Both Teams To Score Explained

The Both Teams to Score (BTTS) market is one of the latest in a long list of new football betting opportunities that is sweeping the nation at the minute. It’s easily one of the most exciting markets to bet on as it doesn’t require a punter to pick which team they think will win the tie, merely which games they think will include goals.

Whilst it seems pretty straight forward, there is actually a fair amount of strategy involved in this system to pick winners. This is something we will touch on later on in this article.

How does it work?

The concept is simple; choose a game where you think both teams will grab a goal. The result of the match doesn’t really matter as all you need for your selection to pay out is both teams, in the game that you have selected, to score.

The most common form of betting with these types of games is often in an accumulator. This means you choose more than one selection to increase the odds and essentially the pay-out of any winnings. The more games you include on your coupon will yield higher results, but this does add to the difficulty in picking games in the first place. As soon as the game includes a goal from both teams then that result is a ‘lock’ and whatever happens in the rest of the match doesn’t take any relevance to your result.

What’s the difference between BTTS and Goals Galore?

Goals Galore is essentially the market that started the whole craze of this type of betting. It was originally set up by UK based bookmaker Betfred and the success has seen it adopted by other bookmakers in the form of BTTS.

In reality there is very little difference between the two formats, just the naming of each. The difference comes in that Betfred select a list of games to choose from to add to your coupon each week. These games will be handpicked and are often games that aren’t as likely to yield in both teams scoring.

There are usually three lists to choose from with Goals Galore; Long List, Bonus and Super Six Coupons. The Long List is pretty much as it says, a massive list of over 50 games from matches around the UK that are taking place usually over the next couple of days or so. The Bonus Coupon will comprise of a more condensed list, but will include a higher pay-out. For example three correct results in the Long List will get odds of 3/1, but 3 taken from the bonus list will yield around 4/1. Finally the Super Six boost the odds again, with just 6 selections but a three way winner will pay out odds of around 6/1.

Pay-outs

Pay outs for BTTS markets will vary for each game. The difference between the pay outs for these and the Goals Galore markets is that the Goals Galore odds are fixed, no matter which teams you choose. With Both Teams To Score you are essentially picking up matches of your choice from around the world that are singles to start with, but as you increase the number in which you have selected the odds will increase. Most games will hover somewhere around 4/5 for BTTS.

Both Teams To Score Betting Strategy

As with all forms of betting it’s imperative that you do your homework prior to placing your bets; Both Teams To Score markets are no exception to this rule.

  • Looking at past results between each team is definitely a great place to start. You aren’t looking so much at results, but more to see how many goals each team has scored against each other. Also take into account where each previous game is played and where the current game is being played when looking at past results.
  • Sometimes games are between teams with very little head to head form. In this case try to look at how well they have performed (again, in terms of goals) throughout the season so far. Ideally you want teams that are good going forward but are prone to a leaky defensive lapse every now and then. If you can find two teams with both these attributes then it goes without saying that they should be a good bet.
  • Checking team news before the game is vital. If a star sticker who has over 30% of the team’s goals that season is not playing, then the likelihood of that team scoring is going to be reduced. Try and wait until as near to kick off as possible before placing your bets to get the team news for BOTH teams.