Both teams to score (BTTS) has become one of the most popular football betting markets in recent years and could soon overtake 1x2 as the most popular type of bet to include in football accumulators.
Both Teams To Score - Yes
This is the most popular form of the bet and is a bet on both teams to get on the scoresheet during the 90 minutes.
This is a popular bet as it encourages the punter to look for the more exciting matches and both teams scoring can never be that short a price with the bookies. This means that punters are always getting decent odds on all their bets in this market and that is exactly what people want from a bet.
The Main Considerations
Recent FormThis is what most punters will look at first and foremost. With both teams to score you need to look at the offensive and defensive records of BOTH teams involved in the game. Just because one team scores and concedes lots of goals in most their matches it doesn’t mean they’ll repeat that against all teams. If they meet a team that scores plenty but has a tight defence you’ll most likely see one team score but not necessarily the other. Look for matches where both teams score in most games and both teams rarely keep clean sheets. The more they both concede and score, the more likely both teams are to score.
Home And AwayAs with all football bets, home and away form must be considered quite separate on many occasions. Some teams can produce completely different form at home than away so just because a team looks a good bet in the both teams to score market based on their home form, it doesn’t mean that will translate to their away form (and vice versa).
TacticsThis should be a big consideration but is sometimes overlooked by punters. Teams that are conceding lots of goals know they have to improve defensively and eventually will do something about it. Look out for manager comments and possible selection changes during the week in case changes are being made to the line up to address the defensive problems.
The type of opposition a team is facing can also have a large bearing on tactics. A team that often plays an open style of football can suddenly change their style of play when coming up against one of the top teams if they deem a point would be a good result. ‘Parking the bus’ is becoming more and more common so take a look at results against similar quality teams when weighing up a team’s chances of being involved in both teams to score. You might find that against teams of similar or weaker quality they concede and score many goals but against the very best teams there is often only a goal either way. These patterns are often no coincidence and relate to the tactics employed by that team against certain types and qualities of opposition.
Team NewsTeam news is arguably more important in this bet than any other football bet considering you are relying on the attack and the defence of both teams. A team that is ordinarily strong defensively can look a lot shakier when their best centre half is out injured. Likewise a defence that has looked rocky in recent weeks can improve suddenly if a missing quality player returns.
Some teams are heavily reliant on one or two players to score their goals, other teams spread the goals around the team. Those latter teams need not worry about the odd injury but if backing both teams to score in a game involving one of the teams that are heavily reliant on one or two goalscorers then checking team news is crucial. If the top goalscorer is out injured the chances of that team scoring suddenly reduce massively.
ValueAs with all bets value is a huge consideration. Just because both teams look likely to score it doesn’t make it a value bet. Consider the odds and how many times out of ten you’d expect both teams to score in the game considering all the variables (sendings off, injuries, etc). If you think you’d have made a profit in those ten matches over the long term then you think it’s a value bet. The more profit you think you’d have made in those ten playings of the match, the better value it should be.
Both Teams To Score - No
Bookies also allow punters to bet on the other side of the coin here with both teams not scoring. The same sort of considerations that go into the ‘Yes’ side of this bet go into the ‘No’ side of the bet. If you’ve decided that you don’t think both teams will score in a match remember to do your value analysis and if it still looks a good bet then go ahead and consider backing it.
Consider Other Markets
Before you back both teams not to score you should consider what other similar bets you could place. Both teams to score covers many possible outcomes but both teams not to score only covers no goalscorer, and both teams to win to nil. Would any of those 3 bets present a better value bet? All 3 of those bets is usually available at pretty decent odds and if you think one team has a much better chance of winning than the other a bet on that team to win to nil might offer better value. If you think both teams are going to struggle to score then no goalscorer (or even under 1.5 goals) might offer better value but if you just want to play things safe and still think both teams not to score is good value then there is nothing wrong with placing that bet.
Match Result And Both Teams To Score
This increasingly popular bet combines both teams to score with the traditional bet of picking the match result and can provide some big returns in accumulators. This is thanks to the relatively big odds available in each single. With traditional match betting there is no limit to how short a team can be to win depending on how mismatched the teams are. However the more superiority one team has over another, the less likely the lesser team is to score. In the more competitive matches, where both teams would be deemed likely to score, there is not normally a strong favourite to win the match therefore the odds on picking the winner AND both teams scoring can’t be too short. In most cases the favourite in this market will be somewhere between 5/2 and 7/2.
How The Odds Can Stack Up
Backing 4 teams that are fairly likely to win their matches in an accumulator can provide a decent return:
1/2 x 4/6 x 4/6 x 5/6 = Just over 13/2
However backing 4 teams that are fairly likely to win their matches plus both teams to score can provide huge returns:
5/2 x 3/1 x 7/2 x 7/2 = Just over 282/1!!
This shows just why punters are switching to the match result and both teams to score market. Obviously with bigger odds comes bigger risks but the differences in odds between the match result and this market often look great value.
The Main Considerations
Probably the main consideration with this bet is the team you are backing to win is going to need to be capable of scoring at least 2 goals since you are also backing the opposition to score at least once. Therefore your winning team has to be very capable in front of goal whilst also not having the strongest defence in the world.
Whereas with a standard both teams to score bet the best bets are the ones where both teams score and concede as many goals as possible, this is slightly different. You want both teams to score, but you only really want the team you think will lose to score exactly one goal. Any more than that and the team you think will win needs even more goals to win (3 or more).
In most cases you want to find matches that you think might be 2-1, 3-1, 4-1 or more. Remember that you are effectively dutching all correct scores where your selected team wins but concedes at least one goal.