Both Teams to Score Betting in Football Explained

Both Teams to Score, or BTTs, is a football bet where a punter can bet on whether both teams in a game will find the net. Some people, especially those new to sports betting, will not understand exactly what this bet involves or the different variations available.

Here is a quick explanation of Both Teams to Score bets, and reasons why this is a fantastic market which will keep your interest until the final whistle is blown in a match.

What is Both Teams to Score?

Basically, in a Both Teams to Score bet, you choose “Yes” or “No” as to whether both teams in a match will score. If you choose “Yes,” your bet will win if both teams manage to score in 90 minutes, plus stoppage time. It will lose if one or both teams fail to score.

Ladbrokes Arsenal vs Leicester
Fig. Typical Odds at Ladbrokes

However, if you choose “No,” your bet wins if neither or only one team scores during the match. If both score, your bet will lose.

Variations on Both Teams to Score

There are several bets based on Both Teams to Score where the winning requirements are different to just both teams scoring a goal at any time in a match.

BTTS in Both Halves – This bet is difficult to win, as both teams are required to score at least two goals each, but provides tremendous value. For this to be a winner, both teams must score a goal in the first half and again in the second half. Odds greater than 10/1 (11.00) are often available in this market.

BTTS and Team to Win – This means you select a team to win and both teams to score during the match. So, your selected team must win but the opposition must score (result of 2-1 or 3-1 would be a winner). This can be a great bet when top teams are playing away at a lower placed team who score plenty of goals.

BTTS and Over/Under a Certain Number of Goals – For this bet, you require both teams to score and there to be over or under a certain number of goals in the match. For instance, if you bet on BTTS and Over 2.5 goals, you would win if the match finished 2-1 but lose if it was 1-1 or 3-0.

BTTS and Player to Score – For this bet, you select a player you think likely to find the net in the match and couple it with a BTTS bet. If that player scores and your option on the BTTS market is correct, your bet will win.

BTTS in the First Half – This bet is self-explanatory and requires both teams to score between kick off and half time. You may find that only selected bookmakers will offer this market and for big matches only.

BTTS in the Second Half – A rarer bet than the one above, and to win you require both teams to score between the restart after half time and the end of the match.

Advantages of a Both Teams to Score Bet

The biggest advantage of a BTTS bet is that it doesn’t matter who wins, or what the final score is, as long as both teams score at some point in the match. Also, your bet will stay alive until full time. When you back a team to win, they may fall a couple of goals behind and your bet is dead early in the game.

However, with a BTTS bet, it doesn’t matter when the goals are scored and the bet has a chance of winning until the referee blows the full-time whistle. One team could be leading by several goals deep into injury time, but a goal from the other team would still give you a winner.

Obviously, these advantages are only if you place a simple BTTS bet. Variations on it have different requirements, but still provide punters with an entertaining betting option.


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