Correct score betting is another very important bet in the match specials category. The bet is mostly used for football but it can be used for tennis bets as well. Depending on the bookmaker, this category can also be named exact result betting.
The way correct score betting works is rather simple. Before a match, you need to bet on how the final score will look like. The odds for this bet type are always big, considering the difficulty of the task. With tennis it works exactly the same, you need to guess the exact set result. At bookmakers, you can usually find this bet as Set Score. Keep reading to find out more information about this bet type.
What is a Correct Score Bet?
A correct score bet is a wager that predicts the exact final score of a game. If your correct score prediction does not match exactly to the final score of the game, you lose. Given how difficult it is to predict the exact score of a game, odds for a correct score bet can often be found at 10:1 or better. Based on the scoring structure of certain sports, correct score betting odds will not be offered on every sport. For example, NBA basketball teams routinely score more than 100 points. To predict an exact final score in a game with that much scoring is downright impossible.
For that reason, correct score bets are much more commonly offered in baseball, soccer, and hockey. There have been sportsbooks that offer correct score bets on football games, but they may limit such action to the biggest games like the playoffs or Super Bowl.
Bookmakers offer correct score markets on a range of sports. However, football matches are the most favored by punters. Most betting platforms provide a list of all the possible correct score options such a 0 – 0, 1 – 0, 0 – 1, 1 – 1, 2 – 1 and so on with the odds for each bet listed, too. Generally, there is also an ‘Any other score’ market as well. This covers freak results where a team scores seven or eight times.
As we mentioned above, correct score betting is very simple. In football, bettors usually take advantage of it when their team is playing. Believing they know how their team will perform, they take a risk and bet on the exact result. The most likely result will have the lowest odds. However, any result that’s unexpected will offer huge odds. Additionally, this bet can also be placed just for the first or just the second half time. In sports betting, getting these bets right often leads to huge winnings.
Correct Scores in Other Sports
There are correct score markets available on several other sports including ice hockey, tennis, snooker, baseball, badminton and esports to name a few.
- Tennis – There are two correct score markets in a tennis match. You can choose between the number of sets or the number of games in each set. An example of set betting would be Rafa Nadal to beat Roger Federer 3-1 whereas an example of a set game score would be Federer to win the 1st set 6-4.
- Ice Hockey – Exact result betting in the NHL is almost identical to betting on a football match. The only thing you need to be aware of is the ‘Any Other’ market. Only use this option when you don’t fancy any of the scores the operator has listed. Obviously, if the final score happens to be one of the markets originally listed your bet will lose.
It is rare that a bookmaker will offer correct score markets on sports such as basketball due to the high-scoring outcome of these matchups.
Set Score Betting
Correct score betting in tennis is exactly the same as in football. You need to guess the final set result. The only difference is that the choices are fewer, especially in a regular tournament. If a player needs only 2 sets to win the game, the possible set score bet can be either 2:0 or 2:1 in favor of that player. That’s why the odds are lower than the ones for football.
Correct score betting in tennis is often used for the early stages of Grand Slam tournaments. There, the strongest players usually win 3:0 against much weaker opposition. Betting on their victory won’t make any sense because the odds are ridiculously small. However, a correct set bet of 3:0 will have much better odds while the outcome is still highly possible.
Placing the Bet
To the right we will show you how placing a bet in the correct score betting category looks like. First, lets take a UEFA qualifying match between Faroe Islands and Spain. The odds for a Spain victory are very low; however, betting on 0-3 correct score offers great value. On the other hand, in Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic is playing against the much weaker J.Struff. Betting on 3:0 correct set score in favor of Djokovic offers good value.
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