BTTS is the abreviation used to refer to both teams to score - a football specific bet whereby a bettor places money on whether both teams will or will not score in a fixture.
To win a BTTS bet, both teams have to score at least one goal. The result is irrelevant.
On a betting slip, a BTTS bet is often written as G/G. Bettors can either bet for or against both teams to score, by selecting 'yes' or 'no' on their betting slip.
Is BTTS a good bet to place?
BTTS is a popular bet as it does not require a bettor to predict the winner in a fixture. The selection can be successful regardless of the result: it just requires both teams to get on the scoresheet.
Additionally, a BTTS bet is slightly different to other football related bets that involve the result as there are only two outcomes: yes or no. When betting on the result in a football match, there are three possible outcomes: win, lose or draw. Theoretically, with a BTTS bet, a bettor has a 50% chance of being successful, as opposed to just 33.3% when betting on the result.
Variations of the BTTS bet
There are also several variations on the simple BTTS bet, beyond simply 'yes' or 'no'.
BTTS and result
This requires the bettor to predict the full time result of the fixture in addition to whether both teams will score or not. There will be six possible outcomes for this bet: yes & home win, yes & away win, yes & draw, no & home win, no & away win, and no & draw.
BTTS and over/under
This requires the bettor to predict whether the scoreline will be over or under a certain amount of goals (often 2.5) in addition to whether both teams will score. This does not require the bettor to predict the result, so can be successful regardless of which team wins.
There will be four possible outcomes: over & yes, over & no, under & yes and under & no. This is harder to predict and less likely to win than a simple both teams to score result due to the multiple variations, but will offer higher odds and greater returns.
BTTS in both halves
This requires both teams to score in both the first and second half. This traditionally offers high odds and high returns in the event of succesfully backing a 'yes' selection, due to the low likelihood.
How to use BTTS
Research is key when placing a BTTS bet. Instead of studying form as you would with a result based bet, study the goals for and against column in the league table.
You are looking for two teams who both score and concede plenty of goals if you are backing both teams to score, or two teams who do not give much away at either end if you are not backing both teams to score.
When placing a both teams to score bet, using implied probability is a great way to find both teams to score bets with value.
For example, if bookmakers are offering odds of 2.00 for BTTS in a clash between Arsenal and Tottenham, this would have an implied probability of 50%. However, if you believe that the likelihood of both teams to score is closer to 65% - perhaps due to the form of the Tottenham strike force, injuries to Arsenal's backline or Arsenal's strong scoring record at home - then this would be a BTTS worth placing.