Last Updated on September 27, 2022
Fact checked by: Jesse M Cox
Correct score is the act of predicting the exact score of a sporting contest at the end of the allotted game time.
The term can be linked to many sports in which points are tallied up to determine a winner, but is most commonly used in low scoring sports like football or soccer betting as a means of often improving odds on any chosen match. If you’re looking to improve your soccer betting you can do just that with our Soccer Betting Strategy Guide.
However, it is important to note that sporting contests that require an extra period of time (for example, if the World Cup Final in football ends 0-0 after 90 minutes, extra-time is needed), the correct score of the game only applies to the results at the end of game’s normal time period. A correct score bet can be broken down into halves and quarters but NOT extra-time or overtime unless specified by an online sportsbook.
The correct score markets are one of the more popular sports bets for punters to make and can be placed as a single bet or form part of an accumulator. Every major bookmaker will have this option to bet on. To find a list of legal bookmakers in your are head to our Best Online Bookmaker Page.
More commonly they are placed as a single bet as the act of predicting the correct score is harder than the result of a match (i.e. win, lose or draw) and because of this often produce better value odds.
A winning example of placing a correct score bet would be to predict that in a football match between Team 1 and Team 2, the correct score would be 1-1. Once the referee has blown the full-time whistle and the score is 1-1 then it is classed as a winning bet, but any other result would be deemed a loss even if a draw of any other kind was achieved.
The most important thing when betting the correct score is to do your research beforehand. How has each team been playing recently, are there any injuries, is the starting lineup similar to past games, is there any crazy weather?
The next most important thing is to find a good line to bet on. Not all bookmakers offer the same odds even for the same game and correct score. Therefore, it’s good to look around at different soccer bookmakers to see who offers the best odds.
This can be a tedious process, but luckily for you, we offer our own Odds Comparison Page. Here you can see every game that is being played, as well as what odds multiple sportsbooks are giving for that match.
In 2016, one lucky bettor won a staggering £60,000 after predicting three 7-0 correct scores in the Scottish League Cup.
The bet, placed for just £1.40, saw Inverness, Ross County and Dundee win by the margin for the hefty pay-out.