Football Bet Types Explained

Introduction

As can be seen from the listing below of the most popular football bet types, there are many different ways of betting on football matches. While a majority of people bet 1X2, there are hundreds of ways that you can use your judgement and bet for entertainment, or to try and make money.

Once you understand the football bet types available, you will better be able to make a better judgement on which type of football bets best suit your wallet and personality.


This in turn will aid you in making your betting on football more enjoyable. So, read on!


Table of Contents

Some Rules you Should Know

1X2

Both Teams To Score

Clean Sheet

Correct Score

Double Chance

Draw No Bet

Goal Scorer - First, Last, Anytime

Halftime/Fulltime Double

Handicaps - 2-way & 3-way

Higher Scoring Half

Odd / Even

Over / Under (Totals)


Some Rules you Should Know

Results for most football bets are based on action during Normal Time, unless otherwise stated. Normal time is defined as the scheduled 90 minutes plus added injury time. This is referred to as ‘Full Time’, ‘Normal time’ or ‘90 minutes’ and excludes: Extra time, Penalty shoot-outs & Golden goals.


There are a number of exceptional occurrences that can affect the outcome of your bet. It is impossible to list all of them but the following can occur in football:


Match postponed. If the match is postponed (eg failure of floodlights, unsuitable surface, weather, etc) and played within 24 hours, your bet stands. If it’s not rescheduled and played within 24 hours, your single bet is cancelled and you get your money back. For a multi-bet this game is removed from your ticket and the remaining selection(s) stand as a valid bet.

Match abandoned. If the match is started but abandoned before normal time is completed (eg failure of floodlights, spectator pitch invasion, weather, etc) and resumed and completed within 24 hours, your bet stands. If it’s not completed within 24 hours, your single bet is cancelled and you get your money back. For a multi-bet this game is removed from your ticket and the remaining selection(s) stand as a valid bet.


Note; when matches are abandoned, bets that have already been decided stand as valid bets, eg a bet on the First Half result when the match is abandoned after 72 minutes.


Types of Football bets

1X2


Description

1X2 is the most common and easiest football bet type to understand. It is sometimes referred to as HDA (Home, Draw, Away).


Betting Options

You are predicting a home win, a draw or a win for the away team. There are three time periods on which you can bet:

Full Time - the match result at the end of normal time: the scheduled 90 minutes plus any added injury time.

First Half  - the result at the end of the first half: the scheduled 45 minutes plus any added injury time.

Second Half  - the result of the 2nd half: the scheduled 45 minutes plus any added injury time.


Examples

Match: Arsenal vs Aston Villa.

Selection: Arsenal to win 1st half

Halftime score: 1-0

Bet outcome: You win.


Match: Arsenal vs. Aston Villa.

Selection: Arsenal to win at Full Time

Full Time score: 1-1

Bet outcome: You lose.


Both Teams to Score


Description

‘Both teams to score’ (BTTS) is a popular football bet where all forms of goal count, including penalties and own goals. You may choose ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ and your bet will be settled, depending on whether both sides are credited with goals before the scheduled 90 minutes are up.


The match result is immaterial to your bet and selections can be alive until the final whistle or effectively settled early on.


Betting Options

Yes

No


Example

Match: Arsenal vs. Aston Villa.

Selection: Yes

Full Time score: 1-1

Bet outcome: You win.


Clean Sheet


Description

This is betting on whether a team can keep a clean sheet - keep its opponents scoreless. You may choose ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ and your bet will be decided on goals conceded during the scheduled 90 minutes plus any added injury time.


The match result is immaterial to your bet and selections can be alive right up to the final whistle.


Betting Options

Yes

No


Example

Match: Arsenal vs. Aston Villa.

Selection: Arsenal Yes (Arsenal will keep a clean sheet)

Full Time score: 1-1

Bet outcome: You lose.


Correct Score


Description

This is predicting the score at the end of normal time. Scores are quoted as “Home Team Score - Away Team Score”.

Betting Options

There are up as many as 40 scores from which to choose; the score for the home team is listed first.

For example: 1-0 means home team to win 1-0. 2-4 means home team to lose 2-4. Interestingly, the prices can be quite high and of course chances of winning quite low.

This bet type can be of huge value if you know and understand a team’s scoring habits or just looking for a big price

Example

Chelsea vs. Manchester United

Selection: Chelsea to win 2-1

Score; Chelsea win 2 goals to 1

Bet Outcome; You win


Note; You lose if the match finishes on any other score.


Double Chance


Description

Just like ‘1X2 there are 3 selections: 1X, 12 & 2X where you select two of the three possible outcomes of the match.


If the backed team wins or draws, the bet wins; if the team loses, so does the bet. With double chance bets there is no possibility for the draw. The win/draw odds will always be shorter than for both the individual win and draw odds, because the chances of either outcome occurring are greater than for each one separately.

The Double Chance is popular in soccer betting, because as long as you can assess a match option in which a team is fairly unlikely to lose, then you can cover yourself on the other two options;  a win and draw, by combining them into one bet.  


Betting Options

So a Double Chance bet is essentially a Win/Draw option on a team, which will pay out a winner, as long as the team backed in the bet doesn't lose.

1X (at the end of normal time the home team wins or draws)

X2 (at the end of normal time the away team wins or draws)

1 2 (at the end of normal time the home team wins or the away team wins)


The bet would be paid out a winner if the backed team won or drew in normal time. This is a good way to spread your coverage on an outcome if you can't quite decide between the backed team drawing or being good enough to take a win. This is a particularly useful option for backing stronger teams playing away from home.


Example 1

Match; Manchester United vs Chelsea

Selection;Manchester to win / draw

Match Result: 2-1 (Manchester Utd wins)

Bet Outcome; You win


Example 2

Match; Manchester United vs Chelsea

Selection;Manchester to win / draw

Match Result; 1-2 (Chelsea wins)

Bet Outcome; You lose


Draw No Bet


Description

This bet is the full time result bet but does not have the draw option. You bet on either team winning by full time but if it is a draw, you receive your stake back. Its disadvantage is that odds on each team emerging victorious will be reduced as a result of no draw option.

It is like saying, “In a game of Chelsea vs. Manchester United, I think Chelsea will win, but I’d like a saver for the draw.”


Betting Options


Home team wins

Away team wins


Example

Match: Chelsea vs. Manchester United

Selection:Chelsea (DNB)

Result: Chelsea wins

Bet Outcome: You win


Note: You get your stake back if it ends in a draw


Exceptions

Extra time and penalty shootouts do not count.

DNB betting is offered on: normal time, 1st half only and 2nd half.


Goal Scorer - First, Last, Anytime


First Goal Scorer


Description

Predict which player will score first.


There is an option of “No Goal Scorer” where you are predicting no goal will be scored in regular time.


When placing your money on this bet type, you need to firstly check which players are likely to take on the field and who are likely to be the penalty takers.

Example

Match: Arsenal vs West Ham

Selection: Payet to score the first goal

Score: Payet scores the first  goal for West Ham

Bet Outcome: You win.


Importantly though, there are a number of factors one needs to consider when betting using this bet type:


Own goals are ignored. So, the next normal time goal counts. It is advisable to bet on ‘No goalscorer’ rather than on a score of ‘0-0’ as the prices are typically similar, yet ‘No goalscorer’ still wins if there’s an own goal.

If a player does not play, or comes on after a goal has already been scored, bets on that player will be void. Single bets will have their bet stake refunded while affected multiple bets will remain valid but with that leg removed from the betslip.

Players that are substituted off or sent off before the first goal is scored will be settled as losing bets;


Last Goal Scorer


Description

Ideally, this bet type focuses on which player will score last.


There is an option of “No Goal Scorer” where you are predicting no goal will be scored in regular time.


Note, the first goal scorer can also be the Last Goal Scorer!

Anytime Goal Scorer


Description

Predict that a player will score during normal time.

Half Time / Full Time Double (HT/FT)

FT

Description

Predict the outcome of the 1st half and the outcome of the match at the end of normal time: the scheduled 90 minutes plus any added injury time.

Betting Options

11 Home / Home

1X Home / Draw

12 Home / Away

X1 Draw / Home

XX Draw / Draw

X2 Draw / Away

21 Away / Home

2X Away / Draw

22 Away / Away

Example

Match: Stoke vs Leicester

Selection: 1X (Stoke to be leading at halftime and a draw at fulltime)

Score: Stoke leading 1-0 at halftime and 1-1 at full time

Bet Outcome: Your bet is a winner.


Exceptions

Extra time and penalty shootouts do not count.


Handicap


Description

Handicap in football betting means:


A goal advantage, or plus handicap, for the outsider is applied to its final score in the game and;

A goal disadvantage, or minus handicap, for the favourite is applied to its final score in the game


Be sure you understand these variations before betting on handicaps so that you don't think you've won but end up a loser once the goal handicap is subtracted!


Betting Options

There are two types of handicap betting:
2-way Handicap and;
3-way Handicap.

Example: 2-Way Handicap

Match: Manchester United vs CSKA

1: 1.56 (Manchester United) MU is -0.5

2: 2.65 (CSKA Moscow) CSKA is +0.5
Selection: CSKA @ 2.65
Score: 2-2 draw.

Bet Outcome: The +0.5 (plus half a goal) is added to the CSKA score and your bet is a winner.

Example: 3-way Handicap

Match: Manchester United ( -1.0) vs CSKA Moscow (+1.0)

1: 2.25 Manchester United is -1.0

X: 3.60 Draw

2: 2.65 CSKA is +1.0

Selection: CSKA @ 2.65

Score: 2-2 draw

Bet Outcome: the +1.0 (plus one goal) is added to the CSKA score and your bet is a winner.


Note: For resulting purposes, the (+ or -) handicap on which you bet is applied to the actual number of goals scored by the result on which you bet to determine whether your bet wins or loses.


Resulting is typically based on the score at the end of ‘Normal time’.


Over / Under (Totals)


Description

Predict whether there will be more or less than the number of goals quoted. This type of bet is fairly easy to understand as there are only two possible outcomes.


Betting Options

The most popular type of bet is Over or Under 2.5 goals. This means that you predict whether a game's total goals will be over or under 2.5 This bet type is simply about the total of goals registered; it doesn’t matter who, or which team, scores them.


Why the half goal? Because it eliminates the possibility of a tie or draw. Your bet either wins or loses.


There are many variations like over / under: 0.5. 1.5. 3.5 and 4.5 goals

Note: Results are determined at the end of normal time.  


Example

Match:Newcastle vs. Bolton

Selection: Over 2.5 goals

Score: 2-2 (4 goals)

Bet Outcome: You win!

In the above example, you win if 3 or more goals are scored; you lose if 2 or fewer goals are scored.

Remember, always bet responsibly