Scorecast betting is one of the amateur punters favourite markets to bet on. It allows you to essentially create a bet that is going to pay out at big odds for a relatively small outlay.
The process of the bet is actually very simple in that you need to select which player will score the first goal and also the correct score at full time. Some may assume that this bet is an accumulator-type bet, but in fact it’s a separate bet that is priced up by the bookmaker and we will explain why later in the article.
We stated that it’s popular with amateur punters and that’s mainly because the bet is so tough to call. There are so many variables that could go wrong to scupper your bet very quickly, such as if you backed a game with a player to score first and the team to win 2-0, if the opposition scores just once, regardless of the score, then your bet loses. Also, if a different player scores first, your bet has lost again.
Why Does Scorecast Exist?
For those of you who are new to the bet type, then you may be wondering why the scorecast bet exists at all. You may be thinking that you could just chose a player to score from the first goalscorer market and also a score form the correct score market to form a double.
But, the reason behind the bet type is because the markets are dependent markets. By this we mean that an event within the match will have a massive affect on the other. The best way to describe it is by simply running through a quick example that includes the Win-Draw-Win market and the correct score market.
A bookmaker would never take a bet that included a team to win a game and the correct score for that game. Why? Because if the correct score comes in then it means that the team have also won that game. So, the punter would essentially be getting inflated odds for the same bet. If you could do this, then you would also place a correct score bet with the result, as if the correct score bet won, then the result bet would also win.
It works the same for the first goalscorer bet in that if your player scores the first goal then it removes the chances of the other team winning 1-0.
The market has been added by most bookmakers to allow them to bet on these markets as a double, but with reduced odds. If you backed a player to score first at 5.00 and a team to win 2-0 at 8.00 then the double would work out at 40.00. The price that you would actually get from the bookmaker for scorecast would be much lower, around 25.00, still offering good odds but recued, because of the related continence between the two bets.
There are actually several variations of the scorecast bet that we have listed below. They all fit under the same ‘related contingency’ criteria that we have outlined above, but are separate markets in their own right.
The wincast is probably the most popular of the range of markets related to scorecast bets and this is where you simply need to choose a player that will score at any time in the match and the correct score for that match. It’s a much easier proposition than the scorecast and allows you much more scope for your bet.
The downside is that they odds will be significantly reduced than if you placed the same two selections for the first goalscorer and correct result, but then the chances of winning are higher. It’s also though that this sort of market has been growing in popularity in recent years due to the number of bookmakers who now offer it to their customers, highlighting the importance of the Wincast market.
The Timecast market will require you to make your selections on a player to score in a specific period of the match. So, for example, this could be Aguero to score within the first 20 minutes of a game and also predict the correct final result for that match.
It’s worth noting that for this bet it doesn’t matter when the player scores the goal, first, second, third, they just need to score within that time frame.
Scorecast Betting Strategy
The best thing to do with the scorecast bet is to treat it as two separate bets. So, we need to breakdown a strategy for finding the first goalscorer and then a strategy for finding the potential correct result.
The most obvious thing to do for this is to simply choose one the team most inform players or top goalscorer for that season. This may sound glaringly obvious, but in terms of really finding out what to bet for this market, it’s one of the easiest things you can do.
Due to the pricing structure for these bets, we don’t need to get too creative here. So, choosing a centre back to score first is going to be a very bold claim, but choosing the inform striker, is going to give us the best opportunity of starting the bet off in the right manner.
The correct score for the game is going to be tricky. What we recommend as a rule of thumb is to not back a game to nil as this can scupper your bet before you have even started. Whilst there is always going to be a bet that you could place for the to nil bet, this isn’t a good market to use it on.
The next thing we want to do is check head to head scores for previous games. This should give us an idea of recent results and betting trends that we can possibly pick up. A team with 4 draws in their last 4 meetings will mean that they draw is never going to be a bad result. Alternatively, if one team is dominant over their rivals, try to look at how many goals they have beaten them by previously and factor that in to your potential bet.
Cover your bets
As the odds for the scorecast bet are particularly large, many punters like to cover their bets by placing single bets on the first goalscorer, correct score and the results market. This means that if just one of those bets comes in, you will still have some return and if two or even all three, your returns are going to be even greater.
Don’t be afraid to use a betting exchange for this type of bet as well, especially if your selection grabs the first goal. If they do, the odds will be slashed and you can likely either lay off your bet for a guaranteed profit or simply cash if using a traditional bookmaker.
Just before we leave you, it’s worth mentioning that own goals will not count towards the first goalscorer bet, but will count towards the final result. So if there was an own goal as the first goal, then your pick scores the second goal, they will technically be applied as the first goalscorer for the sake of this market. The own goal will be part of the final result though, regardless of who or when it was scored.