Asian Handicap Football
Asian Handicap betting markets are perfect for football traders looking for an alternative to the more traditional 1X2. We explain what Asian Handicap betting is, how to bet on the markets, and their benefits.
The Asian Handicap betting market is often seen as complex, but once you understand the concept, you will have a fresh perspective for football trading.
What are Asian Handicaps?
In a football match there is a difference in perceived quality between the two opponents. The differential varies determined by a number of dispositional and situational factors such as:
- Historical performance
- Financial strength
- Home field advantage
- Player availability - suspensions or injuries
Depending on the two teams’ perceived abilities, the difference can be significant, leaving little value on the favourite, and minimal returns on standard 1X2 markets.
Asian Handicap betting markets counter the perceived bias in abilities, by levelling the playing field and removing the option of a draw - resulting in better odds.
This is done by applying either a positive or negative goal handicap to each side depending on which team is perceived as the favourite (negative) or underdog (positive).
Level Asian Handicap betting
A level Asian Handicap is offered when there is no perceived difference in abilities between two teams - both start the game with 0 goals. You are essentially betting on the overall winner of the game.
The difference being that the draw has been removed; so if the match ends level, your stake is refunded. This is the same as a Draw No Bet market.
The table below shows how the result on a Level Asian Handicap - no perceived advantage for either team - affects your payout.
* Bet void: The bet is void and your stake is returned.
Single Asian Handicap betting
Single Asian Handicap betting is ideal when there is a large perceived difference in ability between two teams.
The supposed better team will be awarded a goal handicap to eliminate the difference in quality for betting purposes. For example they will start the game with -0.5, -1, -1.5, -2 goals.
The table below highlights how the result on a Single Asian Handicap affects your payout.
Split Asian Handicap betting
A Split Asian Handicap betting market is available when the adjudged difference between the two teams’ ability is less defined.
The market allows you to split your stake on a team over two handicaps. For example a favoured team may start the game with (0 & -0.5), (-0.5 & -1), (-1 & -1.5) goals.