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1X2 and Double Chance Football Bets

Two of the most common types of football bets are called 1X2 and Double Chance. Essentially, Double Chance bets are a more conservative version of 1X2 bets, but their payouts are considerably shorter because of this.

1X2 Bets (Full Time Result)

Also called Full Time Result bets, 1×2 bets refer to the most common type of football wager. There are three possible bets that can be made.

1 = Home Team Wins
X = Draw
2 = Away Team Wins

In a 1×2 bet, punters can wager on any of the three possible outcomes, with odds based on the strength of each team. The closer the matchup is considered to be, the more likelihood of a draw, and thus shorter odds are given on it.

1X2 bets are more difficult to win than Asian handicap bets because the draw is included. Roughly 25% of all football matches end in a draw, which translates into a wider range of odds for a 1X2 coupon versus an Asian handicap. In a standard 1X2 football bet, no handicap is employed.

1X2 Example Bet:

1/ Manchester United 2.30
X/ 3.25
2/ Chelsea 3.10

The downside to selecting a heavy favourite in a 1X2 football bet are the short odds a punter will get at the respected sports betting sites. Since there is no handicap and a low chance of a draw, the odds can be quite low. For an underdog, the odds can be much better than an Asian handicap, but they have to win outright because they aren’t given a handicap. Of course increased risk equals increased odds.

Double Chance Football Bets

A double chance football bet works exactly the same as a 1X2, except punters choose two of the three betting options. The first choice is to pick one team to win, and the draw. In this case, the punter only loses if the opposing team wins. If the match results in the correct team winning, or a draw, the bet wins.

The other way to bet on the double chance is to pick both teams. In this case, the punter only loses if the match results in a draw. When one team is highly favoured over their opponent, the odds of a draw are much lower, offering much shorter odds on this wager.

Since two outcomes are being selected, the odds are listed differently than 1X2 bets. ‘1X’ represents the home team and draw. ‘X2’ represents the draw and away team. ‘12’ represents each team.

Double Chance Example Bet:

1X: 1.33
X2: 1.57
12: 1.30

The match above is considered to be a close matchup, so the odds are close for each selection. The more one team is favoured over their opponent, the wider the odds become. For example, a highly favoured home team might have 1X odds of 1.01, X2 odds of 4.33, and 12 odds of 1.11. In this case, the highly favoured team doesn’t even have to win, they only need to draw – so the odds are very short.

Double chance bets are most common when punters think the underdog has a chance to draw. The reason this is popular is because of the increased odds a punter can get on the underdog versus taking the favourite. The problem with this is that double chance bets often get heavy betting on the X2, creating odds that are lower than they are in 1X2 bets respectively.

For X2 bets, it’s often best to get your bets placed early, before the public brings the price down. For favourites, it’s often better to wait until close to game time, after the odds have moved in their favor. Of course this isn’t always the case, but it’s a good general rule to be thinking about.


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