A half-time/full-time bet is one wager with two parts to it. It is most commonly used in football betting but can be found across other sports. It asks for the half-time and the full-time results to be accurately predicted.
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What is a Half-Time Full-Time bet?
The half-time/full-time bet, which is also simply referred to as HT/FT, is a forecast of the half-time and full-time results in one match. Even though this is just a bet with a single stake unit against it, it requires both predictions to be right in order for the bet to win. If just one of the predictions are wrong within it, the bet loses.
It’s important to note that this bet isn’t the results of two individual halves of the game. For example, if you have taken a Man City/Chelsea HT/FT bet, that’s not suggesting that Man City win the first half and Chelsea win the second half. It means that Man City are winning at half-time and Chelsea will win the match outright at 90 minutes.
So in a Man City/Man City bet for example, the Citizens could be leading 3-0 at half time, but lose the second half 2-0. The bet still wins as City would win the match outright by a 3-2 scoreline.
How does a HT/FT bet work?
You will see a half-time/full-time bet option presented as something like Manchester City/Manchester City or Draw/Manchester City. For a given football match there are nine different combinations of HT/FT bets that can happen.
For example in a match between Man City and Chelsea, these are the available HT/FT options:
1 = Home Win
2 = Away Win
X = Draw
|1/1||Man City||Man City||Man City to be leading at Half-Time and at Full-Time|
|X/1||Draw||Man City||The game to be level at Half-Time, but Man City win at Full-Time|
|X/X||Draw||Draw||The game level at both Half-Time and Full-Time|
|2/1||Chelsea||Man City||Chelsea are leading at Half-Time, but Man City are winning at Full-Time|
|2/X||Chelsea||Draw||Chelsea are leading at Half-Time, but the game ends in a draw|
|1/X||Man City||Draw||Man City are leading at Half-Time, but the game ends in a draw|
|2/2||Chelsea||Chelsea||Chelsea lead at both Half-Time and win the game|
|X/2||Draw||Chelsea||The game is level at Half-Time, but Chelsea win the game|
|1/2||Man City||Chelsea||Man City are ahead at Half-Time, but Chelsea win the game|
Winning example of a Half-Time Full-Time bet in Football
Manchester City are enjoying a strong season on home soil, but you think Chelsea can keep themselves in the game at half-time. So you back a Draw/Man City HT/FT bet at 3/1 odds. The half-time score in the fixture is 0-0 and then Manchester City indeed find their winning touch and score the only goal of the game in the second half of the fixture. From a £1 stake that is a £4 total return (including stake).
Losing example of a Half-Time Full-Time bet in Football
Sticking with the same Draw/Man City HT/FT bet, what could cause it to lose? A lot of things really. Remember that it is one of nine HT/FT options that could have been chosen for the game. In this example, the teams walk off 0-0 at half-time. But then Chelsea continue their defensive efforts in the second half and the game ends at 0-0 as well.
The entire bet is lost. Even though the half-time prediction part was correct, the result at full-time wasn’t and so the bet loses. Both predictions have to be exactly right for the bet to return.
Half-Time Full-Time bet rules
Half-time/full-time bet rules only apply to 90-minute betting markets in a match. So for example, if it is a cup game where extra time is played, only the result at 90 minutes stands for the bet.
What is a HT/FT Correct Score bet?
If you wanted to look even further into the HT/FT options you can, for longer odds, look at predicting the correct score at both half-time and full-time. It works exactly the same as the regular HT/FT bet, but you have to get the exact scores correct at the end of both halves. An example would be Man City 1-0 half-time/Man City 2-1 full-time.
Half-Time Full-Time Strategy and Analysis
This is a bet where you can apply a bit of analysis. The general usage of a HT/FT bet is in the scenario when you have a strong team going in a bit of a one-sided match. To highlight this, a Premier League match of Tottenham v West Ham had Tottenham at 2/5 to win outright because they were such heavy favourites at home.
However, the option of a Tottenham/Tottenham Half-Time/Full-Time bet was at 11/10, much more attractive odds. You would still need the overall outcome of Spurs winning the match to happen, but you would add the extra contingency that they would need to be leading at half-time too.
So would it be worth the risk? That is where stats come in. Looking at the stats for the season, Spurs had won six of their last seven home games, so the overall outcome looked a good proposition of a Tottenham win. They had also kept a clean sheet in 41% of home games, so they weren’t likely to concede heavily in the game. They had been leading at the half-time break in 8 of 17 home games.
However, looking at the stats Spurs had been leading at half-time in just two of their most recent home games, which of course suggested that they had been more prolific in the second half of fixtures recently. So perhaps for the HT/FT market a Draw/Tottenham bet at 10/3 offered more value. You can’t judge a bet from looking at just one team, so a glance at West Ham’s half-time away stats, saw that they had only been losing at the break in five away games all season. So that suggested that indeed the half-time draw was a more viable option.
So that is an example of how you would use stats to try and weigh up the two options in a half-time/full-time bet. Never take notice of stats from a league table early in the season. After say just four or five games for example, stats are going to be lopsided (for example a newly promoted team wins their first three home games against weak opposition, but are still likely to be relegated over the course of the season).
But once you are into the season well, say around ten games gone, you can look at the overall league stats to see the frequency of half-time results as well. What you will commonly find, season after season is that the draw is the most frequent half-time result.
How to place a Half-Time Full-Time bet on Bet365?
The half-time/full-time market at Bet365 is near the top of the listings for an individual game. It sits under the Full-Time Result, Double Chance and Correct Score markets. The nine different options that are available in a HT/FT market for a given match are all listed. So it is a matter of picking the one option that best suits your requirements, based on your study of the stats!