Betting Guide to unusual bets

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Thanks to the advent of online sports books, it’s now extremely easy to bet on ‘unusual’ or niche wagers that stretch a little beyond the traditional ‘1X2’ forecasts of predicting the outcome of football matches.

Here we take a look at some of the more ‘unusual’ bets you can make in regard to a game of football, and how you can make a success of them.

Double Chance

There are usually three outcomes to a football match, and with a double chance bet you can cover two of them. You can back the home team to win or draw, the away team to win or draw, or either team to win (i.e. the game will not end in a draw). You can effectively cover your bets by choosing a team to win and still be a winner if the game’s a draw.


You can get good odds if you feel you can correctly predict the state of the game at half-time, and the final result. There are nine possible outcomes to this bet, and the odds you receive will reflect this. For Arsenal specific predictions, check out our match previews.

BTTS (both teams to score)

This wager is on both teams scoring during the game – it really is as simple as that. Look for games with two teams that both tend to score a lot of goals and conceded a few too. As long as there’s not a clean sheet in the game, your bet will be a winner. You can also bet on BTTS ‘no’ – a wager hoping that during the game at least one side will fail to find the back of the net.

BTTS both halves

The odds really ramp up with this wager. Here, you are betting on both sides to score a goal in each half – a minimum of four goals. It’s best to take some expert tipping advice if you want to learn how to select games likely to fulfil this bet and you can get decent both teams to score both halves tips from FootballTips.

Goals Over/Under

Here you are betting that there will be a minimum or maximum number of goals scored. The usual number is 2.5 – don’t be confused as obviously it’s impossible to score half a goal, the ‘2.5’ is just a simpler way of saying ‘three goals or more’ if it’s over 2.5 goals, or ‘two goals or less’ if it’s under 2.5 goals.

You can either back the game to have zero, one or two goals (under 2.5 goals) or three goals or more (over 2.5 goals). You can also set your own ‘goal limit’ (for example over/under 3.5 goals).

Draw No Bet

This bet renders the result of the match down to two options – home team wins or away team wins. There is no draw option – if the game does end in a draw your stake is returned. This is a great way of not losing ‘1X2’ bets if you do not intend backing a draw, although the odds are not as advantageous.


These are all occasions where your bets are combined – the winnings from your first bet are used as the stake of your second bet, and so on until all your bets in the combination are settled. If any selection fails then your whole bet loses.

Combining bets is a decent way of upping any potential winnings. You always receive more from a double if both bets are winners than you would if you backed them both as singles.

The above are just a few examples of ‘unusual’ bets you can place on football markets, but there are plenty of others. To find out more, hunt down the specific page for any forthcoming football match at an online sports book and learn about the entire list of separate bets that are available.