Asian Handicap betting is the
most popular way of betting on
football in the Far East. It offers
great value to the bettor and
is potentially less risky than
style betting. You must either
select the favoured team to overcome
a handicap (framed in goals) or
oppose the favourite with the
The Handicap Line is the
terms of the bet - framed around
the relative strengths of the
two competing sides - always expressed
in terms of goal superiority.
For two equally matched teams
- i.e. joint favourites to win
- the line will be described as
'level'. To win on the basis of
this handicap, you must simply
pick the team that scores the
most goals. If the match is a
draw, the stakes are returned
For unequal contests, the superior
team will be given a handicap
(goals). In Asian betting, goal
handicaps are known as 'balls'.
There are two types of Asian Handicap
Handicap (sometimes called Single
bets placed on Simple (whole unit)
Handicap Lines (E.g. 0,1,2 ball),
you must either win the stated
return, lose your stake or have
your stake returned should the
result be a draw on the basis
of the handicap.
For bets placed on Simple (non-whole
unit) Handicap Lines (E.g. 0.5,1.5,2.5
ball) you can only win or lose
as a draw is impossible.
For example: Manchester Utd are
1.5 ball favourites to beat Southampton.
You win as a backer of Manchester
United if they win by 2 goals
or more. You lose if Southampton
win, draw or lose by one goal.
Handicap (sometimes called Double
or Twin Handicap)
bet on a Split Handicap Line is
split in half into two components
- one on a whole unit line and
one on a non-whole unit line.
Imagine that the line was 1 and
1.5 ball. Half the bet would be
struck at 1 and the other half
at 1.5. This is best explained
with the following example:
The Handicap Line is 1 and 1.5
(also described as 1 ¼)
where Germany is the favoured
team over Denmark. A bettor backs
Germany on this Split Handicap
Line, so half his bet is Germany
at -1 and the other half is Germany
at -1.5. The Germans only win
2-1 so this bettor loses his bet
at 1.5 and draws his bet at 1.
As a result, the bettor is returned
half his stake.
Conversely, the wager on Denmark
at +1 & +1.5 would enjoy a
better return, with half his wager
a winner (the +1.5 element), and
the other half a draw (the +1
element.) He therefore wins 50%
of his stake at the specified
odds and has the other 50% of
his stake returned.
The goal-line is the number of
goals that we think will be scored
in total in a particular match,
expressed in a whole number (e.g.
2) or as a whole plus half number
The line is either a single line
(e.g. 2.5) or split line (e.g.
2 / 2.5)
You bet either over or under the
Where the total number of goals
equals the goal-line, stakes are
Normal 90 minutes match betting
Goal Line Asian Handicap bets are best explained with
If you bet on “over”
when the line is 3, you lose your
bet if one or two goals are scored
and win if more than three are
scored. If exactly three goals
are scored, your stake will be
If you bet on ‘under’
when the line is 2.5 and there
are one or two goals in the game,
your bet wins. If there are three
or more, your bet loses
A split line bet can be considered
two separate bets since your stake
is divided equally between the
So, for example, if you bet £10
on “over” when the
line is 2 / 2.5 you are in fact
betting £5 on over 2 and
£5 on over 2.5.
In this example, if the total
number of goals is 0 or 1 your
If the total number of goals is
2 then half your bet is refunded
(the 2 line) and half your bet
loses (the 2.5 line).
If the total number of goals is
3 or above then both parts of
your bet win.