Football is our national sport and betting on it has always been a very popular pastime, taking a game that stirs up so much passion in fans and adding an extra competitive edge.

Knowing where to begin when it comes to betting can be a bit tricky, so we’ve outlined the key types of bets you can place, explaining how they all work.

Here are some of the most common types of football betting.

1X2 betting

1X2 betting is the easiest and most common form of football betting to understand. To win money, you have to correctly predict the full time result of a match.

Example: It’s West Ham vs. Sunderland: You can either back West Ham to win (4/5), or Sunderland to come on top (10/3). You can also bet on a draw (13/5). For a winning bet, your guess has to be right.

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Double chance

Double chance is just like 1X2 betting in that you bet on the result of the match. However, this time, you bet on two outcomes, which means you have a much greater chance of a return on your bet, but the odds are lower as a result.

The different outcomes are grouped in twos. This gives you some assurance if you’re not sure about which way to bet.

Example: Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford. The double chance bets are as follows: Manchester United and Draw (8/15), Arsenal and Draw (2/5) and Manchester United and Arsenal (4/11).

In double chance betting, you will win in the event of one of the two chosen possible outcomes.

Draw no bet

Draw no bet is a type of football bet that removes the draw from the available options. So in the event that a match you bet on ends without a winner, the bookmaker will return your stake.

Example: Stoke entertain Newcastle and the draw no bet odds are Man City (1/3) and Spurs (9/4).

Correct score

“What do you reckon the score will be tonight?’ must be one of the most popular conversation starters among footy-mad Brits. It’s always a really fun challenge to predict a football game’s result and it can be the source of much banter down the pub.

Example: Chelsea play Paris Saint Germain at home in the UEFA Champions League. You have a sneaky feeling that the Blues will sneak a 1-0 home victory. With odds of 7-1, it might be wise to make that bet.


In football betting, a handicap is an advantage that is given to one of the sides before the match and applied to its final result. The usual handicap value for football is 1.

Example: You are sure that Manchester United will win away at West Brom, but the price of 4/6 doesn’t offer a great return. So you decide to go for Manchester United (-1), which gives you much better odds at 8/5. A 2-0 (or greater) win to United will result 1-0 handicap victory in your favour.

There are two other possible scenarios:

  1. Manchester United win by exactly 1 goal. The handicap result is a draw, so you don’t win anything but you get your stake back.
  2. The game ends in a West Brom win or a draw. Handicap result is a WBA win, so you don’t win anything.

The types of football bets described above are some of the most popular, but this isn’t a complete list. There are many aspects of the game to bet on. For example, you can also bet on the first goal scorer and other goal-related outcomes .

If you’re looking to make watching the game a little bit more interesting, this is a sure-fire way of getting your pulse racing as the results come in.