This is a fairly explanatory bet type but one that can really pay some good odds if you can get it dead on. Just what will be the score in the game that you want to bet on? As you can imagine it’s not an easy task at all.
This guide give you some tips and strategies on how to get the most out of betting on correct score markets.
Correct Score Odds Available
When you bet on the correct score there are some good odds guaranteed. It’s a difficult bet of course so there shouldn’t be any skimpy odds flying around. The minimum odds may be around 5/1 so there’s no real need to be just placing one bet on this market.
When live games started being shown on television I went through a phase where I’d go for 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 for the team I fancied to win. I could place bets on all three knowing that if one of them came up I’d make a profit and that’s the name of the game.
Of course if you fancy the chances of an upset in a game, then there are some excellent odds out there to take advantage of. If a team is odds on to win then the correct score options for their opponents are going to be very attractive. If a side is just a shade of odds on, say 19/20 their opponents might be 13/5 to win. When it comes to the correct score, a 1-0 win for the favourites might be 9/2 but for the outsiders it’s 15/2. The odds for the outsiders just keep on getting larger (especially for them to keep a clean sheet) and if you really believe there’s going to be a shock result you can really make a killing, but it’s not easy of course.
It’s a bet where, unless you’ve gone for a 0-0 draw, you’ll be begging for goals to go in. Then you’ll get to the stage where the score in the game is what you’ve gone for and you’ll be counting down the minutes and cheering every great moment of defensive play.
This is also a bet that may well go down very quickly. Remember that game when England played San Marino in a World Cup qualifier? Half the nation must have had bets on England to win 3-0, 4-0 and beyond. San Marino scoring in the first minute certainly wrecked a lot of bets that night.
It’s just one of the hazards of the correct score bet, particularly if you do go for a team to keep a clean sheet.
Remember how I used to place bets on 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1? Well that was a fair while ago and the number of bets available on games were way less than they are now. I had to place three bets on that occasion but it’s now possible to go for Correct Score Group Betting.
Here you are given a selection of scores, for example in our example it could be Liverpool to win in my favourite 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 and the odds would be something in the range of 11/4. Obviously the odds aren’t that high but it does give you a bit of leeway in this kind of bet. If Liverpool go 1-0 up then you’re on a winner, if City get level then you’re still in with a chance if Liverpool can get the winner.
Correct Score Rules
There aren’t that many rules attached to this kind of bet. It’s simply a question of correctly predicting the result of the match you’re betting on. No handicaps involved just the actual score.
The one rule you have to abide by is that of the fact only 90 minutes count. Extra-time just doesn’t count so if you think the score in the big match is going to be 2-2 then it has to be that score at the end of the regulation 90 minutes. It’s as simple as that really.
The only other thing to note is never bet on 0-0. If you want to bet on a goalless draw then place your money on “no goalscorer” instead. The odds are often the same but no goalscorer ignores own goals whereas 0-0 obviously does not.
Do Your Research
If you’re going to have a bet on the correct score then you really need to do some research. That’s really crucial because this isn’t the easiest of bets out there. It’s not just a question of getting the result right but the score too and that’s why the odds can be so rewarding.
First of all you need to take a look at the game you want to bet on, say it’s a Premier League game at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester City. You can let your heart rule your head if you want too, especially if you just happen to support one of the two teams. That’s not a strategy that is advisable if you’re going to be staking a fair amount of money on the game. It’s far more advisable to take an in-depth look at the game.
First of all you need to work out what you think will be the result of the game. Will Liverpool get a home win, can City go to Anfield and get a victory or will it be a draw?
Looking at the form book is the best way to work out what’s likely to happen. Sadly there’s nothing you can do to actually work out what will happen. The form book can go out the window sometimes (well a lot of times really) and surprise results happen.
You’ll need to look at the team’s recent form. Are Liverpool on a winning run, do they draw too many games, what’s their home form like or are they on a losing run. It’s the same for City, except look at their away form to get an idea how they might get on at Anfield.
Now all this research is exactly what you’d be doing if just trying to work out the match result. When you’re betting on the correct score your task has become that little bit harder. Don’t just look at the recent results and home/away form, study carefully the exact results that they have been having.
Will the game be a high-scoring one or a bore draw? If both sides have been regularly scoring goals then it’s unlikely to be the latter. If Liverpool have been scoring plenty of goals (which probably means Daniel Sturridge is fit for a change), then have a look at who those goals have been scored against. If they have been scoring lots of goals against teams at the top of the table then that’s good news. If they’ve been thrashing some sides down the bottom of the table, it’s uncertain that they might suddenly score a few against a team like Manchester City.
Also look at Liverpool’s home form. Teams do go through strange patches of form when they just can’t get good home results yet do well on the road. Of course it’s the same for Manchester City. In the 2015/16 season they went through a phase when they couldn’t stop scoring at home but barely found the target on their away travels. The research you do will be really useful when it comes to working out what the score of a game will be.
Also make sure that you take a good look at the team news. If in our example, look at the injury list each side has. If a side has some defenders due to be missing then look at their opponents to perhaps be scoring some more goals. If top strikers are out injured it might be a low-scoring match, then again if strikers are making their return there might be a few goals flowing in the game. There are also games these days when teams rest players if there’s a big match on the horizon, so best leave the bet until the teams have been announced.
Now that you can bet on games as they are being played, the correct score bet becomes even more interesting. Odds will fluctuate as the game progresses. That means if your bet does go down then there’s still the chance to have another go and see if you can redeem yourself.
If you’ve gone for Liverpool to win 2-0 in our example match, the longer the score is 0-0, the higher the odds on a 2-0 win for Liverpool will climb. If they suddenly go 1-0 up then the odds on 2-0 will drop. In-play betting really makes life a lot more interesting for the punter.
That’s definitely the case with the cash out facility. You don’t have to wait to the end of a game to get a return on your bet. If you’ve gone for 1-0 as the final result and that’s the score after say 60 minutes, try the cash out and at least get a good return, after all it could be 1-1 any minute and all will be lost.
Correct Score Coupons
It’s also possible to have a bet on correct score coupons. Here there will be a list of games and you can go for the correct score in each game. If you can get a few right then there are really big rewards available. At Paddy Power, trying your luck on their Correct Scores Coupon could see you get odds of 1100/1 for four correct score predictions.
As you can see then this isn’t an easy bet but it can be a very rewarding one. You need to do some research and work out what kind of game it is you’re going to be betting on. A game with lots of goals in it or a low-scoring bore draw? The odds are good but this really isn’t easy though the introduction of group betting has made it a bit easier now to get a return as has the arrival of cash out.