European Handicap Definition

There is a good chance that all of you have heard of Asian handicap, but European Handicap is not such a familiar term. With European Handicap, one of the two teams is given an advantage before the match starts, but there are still three possible outcomes – home win, draw and away win.

There are no void bets or stake refunded here, but a simple calculation is done when the match ends, taking into account the handicap given before the match.

European Handicap has proved to be a great way to back the favourites to record big wins and earn nice profit, or to back the underdogs not to lose the game.


Barcelona are hot favourites at home to Villarreal and you back the Catalans to win the game with -1 European handicap. If Barcelona win the game by two goals or more, we count it as home win and your bet is a winning one. If the Catalans record a narrow win, the outcome is a draw, while every other result, including a draw or an away win is counted as an away win.

European Handicap Pros and Cons
  • You can earn nice profit by backing the favourites
  • Odds are much higher than without the handicap
  • European handicaps are available almost everywhere
  • Narrow wins are unlikely to bring you profit
  • You may be tempted by high odds rather than proper reasoning