What Is Half Time/Full Time Betting? (Tips and Strategies)

Half Time/Full Time Betting involves betting on which team will be ahead at half time and which team will be ahead at full time. With more outcomes than regular 1X2 betting, this market features plenty of great odds. In this article, we'll walk through the basics of Half Time/Full Time betting, look at various tips and strategies for doing so.

What Is Half Time/Full Time Betting?

Half Time/Full Time betting is where you bet on which team will be leading the match at half time, and which team will be leading the match at full time. For both half time and full time, there are three outcomes each: the Home team can be leading, the Away team can be leading, or the teams can be drawed. As a result, the Half Time/Full Time market has nine different possibilities:

  • The Home team leads at half time and the Home team leads at full time
  • The Home team leads at half time and the Away team leads at full time
  • The Home team leads at half time and the match is a draw at full time
  • The Away team leads at half time and the Home team leads at full time
  • The Away team leads at half time and the Away team leads at full time
  • The Away team leads at half time and the match is a draw at full time
  • The match is a draw at half time and the Home team leads at full time
  • The match is a draw at half time and the Away team leads at full time
  • The match is a draw at half time and the match is a draw at full time

Because there are nine outcomes in Half Time/Full Time betting, instead of the three outcomes in 1X2 or match odds betting (Home win, Away win, or draw), the odds are much higher. This means that while there's greater risk, there's also greater reward.

Half Time/Full Time Betting In-Play

It's worth noting that the Half Time/Full Time market is available in-play on some bookmakers and exchanges, like the Betfair Exchange. This means that you can actually bet while the game is taking place, even if goals have been scored. This gives rise to a wide variety of strategies which take into account how the game progresses — more on that later.

Half Time/Full Time Tips

If you're looking to bet on the Half Time/Full Time markets, we have two handy tips. They are: compare the strengths of the two teams, and bear in mind when goals are usually scored.

Team Strengths

Just like with 1X2 betting, a major factor in Half Time/Full Time betting is how strong the two teams are, comparatively. If one team is clearly stronger than the other, they'll have much better odds of taking the lead at half time and at full time. Be sure to account for this when you place any bets in this category, since the market will too.

Goal Times

Another important factor that's more specific to Half Time/Full Time betting is when goals are usually scored in a football match. Generally speaking, more goals are scored in the second half than in the first half. This means that there's a higher chance that the match will be a draw at half time then it will at full time.

Half Time/Full Time Betting Strategies

There are a few betting strategies that rely on the Half Time/Full Time market. Admittedly, the more popular of these strategies are already taken into account by other users, so they might not be as profitable as in the past.

Draw at Half Time, Favourite at Full Time

The Draw at Half Time, Favourite at Full Time strategy involves betting that the match will be a draw at half time, but that the favourite will be leading by full time. The premise of this strategy is simple: although the favourite has a better chance of winning the game, it's very likely for the game to still be a draw at half time, since fewer goals will have been scored. This old strategy is no longer effective, since current-day betters take into account when goals are mostly likely to be scored.

Draw at Half Time, Draw at Full Time

If a match features two particularly defensive teams, you might expect a draw. But if you think there's a good chance the match will end 0-0, you can use the Half Time/Full Time market to bet on there being a draw at half time and at full time. This is similar to betting directly on the match ending 0-0, but it gives you some insurance in the case of a 1-1 or 2-2 draw, and the odds can be comparable.

In-Play Half Time/Full Time

A more flexible Half Time/Full Time betting strategy is to place bets on this market in-play, before the odds have had a chance to change in response to various match circumstances. For example, if you see a corner or a penalty is coming up in the first half, you can place a bet on the attacking team leading at the first half. If the attacking team is the favourite, you can bet on them to win in the second half; if they're the underdog, you can bet on a draw in the second half. There are a wide range of in-play betting systems in this market, but the basic idea is that you try to account for changing match circumstances before others can. This is a lot more effective in the Half Time/Full Time market than it is in, say, the 1X2 market, because Half Time/Full Time is less popular.

Final Thoughts

The Half Time/Full Time market opens the door for a number of new betting strategies. If you take into account the strengths of both teams, the most common goal times, and in-play events, you might be able to get the edge over your bookie or other betters on an exchange.