There are about twelve types of football betting options that can be called mostly-used. This betting guide explains what the difference between them and how they are used. This small article would be really useful for any beginner because it tackles the basis information about sports betting.

The first type of bets we are going to tell about is betting on 90 minutes match result, in other words called “WLD” (Win/Lose/Draw) or “1x2”. This type of bets is the easiest for your understanding and the every outcome is 33% possible. When we are talking about matches where playing teams are differently experienced, it comes as the best one in order to make money by betting.

Example -

Team 1 vs Team 2: Team 1 to win (it’s your bet)

You win your bet if Team 1 win

You lose if Team 2 win or it’s draw

It’s very easy, as you can see.

Accumulator (Express betting)

Betting typesAverage and pro gamblers are likely to place express bets because the odds are summarized when you are placing an express box. For instance, you are sure of outcomes of three different matches, then, you may use express option so your total coefficient gets bigger. But the beginners usually lose at betting like that, because they are prone to be very greedy. When you definitely fancy what the outcome of the match is going to be, just place a bet only on that match.

Standard Match Time Definition for Soccer Betting

All of these bets are usually bet on normal time, including added time (for instance, 90 minutes +3 minutes spent on substitutes and injuries = 93 minutes in total), but excluding penalty time and overtime period. All the other types of bets can be extended to overtime period.

Betting on total result (Over/Under)

The simplest way of betting after “WLD” type. The “over/under” is bet on a total result of goals in the match, including goals of both teams. There are two types of this bet as well: the first one is a return bet (over 2 goals, over 3 goals, etc.) that can be returned in case the total score of the match is same to your bet. The second type is irrevocable (over 2.5, under 2.5, etc.); as you can see, the total score of the match in football can’t be 2.5, so this type of bet can’t be pushed, but the coefficient is a bit bigger.

Example -

Team 1 vs Team 2: Under 3.5 goals

You win provided that a total score < 4 goals

You lose if both teams score 4 goals or more in total

Betting on the exact score

Very simple for understanding, but really unused, especially by beginners. As you know, it’s not often easy to predict the correct score of the match, but the coefficient tempts so much…

Example -

Team 1 vs Team 2: Exact score 1-3

You win if the end score is 1-3

You lose in other cases

Betting on a half or full time period (FT/HT)

Another frequently-used type of bets. When playing teams are of different proficiency, the coefficients on a leading team are very poor. You can place bets on a first half of the match, second half, or on both at the same time. There are three outcomes possible in any bet: win/lose/draw.

Take a look –

Team 1 vs Team 2: Team 1 to win at half time and draw at full time

You win if Team 1 are winning at half time and it goes draw at full time

You lose your money in any other case

Successful prediction of these outcomes is in analyzing of the game manner of a concrete team. For example, some football teams score only in the second half and “take it easy” at first half of the match, but some do the opposite.

FGS betting

It’s the abbreviation for “First Goal Scorer”. Another uneasy-to-win type of betting option. If punter bets on the exact first goal scorer, he should be certain about who it will be, especially when we are dealing with top teams. The only drawback is that some bookmakers can define own goal as “first”, but the most of bookies ignore own goals and don’t count them. Reading rules is advisable 

Example is here –

Team 1 vs Team 2: Player 777 to score first goal

This wager wins if Player 777 actually scores first

It loses in case other player scores first

LGS betting

Reverse of FGS betting. It means "Last goal scorer". Sometimes even the odds are the same.

Betting on a Result of Half Time period

It’s almost the same to “HT/FT” bet, but excludes Full Time period.

Example –

Team 1 vs Team 2: Draw in a half time

Bet wins in case of draw at a half time

Bet loses if either of teams is winning at a half time

DNB Betting

“Draw No Bet” is kinda popular amongst both: pro punters and beginners. The notable feature of this betting option is that your stake will be pushed if draw occurs, but the odds on winning teams are also reduced.

Example –

Team 1 vs Team 2: Team 1 win

Bet wins if Team 1 win

Bet loses if Team 1 loses

Stake returns in case of draw


Mostly-used amid pro betting punters, who are really capable of predicting and who have shrewd betting wit. Handicap is a head start, in other words. Giving negative handicap means that team you bet on will be a winner even if you mentally subtract one or more points from its end result.

There are few types of Handicap: return and irrevocable. The first one looks like «-1, -2, etc. », what means that if you subtract one point from the end team’s result and it goes draw, you will get your stake back. The second type is irrevocable stake, looking like «-0.5, +1.5, etc. »… It’s very the similar to betting on total (over/under).

Example –

Team 1 vs Team 2: Team 1 (-3)

Bet wins if total result is 4:0, 5:1, 6:2, etc.

Bet loses in any other case

Stake returns if the handicapped result is draw (4:1, 5:2, etc.)

Two-way betting

Another type of bets based on «Home|Draw|Away» system, but with the better chances of winning. When you lay a bet on a winning team, but also want to make yourself safe of draw, you should place bet «Team 1 win or Draw», etc. Naturally, the odds are smaller than at usual one-way betting.

Example –

Team 1 vs Team 2: Your bet is “1x”

Bet wins if it’s draw or Team 1 win

Bet loses if Team 2 win

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