Types Of Football Bet
There are probably more types of bet available in football then any other sport. Here are some of the main ones.
Full Time Result – Often called ‘match odds’, this is a bet on the result of the match after 90 minutes of normal time has been played. It includes injury time, but not extra time of penalties.
It may be expressed as Win-Lose-Draw (WLD) or 1X2, where 1 is the home side to win, X is for a draw, and 2 is for the away side to win.
Half Time – Like the full time result, but concluded at the end of the half. The outcomes are win, lose or draw.
Half Time / Full Time – This is in effect a ‘double’ bet: it requires you to predict who will be winning at half-time, and who will be winning at the end of full-time. Including draws, there are nine possible results. But you must be right on both parts of the bet to win.
Draw No Bet – This bet reduces the possible outcomes of the match from three to two, by returning your stake if the game is a draw. You win the bet if the team you back wins the game. Since the bet gives you an advantage over a full time result bet, the odds are not as good.
Asian Handicap – A way of equalising the odds between unequal teams. See our separate guide.
Accumulator – This bet combines two or more straight bets and provides higher odds and bigger pay-outs than winning the bets individually would.
That’s the good news. The downside is that all bets must win. If only one loses – and it is possible to link 15 bets together in this way – the entire bet is lost.
Over/Under – This bets on whether the total number of goals scored by both sides (combined) will be more than (over) or less than (under) a certain number. The most common bet is on Over/Under 2.5 goals.
Why 2.5 goals? The extra ‘0.5’ aspect of the goal totals is to avoid descriptions which are more cumbersome or open to confusion, such as “3 goals or more”.
There are any number of possible bets, such as Over/Under 0.5 goals, Over/Under 3.5 goals, etc. But Over/Under 2.5 goals is most popular, because most games finish with either two or three goals.
Correct Score – With this bet you are predicting the score at the end of normal time. It is not an easy bet, because you have to predict correctly the number of goals scored by each side.
The most popular form of correct score bet is to back the score 0-0 (or indeed to lay that score). Statistically, the goalless draw is more common than other scorelines.
First Goalscorer – A bet on which player will be first player to score. You need to check how own goals are treated with the particular bookie you use – they vary.
Last Goalscorer – Like a first goalscorer bet, but on the last player to score. This is even harder to predict than the first goalscorer, and so the odds are high.
One aspect of this to be aware of is that if the final score is 1-0, then the first goalscorer and last goalscorer will be one and the same player.
Scorecast – A form of accumulator bet combining first goalscorer with correct score. It pays out at very high odds when it wins.