This market is sometimes referred to as BTTS or even Goal Rush or Goals Galore, depending on what bookmaker you use. The principle of the bet is simple. If you make a BTTS (Yes) bet, you are betting that both teams will find the net at least once in the game, regardless of the final score. Whether the game ends 1-1, 5-2 or 4-4, as long as both teams score during normal time, your bet will be a winner.
The typical odds for a BTTS bet will vary, depending on the teams involved. For example, in games between two well-matched sides with decent attacking capabilities, the odds on BTTS will be significantly shorter than evens. In one-sided matches or those featuring teams that tend not to score very often, you can get odds that are around evens or occasionally higher.
Pros of Betting on BTTS
BTTS is a simple bet to understand and has become popular with football punters, so unlike some speciality bets, you will find plenty of bookmakers willing to take your bets. The real advantage of this type of bet is that it can be a winner at any time of the game. If you’ve bet on one team to win and they’re 3-0 down at half-time, you can probably kiss your bet goodbye, but a BTTS bet is alive right up until the moment the referee blows the final whistle regardless of who’s in the lead.
Cons of Betting BTTS
Unlike other sports, football is a low-scoring game. Even the most prolific team will fail to score sometimes, no matter how well they are playing. This bet can also sometimes go wrong if a team is losing badly at any stage of the game. While you might be desperate for them to try to get a goal, if the losing team has little to play for in a season, they may not pull out all the stops to find the net.
It’s also fair to say that bookmakers will be aware of teams that score plenty of goals and will price them up accordingly. One way around this is to identify teams that haven’t scored many goals but that have been creating a lot of chances or low-scoring teams that are likely to change to a more attacking formation or approach for a particular game.
Variations on BTTS
One popular variation of the BTTS bet is the Both Teams to Score and Match Outcome combination bet. This bet requires you to predict the outcome of the game – win, lose or draw – along with betting on both teams to find the net.
The advantage of this variation bet is that you will be getting much better odds than a normal BTTS bet.
For example, a normal BTTS bet on Chelsea versus Arsenal might offer you odds of 4/6, but if you think the game will end in a draw, you may be able to ack BTTS and Draw at odds of 4/1 or higher.