Understanding the markets on offer is undoubtedly a crucial factor for anyone looking to be successful at football betting.
And there’s certainly plenty of choice for bwin customers – have a look at a big match on bwin.com 24 hours before kick-off, for instance, and there could be as many as 200 markets to browse through.
This might seem like a bit of a minefield to the novice punter, so the following is designed to give a broader overview of the type of football bets you will generally come across.
Often referred to as ‘Win-Draw-Win’ by other bookmakers, this is the standard football betting market you will see when matches are advertised either in press or online.
This simply gives you the odds on each team winning or the fixture ending up in a draw (X in the image below). It is crucial to note that these prices are only valid for the normal match length of 90 minutes – extra-time and penalty victories are not included.
Away no bet
This football betting market sees prices offered only on the home team and the draw. If you back either of these outcomes but the away team wins, your original stake will be returned.
Of course, the odds for the home team and the draw will therefore not be as attractive as in the 3Way market.
Home no bet
This works in the same as the away no bet market, with the difference being that betting odds are offered on the draw and the away win, with the stake being returned if the home team wins.
Prices on a home win and an away win are offered in this football betting market, with the punter’s stake being returned if the match finishes in a draw.
Again, it is important to note that the odds in this market will be shorter than in the 3Way offering.
This market tends to be particularly interesting in matches where one team is a heavy favourite, because it gives punters a chance to get more tempting football betting odds on them.
For example, if Arsenal are playing West Brom at home, they might be priced at 1/3 to get a win in the 3Way market. However, if you believe the Gunners will end up taking the match by two goals or better, you could back them at a more attractive price in the 0:1 handicap market.
In other words, you are betting on Arsenal to still win the match with West Brom being given an imaginary one-goal start. So if the real match finishes 2-1 to Arsenal, you lose your bet, because the handicap score would be 2-2.
Similarly, if they triumph 3-1, you win your bet, as the handicap score would be 3-2.
This involves betting odds being offered on combinations of two of the three outcomes listed in the 3Way section.
So, for instance, if you are certain Manchester United will avoid defeat at home to Arsenal but are not completely sure they will win, you could back the ‘Manchester United or X’ selection.
Or if you believe that the match will definitely not end up in a draw, you could choose to bet on the ‘Manchester United or Arsenal’ offering.
This is a classic football betting market which encourages punters to predict the result of a match at both half-time and full-time within one bet.
So if you think Chelsea will be leading at half-time in their match against Liverpool and at the end of 90 minutes, you would be looking for odds on the ‘Chelsea/Chelsea’ selection. The draw is also incorporated into this market, so there are a number of possible permutations available to bet on.
The most lucrative betting odds tend to be on one team winning at half-time and the other emerging victorious at the end of the game.
So good teams who are often slow starters but tend to get the job done could be the ones punters focus on in the half-time/full-time market.
Half-time or full-time
This is an interesting football betting market which sees odds offered on any of the three outcomes in the 3Way market being true at either half-time or full-time (or both).
Naturally, the prices here tend to be a little bit shorter than in the normal 3Way market, as there is a greater chance of success in bets of this type.
One of the most popular groups of markets among football betting fans is goalscorer bets.
Prices on a particular player to score first in a match, last in a match or at any time in a match tend to draw plenty of interest. They are relatively straightforward to understand and can offer decent rewards for individuals who have done the appropriate research for their bets.
Again, remember that the prices provided by bwin only apply to regular time in cup matches.
Ever had a sneaky feeling about an exact scoreline for an upcoming match? Or a hunch that a hatful of goals will be scored? The football betting product on bwin.com offers a whole host of markets to put these predictions to the test.
Once you open the additional betting markets on a particular match, you will quickly see a selection of potential scorelines and their respective prices next to them. The home team’s tally is always on the left, so when you see 0-2, for example, these are the odds on the away team recording a 2-0 win.
There may also be the opportunity to bet on what the score will be at half-time. And what’s more, if you fancy a scoreline not listed on the site, you can request betting odds from bwin on it!
Match goals bets
As a football betting customer, if you have an expectation about a scoreline in a particular match, you may also want to have a punt on a number of different types of match goals bets.
For example, if you believe Arsenal and Manchester United will serve up a game involving exactly three goals, there will usually be a price available for this. In other words, any 3-0 or 2-1 scoreline in favour of either team would see you win your bet.
Alternatively, you might want to get involved in the under/over goals markets. For example, if you believe there will be three or more goals in a match, you will bet on the ‘Over 2.5 goals’ offering on bwin, rather than the accompanying ‘Under 2.5 goals’ price.
There are plenty of other football betting markets available in this area, such as:
– How many goals will be scored in total in the match?
– How many goals will be scored in the first/second half?
– How many goals will Team 1 score in the first/second half?
– How many goals will Team 2 score in the first/second half?
– How many goals will Team 1 score in total?
– How many goals will Team 2 score in total?
– Will both teams score in the match?
– Will both teams score in the first/second half?
– Will Team 1 score in both halves?
– Will Team 2 score in both halves?
– Which team will score the first goal of the match?
– Which team will score the last goal of the match?
All of the above markets also come with a number of under/over variables, to give you a wide range of angles for your football bet of choice.
Yellow/red card bets
Every football betting fan loves a good tackle, but there will always be occasions when tempers flare and the referee is taking plenty of names in his notebook.
But even if the players are behaving themselves, bwin has so many markets relating to bookings and sending offs that there should be money to be made in any given match.
For example, you could bet on which team will receive more yellow/red cards, which team will receive the most yellow/red cards in the first/second half, how many yellow/red cards will be awarded in total in the match or in each half, and so on.
The various yellow and red markets and their betting odds are fairly self-explanatory and will usually appear on the day of the match in question.
Such is the level of depth available to bwin football betting customers, there is even the opportunity to place bets relating to the number of corners in any given match.
This could be whether the total number awarded is odd or even, how many corners each team will win in the first or second half, or how many corners each team will win in total, for instance.
While this area is perhaps less easy to make an informed football bet on, it is far more unpredictable than most markets and provides some decent entertainment for the casual punter while watching a match.
Once you have opened a particular league from the football betting navigation on the left-hand side of bwin.com’s Sportsbook, you will notice a number of boxes above the latest matches for that league.
Ticking one of these and then hitting ‘View’ will generally just show that type of bet for each listed match together, but punters should keep their eyes open for ‘Outright’, ‘Promotion/Relegation’ and ‘Finishing Position’ markets as well.
These boxes, when ticked, will show odds on longer-term football bets such as ‘Who will win the Premier League?’ and ‘Who will finish in the top four in the Premier League?’ – all of which have traditionally been very popular with bettors.
Although there are many other markets which may appear on bwin.com at various points, hopefully this article can serve as a reference point if you find yourself confused about placing a particular football bet.
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