How to Use the Head to Head

How to Use the Head-2-Head...

Our unique Head to Head bet selector allows you to match-up the data of any two teams for an at-a-glance guide to every betting category – including Match Results, Goals, Corners and Bookings.

For specific advice on how to cash-in, section by section scroll down through each betting category: Match Results I Goals I Corners I Booking

Match Results

To highlight Match Result bets, match-up the Home and Away teams' data in each category. All the figures are shown as 'averages' to reflect the likely Goals total per match.

Match-up the Home team's Average For figure v the Away team's Average Against figure. This will indicate how many Goals you can expect from the Home team. Then do the same for the Away team.

Here's an example:

Man City         v             West Ham
2.1         Goals For (Av)         0.6
0.6         Goals Against         1.5

Firstly, the Home team... Man City are averaging between 2 and 3 (2.1) Goals For per match. While the Away team West Ham are conceding an average of between 1 and 2 (1.5) Goals Against. Matching-up these two figures indicates that Home team Man City can be expected to score about 2 Goals.

Now, the Away team... West Ham are averaging less than 1 (0.6) Goals For per match. And Man City have been conceding an average of less than 1 (0.6) Goals Against. Matching-up these two figures indicates that West Ham are likely to score somewhat less than 1 Goal - ie. Not score at all.

Summary:

Man City's For v West Ham's Against figures (2.1 v 1.5) points to a total of around 2 Goals for the Home team. West Ham's For v Man City's Against figures (0.6 v 0.6) suggests a likely total of 0 Goals for the Away team.

Highlighted bets:

  • Match Result - Man City to win
  • Team Not to Score – West Ham
  • Goal Handicap/ Asian Handicap – Man City (-1)
  • Correct Score – Man City 2-0

Goals

Under/ Over 2.5 Goals bets

Even if two teams' stats don't give you an immediate steer to who will actually win the match, there are still betting opportunities to be had from Under/ Over 2.5 Goals market.

Here's an example:

Man City         v                                     West Ham
20% (2/10)        Under 2.5 Goals      20% (2/10)
80% (8/10)        Over 2.5 Goals         80% (8/10)

The Under/ Over 2.5 Goals percentage highlights how often teams produce high or low scoring matches.

In this case, 80% (8 out of 10) of Man City's Home matches have produced more than 2 Goals. With 80% (8 out of 10) of West Ham's Away matches also producing more than 2 Goals.

Summary:

The Home team will normally dictate how a match develops – unless the Away team is very much stronger. So with Man City showing a strong 8 out of 10 trend and West Ham the same, going Over 2.5 Goals is the bet.

Highlighted bet:

  • Over 2.5 Goals

Additional Goal bets to consider

And you needn't stop there... For example, if you get two teams with strong Under 2.5 Goals data, this is a good indicator for multiple bets...

  • Clean Sheets (ie. one team Not To Score)
  • First Goal – After 27th Minute
  • Correct Scores – 0-0, 1-0, 0-1, etc

Corners

Your unique Corners data can be matched-up just like the Goals data to highlight a series of bets. Again, the figures given are 'averages' to guide you to likely Corner totals per match.

Match-up the Home team's Average For figure v the Away team's Average Against figure for a guide to how many Corners the Home team is likely to get. Then do the same for the Away team.

Here's an example:

Man City         v                               West Ham
9.2         Corners For (Av)             4.6
2.8         Corners Against (Av)     6.5

Firstly, the Home team... Man City are averaging between 9 and 10 (9.2) Corners For per match. West Ham are conceding an average of about 7 (6.5) Corners Against. So matching-up this data indicates that Man City can be expected to get between 7 and 10 Corners.

Now, the Away team... West Ham are averaging between 4 and 5 (4.6) Corners For per match. Man City are conceding an average of between 2 and 3 (2.8) Corners Against. This data suggests that West Ham can be expected to get between 2 and 4 Corners.

Summary:

Man City's For v West Ham's Against figures (9.2 v 6.5) points to a total of around 7 - 10 Corners For the Home team. West Ham's For v City's Against figures (4.6 v 2.8) suggests a likely total of 2 - 4 Corners for the Away team.

Highlighted bets:

  • Team to get Most Corners – Man City
  • Corner Handicap – Man City (-3) or (-4)
  • Total Corners – Over 10.5 Corners
  • First Corner – Man City

Across the Leagues Tip:

First Corner (or First Goal or First Card) bets have a larger element of risk about them. Bets which play out over the whole game (such as Most Corners, or Handicaps) are more consistent with statistics.

Across the Leagues Tip:

Like Goals, bookmakers will vary Corner Handicaps they offer depending on the teams playing - ranging from 0 (sometimes called 'scratch') up to 5 or even 6.

Remember - a team with a minus Handicap must win at least 1 more Corner than the Handicap to win the bet. So if the Handicap is (-3) the team must win 4 more Corners, if the Handicap is (-4) the team must win 5 more Corners, and so on.

Look for the margin between the two teams to be at least 1 Corner more than the handicap being offered, before considering a bet. For example, if the handicap is (-3) – you need your team to be capable of winning at least 4 more Corners.

Under/ Over 10.5 Corners bets

Bookmakers will almost always bet around 10 or 11 Corners. The Under/ Over percentage gives you an instant guide to the teams regularly involved in high or low Corner matches.

Here's an example:

Man City                       v                         West Ham
20% (2/10)        Under 10.5 Corners       30% (2/10)
80% (8/10)        Over 10.5 Corners         70% (7/10)

80% of Man City's Home matches and 70% of West Ham's Away matches have produced 11 or more Corners.

Summary:

With 8 of Man City's 10 Home matches (80%) going Over 10.5 Corners and 7 of West Ham's 10 Away matches also going over the 10.5 mark, an Over 10.5 Corners bet would be the call.

Highlighted bet:

  • Over 10.5 Corners

Additional Corner bets to consider

You might also see X-Corners and Multi-Corners bets offered by Spread Betting companies.

X-Corners bets require you to predict the result of the number of Corners the Home team wins multiplied by the number the Away team wins.

Multi-Corners bets require you to predict the result of the total number of Corners in the first half a match multiplied by the number of Corners in the second half.

For a full explanation of how these bets work and how to cash-in, go to Football Bets Explained >> Spread Betting

Cards and Bookings

As with Goals and Corners, your unique Cards and Bookings data can be matched-up to highlight multiple betting opportunities.

Note

Most bookmakers use the following Booking Points system:

  • 1 Yellow Card = 10 points
  • 1 Red Card = 25 points
  • 2 Yellow Cards resulting in an automatic Red earns 35 points

(so the maximum one player can get is 35 points)

Alternatively, a few (notably Bet365) use a Cards based system:

  • 1 Yellow Card = 1 Card
  • 1 Red Card = 2 Cards
  • 1 Yellow + 1 Red = 3 Cards

(so the maximum one player can get is 3 Cards)

In the explanation below we use Booking Points

Match-up the Home team's Average For figure v the Away team's Average Against figure for a guide to how many Booking Points you can expect them to receive. Then do the same for the Away team.

Here's an example:

Man City         v                                                  West Ham
15.0         Booking Points For (Av)                 20.6
24.4         Booking Points Against (Av)         15.9

Firstly, the Home team... Man City are receiving an average of 15.0 Booking Points (1 Yellow Card) per match. And Away team West Ham's opponents have been receiving an average of 15.9 Booking Points (1 Yellow Card).

This closely matched data indicates that Man City can be expected to receive 1 Yellow Card in the match.

West Ham average 20.6 Booking Points (2 Yellow Cards) per match. Man City's opponents average 24.4 (2 Yellow Cards) – suggesting a total of 2 Yellow Cards for the Away team.

Summary:

Man City's For v West Ham's Against (15.0 v 15.9) points to 1 Yellow Card for Man City. West Ham's For v City's Against (20.6 v 24.4) indicates 2 Yellow Cards for West Ham.

Highlighted bets:

  • Total Booking Points – Under 35.5 Booking Points
  • Total Cards – Under 3.5 Cards
  • Most Bookings/ Cards – West Ham

Under/ Over 35.5 Booking Points

Bookmakers will usually bet around 35 or 40 Booking Points (or 3.5 or 4.0 Cards). The Under/ Over percentage gives you an instant reference guide to the teams regularly involved in matches with high or low Bookings.

Here's an example:

Man City         v                                                        West Ham
80% (8/10)        Under 35.5 Booking Points       70% (7/10)
20% (2/10)        Over 35.5 Booking Points         30% (3/10)

80% (8 out of 10) of Man City's Home matches and 70% (7 out of 10) of West Ham's Away matches have produced 35 Booking Points (or 3 Cards) or less.

Summary:

These two sets of well-matched data suggest a clear Under 35.5 Booking Points betting opportunity.

Highlighted Bet:

  • Under 35.5 Booking Points

Additional Booking Points bets to consider

You might also see markets on First Booking/ Card and various Spread Betting opportunities available.

Your unique Head-2-Head also provides a percentage rating to guide you to First Booking/ Card bets.

Here's an example:

Man City         v                        West Ham
30%         First Card For         80%

Matching-up the teams' data showed, Man City have received the First Card in 30% (3 out of 10) of their Home matches. West Ham have received the First Card in 80% (8 out of 10) of their Away matches, making them the clear choice.

Highlighted bet:

  • West Ham First Card

But not all match-ups will be so clear cut.

Here's another example:

Arsenal         v         Chelsea
40%         First Card For     40%

In this case both teams' data is very similar so 'No Bet' is advised.

Across the Leagues Tip:

First Booking/ Card bets have a larger element of risk about them – after all, anyone can pick up a Yellow Card at anytime. Bets which play out over the whole game (such as Total or Most Booking Points) are more consistent with statistics.

Booking bets also lend themselves to Spread Betting. For a full explanation of how they work and how you can cash-in, go to Football Bets Explained >> Spread Betting