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A bet on the second half correct score would be predicting the result of just the second period of play. Although the term can refer to any sporting event that is divided into two parts it is more commonly used with football.
Predicting the second half correct score is different to a correct score bet and therefore bettors will have their own strategies to be successful. Whereas first halves – especially in football – can be tight affairs, it is statistically proven that more goals are scored in the second half as the game becomes more open and players become tired.
Second half correct score bets can be extremely lucrative as they attract longer odds. They can also go against the form of an entire game. For example if Team A score 4 goals in the first half with no reply the match as a competition is effectively over. But if Team B score just one goal in the second half – and Team A do not add to their tally – then a 0-1 second half correct score would win, even as Team B lose heavily.
Second half correct score wagers are usually single bets but they can be included as part of an accumulator. A bet on the second half of a game can also keep the interest level high even when the match is basically decided.
In 2011 Newcastle found themselves 4-0 down at half time against Arsenal. Few would have had Newcastle 4-0 as a second half correct score bet but four goals in 19 minutes made this one of the Premier League’s greatest ever comebacks. Joey Barton scored two penalties in second half, while Leon Best also found the net before the late Cheick Tiote scored the equaliser with three minutes to play.