The words make it look similar to point spreads and handicap betting but in soccer, spread betting has more in common with the over/under point total bets you see in other sports, with a few big twists.
Spread Betting in Soccer Online
Oddsmakers set a spread for the game’s outcome and, similar to over/under betting, punters need to choose between two options. You can choose agen judi depobos the buy option or the sell option. Each will have a number listed next to it. These numbers are not to be confused with odds, rather they represent how many goals the sportsbook expects in the game.
- Buy means you think the match will exceed the number listed.
- Sell means you think the match will have fewer than the number listed.
- The amount you win or lose is determined by the game’s final outcome and how many points were scored by each team.
Let’s take a look at an example to show you what we mean:
Canada vs USA Total goals
- Sell 2.40
- Buy 2.60
The difference between the two numbers is called the spread, hence “spread betting”.
If you think the match will have less than 2.4 goals than you sell. If you think there will be more than 2.6 goals than you buy. At this point you also choose an amount to stake. It is important to realize you may lose more than the stake you choose. Three things determine how much you can win or lose:
- The number of goals you choose to buy or sell
- How much you wager
- The total number of goals in the game
If you staked $100 and bought at 2.60 you would win if there were more than 2.6 goals in the game. Win amounts are equal to the difference between the total number of goals and the purchased amount, multiplied by the stake.
- If there were 3 total goals you would win $40 profit because 3 – 2.60 = 0.4
Multiplying 0.4 times your $100 stake equals $40.
- If there were 4 goals scored your profit would be $140 because 4 – 2.6 = 1.40
Multiplying 1.4 times your $100 stake equals $140. As you can see, the amount you can win increases if the teams playing score a lot of goals. This is why we say the payout is not fixed. But what happens if the game is low scoring?
- If there was 1 goal scored you would lose $160 since 2.6 – 1 = 1.6
Multiplying 1.6 times your $100 stake equals $160.
- 0 goals in this game would lead to a $260 loss.
To reiterate, spread betting does not have a fixed stake since you can lose more than your original stake amount.
The principle is exactly the same in reverse if we choose to sell instead of buy. You get paid more with fewer goals being scored and have to pay a higher stake if there are a lot of goals that exceed the spread.
It may seem that taking the sell-side holds more risk since you would have to pay a large amount in a high scoring game, but the truth is that sportsbook are taking a fair shake of the risk here since soccer in inherently a low scoring game, historically.