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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 and is most commonly used in football betting as a means of often improving odds on any chosen match.
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 unless specified.
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.
In 2016, one lucky punter 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.