You love the excitement of having a vested interest in a game. The slight thrill you get when you see a prediction bringing in money. Traditionally you have always kept it simple, team to win, first goal-scorer, over/under 2.5 goals or correct score the bet of choice. You now want to spice up your weekend’s activity. One market that attracts your attention if the half time/full time market. But what exactly is it?
Half time/full time betting is a bet on the double result of a match. Firstly the player must predict the half time result (either a home win/draw or away win) and then they must predict the outcome of the game (home win/ draw or away win).
The outcome is determined over the regulation time, i.e. 90 minutes, extra time and penalty shoot-outs do not count.
As you can imagine, the odds can be quite low for favourites winning at half time and full time however it can prove very profitable especially in situations where the odds will be extremely high for probability of half time home team and full time away team.
Betting on half time/full time will have greater odds than traditional bets. For example, looking ahead to the Manchester City versus Tottenham game (October 2014). City are 1.44 with Bet365 to win, with Spurs 6.50. The odds are very tempting on an away success but given the dominance Manuel Pellegrini’s side have had in this fixture; this could be considered a “gamble”.
But what about the half time/full time odds. What about a situation where Man City win the first half and then take their foot off the pedal, with one eye on the Champions league clash with CSKA Moscow perhaps on their mind, allowing Spurs to come back and grab a draw in the second half.