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A FT result bet involves a bettor predicting the outcome of a match at the end of normal time in game, by selecting either a home win, away win or draw. It is one of the most popular and common bets placed on football matches.

A FT result bet only requires the bettor to select whether the match will finish in a home win, away win or draw, it does not require the bettor to predict the final score at full time.

A FT result bet is a 1X2 bet, as there are three possible outcomes: a home win, an away win or a draw. A bettor therefore has a 33.3% chance of selecting the correct outcome.

The outcome of a FT result bet is determined by the score at the end of normal time. This includes injury time, but does not include extra time and penalty shootouts.

For example, if a bettor had selected Barcelona to beat Manchester United in the Champions League quarter final second leg and the game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, before Barcelona won the game in extra time, this bet would not be successful as the full time result had been a draw and not a Barcelona win.

However, had a bettor selected a draw, this bet would have been successful despite Barcelona ultimately going on to win the match, as the game had finished in a draw after 90 minutes.

Can you bet on both teams to win?

In a FT result bet, a common question is can you bet on both teams to win? It is possible to bet on both teams to win, but only sensible to do so in one scenario.

You should only bet on both teams to win if you believe the draw is overpriced and that the odds for either team to win offer value.

For example, Everton are playing Liverpool and a bookmaker is offering the following odds:

  • Everton to win at odds of 2.90

  • Liverpool to win at odds of 2.45

  • A draw at odds of 3.30

First, you need to calculate the implied probability of those odds:

  • 1 / 2.90 = 34.5%

  • 1 / 2.45 = 40.8%

  • 1 / 3.30 = 30.3%

If you believe that the probability of a draw is actually 18%, that would mean there was an 82% chance of either Everton or Liverpool winning. In this instance, betting on both teams to win would be a good bet because the odds being offered by the bookmaker for either team to win have an implied probability of 75.3% (34.5 + 40.8).

How to use a FT result bet in betting

In order to place successful FT result bets, it is sensible to use implied probability to find FT result bets with value, where you believe the odds assigned by the bookmaker show the implied probability to be lower than the true likelihood of an outcome.

For example, if Arsenal were priced at odds of 2.00 to beat Tottenham, this would give an Arsenal victory an implied probability of 50%. However, you could believe an Arsenal win was closer to 65% in probability - perhaps due to Arsenal's home form, recent scoring record or injuries to key Tottenham players - therefore this would be a FT result bet worth placing.

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