BTTS – This stands for Both Teams to Score!
This is one of the most exciting acca bets you can place and has you hanging on the edge of your seat. All you need is goals, goals, goals.. all you need is goals!
One thing that has always intrigued me in the gambling industry is what’s going to be the next fad. Bookmakers are always working hard to make betting fresh, often in an attempt to attract a new audience to the industry.
The latest attraction is that of the Both Teams To Score (BTTS) market. It’s a simple concept, where you basically just bet on game where you think both teams will pick up at least one goal each. The outcome of the match is actually irrelevant and for this to be successful, we just need goals. Each team can score at any point in the match. It has to be within 90 minutes and injury time though so be aware that extra time doesn’t count. This would only apply to tournament and play off matches, standard league games are always 90 minutes and injury time.
As part of my expanding ‘How To’ series, this article will be looking at how to go about making a successful Both Teams To Score accumulator and also how to think outside the box a little when making your selections.
Best bookmaker for Both Teams to Score
There are two bookmakers that I would recommend for BTTS betting:
Whilst bet365 don’t have the range of coupons that I’m looking for compared to Betfred, what they lack in novelty, they make up for in depth. Bet365 offer the exact games and markets that I’m looking for and with most games will be the Both Teams To Score market. You can also access this bet other match outcomes such as BTTS and home win, BTTS and away win, BTTS draw and so many more.
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These guys are the founders of the BTTS market and I still think they are one of the best in business for these types of bets. Betfred, along with their slightly cheesy catchphrase ‘When both teams score, its Goals Galore!’ provide a ton of markets with these types of bets, each with their own quirky twist.
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Target your research
It’s easy to simply put down ‘research’ as one of my tips for how to make a winning BTTS acca. Research is obvious for all bets, but it’s important to really target your research for BTTS betting.
For example, if I were looking to find 4 or 5 teams who I need to win for my standard accumulator bet then I would be looking at things such as home form, away form, goals for, goals against, player form, head to head records and more. Whilst this is all well and good for picking a winner, with BTTS I don’t care who wins the game, I just need to find out two teams that will offer me goals.
There are five attributes that I am looking for in a match to count towards my BTTS acca.
- Good going forward – This is glaringly obvious, but I always try to find at least one of my two teams who are good going forward. I’m looking for them to be averaging over 1 goal a game (at least) and for them to be regularly hitting the back of the net both home AND away.
- Leaky defence – The ideal combination is that of a team who are going good going forward, but weak at the back. Teams who work under the philosophy of going out to score one more than their opponents and not worry too much on defence should be your picks.
- Pick fairly equally matched teams – By this I mean teams that aren’t a million miles apart in the league or have similar stats over the course of the season. For example, the chances of someone like Burnley going to some one like Chelsea and nicking a goal are slim. Whereas, two mid-table teams like Newcastle and Swansea, who can be as bad as they can be brilliant from one game to the next, will be a much more appealing pick for me.
- Don’t always go for the big boys – I’m going to keep on using Chelsea for this example, but what I mean by this is that I tend to avoid the likes of Chelsea, Man City, Man United etc., mainly because they don’t actually concede that many goals. They may seem obvious picks for win accas, but as I mentioned, your games need to be much more targeted for BTTS bets and require you to think a little more out the box.
- Check starting strikers – Make sure you know who’s starting up front before the game kicks off. If a teams star striker is missing then the likelihood they are going to score will reduce. You could flip this somewhat and target teams who have top defenders missing as well.
OK, so I realise that I’m not going to make earthquakes in the industry with my 5 picks above, but they are 5 fundamentals that I stick to for all of my BTTS accumulator bets and have served me well.
Best leagues and competitions to target in the UK
A common mistake that I see from a lot of my readers is that people are too set in their ways and not looking to expand to different leagues or competitions for their bets. If you look at the betting history of any online professional it will show that they bet on a vast number of leagues and competitions from around the world. They may have limited knowledge on them, but they are willing to do their research and if they have their fundamentals that they stick to (as above) they know what to target anyway.
I realise that the vast majority of readers are from the UK, as am I. Whilst conducting the research for this article I thought it would be interesting to see how the professional English leagues compared against each other.
The table below shows the Premier League, Championship, League 1 and League 2 results from 2013-14 season that included games where both teams scored. On top of that it shows the total number of goals, along with goals per game and percentage of games where both teams scored.
As you can see, the Premier League had a little over 45% of its games from that season where both teams scored one or more goals. It was, surprisingly, the lowest percentage from the four football leagues. League 1 was the highest with 53% with the Championship (51%) and League 2 (48%) coming in second and third, respectively.
I would actually bet a large amount of money that the majority of BTTS acca bets were heavily weighted towards Premier League games. But, as you can see from my research, it’s the lower leagues that are offering up way more value than that of the Premier League. I’m not saying that you should omit include Premier League games, but I just want to really highlight that there is life outside the top leagues in the UK and it’s these that you should be targeting for your Both Teams to Score accas.
Best European Leagues for BTTS
After the surprise at seeing how low the numbers were for the Premier League compared to other English leagues, I was keen to see how they would fair from that of their European counterparts in La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A. The results are below.
Once again, the Premier League fails miserably in comparison. For a league that is often dubbed the ‘best in the world’ it sure does suck for BTTS betting. The 58% overall BTTS game conversion in the Bundesliga is quite staggering and is the largest percentage I came across from my testing. I wonder how many of you actually consider betting on the Bundesliga for your BTTS markets? I’ll be honest and say it’s a league that I have neglected…but not any more!
Overall comparison of leagues and competitions
Here is the overall list with the Champions League and Europa Leagues thrown in for good measure. It’s not the most scientific of test, I grant you that, but it’s made for interesting reading in my opinion and will hopefully open your eyes a little more as to where you should be putting the majority of your research time.
BTTS betting tools
There are two betting tools that I just wanted to finish this article off with that I use in the process of picking all my bets. The first is that of an odds comparison tool. There are a few options out there if you have time to work out the best accumulative odds for your acca. Here you will be able to find the best prices for the picks that you have made. I find that it can add anything upwards of 20% to my overall profit margins, just by taking the time to make sure I am getting the same price. As always though, I will show you the best bookie for each acca I place.
A good stats site can be very helpful. These show me how each team is performing and also stats such as goals scored, goals conceded, head to heads and individual player data. It also allows me to see probably outcomes in the game and their records over the last few weeks. Whilst there is a few sites offering this sort of information, I do find that having it all under one roof really speeds up my productivity when researching bets.
Don’t underestimate the stats on each bookies site also. Both bet365 and William hill have an excellent stats service both pre match and in-play so if you only have time for a quick bet then I wouldn’t put you off using their stats to help pick your acca selections.