A look at the BTTS meaning in football betting

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The BTTS meaning in football betting relates to a Both Teams To Score option for a given fixture. It is a market that looks beyond football results in terms of who wins or loses, and just focuses on goals.

It is a popular betting market, and it’s a good, simple single wagering selection for a punter to size up.

The Both Teams To Score market option asks the punter to consider whether or not both teams are going to score in a match.

Examining the BTTS bet

The both teams to score betting option then offers a simple perspective on football match results. Let’s for example look at a Premier League match of Chelsea v Arsenal.

Browsing through the markets available in a sportsbook there will be the Both Teams To Score option, often just abbreviated to BTTS.

Within this Both Teams To Score market the punter will see a simple “Yes” or “No” option.

That’s all there is to it, it’s not a deep market like say the correct score is where there are numerous options. It’s a yes or no, a 50-50 chance.

If the “YES” option is backed in a BTTS bet, for the wager to win, both teams would have to hit the back of the net.

If the “NO” option was backed then it would need only one or neither of the participating teams to score during the match.

Keynotes of a BTTS bet

So whether or not both teams score is the only thing that is in focus for this type of bet. But there are some clear distinctions about what it doesn’t cover during a fixture.

It doesn’t matter for example, how many goals end up being scored in a fixture. If a BTTS “Yes” selection has been backed, it wouldn’t matter if the scoreline was 1-1, 2-1 or 6-4, as long as both teams scored at least one goal in the fixture.

Some things are not relevant to a Both Teams To Score Bet:

Football Results
● Scoreline
● Individual Scorers
● Time Of Goals
● Who Scores First or Last

The other key thing about this type of betting is that the result of the fixture does not come into play. Again for a “Yes” selection on the market, either team could win the fixture while also conceding in the match for the bet to win.

So in the example above a Chelsea 3-1 scoreline would still win the bet as would an Arsenal 4-2 scoreline would.

Similarly, it would not matter if Chelsea had produced a 3-0 result or a 1-0 result to create a winning bet on a market “No” option.

The odds of the BTTS

One common question about the Both Teams To Score football betting option is whether or not it really offers much value. As mentioned above there are only two possible selections for football results in the market.

That’s yes or no. Because of that, there is never going to be wild long odds offered on this particular market.

To size up the typical kind of value that can be found on a BTTS wager here are two very different matches from the Premier League along with their Both Teams To Score odds:

Man City v Crystal Palace
BTTS Yes @ 13/10 No @ 3/4

Tottenham v Man Utd
BTTS Yes @ 4/6 No @ 11/8

For Manchester City v Crystal Palace that presented a very strong home odds-on favourite in the match outright. Manchester City was expected to be dominant in that fixture and therefore likely to keep a clean sheet against a low-scoring Crystal Palace side.

For Tottenham v Manchester United this was a more evenly balanced fixture. Neither team at the time were in great defensive form, leading to a perceived higher chance of both teams finding the back of the net in the clash.

But even though the set-up for those fixtures were very different, one with a heavy favourite, the other evenly matched, the both teams to score odds never really reached a point of offering long odds.

The 3/4 on the BTTS “No” for Man City v Crystal Palace represented a 57.1% implied probability of that outcome happening.

The “Yes” on Tottenham v Man Utd presented a 60% implied probability of both teams scoring. That really is getting to the limit of how far the betting odds on the market really stretch out to.

The 60/40% implied probability either way on the BTTS market is about the best odds range that is going to be reached through it.

So with that in mind, it does represent a fairly stable market and it’s an approachable one for beginners.

When to use the BTTS

Statistics are a key part of sizing up any football betting market of course and the same can be said of looking for BTTS tips. What kind of statistics would be the best to look at for making a pick on this market?

Naturally, that is going to be the goals for and against the respective teams. Here are the types of scenarios to look out for:

If Chelsea had taken a clean sheet in each of their last four home matches, then that may limit the probability of both teams scoring in their next home fixture. Especially if Chelsea were hosting a team who are struggling for away goals.

If Arsenal were averaging around 1.6 goals per away game, that’s a decent enough average to consider the “Yes” option on the market. That would be strengthened if they were paying a visit to a team who weren’t particularly adept at earning clean sheets.

It is very simple to look back over the current run of form that a team is having. Just a glance at the last six fixtures for a team, seeing that both teams have scored in five of those six, lends a bit of credence to it happening again.

Some stats to consider ahead of a BTTS wager

● Average goals scored per team
● Average goals conceded per team
● Recent head to head results
● Injury lists in case a main striker or key defender is missing
● Clean sheet percentages
Averages are a very good approach to take for Both Teams To Score betting. Consider a home team with a 60% clean sheet average that is averaging 1.1 goals per home game, while the team visiting is only averaging 0.8 goals per away game. Those are basic indicators to suggest that the BTTS “No” option would be the way to go.

A bigger BTTS market for football results

There is an alternative Both Teams to Score market that is worth exploring as well. That is the Match Result & BTTS.

This gets a little more interesting because an extra variable is added to the mix. Now it’s not only about both teams scoring, but the football results also count.

Going back to the Tottenham v Man Utd example match from above, given the current state of play in terms of form at the time of the match, the BTTS “Yes” was odds on at 4/6.

In the match outright for that fixture, Manchester United were also odds-on favourites at 4/5.

However, flicking over to the Match Result & Both Teams To Score market, then the Manchester United To Win & BTTS option was at a much longer 17/5 odds-against quote.

For that particular selection to then come up, it would need Manchester United to win the match (which they were favourites to do), while also having both teams score in the fixture (which was the most-favoured option from the individual BTTS market).

So a Manchester United 2-1 scoreline would have fulfilled that outcome. Just as it would have done on a straight BTTS “Yes” option. But by adding in the variable of the match outright winner too, the play at longer odds-against quotes enters calculations.

A summary of the BTTS bet

The Both Teams To Score market for football betting is a hugely popular one because it’s simple and straightforward. The fact that wild odds don’t show up in the market indicates that it’s a fairly stable and approachable market, even for more experienced punters.


With the basics of the Both Teams To Score betting option covered, let’s take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about the bet type.
Can you play a BTTS Acca?

Adding together the BTTS option from a coupon is a viable way to build an accumulator bet. Increasing the number of selections from different matches is a tactical betting approach to try and get more out of mostly odds-on quotes. Adding more selections to an Acca though, naturally increases the risk.

Does the match result matter for BBTS?

Who wins a match, or who doesn’t, has no bearing on the market for football betting. If you have backed a “Yes” selection for a game, as soon as both teams have scored in the match then the bet is won. The final score has no relevance.

Do own goals count for a BTTS bet?

Yes. An own goal is a perfectly valid goal. Therefore if one team happens to score at both ends during a match in a 1-1 draw, and the BTTS “Yes” option has been backed, the own goal will still count as a goal for the bet to win.

Do extra time or penalties count for a BBTS bet?

No. The Both Teams To Score market only covers the regulation 90 minutes of any fixture. While that does include any injury time added on, it will not apply to any Extra Time in a cup fixture. The bet will be settled at the final whistle of regulation time.

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