When betting on football, it’s easy to get stuck playing the familiar 'match winner' market, chancing your way through accumulators week in, week out. Though you might try to pick safe bets, the poor odds can mean that you're forced to select four or five teams in your multiple, making it unlikely that you'll see any returns.
If you want to land better odds without having to rely on a number of teams to do the business for you, it’s often a better choice to venture outside of the standard markets, instead opting for something a little trickier, but which can be considerably more profitable, even if it only happens a few times a season.
One such football betting option that can offer generous odds is the 'half time/full time' market, wherein you predict what the result of a fixture will be at half time, and what it will be at 90 minutes. Bets can be made in any combination – from the home team to be winning at both half time and full time, through to a draw at the interval and then the away team to secure a win at the final whistle.
The 'half time/full time' market can provide better odds than simple outright betting, because you are essentially wagering on two separate results, making your bet a double on a single match. Although in theory this betting market is more difficult to predict than the simple 'match winner' market, with clever selections it can lead to success.
The biggest prices are usually offered for a complete turnaround to take place in a game (for instance, for the away team to be leading at half time but the home team to make a comeback and snatch the three points). A recent example of when this would have paid out is the English Premier League clash between Tottenham and Manchester City. City, as the visitors, took an early lead and were 1-0 up at half time, but three late goals from Spurs sealed a remarkable comeback, allowing shrewd punters to cash in their lucky slips and come away with a tidy profit.
This market is handy when betting on a strong team that has a habit of conceding first. Manchester United, for example, often leak early goals but perform stunning comebacks to secure victory come the end of the match. At the time of writing, Bet365 Sports are offering 28/1 on Manchester United to be losing at half time when facing Arsenal at the Emirates, but to come from behind to take the points.
Of course, you don't just have to bet on this market pre-match, and using it in-play on Betfair Sports is a good way to see how a match is unfolding before staking your money. However, the 'in-play half time/full time' market closes by default the nearer you get to 45 minutes, so it's best to try to spot a potential 'half time/full time' scoreline swing early on.
Although this football betting market may seem difficult to predict, it's an interesting option to take a punt on, and can be profitable if you can predict a potential turnaround. If you think you’ve spotted a team that are comeback kings, visit Bet365 Sports today for some rewarding odds.