There was a time when I used to think that predicting the winner is the only way people bet in soccer.
But as I grew up, I got confused with terms like Under 2.5 and Draw No Bet.
And then I went deep into research and I realized that there are 9 common types of soccer bets.
Trust me if I knew these earlier, I would’ve earned more profit.
So without any further ado, let me show you what these soccer bet types are.
Match Result: Three-way
The first and one of the most common types of soccer bets is the match result. This is also widely known as the money-line bet.
A match result bet is betting on who you think is going to win the match.
There are three options in the match result bet. The first two options of match result bet are the home team win and away team win. Apart from this, the third option is a draw.
Usually, this lasts to the full-time which is 90 minutes. But yes, there’s a half-time alternative as well.
A double chance is a variation of the match-result bet and it’s one of the safest. As the name says, double chance refers to betting on two possible outcomes from the three.
The two available outcomes are the following:
- Team A wins or draw
- Team B wins or draw
- Team A wins or Team B wins
Draw No Bet
“Draw No Bet” is the third type of soccer bet. It is another variation of the match-result bet. A punter would bet on a team to win the match.
Just remember that if the match results in a draw, the bet would be declared void and the money staked will be refunded back to you.
Just in case the team loses, you lose the bet.
This is a popular bet as it decreases the possibility of losing as it relies on two outcomes instead of one.
An example of this is staking $50 on Liverpool to win their match.
If Liverpool win then the bet is won but if they draw, the bet would be declared void and the $50 stake would be refunded back to you.
Goals are the foundation of football matches and consequently, the foundation of soccer betting as well. The most popular type of goal bets are overs and unders.
Over/Under refer to the number of total goals that are scored in a match. Over means that you predict that the total number of goals scored in the match will be higher than the total set by the bookmaker.
Under means that you predict that the total number of goals scored in the match will be lower than the total set by the bookmaker.
The most popular types of over/under bets are 0.5, 1.5, and 2.5. Let’s deconstruct the meaning of meaning of these numbers:
Over 0.5 means that you bet on the match to produce at least 1 goal. Under 0.5 means that you bet on the match to produce less than 1 goal. Over 0.5 usually has the lowest odds as most matches are able to produce a goal.
On the contrary, under 1.5 has one of the highest odds as it is unlikely that a team wouldn’t be able to score in a match. However, it is a popular bet for defensive teams who don’t create attacking opportunities.
The same goes for 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, and 4.5. And usual, the odds depend on the probability of the outcome.
Now let’s suppose, Aston Villa recently played against Tottenham with the full-time scoreline being 2-1 to Tottenham.
If you would have placed a bet over 2.5, the bet would be a winner as there were 3 total goals in the match. The bet would have been lost if the match ended 1-1, 1-0, 2-0 and 0-0.
Both Teams To Score (BTTS)
Both teams to score is a prediction on whether both teams will be able to produce a goal in the match.
The two options that are available when making this bet are: yes & no.
A selection of yes means that you predict that both teams will be able to score, while a selection of no means that you predict that at least one of the teams won’t be able to score a goal.
For example, if you bet that both teams will score in the Manchester Derby and the full-time score is 1-1, that makes you a winner.
If the full-time score was 5-0, then you’ll lose the bet. The opposite would apply if you bet that both teams won’t score.
It’s important to note that neither the match result affects the outcome of this bet nor does the number of goals. The most important factor to consider is whether both teams scored goals or not.
Just like anything else, we can also predict whether a specific player will make a goal or not. Every available player on the field is an option to pick as a goalscorer.
The attacking players have the lowest bookmaker odds as they’re more likely to score based on their positioning on the field.
The favorite picks are in-form attacking players such as strikers, wingers, and attacking midfielders.
Defenders such as wingbacks and center-backs are popular picks as well. This is a well-rewarding market for those who are able to win.
If you pick Karim Benzema to score in the El Clasico derby and he scores, the bet is won. This bet can be made pre-match and live-in-play, depending on the bookmaker.
This is perhaps one of the most challenging soccer betting markets out there. Correct score is when you are able to predict the full-time score.
The most common scores are 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2 etc. For example, if you bet on a match to end 1-1, then you have won the bet. The odds set by the bookmaker are very high as the likelihood of predicting the correct score line is very unlikely.
Nevertheless, it is extremely rewarding when you are able to predict the correct score. To increase the probability of winning, you might consider the average score lines of the teams involved.
Corners are one of the most accessible markets across all bookmakers.
Corners can sometimes be reflective of the events of the match, but they don’t always correlate with match results. This aspect makes corners one of the most dynamic betting markets as odds can be overvalued.
Corners are usually bet on using the over/under market. Bookmakers set a figure on the number of corners in a match and you can bet on whether the amount of corners will be over or under that set figure.
For example, a bookmaker has figures of Over 8.5 corners and Under 8.5 corners. Based on your prediction, you can either back over or under.
The number of corners are usually related to the type of match being played
Bookings are the number of yellow cards and red cards in a match. It’s similar to the over/under market of corners, where you are able to bet on the total number of bookings in a match.
Bookings are a specialist market that requires you to study certain aspects of a team’s history so that you can make accurate predictions.
The first aspect to consider is the number of fouls that a team yields. Teams that get more fouls are more likely to receive bookings and vice versa.
A match between two rival teams will always be intense. That means there will be a high number of tackles.