Team Goals Betting: Tips on Advanced Analysis

2 years ago

Having already analysed some advanced techniques for the individual goal scoring markets, it’s time to take a look at the some of the more popular team options. Both Teams to Score, along with Total Goals betting are very popular side punts both as singles and longer multiples and experienced bettors are confident about their potential for long term profits.

Along with initial analysis which we will cover, there are some advanced tips that can help to turn the odds in your favour. These can be used for Both Teams to Score (BTTS) and in the Overs / Unders Goal markets so let’s get straight on and assess these strategies.

Starting Point

Assessing current form is an essential starting point for any bet and for Both Teams to Score, there are obvious statistics to take into account. Firstly, are the key strikers in each team in good touch in front of goal and are they being backed up with scoring contributions from midfield and beyond?

There are many websites that will provide you with recent results and current form indicators. The majority of national newspapers offer this service and you can also check sites such as the BBC and Sky Sports. Punters have their own preferences in terms of how far they want to go back but generally, most will assess the last six matches when looking to make a final decision.

Scoring form is important but for the Both Teams to Score bet to come in, a side needs to concede as well so be sure to look at how many goals have been let in during that six game period.

Nothing is ever going to be guaranteed of course but if you look at five or six previous matches for a side and discover that BTTS would have landed on each occasion, that’s a strong indicator moving forward.

As another obvious, but important point to consider, do be aware of team news. Injuries and suspensions to key players can affect the likely outcome of any market and the team goals options are no exceptions to that rule.

Head to Head

At a slightly advanced stage, those looking to bet on Team Goal markets should also consider the head to head stats between the two sides involved. If they are continually producing high scoring affairs with goals at either end then their forthcoming matches will be strong candidates for Both Teams to Score and also for the Over 2.5 Goals options.

If the teams have already met during the current campaign then you have immediate statistics to consider. Beyond that, we would only suggest looking back five seasons as an absolute maximum as anything further back is likely to be irrelevant.

Those are the initial and most important techniques that any punter should consider as they look to make occasional and possibly regular profits from team goals betting but for those who want to take things a step further, here is an advanced method.

Advanced Tips

The Both Teams to Score bet is so popular that there are websites available that provide extensive data and harness mathematical probability to suggest fixtures and teams with a higher ratio of BTTS profits. They’ll even go further and point towards leagues around the world that carry a higher percentage chance of this bet coming in.

In the digital age, it’s possible to stake on all major professional leagues right across the world so, if it pays to focus on Major League Soccer in North America or the third tier in Scotland, the numbers will look to point you in the right direction.

If you want to back up the analysis then it is relatively easy to collate the information yourself using a spreadsheet although it can potentially be quite time consuming. As a season progresses, simply record the scores involving individual teams and mark a Y for yes or N for no if both teams have scored in that game.

Stats show that the teams who provide the most profits under the BTTS bet show that in 80% or more of their games, both teams have found the net at some point in 90 minutes. That’s four out of five matches and if you were to back those sides in every match over the course of the season, it would lead to some generous, regular returns.

The same principles apply if you’re taking the most popular bet in the Total Goals Over / Under betting. For many, that involves staking over the 2.5 goal line and by checking existing statistics or by compiling your own figures, you can identify the most likely candidates in any league, anywhere in the world.

Choosing a Bookmaker

Both Teams to Score and Total Goals Over / Under are very popular side bets so all bookmakers should get behind them and offer prices for most, if not all professional matches. Range of options isn’t an issue here so, when it comes to choosing a bookie for team goal bets, it all comes down to value.

Prices naturally vary and no single sportsbook will be at the top all the time but certain bookmakers offer strong prices here on a more consistent basis than others. Of the established brands, Bet365 and William Hill are particularly good on the Both Teams to Score bet while Sun Bets and the Matchbook sportsbook are also worth checking if you want to look beyond the obvious names.

For the Total Goals Over / Under option, the same names are in the frame but MarathonBet have proved to have standout prices for all games across all leagues.

Choosing the right bookie is an important part of any betting strategy as it’s desirable to maximise both choice and value. Team Goals Betting is widely covered so in this case it’s all about finding the best prices.

As for the analysis involved, this starts in a basic form and can be as detailed as your time allows but like all areas of betting, the more research you are prepared to put in, the greater the chances are of turning the odds in your favour.

Matt Harris

Written by Matt Harris

Matt Harris is a freelance sports writer with over 25 years of experience that dates back to the days of Teletext. He is a Tottenham fan who still retains hope of Spurs lifting the title in his lifetime.