Match betting has been the most basic and popular market in football markets since betting markets began. You’ll find ‘match betting’ come under many different titles including ‘full time result’ and ‘match result,’ but the market is always the first one you’ll come across before anything else.
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The idea is simply that bettors are able to choose who they think will win a match between two sides, or whether the outcome will end up in a draw between the two competing sides.
Different bookmakers will always offer slightly different odds on these markets in particular, but there is always a general consensus over who is given the tag of ‘favourites’ due to recent form, injuries to players and records in past fixtures between the two competing sides. To get a better idea of what odds mean and how they compare, visit our Odds Explained section.
An Example of Match Betting
Above you’ll be able to see a grab from a round of English Premier League fixtures. It lists upcoming fixtures from the next two rounds of matches and the current odds for each team going into the game, displayed as decimal odds.
Picking out the ‘Man Utd v Man City’ fixture on the second row, all the necessary information of day and kick off time is displayed to the left, while values you can get on all the results are to the right. Column 1 is to select the home team to win, column X for a draw and column 2 is for an away victory (the heading display will change dependent on the bookmaker).
Manchester City’s odds of 2.20 make them the favourite for the fixture, but the greyed out box containing the number 3.40 shows that Manchester United are the selection made. One click on the chosen outcome moves the selection into the bet slip on the right side, where you would only need to input your stake and see the automatically calculated return before placing the bet.
Match Betting Accumulator Odds
So now you’ve found out how to make a selection and place a bet, if you’re looking to join in the fun and increase your odds, try adding in more selections to make an accumulator bet. Check out the betting glossary for different terms dependent on the amounts of selections in an accumulator and for more information.
Repeating the same method, you’re able to make more selections and continue adding them to your bet slip as you search for games to add in from different leagues. There is no limit to what you can select to put in your accumulator match betting wise, with the only exception being making two selections from the same game (as they’ll cancel each other out).
The odds from (in this case) all five selections made will accumulate together to make a total price for you to place your money on. There are several options to take up, but a five fold accumulator from the selections made will be the most popular choice in today’s market. All five selections would have to come true in this case for the bet to succeed.