In sports betting, especially football, the number of markets you can bet on is ever-expanding. BTTS is one of the more common markets you’re likely to come across but if you’re new to betting you may not know what this means. So, what does BTTS mean in betting?
BTTS is an abbreviation of a football term that means Both Teams To Score. It normally refers to a popular betting market of the same name where you can bet on whether both teams will score or not. When betting on this market, you will normally select either BTTS: Yes or BTTS: No.
If you select BTTS: Yes and both teams score one goal or more, you will win your bet. If you select BTTS: No and one or both teams fail to score a goal you will win.
Example BTTS Market
The odds available on any BTTS market will depend on the records of the two teams playing the match. If both teams are regular scorers and have a record of scoring against each other, then BTTS: Yes will be the favourite in the market.
For example, if two high-scoring teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City are playing each other, you might expect the odds for BTTS: Yes to be around 1/2 (1.50), with BTTS: No being around 7/4. This isn’t a 100% market, as most bookies will try and build a percentage into their books. However, 100% markets or better are often available on betting exchanges or by shopping around at different bookmakers.
If two defensive teams such as Crystal Palace and Burnley are playing each other, you may find that BTTS: No is the favourite at around 4/7, with BTTS: Yes being 6/4.
If two inconsistent teams are playing each other such as Newcastle and West Ham, you may find that the bookies are happy to offer 10/11 about both BTTS: Yes and BTTS: No.
BTTS Markets For Football
As well as the most popular BTTS market on football that we’ve highlighted above, there are also several other BTTS markets that you may wish to explore. Just check out the range of markets that Betfair offers below:
Below, we’ve gone through a range of the most common variations of the BTTS market and how they work:
BTTS and Win
A BTTS and Win market is when you predict that both teams will score during a game and one of the teams will also win the game. The odds for such predictions will vary according to the odds that the teams are to win the match and the odds of both teams scoring during the match.
For example, if Manchester City are playing Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, then Manchester City may be even-money to win the match, while both teams to score is 1/2 (1.50). That means you may get 2/1 that Man City win and BTTS. If Liverpool are 3/1 to win this match, you would get around 5/1 for Liverpool to win and BTTS.
First Half BTTS
First Half BTTS bets are settled on the score after the first half of a match, including the 45 minutes of play and any first-half injury time played – so when the ref blows his whistle to end the first half. As this bet is settled after only half the playing time of a full match, the odds for both teams to score in the first half will be considerably bigger than the odds for them both to score at full-time.
You can also bet BTTS: No on first-half BTTS markets, but these odds will be considerably shorter than in the full-time market.
Second Half BBTS
Second Half BBTS markets are, as the name suggests, decided just on the second-half performance of both teams. I.e. both teams must score in the second half if you bet on yes, and at least one team will have to not score if you bet on no.
For example, a match can be 2-2 at half-time, but if it ends up 3-2, at full-time that means only one team has scored in the second half.
BTTS In Both Halves
This isn’t a bet for the faint-hearted as it means that both teams must score in each half for you to win the bet. But the odd can be rewarding if you can pick one.
BTTS Score and Over 2.5 Goals
This BTTS market is a combination of two of the most popular football bets, I.e. BTTS and for there to be over 2.5 goals in the match.
You’ll win this bet if the score is, for example, 2/1, 3/1, 2-2, etc. But you won’t win if the score is 3-0 as, though there are more than 2.5 goals, both teams have not scored.
Is BTTS A Good Bet?
Like any form of betting, finding great opportunities in the BTTS markets normally takes a great deal of studying and a fair amount of intuition. But there are normally some value bets on any typical day when there are lots of football matches.
How to Pick BTTS Winners
There are no guaranteed winners in football betting, but it is possible to find value bets regularly that should give you the chance to make a long-term profit if you adopt a proper betting strategy.
Most successful BTTS punters will spend a fair amount of time studying the current form of both teams in a match, as well as past head-to-heads between the two teams. You’ll also need to take into account how managerial appointments, new players, or injuries may change how a team plays.
If you think, for example, there’s a 60% chance of both teams scoring in a match, it’s then a matter of finding odds that are better than this. In this case, if you can get even-money about both teams scoring, you have got a value bet. Finding this value is the key to making long-term profits.
But you also need to adopt a sound betting strategy. This should include a staking plan. You may choose to bet equal amounts on each of your BTTS bets or have a points system that allows you to bet more when the value-factor suggests you should.
The other important consideration is starting with a betting bank that covers you for bad runs which even professional punters occasionally suffer from.
If you don’t have the time to do the amount of studying requires or the skills to implement a professional betting strategy, you may wish to consider subscribing to a professional football tipster. They will normally use BTTS markets as part of a bigger betting strategy and offer a variety of free football tips and subscription-based football tips.
In betting, BTTS means both teams to score. Once you know what the abbreviation means, the bet itself is fairly self-explanatory. You can either bet on BTTS: Yes or BTTS: No. The former requires both teams to score a goal to be a winning bet. The latter requires at least one team to NOT score a goal to be a winning bet.