The ultimate guide to betting on Correct Score for football and other sports
One of the most popular football betting markets for several sports is Correct Score, which allows customers to try and predict the exact outcome of a particular sporting event.
For example, you might want to be on the correct score of a football match and back Manchester City to beat Chelsea 2-1 at odds of 15/2. Or when it comes to tennis betting, you might think Andy Murray is going to beat Novak Djokovic in the US Open final by a set score of 3-2 and get odds of 5/1.
When it comes to golf’s Ryder Cup, you might want to back Europe to beat the USA by a correct score of 15-13, while the same market is available for sports such as darts and snooker.
Why bet on Correct Score markets?
Quite simply, you will get a bigger return by backing Manchester City to beat Chelsea 2-1 than you would by backing them just to win the game. The difficulty is that there are several different winning scorelines to choose from and that is why the odds are subsequently bigger!
Back Manchester City to win by a certain scoreline.
However, you can still make a healthy profit by choosing two or more correct score outcomes and many customers go for Team A to win 1-0 or 2-0 if they expect them to win by a narrow margin and keep a clean sheet.
The same applies to other sports. Andy Murray might be 1/2 to win his quarter final match for a particular tournament although you might be able to get even money that he wins in straight sets if you feel that a player can win a match without dropping a set.
Never back the 0-0 Correct Score!
Here’s a little tip for you – never back 0-0 on the Correct Score market if you think a game is going to end goalless. Instead, you should visit the First Goalscorer market and back No Goalscorer which means that not only do you have the 0-0 covered but you will also win on this bet if the only goal in the game is an own goal. That is because own goals don’t count when it comes to First Goalscorer betting so there are several examples of punters winning with their No Goalscorer bet.
High-scoring football matches will return bigger profits
When it comes to correct score betting, the shortest odds are for scorelines such as 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1, although you can generally get bigger prices by backing a team to win 3-2, 4-1 or 4-2. Naturally, this is because these scorelines occur less than the former trio, although when two high-scoring teams are pitted against each other, it pays to look at the bigger prices.
For example, if a bookmaker is making Over 2.5 Goals a shorter price on the Total Goals betting than Under 2.5 Goals, it would suggest that a scoreline could be 2-2 or 3-2 to either side, so it’s worth looking at a few tasty Correct Score prices that could land you a profit for a small stake.
Everton games could feature plenty of big scorelines this season.
Look out for Correct Score refund promotions
One of the advantages of betting on correct score is that the bookies are often willing to refund losing bets thanks to a money back special. For example, bet365 have a long-standing Bore Draw offer which means that you will get your losing bet refunded if the game ends goalless.
Similarly, Paddy Power run money-back specials where correct score and first goalscorer bets will be refunded if a certain player scores the last goal, eg Robin van Persie for Manchester United.
Can I have a Correct Score accumulator?
Yes. Many customers like to place a Correct Score Lucky 15 on four different matches which essentially means they only need to get one outcome correct in order to make a profit. An example of a Correct Score Lucky 15 could be:
- Manchester United to win 2-0 @10/1
- Arsenal to win 3-1 @ 12/1
- Aston Villa to win 3-2 @ 22/1
- Sunderland to win 1-0 @ 8/1
With the above bet, you would make a small fortune by placing a successful Lucky 15 bet although you essentially just need one of the matches to result in a correct score to make a profit as Lucky 15 bets mean double odds on one winner.
Back Correct Score In-Play
This is a market which is also available on a live In-Play basis with many bookmakers across several sports. Therefore, Manchester City might be beating Newcastle United 2-0 at half-time and the home win looks very likely, although there is still the chance to get decent odds on winning City scoreline such as 4-0 or 5-0