The European Handicap is also known as a 3-way handicap or Single Handicap. It’s mostly used for football although sometimes there are markets for hockey or other low-scoring sports. The difference between European Handicap and Asian Handicap is that the draw remains in play and that the awarded handicaps are always whole numbers.

Handicap in Football Betting

There are often football matches where one of the sides is considered to be an absolute favorite. European Handicap evens the field by giving the underdog an advantage of one or more goals. For instance, if the Spanish National Football team is playing against a team like Andorra, their chance of winning is almost 100%. This means that the 1X2 odds for Spain will be really low and bettors will be looking for alternative markets.

In a case like this one where there is a really strong favorite the European Handicap will be 3 or more goals. So in order to win the bet, Spain would have to win at least 4-0. If it ends 3-0 then the match is considered a draw and the stake is lost.

Asian Handicap and European Handicap

Even though they share some similarities these handicap markets can be very different. For example, let’s compare a – 1 Asian Handicap wager and a – 1 European Handicap wager. The Asian Handicap wager will result in a push if the favorite wins 1-0. That means you get your stakes back. On the other hand, if the favorite wins 1-0 on a – 1 European Handicap wager then you will lose your stake as that way the game will be considered a draw.

It works this way because there is no option of getting your stake back through European Handicap. However, you have the option to play a draw bet which is impossible through Asian Handicap since it’s only a 2-way bet. All in all, winning an Asian Handicap bet is much easier. Although, the best bettors will argue that combining both of them results in guaranteed profit if the odds are exploited properly.

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