Betting on own goals is a rewarding option that can reap rich profits. It’s simple: when the player you choose to bet on scores an own goal, your bet wins. You can combine own goal betting with first scorer, last scorer and any scorer betting, especially if you have own goal stats ready in hand. Any player can score an own goal – from the goalkeeper to striker, midfielder to defender. Read on to find out more.

Practically all bookmakers have market rates for own goals. Since most own goals affect other betting types, it is very unpredictable. Many external factors allow punters to evaluate the chances of an own goal in a match. The probability of scoring an own goal is rather low, with the ratio rarely rising above 1.05. The coefficient of an own goal ranges from 5 to 15, depending on various factors. Most football betting markets and bets are straightforward to comprehend. Proceeding from placement to settlement harbours no problems. That is inevitable with a vast amount of Premier League and Champions League games. They may number 200 markets at any given time, and new ones are regularly created. However, there are often a few grey areas. An own goal is scored by a player against his side. For instance, if the goalkeeper misses a catch, and another player from his team deflects the ball into the net, that constitutes an own goal and is credited to the opposing team.

Nonetheless, things are not as straightforward as they seem. There have been instances when an own goal is initially attributed to a midfielder, and it is later credited to a defender. How are bets settled? Standard procedure dictates that wagers are settled according to reports by the Press Association. Some bookmakers may differ from one to another about this grey area; nevertheless, the majority refer to the official Press Association’s decision. Even experienced sports bettors are sometimes unsure from time to time. Welcome to the world of own goal scorer betting!

Own goals do not generally apply to other goalscorer bets. This essentially means that if you are backing the first goalscorer and the first goal of the match is an own goal, it will be the next goal that counts as the first or scored in terms of a first goalscorer bet. Additionally, if you are backing a player to score first and he scores an own goal, your wager won’t be paid out. You should check the individual bookmaker’s terms first.

You can, however, bet on own goals scored in a game as a separate line. If it is included in the goalscorer betting market, it won't affect the own goals rule. Own goal betting odds can provide attractive odds of around 8-10/1 and coefficients of 5 to 15.

Since there are no specific rules to own goal betting, we've given you a few useful tips to follow:

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    The team’s performance during the championship is crucial.

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    The more goals scored in the League increases the chances of an own goal.

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    Leagues like those in Germany and the Netherlands have more own goals than those in Italy and France.

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    You need to consider the performance of rival teams. If a team has 25 attempts on target during a game, the probabilities of one of them eventually rebounding into the net increases. Perhaps both teams have had many shots in the penalty box, meaning that the chances increase even more.

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    If a team has two central defenders, the probability of an own goal increases.

There are more football betting markets devised regularly by bookmakers looking to provide punters with something new. Own goals can affect other types of bets. The guiding principle is that markets relating to a named player does not include own goals, except when they contribute to the overall scoreline. Let’s take a closer look at some notable bets and newer markets for goalscorer betting, and whether own goals count with them.

With Total Goals Markets, own goals will count towards the team or match total goals betting.

For bets on scoring a hat-trick, own goals don’t count towards the market. Moreover, they don’t count for bets to score two or more goals. If you are betting on a Score and Win Double and scorecasts on a player named to score and a team to win, own goals do not count towards the player element, but they do with regards to predicting a win or the correct final score.

With a Team to score first bet types, own goals do count as normal. If a player for Team A scores an own goal, that counts as a winning bet for Team B scoring first. If you are betting on the Time of Goal, then the own goal counts as any other time of goal bet for the match as a whole or a named team.

Own goal scorer bets do not count with first goalscorer, last goalscorer, and scorecasts. If you have a first goalscorer bet on Ronaldo, but a defender ends up scoring an own goal, your wager will not have lost until the first true goal is scored.

Perhaps the most exciting way that bookmakers deal with own goals can be seen in the Goalscorer markets, such as First Goalscorer, Anytime Goalscorer, and Last Goalscorer.

Anytime Player Scorer

Anytime goalscorer is a popular goalscorer bet and an online betting sensation. Before online gambling developed, the line was barely offered by bookmakers. Punters would regularly need to ask for such odds. Today, it makes an attractive alternative to LGS and FGS bets. However, Anytime Goalscorer lines tend to offer the least attractive odds in comparison to LGS and FGS. It stands to reason since the player has the entire match to score, unlike when it stipulates scoring first or last.

Consequently, it is a better betting line if you want to stay longer in the game. If you back a first goalscorer and another player scores first, your bet immediately loses. On the other hand, if you back an anytime goalscorer, the player can score at any time. This line regularly offers unfavourable odds for top players, sometimes even under evens. It is, however, ideal to combine with other wagers. Anytime scorecast and wincasts can significantly enhance the odds of such lines.

Bookmakers run speciality markets included under anytime goalscorers. They may consist of a player to score anytime and both teams to score. It is worth shopping around for AGS and FGS lines, as they are so competitive. There are tons of offers that can add value.

First Player Scorer

The first goalscorer is the best known and most competitive betting market. Competition is always better for punters, as bookmakers operate with lower profit margins and even run such lines at a loss to attract more customers. First Goalscorer odds tend to range from 3/1 for a top-striker, to 50/1 for one goal a season defender. The chances of scoring the first goal are less than scoring anytime, and that is reflected in the price. The best market is the best of its type. You can regularly find exclusive offers and promotions like free bets and cash-back deals. If you want to benefit from the market, placing regular, sensible goalscorer bets combined with the many promos on offer can lead to great value. You should consider checking the odds at various bookmakers, comparing and checking out the latest offers.

Last Player Scorer

The last goalscorer market isn’t as popular as other markets and is rarely used. Moreover, the odds on a player to score last are slightly lower than scoring first. That is mainly due to the first goal generally being the hardest to score. Subsequent goals tend to come much later in more open matches.

Nevertheless, it can still be a sensible option if you bet on players that are outsiders. For instance, defenders are unlikely to score early on and first in a match. In comparison, they are more likely to score later on during pressing and set pieces. Defenders go up into attack for corners and free-kicks late in the game if the team is pressing for an equaliser or winner. If you use the market wisely, it is just as valuable as First Goalscorer and Anytime Goalscorer bets. Almost every bookmaker provides Last Goalscorer lines and are incredibly competitive. However, you won't find many specific deals on offer.

Both Teams to Score

The Both Teams to Score (BTTS) betting market is popular with punters seeking value in different types of bets. It can combine betting on the outcome of the match and more complex bets, such as predicting the correct score, as well as half-time/full-time bet predictions.

BTTS is a straightforward type of wager, and all it requires is both teams to score during the game. Either team may win the match. Whether the scoreline is 2-1, 1-3, or 6-2, your bet wins as long as both teams score. The best way to ensure you make the most of the bet type is to check reliable statistics of top teams that are easily available. BTTS stats and predictions will help you choose your winning predictions.

When you rely on statistics and percentages to make your betting predictions, you give yourself an edge. The percentages of own goals that have been scored in the Premier League can be compared to the odds.

The majority of own goals have been scored by defenders. They are culpable for over 71% of own goals from 2015 to 2019. Over 25% of own goals were scored by strikers and midfielders, and goalkeepers were responsible for just 4%. In 2015, there were 33 own goals which are 8.9% of the total scored in 2016, 38 own goals were scored representing 10%. In 2017, there were 36 own goals and 9.6%. In 2018, there were 30 goals at 7.9%, and in 2019, there were 32 own goals at 8.4%. The average per season is almost 9%, which is a pretty consistent likelihood of own goals scored in a Premier League match.

Betting on BTTS is an exciting football bet. The market is clear and straightforward regarding how own goals are treated –they are worth exactly as much as free kicks, solo-run goals and scuffed goal line shiners. As long as neither team has nil, the bet wins.

Own goals count 100% towards the scoreline when backing both teams to score. Furthermore, any own goal scored in the 90 minutes of play, excluding extra time, renders a BTTS bet successful.

Own goals are part of football and sports betting. Although it is harder to predict an own goal, if you do manage, the returns will be significant. Odds tend to be high, so betting moderate amounts will eventually reap rich rewards. The key to success is keeping an eye on the stats and percentages of own goals scored in the Premiership. You can also check out our detailed article on Betting Terms & Definitions

Own goals are surprisingly consistent at an average of around 9% per season. That represents the likelihood of an own goal being scored in any given Premier League match.

Although not as widespread as other goalscorer markets, odds for own goals can be quite favourable, especially for the underdog.

Own Goals count for all goalscorer markets, unless stated otherwise by the bookmaker. Extra-time markets like Correct Score and Time of First Goal start from the outset of extra-time and do not include standard time. If a game ends normal time at 3-3, the extra time correct score bet market is settled as ‘0-0'.

Own goals do not count in most goalscorer markets. Therefore, you cannot use them with first, last or anytime scorer bets.

Any player on the field can score an own goal from defenders to midfielders, attackers to goalkeepers.

WRITTEN BY James Cormack View all posts by James Cormack

Big sports fan specialising in football. Experienced the lows of Vlad Chiriches and Tim Sherwood as a Spurs fan along with the more recent ‘success’ under Pochettino. My following of the New England Patriots since 2012 somewhat makes up for the lack of silverware produced by Spurs in my lifetime.

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