The famed BTTS football betting market is an essential part of every punter’s arsenal. Some of the best betting tips you can find are made for this market specifically, and there’s a reason for that. It’s a relatively predictable and safe sort of wager to make, relying on the bettor’s knowledge of the teams. It’s also immensely popular and available for almost every soccer event, league, and match.
Both Teams to Score bet variations were introduced to offer more interesting options. If you’re looking for longer odds on BTTS bets, these variants are certainly something to consider. They’re not common, though, and are a relatively niche sportsbook offer. Let’s take a look at how to use Both Teams to Score variations, and how they work in the first place.
Both Teams to Score in Betting – Why Try Variations?
First of all, you need to make sure that you fully understand how Both Teams to Score bets work. We already have an article on the topic, so check it out if you haven’t yet. It goes into the basics of what Both Teams to Score means in betting and some basic strategy tips.
Both Teams to Score variations do not exist in a vacuum, though, and are not completely unique concepts. By and large, BTTS variants are combinations of the BTTS market and some other type of bet. This tells us two things.
- These variants are relatively complex when compared to basic markets such as regular BTTS. The odds are also much longer, implying more risk.
- You need to understand both elements of a complex BTTS variant. In fact, you likely need a firm grasp on how football betting markets work before moving forward. You can find a lot of such information on our strategies page.
With that out of the way, let’s see what Both Teams to Score has in store for us.
Double Chance and Both Teams to Score
Double Chance and Both Teams to Score, meaning a combination of BTTS and the Double Chance bet. It’s an unusual one, but fairly easy to understand.
Double Chance bets simply predict that one of two possible 1X2 outcomes will happen. For example, you could predict a Home Win and a Tie at the same time, and only lose the bet if Away wins.
We already know about Both Teams to Score and how it works. All you need to do is mesh these two together.
The Double Chance and Both Teams to Score bet means that you’re predicting the outcome of the match and that both teams will score at some point before the final whistle. Moreover, Double Chance lets you pick two possible outcomes at the cost of severely reduced odds.
This leaves us with a simple question – what’s the point? And wouldn’t a double bet on both these markets do the same thing?
The answer to both these questions is quite similar. The point is two combine two relatively safe, high-probability bets in the hopes of getting a payout. Both BTTS and Double Chance are known for their short odds but relatively decent chances of success. By wrapping the up into one wager, the hope is that you’ll be able to win it just as easily as you would these wagers separately. However, Double Chance and Both Teams to Score odds stack multiplicatively. This means you’ll get decent returns despite a relatively simple betting prediction.
Match Odds and Both Teams to Score
This is a far more common variation of Both Teams to Score. In fact, it’s fairly similar to the previous one we explained. It combines classic 1X2 predictions with BTTS.
In other words, you’re predicting the result of the game and that both teams will score at least once during the course of the match. If you manage to get both of these rights, you’ll win.
Compared to Double Chance, the usual 1X2 football betting market is considerably riskier. Without accounting for betting odds, it has roughly half the chance of winning. It’s somewhat riskier, but the reason for using the Match Odds and Both Teams to Score bet is almost the same. The idea is to increase the profits on a set of relatively simple wagers.
Instead of the safety of Double Chance, though, it relies on the familiarity of 1X2. Most bettors are used to Full Time Result or 1X2 bets by now. As such, they’ll be more comfortable with extending the odds. That’s the idea anyway.
Both Teams to Score in Both Halves
This version of the Both Teams to Score bet is quite interesting. As the name implies, you’re essentially predicting that both teams will score at least once in each half. This means that the final score will be at least 2:2, which is something to keep in mind.
Though the returns are often long, BTTS in Both Halves is deceptively difficult to get right. Relying on both teams to perform a certain way in both halves is one thing. Expecting them to score in both, however, is a very risky proposition. We don’t recommend this bet to beginners.
On a side note, there are also First Half Both Teams to Score, as well as Second Half BTTS. AS you might expect, the idea here is that your BTTS prediction only applies to one half of the game. First Half BTTS is overall a better choice in our opinion. It’s generally a lot easier to predict how the first half will go compared to the second one.
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