Handicap Betting Explained
Handicap betting is increasingly popular in football. In simple terms, one of the two sides is generally given a ‘head start’ in terms of the number of goals. Odds are then offered based on that ‘head start’. This sort of betting is often called ‘Asian Handicap’ betting, after the region where it originated.
Manchester United (-2.0) 10/11 v Wolves (+2.0) 5/6
You are probably wondering what that all means. Let us explain it to you.
In this example, the bookmaker is giving Wolves a 2 goal ‘head start’ in this match. That is represented by the ‘-2.0’ against Manchester United and the ‘+2.0’ against Wolves.
The figures next to the handicap are the odds in decimal form. Manchester United’s odds of 1.93 are equivalent to ‘0.93 to 1’ or about 10/11. Wolves’ odds of 1.88 are equivalent to ‘0.88 to 1’ or about 5/6.
You therefore place your stake on either side to win at those odds.
If you put £10 on Manchester United at 1.93 and they win by three goals or more, you win. If United win by two goals, your stake will generally be refunded (unless the “Handicap Draw” option is available). If United win by one goal, you lose (as this market gave Wolves a 2 goal head start, so Wolves ‘win’ 2-1). Again, if the match is a draw or Wolves win the match, you lose.
If you put £10 on Wolves at 1.88 and they win the match, if it is a draw, or United win by one goal, you win. If United win by two goals, your stake will generally be refunded (again, unless the “Handicap Draw” option is available). If United win by three or more goals, you lose.
The closer the two teams are, the smaller the handicap. For example, two closely matched teams might see a handicap market such as:
Tottenham (0.0 & -0.5) 1.93 v Man City (0.0 & -0.5) 1.88
If you back Tottenham, you will win if Tottenham win the match by any margin. If the match finishes as a draw, you will lose half your stake and have half refunded. If Man City win the match, you lose.
Similarly, if you back City and they win the match by any margin, you win. If the match finishes as a draw, you will lose half your stake and have half refunded. If Spurs win the match, you lose.
Our Asian Handicap Markets have small ‘pop-up’ boxes which explain every individual market on offer. This information explains in simple terms under what circumstances you will win, draw or lose a bet based on the eventual outcome of a match.
Ready to have a go? Head straight to our Handicap Betting Coupon to see how it’s done!
Or, read our guide to football accumulator bets!