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A bet on the half-time correct score predicts the exact score at the half-time interval of a sporting event. Although the term can be used with any sport that has more than one separate sections of play, it is more commonly used with football betting.
These bets will include any injury or added time at the end of a half, as that is still within the first half of the event.
Whereas most people will bet on the correct full-time score of a sporting event, the popularity of half-time correct score bets has risen since the introduction of betting exchanges. Various strategies can be used to predict the correct score at half-time and bettors can research into specific teams to give themselves more chance of winning the bet.
As predicting the exact score at half time is more difficult than just predicting the match betting the odds are longer and more attractive. The bet also can also be of use if it is known that a team starts well but fades towards the end as that may produce better odds for a side not expected to win an event.
Statistically the draw is the most common half-time result but the skill with this bet is to be able to predict the exact score.
In the 2005 Champions League final Liverpool trailed 3-0 to AC Milan at half-time before coming back to win the match on penalties and lift the famous trophy. It was the fifth time in their history they had won the competition, previously known as the European Cup.