Both Teams to Score (BTTS) betting is another one of those popular football betting markets. Similarly to accumulator betting, the market is definitely one that is very fashionable at the moment with punters jumping on the chance to utilise statistics in order for them to make some money.
What you will find from this market, unlike most betting markets, is the fact hat you don’t need to select a result from the game. As football, especially in the top leagues, becomes increasingly competitive due to the money that has been invested over the last decade or so, there are much fewer games where one team is such a massive favourite, making these types of markets very targetable for bettors.
What is BTTS?
The concept of the betting market is very simple; you need to choose a game where each teams scores at least one goal each. If this happens, then your bet wins. The result of the match is actually irrelevant and for this bet to be successful, we simply need goals.
There is an alternative to this bet however, and this comes in the form of Both Teams to Score No. It’s the exact opposite of the ‘Yes’ bet in that you wager on the outcome that one or both of the teams fail to score a goal. Again, the final result is irrelevant, you just need a clean sheet from one team to be successful in your bet.
Both Teams to Score Strategy
When betting on the BTTS market, just like any market, it’s important that you do your research before making your selections. This market will require you to alter the patterns that you look for compared to say a Win Draw Win, market and we have highlighted some pointers below to get you started.
Strong attacking teams
We need goals for this type of bet to come in and for this to happen we need teams that are good going forward. We want to be picking free-flowing teams that are willing to sacrifice defense for attack. The age old saying of “if you score 3 goals, we will score 4” is the type of team that you want to target.
The quality of defense for each team in an ideal world would be poor. There are few teams that aren’t going to at least create one chance, even against the best teams in the world, but if you stick an average strike force against a poor defense, it’s more often than not going to lead to goals.
If you had to pick one over the other – strong offence v weak defense – then you are likely going to pile for the strong offence. Sometimes there will be occasions where you see a bet for 2 teams that are good going forward but are also strong at the back. As a general rule you would opt for the opt for Both Teams to Score as the offence usually will stick away a chance more often than the other team will keep a clean sheet.
Mid table games are best!
What we have found is that targeting games between mid-table teams or evenly matched teams are usually best for these kinds of bets. The mid table team is usually going to be there for a reason, winning as many games as they lose. It may sound simple but to win games you need to score and losing games means that you are conceding too many. They are likely mid table for this exact reason, so it’s worth checking these as go-to games.
Avoid the firm favourites
When you see a top of the table clash against a team at the bottom of the table, then these are likely games that you will be looking to avoid. Goals for are often a huge catalyst as to why a team is bottom of the league and whilst it’s highly likely the top team will score, for this bet we need both teams.
You can incorporate these games into the Both Teams to Score No bet however, and these are perfect for this bet type. Ideally you want two poor offensive teams, but having one and a very good defensive team should suffice.
Target specific leagues
Whilst you want to research each game individually, it’s important not to simply shoot for the same league each team and mix it up a little bit. We can base these bets on a stats level, meaning that the knowledge for each team or even the league itself, can be reduced compared to if we were betting on the Win-Draw-Win market.
Let’s take the Premier League for example, which we would guess a majority of you would be wagering on most weeks. In the 2013-14 season the Premier League had only 45.52% of their games that had Both Teams to Score. Now, compare that to League 1, where we would guess that the majority of you don’t yet bet, they had 53.8% of games with Both Teams to Score. It’s a significant percentage and one that should highlight the importance of tracking down which leagues are best, before then determining which games in those leagues are producing these kinds of games.
You could move even further afield with this sort of data and look at European leagues for example. In 2013-14 the Bundesliga had a massive 58.16% where both teams scored, which was the highest out of any of the top European Leagues.
Now, we aren’t saying that you need to only bet on this league, as even thought the Premier League came out low in comparison, there will still be good games to back for this. But, you can start to get an idea of which leagues you could target and in turn, save time and increase profits.
Note: We realise that the 2013-14 season is hardly up to date, but it’s used more as a guide than anything to really go by. You can keep track of the latest statistics at dozens of sites online these days, so there is very little excuse not to utilise this information.
Look at recent form and head-to-heads
Some of the most precious data for the BTTS is the recent form and the head-to-heads. The recent form will allow you to quickly determine if the team have been scoring goals. You can see if they are strong at the back or particularly good going forward but most importantly, pick up trends for how recent games have panned out. Teams with low scoring games are likely ones that you want to avoid. Conversely, teams with high scoring games are ones that you want to target.
Head to head data is a little more shady, although still important. The first thing you need to see is how recent the data for previous result is. If it is over 5 years ago, then teams will likely have changed dramatically in that time, so it’s worth disregarding that. Anything within that timeframe and ideally over the last season or two, should give you a much better idea of how a game might fair.
For example, back when Newcastle United and Liverpool had their run of famous 4-3 results and consecutive high scoring games in the 90’s, the BTTS bet would of almost been a certainty. However, these days the gulf in class between the two teams is larger than ever and it’s likely that it would now be a bet to avoid.