Explanations on handicap football bets – strategies and suggestions

May 21, 2019 | In: Asian Handicap

To begin the explanation of handicap bets, we need to review the official definition of the term ‘handicap’: “In horse racing and also in other sports, it concerns the reversal of the result of the event starting from a disadvantage.” In the specific case of football matches where there is a clear disparity, they allow you to bet on the handicap very clearly.


Milan and Sassuolo face off at San Siro with a handicap of 0: 2. In short, this means that Sassuolo starts the game by winning 2-0. So, if Milan will score a goal (1-0) later, the final result will be 1-2, in favor of Sassuolo. Thus, to win the bet by placing the bet in favor of Milan, the Rossoneri team must score three goals. This is called European handicap.

Similarly, there is a form that can be even more attractive when the odds of winning are more or less the same for both teams, as this is a draw. It should also be noted that, to set the handicap, goals are added and removed in a virtual way. This situation ensures that the chances of the favored team are not so wide compared to the situation in which they had bet without taking into consideration the handicap.


There are several options for Asian handicap bets, whose main characteristic lies in canceling the alternatives for a draw. Of course, with some variations, you can get a draw; in this case, the bet is void and the betting operator returns the amount of the bet, reducing the chance of success to two possible outcomes. Originating from Asia, as the name suggests, this system refers to two different types: the average of goals (in fraction) and whole.

In the bets with the average of the goals (0,5, 1,5, 2,5, etc.) there must always be a winner, since it is obviously impossible to score half a goal. Assuming that the example -0.5 Juventus / Milan 0.5 with a bet on Juventus -0.5, the only way to win is the one that wins the Juventus team. In the event of a draw or a win for Milan, the bet would be lost.

Regarding the entire average of the goals, the difference with the previous mode concerns the fact that a team starts the game with a goal advantage. Following the previous example, it would be Juventus -1 / Milan +1. If we bet for Juventus, it must triumph with at least two goals of advantage to win the bet. Meanwhile, to bet on Milan, there are two winning results: a draw and of course Milan’s victory.


In addition to the above, the Asian handicap offers other choices such as the quarter goal (combined) and zero. The first refers to a bet with a mixed situation between the average fractional handicap and the whole one. For example, if the bet on Juventus was between 0 and +0.5, we will win twice, if Juventus wins or draws with a bet on +0.5 (the other part is returned to the user). Finally, the zero handicap allows you to win only if the team chosen for the bet is a winner, while the draw automatically cancels the bet.


To begin with, it must be clear that this is an extremely complex form, which is strictly recommended for more experienced bettors. When choosing the indicated bet, it is advisable to patiently check the type of handicap selected. A good way to get started in this interesting world is to select the games individually that have a clear favorite that has plenty of talk about winning with more than one goal difference.

There would be a lot to say about strategies. An interesting strategy is to try a combined Asian handicap, entering no more than two or three bets. The first step is to choose a couple of teams that play at home and are very strong in that condition. This will greatly reduce the possibility of losing, so that the Asian handicap bet set at zero is the ideal solution. The worst case scenario would be two draws (zero bets) and you would get the win with a win and a draw.

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