The following Match Result markets are available with most bookmakers…
|Team A win||10/11|
|Team B win||3/1|
This is a straightforward bet on which team is going to win the match (or whether it will finish a draw). Teams playing at Home (always listed first) will normally be shorter odds favourites – unless the visiting Away team is very strong.
|Team A and the Draw||1/5|
|Team B and the Draw||5/6|
|Team A or Team B||2/7|
This bet gives you two chances to win out of the three possible outcomes. You can either back a team to win AND the match to be a Draw (so you only lose if your pick loses). Or if you can bet on both teams to win (so you only lose if the match ends a Draw). Because you are covering more options, the odds are shorter than on Match Results.
This is a straight win/lose bet – with the bet voided if the match is a Draw.
|Team A (minus 1)||5/2|
|Team B (plus 1)||13/5|
|Tie (Team B plus 1)||5/6|
Handicaps can create a betting opportunity when it wouldn't otherwise exist – either making two teams more even, or getting better odds on short-priced favourites. You will see handicap bets applied to Goals (see Asian Handicaps) and Corners - the team with a 'minus' handicap having to overcome their deficit in order to win the bet.
So, for example, if a top team were awarded a (minus 2) handicap against a lesser team – they would need to win the actual match by at least 3 Goals to win the bet:
|Team A (minus 0.5 Goals)||2.0*
|Team B (plus 0.5 Goals)||1.73*
* Bookmakers often use decimal odds for Asian Handicaps
This is a popular way of betting in the Far East (hence the name), offering a potentially better chance than straight forward Match Result bets.
Handicaps are awarded (in brackets) that the winning team must overcome. These handicaps can vary from match to match – and are sometimes shown in 'fractions' of Goals. Of course you can't have 0.5, or 1.5 of a Goal – it is simply a means to decide winning margins. Below is a list of example handicaps and their outcomes:
You may also see a 'split' Handicap, such as: (0, -0.5) – which splits the bet into two, for example:
- A team with a (0, -0.5) handicap must: Win the match by any score. If the match is a Draw – half the stake is refunded, half is lost. Any other result and the bet is lost.
- A team with a (-1, 1.5) handicap must: Win by 2 Goals. Win by 1 Goal and half the stake is returned, half lost. Any other result and it's a loser.
And so on…
There are also 'plus' split handicaps. For example, a team may have a (0, +0.5) handicap. If they win the match, the bet wins. If they draw, half wins and half is returned (if they lose, the bet loses).
|Team A – Team A||15/8|
|Team A – Draw||16/1|
|Team A – Team B||40/1|
|Draw – Team A||7/2|
|Draw – Draw||4/1|
|Draw – Team B||8/1|
|Team B – Team A||28/1|
|Team B – Draw||16/1|
|Team B – Team B||13/2|
This allows you to bet on the result at Half Time AND Full Time – twice as difficult as predicting the outright winner, but offering bigger odds.
|Team A to Win To Nil||4/5|
|Team B to Win To Nil||11/5|
You're betting on one team to win the match, and not concede a goal. For example: 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 etc…
|Team A to Win & Both Teams to Score||19/5|
|Team B to Win & Both Teams to Score||9/2|
Here you're betting on one team to win the match and Both Teams to Score.
|HOME||Typical Odds||AWAY||Typical Odds|
|Team A to Win By 1 Goal||3/1||Team B to Win By 1 Goal||10/3|
|Team A to Win By 2 Goals||6/1||Team B to Win By 2 Goals||7/1|
|Team A to Win By 3 or More Goals||12/1||Team B to Win By 3 or More Goals||22/1|
You're betting on one team to win the match by a certain amount of Goals. This offers more attractive odds than the Match Result market, but is more difficult to predict.