There are a host of different bet-markets available on various sporting contests and almost every decent online sports betting platform will provide a host of popular wagers, such as both teams to score.
This form of betting is also known in its abbreviated version of btts (both teams to score), and can be found on virtually all sportsbook around the world.
The bet itself is generally used almost exclusively for football, but can also be used in other events that a team could end on zero.
This is in all respects used for football though and an explanation of how it works will centre on the sport.
Btts is one of the most popular bets as the odds are often more attractive than an outright win, and will also test serious punters who spend time researching all the variables such as a third choice goalkeeper to be used by a team in an upcoming fixture – after a run of injuries for example.
Punters also factor in whether the attacking virtues of the teams and the form guide will also assist in predicting the correct btts outcome.
If Manchester City play against Liverpool for example, chances are decent that both sides will score a goal in the contest while if Manchester City play Brighton then the chances and odds are that the EPL champions will score and the opposition will be left goalless.
One of the advantages of this type of bet is that a punter does not have to predict a win, draw or loss but rather of both teams will score.
Another enjoyable advantage compared to an outright bet is that the outcome proceeds to the last second of the match. Take for example Man City is winning 4-0 against Aston Villa in the 88th minute – a punt on Villa to win is dead and buried but a wager on both teams to score means that the result could end 4-1 and the bettor wins.
Btts is also great for an accumulator bet as sometimes a outcome can be settled in the first few minutes of a game – if both teams score quick goals, then the leg is secured.
A punter also has the choice to decide that no teams will score, or only team will score and can place a wager on the outcome. If Man City play Liverpool and you take a punt on no goals being scored the odds will be high and the reward more substantial.
There are many variables to consider when placing a punt on btts, and form guide is often a good indicator. For example Liverpool have already scored a certain amount of goals this season, and their attack is on fire, chances are they will score in the next encounter. And Liverpool also play an attacking, high pressing brand of football meaning goals are more likely.
There are some predictor sites that crunch the data for the punter and this research can be done in seconds by clicking a button, or a punter can spend hours researching all the variables.
Most of the top online sports betting sites offer btts and a variant on the both teams to score bet-type.
There is the btts outcome, with a punter generally having to click on a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ tab followed by a host of other similar betting-types.
There is the btts and result bet, meaning both teams to score and picking the result, increasing odds and winnings.
Some sites even offer btts combined with over/under meaning both teams to score but over or under a predetermined mark set by the bookmaker, for example 2.5 goals per contest.
This is more difficult to predict but the wins are higher.
Another popular variant is to place a punt on both teams to score in the first half, or second half.
The btts betting-market is one of the more enjoyable means of placing football wagers.