BTTS means Both Teams To Score: Stats & Betting Tips
Both Teams To Score Meaning
The first question we need to address is, what does BTTS mean?
Both Teams To Score (BTTS) is as simple as it sounds, the market is asking whether both teams will score in a game or not.
Unlike with total goals in a match, BTTS relies on each team scoring once, meaning there can be as many goals as you want in the game as long as neither team remains scoreless.
A 1-1 draw is just as good as a 4-3 game. As long as there is a goal scored by each team, a BTTS bet will win. A standard BTTS bet will look something like that pictured (below/above), with just a simple Yes/No option given for choosing whether to back or lay the BTTS bet.
Taken from the Premier League - Liverpool vs Arsenal betting markets
Why Is It A Powerful Betting Market?
As mentioned earlier, 'both teams to score' betting relies on neither team remaining goalless, and often a match can be more ideally placed to win given how games can play out.
For example, a team that is leading 1-0 towards the end of the game will draw everyone back to protect the win. The only team likely to score is the team losing, meaning a BTTS bet is an excellent shout as you will probably see the winning team playing to protect their lead.
However, an Over 2.5 Match Goal bet placed pre-game (often at the same or worse odds than a BTTS bet) would be dead in the water. Furthermore, one slip up by either team can let a goal in, and particularly in lower leagues that can often happen, leading to underdog sides bagging at least one goal a match.
The bet slip shown above came from a Liverpool vs Arsenal matchup, where it seemed likely that both teams would score in the game. In fact, in the previous season, each team had only failed to score in 5% of their games.
This would make a great football betting tip due to the outcome being highly likely. However, you need to know what Play The Percentage stats to look at to help back up a BTTS bet?
What Stats Should I Check?
Well obviously start with the two teams Both Teams To Score stats. A team with a high BTTS percentage will likely mean that the team not only scores a lot but will often concede during a game as well, leading to a lot of possible BTTS opportunities.
To try and back up the BTTS stats a bit, you should also look at the "Failed to Score" and "Clean Sheet" statistics for each team. If a team has a low "Failed to Score" and "Clean Sheet" statistic, they're prime candidates for a BTTS bet.
Using these stats in combination with the BTTS metric will allow you to make more informed bets.
Both Teams To Score Combo Bets
The BTTS market can often come with what are called "combination bets", where the BTTS is paired with another bet to try and increase the odds.
The simplest of these is by reducing the timescale for the BTTS bet to land to just one half.
The picture above shows the odds from the same Liverpool vs Arsenal game. This time with the BTTS bet limited to either the 1st half or the 2nd half.
The final bet asks if both teams will score in both halves, and there are four possible options. Playing with these markets can be potentially lucrative. They also come with high risks given you that have shrunk the timeframe needed for both teams to score into just a single half.
However, huge bets have been won with both teams to score in both halves. For example, one lucky punter won over £37,000 with his BTTS prediction, by betting on 4 games with a BTTS in both halves. The risks are high but so can be the rewards; we like to use our free bets on this type of bet.
There are other kinds of bets, like BTTS and Win tips, and these often involve match goals and picking a team to win. A BTTS and win accumulator can give you a very high odds longshot. See the picture below:
These popular bets can be placed on many betting sites, can be quite a high risk, but come with a lot of rewards because picking a winning team in a goal-fest with BTTS can often add a lot to the total value of your bet.
Also, tying in match goals with a BTTS bet can add value, though this often doesn’t add much. Most people tend not to bet on a “No” result in a BTTS bet (so at least one team remaining goalless), so the Over 2.5 Match Goals & Yes for BTTS bet often does not have particularly good odds in comparison.
Here the increase is from 1.57 to 1.80. Not worth it to some people because for the BTTS part to land, the game has to be at minimum 1-1, so only a 3rd goal would be needed. Picking a result and BTTS is often more comfortable and more reliable than taking the risk by adding a total amount of goals to the BTTS bet.
Should I Use BTTS Tips and Markets?
Absolutely, they are a very exploitable market, particularly with the stats offered here at Play The Percentage. Be aware that a bet will often end at the final whistle of the game’s standard time; unless specified in your bet, extra time doesn’t count.
Here, at Play The Percentage, we have a lot of stats that can help you decide whether backing a BTTS bet is worth it. Combining it with our other stats on wins/losses and total match goals, there is certainly profit to be made.
Consider trying out different bets to start with, either on paper or with small stakes. When you are comfortable, you can up the stakes and begin to make some serious profit on the Both Teams To Score markets.
So be sure to look out for the most likely Both Teams To Score tips from Play The Percentage tools :)