When it comes to football betting, there are a huge range of markets to enjoy and plenty that can help give you the odds, and level of return, you’re looking for.
To win both halves betting is certainly one of those markets and one that we’re big fans of here at Which Bookie.
It’s a market that is becoming increasingly popular with punters these days, but if you’re not sure what it is or how it works, then do not fear, we’re here to help.
Below you’ll find all you need to know about To Win Both Halves betting markets, alongside the best bookmakers offering it today.
What Is To Win Both Halves Betting?
To win both halves betting is an intriguing market that is relatively simple to understand. Essentially, it’s similar to the match result market, but split into two. Each half then operates as a mini game and your selected team must win in each half for you to win.
Therefore, a team must be leading at half time. At this stage, the score essentially resets, with those goals not carried over. Your selected team must then win again in the second half after effectively starting it 0-0. If your selection wins in both halves, you win the bet.
To Win Both Halves Example
For example, if you were to bet on a game between Liverpool and Arsenal and you backed Liverpool to win both halves, you would win if the following happened:
- Liverpool were 1-0 up at the end of the first half and added to their tally to win 2-0 at full time. This means that they won the first half 1-0, and then won the second half 1-0.
If in the example above Liverpool won the game 1-0, your bet would be a losing one as while they were winning on paper in both halves, they hadn’t added to the tally and the second half finished 0-0 in the eyes of the to win both halves market.
Ultimately, in order to win the bet, your team must score more than the opposition in both halves to win.
Which Bookmakers Offer To Win Both Halves Betting?
Most major online bookmakers offer to win both halves wagers these days, and you can generally bet on this market using a bookie free bet.
The likes of Paddy Power and Betfred offer this market, as well as plenty of others and you can find all our favourite bookmakers, alongside plenty of other useful information related to odds and offers over on our bookmaker reviews page.
How Does To Win Both Halves Differ From HT/FT
There are a number of different markets that do appear similar to the win both halves markets, but here are the most common variations that can cause confusion.
The most common market people get confused between the two is the ‘Half-Time / Full-Time’ (HT/FT) market. This market is a bet on who will be in the lead at half time and full, but the scoreline carries over. So, if Liverpool were to take a 1-0 lead at half time, and then won the game 1-0 your bet would win as Liverpool were in the lead at both half time and full time.
There’s no half time reset on the scoreline, and it is possible to bet on one team to be leading at half time, for another to win at full time, where to win both halves is a bet on the same team in both.
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To Win Both Halves Betting Tips
So you know what ‘To Win Both Halves’ means, but how do you choose which team to bet on?
Goal Scoring Record
Well, in order for a team to win both halves, they have to score goals. At least two goals from the team you are betting on are needed for the bet to win as they must score at least one goal in each half. However, should the opposition score a goal, your team must score at least a third. Should the opposition score a second goal, a minimum of four goals are needed from your team.
Therefore, the first factor to consider when placing To Win Both Half bets is if the team you are betting on score a lot of goals. If they regularly win matches 1-0 or 2-1 then they’re probably not the best bet. You want to be looking for teams who regularly find the net three or more times in a match which will give your ‘To Win Both Halves’ bet a much better chance of coming in.
Time Of Goals
Another important factor to consider when choosing a team to place a To Win Both Halves bet on is when they score their goals.
Some football teams often snatch last-minute winners by playing conservatively throughout most of the match and increasing the pressure on their opponents towards the end of the game. These teams are generally not a great choice for a To Win Both Halves bet as they’re less likely to win the first half.
Look for teams who are known for attacking from the start. If they finish the first half in the lead then your bet is half way in. If the match is a draw at half time or your team is losing, your bet has already lost before the match has finished.
Starting Lineup / Squad
Many football teams have key players who score a high percentage of their goals. If these players are missing from the squad due to injury, international duty or other, then there is less chance that the team will score goals. As To Win Both Halves bets have a greater chance of coming in with the more goals your team scores, having proven goalscorers on the pitch is essential.
Taking this into consideration, it is often a good idea to wait until the starting lineup is announced before placing your To Win Both Halves bet.
You should also do your research in the days leading up to the match to see if any key players are injured or likely to be left out of the squad for other reasons.
The starting lineup is important as these are the players likely to score the goals. However, it is also worth taking note of the players on the bench. Many teams have players who they would consider as ‘super-subs’ who are often brought off the bench with the aim of scoring a winner. Tore Andre Flo made made 169 appearances for Chelsea with 69 of them from coming off the bench. He scored 13 goals from those 69 appearances which is a good record considering his limited time on the pitch. Javier Hernandez was also used as a super-sub for Manchester United as was Ole Gunnar Solskjær who may perhaps be considered the best super-sub of all-time. Solskjær scored 28 of his 126 goals for United when coming off the bench with his most famous being his injury-time winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
As well as the players which are included in the lineup, it’s also important to consider the tactics which you team will likely be applying. These can be harder to determine than other factors as it’s unlikely that the manager will let them be known. However, if you’re knowledgeable about the team and the manager, you can often get a good idea of what the tactics will be based on the lineup, the formation and the opposition team.
If your team often plays 4-3-3 but when the team sheet has been announced, the manager has opted for a 5-4-1 formation, it’s a sign that they will be playing defensively. This is not a good sign when placing To Win Both Halves bets as your team will be attacking less and therefore less likely to score goals.
If your team has several attacking players on the pitch and are playing in an attacking formation, they may be worth considering for a To Win Both Halves bet.
The factors which we have listed above all relate to the team which you are betting on. However, it is also worth taking into account the opposition team.
If your team is playing another attacking team, they too are likely to score a goal. If they do, this means that your team must score a minimum of three goals for your bet to have a chance of coming in.
For To Win Both Halves bets, it is recommended that you bet on a team who are playing a side which do not score many goals. You should take into account the oppositions past results, starting lineup, substitutes, formation and tactics.
Although it is no guarantee, most teams tend to perform better when playing at home. Historically, they score more and concede less goals on home soil compared to playing away and so if your team is at home, their chances of winning both halves should be increased.
Of course, you should do your research and not take this factor as a certainty as in some seasons, some teams do perform better away from home.
Advantages of To Win Both Halves Bets
The main attraction to To Win Both Halves bets is often the high odds you can get. The odds will vary greatly depending on the teams playing each other and which team you choose for your bet.
For example, the image below shows the odds offered by Betfred for the To Win Both Halves market in the match between Manchester City and Brighton.
As you can see, the odds are significantly lower for Manchester City to win both halves as they are the strong favourites. They have several goalscorers in their team and are likely to find the net in the match more than once.
However, if you bet on Brighton to win both halves, you can get odds of 50/1! Brighton are 16/1 to win the match and so for them to win both halves is an attractive alternative to that bet given the significant increase in odds.
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Disadvantages of To Win Both Halves Bets
The obvious disadvantage of To Win Both Halves bets is that they are relatively volitile. For example, Manchester City are likely to win their match as they are priced at just 1.17, but it wouldn’t be suprising to see a draw at half time and Man City to win the match 1-0, 2-0 or with any other score. Should this happen, your bet would lose.
Similarly, if Manchester City went in at half time 4-0 up, they may sit back in the second half and defend more. Even if they concede one or two goals, they’ll be happy as they’ll win the match. However, your To Win Both Halves bet would lose.
An ideal situation when you have placed a To Win Both Halves bet is you team to be winning 1-0 at half time. This way, they’re more likely to want to get a goal in the second half which would give your bet a greater chance of coming in.