Ever feel like you can accurately predict how a match will go from beginning to end? If you’ve been betting on football long enough, that’s probably the case. Still, the basics of soccer betting strategy warn us that not all betting markets are the same. Conservative, low-risk wagers tend to fare better in the long run. Still, there’s a great way to capitalize on your ability to make football predictions.
The Double Result bet predicts the outcome of the game at both halftime and the final whistle. Let’s take a look at what the benefits of betting on Double Result are.
What is a Double Result Bet in Football?
The Double Result bet in Soccer betting is functionally very similar to the Half Time/Full Time market. It is a single wager that is betting on two outcomes in a single match. The first is the result of the first half – which of the two teams will be leading at minute 45. The second outcome is the final result of the game – which of the two teams won. Of course, a Tie are also a possibility in both cases.
To win Double Result bets, you have to correctly guess both parts of this wager. Both the halftime result and the final result must be exactly how you predicted them. Otherwise, your bet fails and you lose the full stake. This makes Double Result betting predictions considerably more difficult than a typical 1X2 wager which only cares about the final result. Of course, the betting odds are also much longer to reflect the smaller probability of success.
If you want to win money even if you correctly guess only one of these, simply make two separate single bets. A Half Time Result and Full Time Result single will achieve this effect. Of course, the odds will be shorter and your potential winnings much smaller.
All of this means that there are 6 possible outcomes you can predict with each Double Result wager. They are combinations of all the outcomes of the first half and all the outcomes of the second half.
- Home Lead – Home Win
- Home Lead – Draw
- Home Lead – Away Win
- Draw – Home Team
- Draw – Draw
- Draw – Away Win
- Away Lead – Away Win
- Away Lead – Draw
- Away Lead – Home Win
What is the Difference Between a Double Result and Half Time/Full Time?
There are essentially no differences between Double Result and HT/FT bets. The biggest difference is in the name alone, and not much else.
It comes down to how the bookmaker you’re using wants to call it. Double Result is less of a mouthful and is generally seen as the more “modern” name. However, a lot of punters are familiar with the Half Time/Full Time Result name instead, so some bookies stick by it.
Interestingly, American bookmakers almost exclusively use the term Double Result. As such, the name is often used for American Football and sports betting like the NHL, NBA, and MLB. However, European-facing betting sites still use Double Result quite often. Either way, it’s a matter of preference and there is no substantial difference between the two.
How Are Double Result Betting Odds Calculated?
Double Result betting odds are calculated based on the likelihood of your chosen outcomes happening in the same match. It seems obvious, but let’s dive into the various factors that might affect odds.
First of all, you have the basic considerations such as which teams are the favourites. The bookies look at team forms, histories, head-to-head statistics, and so on. That much is clear if you have any understanding of how sports betting works.
However, the idea is to consider how teams perform in both the first and second half. A classic 1X2 bet looks at overall match performance and scoring – Double Result odds also consider Half Time Result. Think of it this way – some teams tend to open strong and then lose stamina as the game progresses. Conversely, some teams may usually need time to “get into gear.” All of this may affect the odds.
However, some Double Result selections are inherently more or less probable, regardless of all the other factors. For example, major upsets and comebacks are not all that common in the real world. A team that falls behind early is much more likely to lose than to turn things around before the final whistle. As such, a Home Lead/Away Win Double Result bet is always less likely than a Home Lead/Home Win. Keep this in mind before figuring out your Double Result betting strategy.
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