To the average person a football bet would mean little more than a wager as to which team will emerge victorious from a footballing encounter. However, there have been several other sorts of football bets which have been introduced in order to cater for the multifaceted nature of a football match.
Much to the pleasure of betting enthusiasts, there has also been an exponential increase in the number of football betting markets available, so that lovers of the beautiful game have a wide range of options to choose from. Certain types of bets may sound unfamiliar, but are really quite straightforward. Below are some of the more common bets made available by bookmakers.
Full Time Result: This bet is concerned with the outcome of a match after ninety minutes of normal time and any minutes of injury time awarded at the end of the ninety minutes. It is important to note that this sort of bet does not cover extra time and penalty shoot-outs. One would bet in the form of Win-Lose-Draw or 1X2, where 1 signifies a home team win, X means a draw and 2 implies an away team win.
Half Time Result: The same features considered above apply in this case with only one difference – the result is determined at the end of the first half, after forty-five minutes and any injury time awarded thereafter.
Draw No Bet: This is a popular bet amongst more cautious punters who would like a certain degree of protection. In such a scenario, if the result of the match is a draw, the bettor would receive the money back. Understandably, when this option is chosen the odds would be reduced accordingly.
Double Chance: This type of bet is generally employed when one wishes to bet in favour of the underdog as opposed to a team which is designated as favourite to win. A Double Chance bet essentially covers two possible outcomes – a win and a draw – and the same amount of winnings is awarded whether the result is a win or a draw.
Accumulator: This type of bet, which is also known as a parlay bet, implies linking two or more individual bets into one single bet, which is only won if all individual bets comprising it have been satisfied. This means that if any one bet is lost, the whole wager is lost, since all individual bets would be dependant on each other.
Goalscorer Bets: These bets focus on the actual goalscorers in a match. There are different combinations available in this respect, one of which is the First Goalscorer bet, which awards the correct prediction of the first player to score a goal. Similarly, a Last Goalscorer bet focuses on the last player to score in a match. The first and last goalscorer may naturally be the same player. A third variation is the Anytime Goalscorer bet, which requires the bettor to identify a player who eventually scores, irrespective of when he does.
Correct Score: The Punters are required to identify the exact amount of goals scored by each team in a match to win a Correct Score bet.
Both Teams To Score: This is a very simple yet intriguing form of bet, which is generally employed in matches where both teams have a high probability of scoring, either because of their reciprocal strong attack or weak defence. The actual score is irrelevant, as long as both teams score at least one goal.
Over/Under: In this case one has to take into account the exact number of goals which are scored. The bet involves predicting whether the total number of goals scored by both teams combined is over or under a specified number. The most popular wager being Under/Over 2.5 goals. For example, Matches with 2 goals or less scored would mean an Under 2.5 bet wins. Matches that have 3 goals or more would see an Over 2.5 bet win.
Half Time/Full Time: This is essentially a combination of the first two types of bets discussed, so that the bet is only won if one correctly predicts the result at the end of the first half and at the end of the match. Taking into account wins, draws and losses, there are nine possible combinations in this type of “double result” bet.