A correct score bet is a straightforward prediction of what the final scoreline of a football match will be. Variations are found in other sports events, such as the Set Betting market for tennis matches.
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What is a Correct Score bet?
In the correct score market for a football match, the bookmaker presents the punter with a long list of possible options. These will range from the most common returns such as the 1-1 draw, 1-0 or 2-1 victories right through to the rarities of things like a 6-1 victory for a team.
The correct score bet isn’t just linked to the actual score. You don’t pick a 2-1 result and it applies to either team winning by that margin. A correct score bet has to be the exact scoreline for the team you select to win by that scoreline. Obviously, if you predict a scoreline that is a draw, that doesn’t apply.
How does a Correct Score bet work?
For a big Merseyside derby of Liverpool v Everton you go and look at the Correct Score market. Perhaps the shortest priced option is the 1-1 draw (it commonly is so) at 6/1 odds, but you think Liverpool can get the win at Anfield in a tight game, so you predict a Liverpool 2-1 correct score.
That is the only outcome, a Liverpool 2-1 scoreline, that will pay out. There will be no returns if Liverpool win the match but not by that exact scoreline. So if they win 2-0 for example, the bet is lost. Also if Everton won 2-1, then the bet still loses because while the scoreline was right, the result in the match wasn’t correct.
That is why in the correct score market you will see options listed as Liverpool 2-0, Draw 1-1, Liverpool 2-1, Everton 1-0 and so on, so you know the scoreline is tied to the outcome.
The odds in the Correct Score market are generous. That is because you are trying to make a forecast that is a difficult thing to do. You could back a home win for Liverpool at 1-0 scoreline because Liverpool have been earning a lot of clean sheets. But something unpredictable like them conceding a penalty can throw that bet out of the window. It is a very unpredictable market at the best of times, with the probability of predicting the correct score low.
Winning example of a Correct Score bet in Football
Going back to the Merseyside derby, you back Liverpool at 7/1 for a 2-1 victory and you play a £1 stake on the bet. At the final whistle, Liverpool have indeed secured a win by exactly a 2-1 scoreline. You are paid out at the full 7/1 odds for an £8 return (including £1 original stake).
Losing example of a Correct Score bet in Football
Liverpool were selected to win 2-1 in their game against Everton. Things didn’t go to plan for your bet, as Liverpool did win the match, but they posted a 3-0 victory. Despite them winning, the bet loses, as you get nothing for the predicting the outcome of the match alone. That exact correct score has to be there and because the result was not a 2-1 win for Liverpool, the entire stake is lost.
How does a Correct Score Double work?
You are able to build a correct score double. However, you can’t select two different correct score options from the same match in one bet. Your two Correct Score selections have to be from different games.
For the correct score double then to win, you have to have the exact outcome of both of predicted score lines come good. You will return nothing from the bet at all if just one of the selections are correct. If the bet wins, the returns from the first leg are multiplied by the second to calculate winnings.
So for example, if the first leg was a 5/1 winner (6.00 decimal) and the second a 6/1 (7.0 decimal) winner from a £1 stake, that would be a £42 return. 6.00 x 7.00 = 42.
Correct Score Strategy
Correct score bets are very difficult to get right. There is just so much unpredictability in a game of football. A simple strategy for correct score betting is to stick with the most common results. Take a look at a league table for the season and the stats for the most frequent score lines to get guidance.
You will commonly see that results like 1-1, 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 are the most popular, along with a 1-2 away win. So you can see from the score lines that home wins are favoured the most. So look for a strong home team and narrow down the options to the most common ones.
Can you place a Correct Score Accumulator?
It is possible to play a correct score accumulator. It works just the same as any other type of acca. You select your picks from different games and for an accumulator, you are looking for at least four different correct score predictions. The odds in the bet will be cumulative, meaning that they are multiplied together to give you your odds payout. So while the difficulty in getting the bet right is high, a small stake could be risked against the potentially large odds.
How to place a Correct Score bet on Bet365?
The first thing to do is find the match for which you want to play a correct score bet on at Bet365. Once you have browsed to the game, right at the top of the market listings for that game you will see Full-Time Result and Double Chance markets. Directly beneath that is the correct score market. The market is operated by sliders. You move the home team slider to the value of how many goals you think they will score in the match and do the same for the away side. You will see the represented odds change as you move the sliders. Then click the odds to put the selection in your bet slip to place the bet.