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Win both halves have become a popular bet when punters are looking for some more value when betting on teams expected to win. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about this bet, including what it is and where to play.
What Is To Win Both Halves Betting?
To Win Both Halves betting is simply betting on a team to win both the halves of a match. This can be a tricky market to get right at times. We have found that Betfred is one of the very few bookies who have a dedicated coupon for this market. to find it head to football in the menu and then coupons. At the time of writing this was the bottom coupon on the list.
Here is an example of the coupon taken from the Betfred app (You can read the full review of the app here)
The market has two sides, home team and away team. Tap which team you are backing and this will get added to your bet slip and show as a to win both halves bet. We checked and found you can add up to 15 teams to your bet slip with Betfred, this is the standard with most betting apps.
How the bet works
They are essentially two-match result bets rolled into one, and in order to win both aspects must come through. Basically, the full 90 minutes gets broken down into two separate bets, with the first half being one bet and the second, the second.
Let’s say you were using William Hill to place a To Win Both Halves bet on Manchester City away at Newcastle United. You want to place the bet on Manchester City to win both halves.
The odds would probably look a little something like this:
Newcastle United – 40/1
Manchester City – 21/20
A simple Match Result bet would have seen the Manchester side at 1/7 and Newcastle United at 18/1, so you can see how much it does alter the market.
So, let’s say you backed the away side at 21/20. In order to win Manchester City would have to be at least 1-0 up going into halftime. Should they be drawing or losing, the bet is lost.
In the second half, City must then again win at least 1-0, with the last 45 minutes essentially starting at 0-0 again. If they fail to win the second half, your bet loses.
Man City must ultimately win two 45 minute matches for your 21/20 shot to come through.
Where Can I bet on To Win Both Halves Bets?
You’ll find To Win Both Halves wagers across most major apps including William Hill, BetVictor, Betfred, and the bet365 app, all offering it on a huge range of markets.
You’ll be able to place the bet on all the weekend’s big fixtures across the Premier League, Championship, and European leagues such as La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga.
That’s not to mention the large range of other sports you can play this bet with. Basically, in any sport which is split into halves, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of this amazing market. Do be aware though, there are other markets that major online bookmakers offer that do sound similar, including Half-Time/Full-Time betting.
How Does This Differ To A Half Time/Full Time Bet?
There are a number of markets that allow you to break a game down into two halves, but they are significantly different from To Win Both Halves wagers.
The Half Time/Full-Time market is the one that perhaps most get confused about when it comes to knowing the difference.
The main difference in To Win Both Halves betting is that this wager resets at half time and ultimately gives you better odds as they’re two separate bets rolled into one. The Half Time/Full-Time market does allow for a team to be winning at halftime and then simply hold their lead in a goalless second half.
So if you were to back Manchester City in a Half Time/Full Time bet, taking into account the example above, then City could go 1-0 up in the first five minutes and see the rest of the game out in order to win, as they’d be winning 1-0 in the first half and still 1-0 in the second.
Knowing When To Play To Win Both Halves
Knowing when to play the To Win Both Halves bet is always a little trickier. You have to take into account a variety of factors despite having a firm idea of who will win the game.
This is due to a variety of things, all of which require a bit of research before placing the bet. Studying the form is always a wise idea, as while teams may have a habit of winning, they may also have a habit of seeing out tight first halves before earning late winners.
The obvious games to choose are games where there’s little to play for and one side is clearly going to win. So a mid season game between Barcelona and Leganes would be one of which. The latter wouldn’t necessarily be desperately fighting against the drop, while Barca wouldn’t quite be at “must win” stage yet, meaning the game is likely going to be played out as you would expect.
Cup games are often a little trickier with the lesser teams generally putting in more dogged defensive performances, making it trickier for top teams to get that first-half goal.
There are many more things to consider with this wager, so do make sure you look out for things like team news, suspensions, injuries, and the importance of a game before making your decision.
Most sports that are played in halves will be offers as a To Win Both Halves bet with our favourite bookmakers.
Predominantly it’s played in football but it’s a great tool for boosting your odds no matter what the sport.
Below you’ll find a list of the top sports it’s played in, with some even giving you the possibility of winning all quarters…
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Ice Hockey
- Australian Rules
- Gaelic Football