This is a very straight forward bet used on football matches. It is a straight 50/50 choice for punters whether to select both teams to score in the match, or not.
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What is Both Teams to Score bet?
This is also referred to as a BTTS bet for short. Will both teams hit the back of the net in a game? Yes or no? That’s all that this bet is about.
How does a BTTS bet work?
The simple BTTS bet requires just the one unit stake against it and you simply make a Yes or No prediction for the fixture. The No option means that the bet will win if the game ends in a goalless draw or if just one of the teams scores. The Yes option will only win if both teams score in the match.
Both Teams to Score Variations and Combinations
There are variations of the both teams to score bet. What these variations do is offer an extra contingency onto a BTTS bet in order for it to win, the point being the pursuit of bigger odds.
BTTS and Result
This is probably the most popular variation of the BTTS bet. Along with making the prediction that both teams will score in the match, the correct outcome of the fixture also needs to be predicted. For example, you could select Liverpool To Win & BTTS.
BTTS Over / Under
This variation adds on to your BTTS option of whether or not the game will end up over or under 2.5 goals. There are four possible outcomes for this betting market and they are Over 2.5 and No, Over 2.5 and Yes, Under 2.5 and No, Under 2.5 and Yes.
BTTS and Both Halves
In backing a BTTS and Both Halves bet you are making the prediction that both teams in the fixture will score at least one goal in both halves.
BTTS and First Half
This version of the bet adds on the contingency that both teams will score in the fixture, but they will both do so in the first half of the game. There is a separate market for BTTS and second half.
BTTS and No Draw
In a BTTS and no draw bet, again you are making the call for both teams to score at least one goal in a game but for the game to not end in a draw.
Winning example of a Both Teams to Score bet in Football
So looking at a regular BTTS wager on a match between Arsenal and West Ham, you decide that neither defence is doing particularly well at the current time and the likelihood is that both teams will get on the scoresheet. So you back a YES option in the BTTS market for 8/11 odds. Arsenal score in the first half, West Ham score in the second half. The bet wins and from a £10 stake that would be a return of £17.30. The actual result of the game doesn’t matter, just that both teams scored.
Losing example of a Both Teams to Score bet in Football
For Arsenal v West Ham you actually decided instead that West Ham’s scoring has been poor away from home during the season and you don’t think that they will get a goal against Arsenal. So you back the No option in the Both Teams To Score market. Arsenal get themselves a first-half goal, but then five minutes from time, West Ham score from the penalty spot. It’s a lucky break for the Hammers, but the bet loses as both teams scored in the game.
Can you combine a Double Chance and Both Teams to Score bet?
What you can do is select the two individual options as individual bets from the same game. You can’t for example, link them together into a double bet. A double chance bet is where you select something like a Home Win or Draw to happen in a game. You basically back one bet which covers two of the three potential outcomes in a game. This is totally separate from a BTTS bet. The closest thing to combining the two, is a BTTS & Match Result bet.
Both teams to score odds are not going to vary too much either side of even money. The 8/11 odds stated above in our example is a pretty common range for a Yes option in the Both Teams To Score market. So it’s not a market that offers tremendous value but then at the end of the day, you have a 50/50 chance of getting your selected option right (Yes or No).
What you can also do with BTTS options in order to try and push for bigger returns, is combine selections from two different matches into an accumulator. Let’s, for example, say that you take four BTTS selections in an acca each at 8/11 odds. A £10 stake on that would return £89.01 if you nailed all four predictions correctly.
So because the BTTS odds are short, then combining them like that allows cumulative odds to get bigger from a fairly stable market. For example, it’s easy to conclude by looking at stats, which teams are conceding and scoring in their current form. On the flip side, it’s easy to see which teams aren’t scoring, which would lend value to a No option.
League with most BTTS
Stats are key for BTTS betting. A good approach is simply to compare some different leagues and see which are stronger when it comes to both teams scoring in games. Let’s say that three-quarters of the way through an English Premier League season, both teams had scored in 49% of all matches. You could compare that to the Norwegian top flight which had 59% of all matches where both teams scored, or the Swiss Super League which had both teams score in 65% of matches.
Obviously the latter suggests that is the place to go for backing the Yes option on BTTS bets. The leagues with the lower percentages are better for going with the No option. In general, you will find that you are looking at an aggregate range of 45-55% of league games over the course of a season having both teams score. Look around though and you will find some leagues where the percentages start to creep up. It’s just a matter of research and combining it with current form of teams in action.
Both Teams to Score Strategy
Remember that it’s not all about both teams scoring in the match. The alternative of the No option is worth exploring as it generally runs at slightly better prices. The way to approach this would be to play strong home teams with the BTTS No option. For example, if Man City are at home against Brighton, then you would expect the Citizens to be highly unlikely to concede, especially if their clean sheet rate at home for the season was high. If the odds still aren’t quite to your fancy, then the Man City To Win & BTTS No bet would offer longer odds. The other way is to look for those occasions where the stronger team is away from home. That increases the risk of them conceding in games.
Form and Stats analysis
Looking at a league table and stats, you can conclude which teams are scoring well away from home. For an upcoming fixture, you can even look at the average goals per game of each of the teams involved over the course of the season.
Statistical analysis is where it really counts for BTTS betting selections. If a team is having a poor season near the relegation zone because they aren’t scoring goals away from home, it’s unlikely that they are going to strike if they are on the road against a team pushing for promotion.
Analysing both the home and the away records of the two teams facing off against each other in a match is important. You can’t just base a bet on, for example, the scoring threat of the home team. Why? Well, because maybe the away team in the fixture has earned four clean sheets in their last six away games. Look at the level of opposition against which those clean sheets were earned. Look what quality of opponent that the home team has been scoring against.
Another aspect of form and stats would be to compare the head to head. This is often a good indicator. How often over the last six meetings between the two sides, have both teams scored in a match? Use all the information you can to try narrow down a strong BTTS bet. It’s a market that thrives on stats.