Was the 2018 World Cup your first dabble into the world of soccer betting? If so, hopefully it was a profitable one. But betting on “the beautiful game” does not have to be a once-every-four-years event. Access to international soccer has never been easier thanks to services like ESPN+ and Bein Sports. If you’re looking to toss a couple dollars on the Premier League or UEFA Champions League, here are some terms to know…
Two-Way / Three-Way Line – The two-way line does not incorporate draws into the line. You’re simply looking to pick a winner. The three-way line incorporates the possibility of a draw into play, and all results are on the table.
Goal Line – Just like the spread in football games, the runline in baseball or the puckline in hockey, the goal line incorporates the final margin of victory into your bet.
Draw No Bet – When two teams are fairly evenly match, you likely won’t get a goal line spread. Instead, you’ll get a PK or DNB option. By taking lesser odds, if the game that you bet on ends in a draw, your wager will be refunded. It’s a “safer” way of betting tight matches.
To Advance / To Lift the Trophy – In the group stages of a tournament, games may end in a tie. Once we get into the knockout rounds and ties are no longer a viable outcome, there will be two betting options available: Regular Time and To Advance/To Lift the Trophy. If you bet the Regular Time odds, the result that you’re looking for must occur within 90 minutes. If you bet the To Advance odds, your team can win in regular time, extra time, or even penalty kicks.
Asian Handicap – Another “safe” way to bet soccer, which when done right, can be very profitable. Asian handicap lines are expressed as .25 or .75. If you bet on a team that is -0.75, half of your bet goes to them -1 on the goal line and half of it goes to them -0.5. If your team wins by two or more goals, you win both halves of the bet. If your team wins by one goal, you’ll win the -0.5 half and push on the -1 half. If your team draws or does not win, you’ll lose both halves of your bet.