BTTS betting has become one of the most popular markets these days. Such is its success, bookmakers now offer a range of BTTS options, including both teams to score in both halves.
This page examines the BTTS in both halves market in more detail. We look at the bookie’s margins to assess if punters are getting good value and also compare this bet to similar ones to see where the biggest payouts are. Furthermore, we’ll show you how to find the best both teams to score in both halves tips for Saturday and beyond.
What does BTTS in both halves mean?
There’s no hidden meaning in this name, it simply means both teams will score at least one goal each in both halves of their match. In all honesty, it’s a risky bet in our opinion. Furthermore, there is usually better betting value to be found elsewhere as we will highlight for you on this page.
Here is an example of the prices for a both teams to score in both halves bet:
We odds like these, there is hardly any value in backing the ‘No’ market, unless you are prepared to put down thousands of pounds. That leaves us with the ‘Yes’ bet as the only options for most casual punters.
BTTS both halves bookmaker’s margins
Before placing goals in both halves bets, you want to assess the bookie’s margins. For a two-way market using decimal odds, you can calculate the margin as follows:
- Yes: 1 ÷ 13.25 x 100 = 7.54%
- No: 1 ÷ 1.01 x 100 = 99.0%
- Then add the two totals together (64.93 + 41.66) = 106.54%
Anything over 100% is classed as the bookmaker’s profit, in this instance, it’s 6.54%, which for BTTS betting is about average. Of course, if you can find betting sites with lower margins, you’ll get better long-term value, so it’s always recommended that you shop around.
Alternative both teams to score in both halves markets
A golden rule of betting is not to be too hasty. There are many similar markets open, so you take a moment to see what your alternatives are. This will become second nature once you get into the habit. It’s just a matter of training yourself to start with.
1st and 2nd half BTTS double
The wager shown above was taken from SportPesa. It also offers separate team BTTS in both halves bets. However, it won’t allow you to place a double bet on these selections, which is rather annoying. Therefore, our golden tip is to find a bookmaker that offers a ‘bet builder’ tool. These come under different names, but the idea is that it allows you to place multiple bets from the same game.
We moved over to bet365 and used its bet builder feature. This is for the same match (Sheffield United vs West Ham). It allows us to add a BTTS ‘Yes’ first-half bet and a BTTS ‘Yes’ second-half bet. The total odds are 17.00. This is the exact same bet – but the odds are dramatically higher.