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What is BTTS in Football?

BTTS stands for “Both Teams To Score” and is a popular type of yes/no bet particularly in  football. It’s a simple betting market with only two possible outcomes asking if both teams will score at least one goal each. The outcome of the match is irrelevant.

On this page we will take a closer look at the Both Teams to Score betting market, the types of bet available and offer up some BTTS betting tips.

How does BTTS football betting work?

If you bet on “Yes” in the BTTS betting market on a football  match the bet is a winner if the game ends 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-1 or any other combination where both teams score. If you chose the “No” option then one of the teams must remain goalless for the bet to win, so a final scoreline of 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, etc.

You can bet on “Both Teams To Score” in single bets but it is more commonly  used in accumulator bets where you can combine several selections into one bet.

This will be a harder bet to land as all the selections have to win, but they do offer the chance of much bigger returns if successful. The more winning selections you can combine the bigger the return. Combining many different BTTS bets into an accumulator means you can also benefit from acca bonuses and acca insurance concessions offered by many reputable online bookmakers.

It’s important to remember that BTTS betting only counts the regular duration of a football match (90 minutes) plus any stoppage time. Extra time and penalties do not count.

Is BTTS (Both Team To Score) a good bet?

Yes, it’s a straightforward bet that is simple to understand. This simplicity makes it a great choice for beginners or individuals who are unfamiliar with sports betting.

It’s also a good bet if you do not wish to predict the outcome of the match but would still like to have a betting interest and it enhances the enjoyment and involvement in your football bets.

BTTS betting tips & strategies

An effective method for choosing ideal matches to include in a Both Teams To Score a bet is to identify teams with strong attacking capabilities and comparatively weaker defences if looking for “Yes” bets. Conversely, if the two teams have a stronger defence and attack you may want to consider the “No” option.

Looking at past meetings between the two teams can sometimes highlight whether it is a traditionally high scoring or low scoring game. It’s always worth checking the latest team news to see if any key players are out or injured. If the star striker isn’t playing you may decide it’s better not to bet on BTTS.

Another strategy for choosing picks in both teams to score bet involves focusing on the stronger teams playing as visitors. For instance, if Arsenal is playing an away match against Luton, although you anticipate Arsenal scoring, there’s also a strong possibility that Luton will also score due to the home advantage.

It’s also more likely that both teams will score in knockout or cup competitions where both sides need to go for the win or where one team may need to throw caution to the wind in order to get an equaliser.

Types of BTTS bets

There are a few different types of Both Teams To Score football bets. For example, BTTS bet can also combine the Match Result or it can be limited to just one half of the match.

Both Teams To Score (Yes/No)

The basic BTTS is a simple yes or no bet on a particular match. If you do not want to predict the outcome of the match but have a betting angle on goals then this is an excellent alternative market.

Both Teams To Score & Match Result

When combined with the Match Result market it gives six possible outcomes - Home Win/Yes, Home Win/No, Draw/Yes, Draw/No, Away Win/Yes and Away Win/No.

First Half BTTS

Some bookies will also offer markets for Both Teams To Score in just the first half only. If the stats show that the two teams score or concede most of their goals in the first half then this market may offer some betting value.

Second Half BTTS

Similarly, if you expect more goals in the second half then this market could be worth a look. Many games start off tight and tactical affairs with the game opening up more in the second half as players tire, especially if one team has to go for the win which can leave them exposed at the back.


There is also a type of BTTS bet called “BTTS 2 or More Goals” and is another option if you expect a high scoring game. You’re making a prediction about whether both teams will score a minimum of two goals each within the regular duration of the game.

How do I place a BTTS bet?

It’s pretty simple to bet on BTTS in football matches. Simply head to the football coupon section of your chosen bookmaker and look through the available markets for Both Teams To Score.

You may have to look around a little and the market may be listed under the “Goals” tab where all the betting markets associated with goals are located. Click on the odds to add the selection to your betting slip. Then continue adding your selections, choose your bet type (this could be an acca or other multiple bet such as a Yankee), set your stake and finally click the “Confirm” button.

Are there any BTTS special offers?

Yes, Betfred offers enhanced odds for BTTS accumulators. Known as a “Goals Galore accumulator”, it involves choosing three or more selections featured on their Betfred Goals Galore coupon.

If both teams score in all your selected matches you will be paid out at the boosted prices. For example, £10 staked on a 6-fold acca on the Goals Galore coupon would pay out at odds of tasty 28/1 compared to only 16/1 on the normal Long List coupon.

In addition to Betfred’s excellent Goals Galore bonus, you can now indulge in Goals Galore Extra! Choose the matches where you expect both teams to score and combine with a prediction on the match result for even more enhanced returns.

How do I calculate my BTTS bet winnings?

You can easily work out your bet returns using an online bet calculator. You can also calculate your winnings manually. For single bets simply multiply the decimal odds by the stake. So for example, £5 at odds of 6/4 (2.50 in decimal) would return £12.50 (2.50 x £5).

For acca bets you will need to multiply all the winning selections’ decimal odds and then finally multiply by the stake. For example, a winning £5 fourfold all with odds of Evens (2.00 in decimal) would return £80 (2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x £5).