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The pros and cons of BTTS betting

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    Nov 28, 2017
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    The pros and cons of BTTS betting

    BTTS has become one of the most popular football betting markets in recent years. This article puts it under the microscope and evaluates the pros and cons of this wager.

    However, before jumping; let’s clarify what the BTTS meaning is. BTTS stands for “both teams to score”. You are not betting one team or the other to win, all you need is for both of the sides involved to score at least one goal each.

    A standard BTTS bet runs for the whole match, but there are other options, such as BTTS in both halves, as well as first and second half only. Naturally, these bets carry more risk because you either need more goals to be scored (BTTS in both halves or you have less time - 1st or 2nd-half only).

    The Benefits of BTTS

    BTTS has grown in popularity for several reasons. Here are some of the advantages:

    • It’s a simple market: ‘Yes’ both teams will score or ‘No’ both teams will not score. It doesn’t get much easier than that. This is a two-way market, unlike 1X2 betting, where there are three possible outcomes.

    • Easy to research: A glance at the form guide will help you identify the high-quality BTTS matches. If you’ve got two teams that like to attack, but with leaky defences, this is screaming ‘YES’ for BTTS. On the other hand, when a couple of goal-shy, defensive sides are up against each other, you can wager on the ‘No’ side.

    • Good for accumulators: Most of the time with BTTS betting, your selections are below 2.0 (evens). This makes it a prime market to build an accumulator around. By betting this way, you don’t need to stake a large amount to see a decent return.

    • Great for the neutral: Although we should bet with our head, we are humans, which means that our heart decides our actions. For instance, many Celtic supporters won’t bet on Rangers to win, likewise for Spurs fans when the Gooners are playing. However, as pointed out, with BTTS, you are not betting on a winner, so it’s a more neutral bet.

    It’s not difficult to see why thousands of punters jump on this bet, but in our opinion, there are a few downsides to BTTS betting as well. They are:

    • Higher margins: For top-flight games at the leading bookmakers, you get around a 6.5% - 8.5% bookmaker margin. This is compared to some other markets with a 4% - 5% margin. Essentially, this means, punters aren’t getting great value from this market.

    • Not great for singles: If you’re only betting a tenner on single BTTS bets, you’ll never make a king’s ransom from this market. As stated above, it’s worthwhile for ACCAs (although the more selections, the more risk one will let you down) and larger stakes, if betting singles.

    Overall, BTTS is a good market for casual punters who enjoy a flutter each weekend. More serious would generally avoid this market due to the high margin. We’d love to hear your thoughts on both teams to score betting - are you a fan or a foe?