Football Spread Betting Explained

Spread Betting on Football

Aside from the regular Fixed Odds markets available with most bookmakers, you can also use the data on this site to plunder many lucrative Spread Betting football markets.

Spread Betting works slightly differently to Fixed Odds betting, but is based around the same basic principles. You have:

  • An event

  • A bookmaker

  • A 'spread' (that is, the bookmaker's prediction)

  • And you (the bettor)

How it works

The Bookmaker/ Spread Betting company will choose the event and make a prediction of what he thinks will happen - in the form of a 'spread'. Betting on Corner this might be: 10 – 12; or betting on Bookings: 35 – 37; or betting on Goals, perhaps: 1.7 - 2.0.

Then the bettor will decide to bet higher (BUY) or lower (SELL) than the 'spread'.

So basically, you are betting against the prediction (or 'spread'') of the Bookmaker.

But whereas a Fixed Odds bet will allow you to win a pre-determined multiple of your stake – 6/4, 2/1, 4/1, etc. With Spread Betting, your winnings (or losses) are calculated on two things:

  1. First, whether your chose correctly - higher or lower than the spread.
  2. And second, the margin between your bet and the actual result.

So, the more right you are with your prediction, the more money you win…

BUT the more wrong you are, the more you can lose.

Here is a summary of some of the most popular football Spread Bets, how they look and how they work: Goal bets | Corner bets | Booking bets

Spread Betting on Goals

Total Goals

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B 2.4 – 2.6 Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

This bet is similar to a straightforward Over/Under 2.5 Goals Fixed Odds bet. But with a variable pay out, depending on the final score.

Betting Under, or 'Selling'

If you believe the game will produce LESS than 2.4 Goals (i.e, end 0-0, 1-0, 2-0 or 1-1) you would SELL (bet low). Whatever margin UNDER 2.4 the Total is in the match, you WIN this amount multiplied by your stake.

So, if you SELL @ 2.4 for £10 and the game produces 1 Goal, the bet is won. And your winnings are calculated like this…

The difference between (Sell price of) 2.4 and (actual result of) 1 = 1.4 multiplied by (your stake of) £10 = you win £14

However, whatever margin OVER 2.4 the Total is in the match, you LOSE this amount multiplied by your stake.

So, if you had the same bet and the game produced 5 Goals, the bet lost. And your losses are calculated like this…

The difference between (Sell price of) 2.4 and (actual results of) 5 = 2.6 multiplied by (your stake of) £10 = you lose £26

Betting Over, or 'Buying'

If you believe the game will produce MORE than 2.6 Goals (i.e, end 2-1, 2-2, 3-0, 3-1, 3-2, etc) you would BUY (bet high). In the same way, whatever margin OVER 2.6 the actual total, you WIN this amount multiplied by your stake.

So, if you BUY @ 2.6 for the same £10 stake and the game produces 5 Goals, your bet haswon. And the payout is…

The difference between 5 and 2.6 = 2.4 multiplied by £10 = you win £24

However, whatever margin UNDER 2.6 the Total is in the match, you LOSE this amount multiplied by your stake.

Across the League tip

Some Spread Bets can have a 'negative' outcome, so make sure you always know your 'risk' (or liability') before you choose your stake.

Total Goal Minutes

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B 110 – 117 Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

You are asked to predict the accumulative total of all the added up times (in minutes) of when the are Goals scored in the match.

You can either Sell at the lowest figure or Buy at the highest figure.

For example: Goals in the 24th, 51st and 59th minute make up a Total of 134 minutes (24 + 51 + 59 = 134).

So, if you BUY @ 117 for £10 and the game produces Total Goal Minutes of 134, your bet wins and your winnings are…

Difference between (your bet) 117 and (actual outcome) 134 = 17 multiplied by (your stake) £10 = you win £170.

However, if you had made a SELL @ 110 for £10 and the game produced Total Goal Minutes of134, your bet loses and your losses are…

Difference between (your bet) 110 and (actual outcome) 134 = 24 multiplied by (your stake) £10 = you lose £240

Goals Supremacy

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B 24 – 26 Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

You are predicting a team's dominance over their opposition. You predict the margin of victory – i.e. how many more Goals one team scores than the other.

For example: If Team A were to win the game 3-1, their winning margin would be 2 Goals.

So if you BUY @ 0.3 for £10, you win the difference between the actual result and the figure you made the BUY at.

That's (your stake) £10 x (2 / 0.3) 1.7 = £17 profit.

However, if you had made a SELL @ 0.1 for £10 and the game finished 3-1 to Team A, the bet would lose. With your losses calculated like this…

(Your stake) £10 x (2 / 0.1) 1.9 = £19 loss.

Individual Player Goal Minutes

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B 24 – 26 Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

You are betting on the Total Minutes of all the Goals scored by an individual player, in this example Wayne Rooney.

If Rooney scored 2 Goals in a match, one in the 38th minute and the other in the 71st minute, his result would be (38 + 71 =) 109 minutes.

If he didn't score his make up would be 0 minutes.

So, if you Buy @ 26 for £1 and Rooney scores twice, once in the 28th minute and once in the 71st minute, your bet wins – and your payout is…

Difference between (bet) 26 and (result) 109 = 83 x (stake) £1 = you win £83.

However, if you had made a Sell @ 24 and Rooney's Goal minutes were 109, your bet loses – and your losses are…

Difference between (bet) 24 and (result) 109 = 85 x (stake) £1 = you win £85.

Spread Betting on Corners

Total Corners

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B 10-11 Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

This is similar to the Fixed Odds 'Under/ Over' market – you are betting higher or lower than the 'spread'. So if you think there will be more than 11 Corners, you 'buy' at 11. And if you think there will be less than 10, you 'sell' at 10.

For example: If you Buy @ 11 for £10 and the game produces 15 Corners in Total, your betwins and your payout is…

Difference between (bet) 11 and (result) 15 = 4 x (stake) £10 = you win £40

However, if you had made a Sell @ 10 for £10 and the game produced 15 Corners in Total, your bet would lose and your losses would be…

Difference between 10 and 15 = 5 x £10 = you lose £50

Multi Corners

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B 27 – 29 Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

You are betting on the number of Corners in the first half multiplied by the number of Corners in the second half (both teams' totals).

For example: 6 Corners in the first, and 9 Corners in the second half will make up a Total of 54(6 x 9 = 54).

So, if you Buy @ 29 for £2 and the game produces a Multi Corners Total of 54, your bet winsand your payout is…

Difference between (bet) 29 and (result) 54 = 25 x (stake) £2 = you win £50

However, if you hade made a Sell @ 27 for £2 and the game produced a Multi Corners Total of 54, your bet would lose and your losses would be…

Difference between (bet) 27 and (result) 54 = 27 x (stake) £2 = you lose £54

You will also see Multi Corner bets for individual teams – i.e. multiplying one teams' first half Corners total by their second half Corners total.

X-Corners

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B 19-21 Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

You are asked to predict the number of Corners the Home teams wins, multiplied by the number of Corners the Away team wins.

For example: Team A wins 7 Corners, Team B wins 5. That makes up an X-Corners Total of 35 (7 x 5 = 35).

So, if you Buy @ 21 for £5 and the game produces an X-Corners Total of 35, your bet wins and your payout is…

Difference between (bet) 21 and (result) 35 = 14 x (stake) £5 = you win £70

However, if you had made a Sell @ 19 for £5 and the game produced an X-Corners Total of 35, your bet would lose and your losses would be…

Difference between (bet) 19 and (result) 35 = 16 x (stake) £5 = you lose £80

Corner Supremacy

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B 1.3 – 1.7 Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

You are betting on the difference between the number of Corners won by Team A compared to those won by Team B in a match.

The favourite is always listed first and the underdog second.

For example: Team A win 8 Corners, Team B win 4 Corners – this is a Corner 'Supremacy' of 4.

So, if you Buy @ 1.7 for £10 and the game produces a Corners Supremacy of 4 (8 – 4 = 4), your bet wins and your payout is…

Difference between (bet) 1.7 and (result) 4 = 2.3 x (stake) £10 = you win £23.

However, if you had made a Sell @ 1.3 for £10 and the game produced a Corner Supremacy of 4, your bet would lose and your losses would be…

Difference between (bet) 1.3 and (result) 4 = 2.7 x (stake) £10 = you lose £27.

Spread Betting on Bookings

Most Bookmakers/ Spread Betting companies use the same system:

Yellow Card = 10 Booking Points
Red Card = 25 Booking Points
Two Yellow Cards results in an automatic Red and is scored as 35 points.

Total Bookings Points

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B 37 – 40 Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

You are betting on the total number of Booking Points awarded by the Referee in the match, to both teams.

It works in a similar way to the Under/ Over Fixed Odds bets. So if you think there are going to be more than 40 Bookings Points, you would Buy @ 40. If you thought less, you would Sell @ 37.

For example: Team A receive 40 Bookings Points and Team B receive 50 Bookings Points. The Total Bookings Points will be 90 (40 + 50 = 90).

So, if you Buy @ 40 for £2 and the game produces Total Bookings Points of 90, your bet winsand your payout is…

Difference between (bet) 40 and (result) 90 = 50 x (stake) £2 = you win £100.

However, if you had made a Sell @ 37 for £2 and the game produced Total Bookings Points of 90, your bet would lose and your losses would be…

Difference between (bet) 37 and (result) 90 = 53 x (stake) £2 = you lose £106.

Bookings Supremacy

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B

7 – 10

Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

You are betting on the difference between the number of Booking Points awarded to Team A compared to those awarded to Team B in a match.

The favourite is always listed first and the underdog second.

For example: Team A receive 65 Bookings points, Team B 20 Bookings points. So, Team A's Supremacy here is 45 pts.

So, if you Buy @ 10 for £2 and the game produces a Bookings Supremacy of 45, your bet winsand your payout is…

you win £70.

However, if you had made a Sell @ 7 for £2 and the game produced a Bookings Supremacy of 45, your bet would lose and your losses would be…

you lose £76

Spread Betting on Off-sides

Total Off-sides

  Typical Spread Your Option
Team A v Team B 5 – 6 Sell – Buy
Bet Guide

You are betting on the total number of Off-sides in the match from both teams.

For example: Team A are caught Offside 4 times, Team B 5 times – the total make-up is 9 Off-sides.

So, if you Buy @ 6 for £10 and the game produces 9 Off-sides in total, your bet wins and your payout is…

Difference between (bet) 6 and (result) 9 = 3 x (stake) £10 = you win £30

However, if you had made a Sell @ 5 for £10 and the game produced 9 Offsides in Total, your bet would lose and your losses would be…

Difference between (bet) 5 and (result) 9 = 4 x (stake) £10 = you lose £40

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