Both Teams to Score Betting – Information, Advice and Tips
The Both Teams to Score (BTTS) market is one of the fastest growing football betting options around (check out our BTTS betting tips here). Available on both online betting and mobile betting, BTTS is a quick and easy market for customers to understand and enjoy that offers plenty of excitement and good value too.
Punters are not required to predict match results, instead it is goals that are predicted. This provides a large amount of excitement as the result of the match becomes irrelevant and every goal – for both sides – can be celebrated. On the surface BTTS is a pretty straightforward concept, yet when we delve deeper it is clear that strategy and betting tips can be key to maximising returns.
How does Both Teams to Score Work?
The BTTS betting market is simple; choose a game where you believe both teams will score. This is all that matters, the match result is irrelevant. All that is needed for the bet to be successful is that both teams, in your selected match, score. Alternatively, both teams not to score can be backed. In contrast, for a bet to be successful in this form at least one team must not score.
Most commonly, the BTTS option is used as part of an accumulator. Betting sites allow customers to choose multiple selections to increase the odds and potential pay-out of winnings. The greater the number of games included in the accumulator, the greater the betting odds. However, it must be held in mind that with this comes a greater risk of the coupon failing; it only takes one game to not include both teams scoring for the whole accumulator to fail. All the predictions within the coupon must be correct in order for the bet to be successful.
Goals Galore and the Origins of the Both Teams to Score Market
Goals Galore was created by UK bookmaker, Betfred, marking the beginnings of the BTTS revolution. Other betting sites were keen to develop this, with the outcome being the rapid growth of both teams to score betting.
The Bonus List is smaller and offers a higher payout, although this reflects the fact that the games on it are less likely to see both teams score. Super Six coupons take this a step further with only six games to choose from but with even greater odds – 6/1 for getting three correct up to 50/1 for all six which compares very favourably to 16/1 on the standard list and 25/1 on the BTTS Bonus List.
Customers can choose however many games they want on each list, and naturally the greater the number of games chosen, the greater the betting odds.Goals Galore differed to BTTS in the sense that it offered a list of games on a weekly basis from which bettors could select. These games usually have lower betting odds for both teams to score and thus a greater chance of both teams scoring. Betfred provide three lists to choose from in Goals Galore: Long List, Bonus List and Super Six coupons. The Long List is self-explanatory, with a huge list of 50+ games taking place, usually over a weekend, offering odds of 3/1 on three correct BTTS predictions and up to 1350/1 for 15 correct predictions.
Goals Galore also differs from more general both teams to score betting, as BTTS allows customers to bet against both teams scoring, whereas Goals Galore does not.
Payouts also vary. Goals Galore has fixed odds on each of its lists whereas with other bookies the overall odds are calculated according to the odds for each individual game. Although Betfred’s odds are supposedly enhanced, our research suggests that BetVictor and some other bookies often have better odds on their standard both teams to score markets. Another advantage of BTTS over Betfred’s product is that Goals Galore requires at least three games to be selected whereas standard both teams to score bets can be placed on singles upwards.
Each bookmaker has coupons similar to the Goals Galore format. Often you can find these via the football betting tab on each bookmaker’s website and then clicking on the “BTTS coupon” tab.
It is worth comparing different sites as each has different bookie’s offers, allowing for more competitive odds and better value. For example, BetVictor’s “Back of the Net” promotion refunds BTTS accumulators of five selections or more if the accumulator is let down by just one leg. Ladbrokes offer Goal Rush whilst Coral also have a similar BTTS coupon. Again, the advantage with these is that you can bet against BTTS if you believe that both teams won’t at least nick a goal and this allows for a wider range of scenarios to be catered for.
If you’re not familiar with betting on both teams to score it could be worth trying it out with small stakes or even with free bets to become familiar with the market before risking larger sums. However, some good pointers are:
- Research previous results between the two teams in question. If they have a history of 0-0 draws then maybe avoid backing BTTS, whilst some sides can’t seem to stop being involved in crackers, for example Arsenal and Spurs in recent years.
- Look at the form throughout the season of both teams. Both the number of goals scored, yet also conceded is key; ideally you want both teams to score freely whilst also having a leaky defensive record.
- Place bets as close to kick off as possible. This allows you to consider team news. If a star striker is injured the chances of that team scoring obviously fall and may change your willingness to back BTTS. On the other hand, the opposite can be said with the absence of a key defender or goalkeeper.
- Try and watch teams on a regular basis, results don’t always indicate performance. Teams may have been unlucky in the past weeks. A greater knowledge of each team’s advantages and disadvantages allows for a more informed BTTS bet and may give you the edge over the bookie who could be relying on results alone.