the total numbers of goals in a certain match. If you put your money on under, any result that involves a total of 2 or less goals in total scored by the teams, wins. More than that and you lose. The most popular line is 2.5 goals, but the same logic applies for under/over to 1.5, 3.5 goals and so on.
Example: You believe there won’t be many goals in the game between West Ham and Sunderland, so you decide to bet on under 2.5 goals. The scores that will bring you a profit are 0:0, 1:0, 0:1, 1:1, 2:0 and 0:2. Any other result will mean your bet is lost.
View our over/under 2.5 goals betting guide.
Both Teams to Score
As the name suggests, you’re placing money on whether both teams will score in the match or not. Once again, it’s a goals market, but this time you are concentrating on the goals of each team. You can choose between “Yes, both will score” or “No, at least one of them won’t”. You only need one goal from each team here.
Example: West Ham – Sunderland seems like a tight game to you and you decide to bet against both teams scoring. The game ends with a 3:0 win for the hosts and your wager is won.
A similar market to the match (or Full Time) result, but limited only to the first half of the match. Simply put, you are betting on a home win/draw/away win, but only up to the break. Once again, only the outcome you selected is going to return profit, the other two are losing.
There’s also the option for a double chance HT result, that is similar to the FT double chance as you can pick two of the possible results.
Example: you don’t expect much in the first half of West Ham – Sunderland, so you decide to go for the HT draw. It’s a boring first half that ends 0:0 and your bet is won.
Half Time/Full Time Result
This is an interesting market that draws the attention because of the high odds available. The HT/FT or Half Time/Full Time result means you have to correctly predict both the score at the break and at the end of the match to win. If you get only one of them right, your bet is lost.
The different options are 1/1, 1/X, 1/2, X/1, X/X, X/2, 2/1, 2/2 and 2/X. Once again, 1 stands for a home win, X for a draw and 2 for an away win.
Example: you think that Sunderland will hold for a draw in the first half against West Ham, but expect them to concede and lose the game in the second half. You go for the X/1 Half Time/Full Time result and the score at the break is 0:0. Unfortunately, the visitors manage to catch West Ham on the break and win the game which means your bet is lost.
View our half time/full time betting guide.
Plenty of goalscorer markets are getting popular recently, as you can get tasty prices on a certain player to get on the scoresheet. There are a couple of options here, but they work in a similar way:
- Anytime Scorer: you are betting on a certain player to score in the game, no matter when and how. Own goals don’t count and it is worth noting that the bookmakers have different terms if the player you selected doesn’t play in the game. Some will refund your stake, other will count it as lost;
- First Scorer: this time the player has to score the first goal in the match for your wager to win. If he manages to score the second, third and so on, your bet is lost;
- Last Scorer: similar to the previous market, but for the last goal in the game. If the player scores any other, it doesn’t count;
- To Score 2/3/more goals: as the name suggests, you are placing money on a certain player to score at least two, three or more times in the match. It is worth noting that any number larger than the one you selected, still counts as a win. For example, if you bet on someone to score a brace and he scores a hat-trick, you win.
View our first goalscorer betting guide.
European Handicap (-1/-2/-3 etc)
The more traditional handicap betting is called European Handicap or EH. In this market, the match starts with a predefined goal advantage for one of the teams. For example, EH -1 for West Ham at home against Sunderland means the game starts at 0:1 for the visitors.
Your options here are three: win for West Ham, draw and win for Sunderland. For the first one to be true, the home team has to win with at least 2 goals. If they win with 1 goal, 1:0 for example, the game is a draw since it started at 0:1. If there is a draw like 0:0, 1:1 or any win for Sunderland, the correct outcome on the European Handicap market is an away win. The same logic applies to other EH lines such as -2, -3 and so on.
Asian Handicap or AH is the other popular handicap market. It shares certain similarities with EH, but there are differences as well. The main concept behind it is that it limits the football matches to two possible outcomes instead of three by eliminating the draw. This makes it very appealing to plenty of players and many pro tipsters out there prefer Asian Handicap as their main market. Bet365 are one of our favourite bookmakers that offer a wide range of Asian Handicaps. There are a couple of different types of AH, here is how each of them works:
Round Asian Handicaps (AH 0; AH 1; AH 2 and so on)
The first option is round Asian Handicaps, most notably AH 0 and AH 1. In this case, the team with handicap starts with a predefined advantage, but unlike the European one, there is no option for a draw. Here is how it would work for Sunderland AH 0, if you decide to bet on West Ham – Sunderland:
- West Ham wins the game: your bet is lost;
- The game is a draw – your bet is returned;
- Sunderland wins the game – your bet is won.
The AH 1 would work in a similar fashion, but the difference is that your wager gets returned in Sunderland loses with 1 goal difference. The same applies to AH 2, AH 3 etc.
Asian Handicap 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 and similar
This is the second type of Asian Handicaps and the difference is that there isn’t the option to get your stake back. Simply put, if you place a bet on a team – 0.5 AH, it has to win the match. In any other case, your wager is lost. If the line is -1.5, then the win has to be with two goals or more.
Asian Handicap 0.25, 0.75. 1.25 and similar
This option is probably the most confusing for most bettors and they often wonder what does it mean. In reality, it is rather simple as your stake gets split in two. For example, if you bet on AH 0.25, half of your wager goes to AH 0 and the other half to AH 0.5. This means that if the game ends in a draw, you get half back and the other half is won.
The same logic applies to the other similar likes: if you bet on 0.75, half of your bet goes on AH 0.5 and the other on AH 1. It’s an additional safety net and lots of bettors find it very attractive.