Hey there! It’s Kasper from BetProTips, and today we’re talking about one of the most popular betting techniques in football betting: Handicap bet.
Now, before we get into the nitty-gritty of this betting technique, let’s first understand what Handicap Betting is.
What is Handicap Betting in Football?
Essentially, Handicap Betting is a form of betting where a virtual advantage or disadvantage is given to one team over the other.
This virtual advantage is called the handicap, and it’s used to level the playing field between two teams that have different strengths or weaknesses.
How does it Work?
So, how does Handicap Betting work in football? Let’s say Manchester United is playing against Brighton in the English Premier League.
Manchester United is considered the stronger team, so the bookmaker might give them a -1.5 handicap. This means that in order for Manchester United to win the bet, they would need to win the match by at least two goals.
On the other hand, if you bet on Brighton with a +1.5 handicap, they would need to win the match outright or lose by only one goal for you to win the bet.
Handicap Betting Types
Now, there are two different types of Handicap Betting options available for football matches.
With Asian Handicap Betting, the draw option is eliminated, and the handicap is given in half or quarter increments. Let me give you an example from La Liga to make it easier to understand.
Let’s say we have a match between Barcelona and Valencia, and the Asian Handicap line is set at Barcelona -1.5, Valencia +1.5.
If you place a bet on Barcelona to win, they need to win the match by at least two goals (2-0, 3-1, 4-2, etc.) for your bet to be a winner. If they win by just one goal, the match ends in a draw when taking the handicap into account, so your bet loses.
On the other hand, if you place a bet on Valencia, they can either win the match outright, or lose by one goal, and your bet will still be a winner because of the handicap.
This type of Handicap Betting is more straightforward and is commonly used in Europe.
With European Handicap Betting, the draw option is still available, and the handicap is given in whole numbers only.
For example, Manchester United might have a -1 European Handicap, which means that they would need to win by at least two goals for you to win the bet.
If Manchester United wins by only one goal, the wager ends as a draw and your bet is refunded.
Placing the bet
Now that we understand the different Handicap Betting options available and have seen some examples in action, let’s talk about some tips on how to place smart handicap bets.
As we mentioned in one of our previous articles, it’s important to do your research on the teams involved in the match and look at some key factors.
Look at their past performances, their current form, their injury status, and any other relevant factors that could impact the outcome of the match.
This will help you make a better decision when it comes to choosing your bet.
So there you have it, folks! A rundown on Handicap Betting in football, with examples from La Liga & Premier League, and some tips and advice on how to handicap betting.
Now go out there and make some winning bets, and remember to always bet responsibly!