When looking through the odds for some football match result bets it can sometimes feel like the only games where you can be certain about a result are the ones where the team you fancy is deep into odds on territory, and there is just no value.
Well, if you’re certain of that whitewash then there is a way to give the odds a boost…introducing the football handicap markets.
How Does Handicap Betting Work?
It’s quite a simple concept; instead of the odds being created for a normal even match the handicap markets offer odds on a particular team starting with a one or two goal advantage. So if you back Team A to win with a -1 goal handicap then Team A would need to win by 2 clear goals (2-0, 3-1, etc). This is because the bet is placed with Team B having an extra goal added to their final tally. If Team A win 1-0 on the night then you lose the bet as the handicap result was 1-1.
Let’s look at an example. On Tuesday 17th September 2013 Bayern Munich are at home to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. The match betting odds are a lowly 1/6 for the Bayern win. Hardly worth it, you’d have to bet £6 to win £1.
In the handicap market some value starts to be injected with odds of 2/5 for Bayern to play with a -1 goal handicap. They’d need to win by 2 clear goals. A -2 goal handicap takes the odds to 11/10. -3 goals is 5/2.
On the same night Manchester City are away to Czech champions Viktoria Plzen. They are priced at 3/4 to win. Take a -1 handicap bet for Man City and they are a much more attractive 15/8, and that is probably the bet to go for if City are firing on all cylinders.
You can build accumulators with these handicap bets, which is a bit easier to do online than in a betting shop (but it is possible), and these can make for some interesting times if a couple of them start quickly in the right direction. You can also use a handicap bet in amongst normal match bet accumulators. If you have found 4 matches that you are happy with that have good odds, but you want a 5th match to go into it then consider using a handicap to plug the gap.
Find out more about football accumulator betting.