Football Bets Explained - Types and Examples
Football (or soccer) is one of the most popular sports in the world; and most definitely in the United Kingdom.
This is reflected in number of betting markets available for matches in the best leagues and competitions in the world; in fact, it is not uncommon to expect in excess of 200 markets for a live televised match in the English Premier League, for example. Online bookmakers do recognise this, hence the reason there is huge amount of coverage of every single football league worldwide.
In this section, OddsBreaker has listed a comprehensive list of all betting markets associated with football matches. Please note, unless otherwise explicitly stated, all bets are for normal time - 90 minutes plus added time.
Full Time Result (1x2 betting) - is a bet on the match result. The customer is predicting what the result will be at the end of normal time, Home Win, Away Win or Draw.
Double Chance - is a bet where different outcomes are coupled; which reduces the probability of losing, but it also means that the odds are very much lower.
In the case of Manchester United vs Arsenal, for example, Double Chance bets would be as follows - Manchester United and Draw (1/7); Arsenal and Draw (6/4); and Manchester United and Arsenal (2/11).
Draw No Bet - is a bet that omits the Draw as a result; and if the games ends in a draw, the bet is void and stake returned.
Half Time Result - is a bet on the match result at the end of Half Time (which would include time added on).
Correct Score - is a bet where the customer predicts the match score at the end of normal time.
Total Goals (Over/Under) - is a bet where the customer has to predict there will be more or less than the number of goals quoted.
The number of goals is usually set at more or less than 2.5 goals, but the bookmaker can set the number as 0.5, 1.5, 3.5 and 4.5.
Both Teams To Score (BTTS) - is a bet where customers have a simple choice of Yes or No.
For example, Chelsea vs Manchester City, if one selects NO - then it will be a winning bet if the score after normal time has a zero for one team or it is a goalless draw. On the other hand, if one was to select YES - then it will be a winning bet if after normal time both teams have scored.
Half Time/Full Time (Double Result) - is a bet where customers need to predict the result at half time and full time. There are nine possible outcomes to choose from.
First Goalscorer - is a bet where customers need to predict who will score the first goal in normal time.
Each Way First Goal Scorer - is a bet where customers have a chance of getting a return even if your selected player does not score first; but scores the second or third goal. Basically, half the stake will be applied to the first goalscorer outright bet, and the other half of the stake will be applied on the player scoring first, second or third. It is the norm that one will get 1/4 of the outright odds for the place part of the bet.
Last Goalscorer - is a bet where the customer has to predict who will score the last goal in normal time.
Handicap Betting - is where an advantage is given to one of the teams which is applied to the final result. The common advantage applied is one goal, but it is not limited to this number.
For example, Chelsea vs Sunderland, Chelsea would be the over whelming favourite to win. If one would like to get more value, then betting on the handicap result, Chelsea (-1) would give the customer a better price.
Asian Handicap Betting - is similar to Handicap Betting, however, in this bet type the Draw result is removed.
Scorecast (FirstScorer/Correct Score Double or Wincast) - is a bet where the customer has to predict who will score the first goal and the correct score at the end of normal time.
Team To Score First, Second Or Last - is a bet where the customer predicts on which team will score first, second or last at the end of normal time. Please note, the actual score is irrelevant in this scenario.
Cards - refers to a bet where the customer has to predict how many times the referee issues the yellow and red card to all players in normal time. This is done by applying a certain number of points to the yellow and red card; and each bookmaker can have their own scoring system.
Corners - refers to a bet where the customer has to predict the number of corners in a match. This can be in reference to the Home Team, Away Team or Both at the Half Time or Full Time.
Odd/Even - is a bet where the customer has to predict whether the total amount of goals, cards or corners will be an even or odd number at the end of normal time.