To win both halves betting is primarily associated with soccer and is common for league matches worldwide or contests in major tournaments such as the World Cup, Euro and Copa America. This guide will explain how the wager works and what research should be done before placing it.

Win both halves wagering uses an already straightforward principle and develops a layer of complexity. Instead of simply selecting which team wins the game, you are forecasting two mini-victories within the main game. The picked team must outscore their opponents in both the first and second halves (separately). This type of wager has a larger payout because it is harder for a team to win each 45-minute period.

For advanced punters, winning both halves may represent a strategic tool. It can identify dominant teams who are expected to dominate the full match, as well as close contests where a great first-half performance may indicate a strong second-half. Upsets and second-half comebacks could lead to a loss, so thorough analysis is required.

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When Real Madrid face off against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, plenty of wagers will pour in on the game.

FanDuel Sportsbook, one of the most prominent operators in the U.S., is offering Real Madrid to win both halves at +370. In order to cash this bet, Los Galacticos would have to win the first 45-minute period, as well as the second.

For example, if the first-half score was 1-0 in favor of Madrid, and they went on to find the back of the net in the second half without conceding, the bet would successfully cash. To win both halves betting only involves regulation time (plus injury time) without including extra time.

It’s rare to find win-both-halves markets for other sports, such as basketball or American football, but some sportsbooks do offer them. Hockey provides similar markets, which includes “to lead after every period.” Common bets for the NBA include double-result, where you can bet on who will win the first half as well as the entire match. This is a different type of wager.

Caesars is offering different double-result bets for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks.

For this wager, you select who will win the first half, along with who will win the entire game. It differs from a win both halves bet because the Timberwolves could potentially win the first half 66-50 but then be outscored 56-51 in the second half but still win the overall contest 117-106.

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Win Both Halves Markets

Most U.S. sportsbooks put the home team first when displaying a match for a soccer market. For example, the Italian Serie A match Atalanta vs. Fiorentina on June 2 will be played at Gewiss Stadium (Atalanta’s stadium) in Bergamo, Italy.

Home Team To Win Both Halves

If you stake the home team (Atlanta) to win both halves, whether they’re a favorite or an underdog, the club’s odds will likely be slightly lower compared to if it was on the road, which offers an advantage with the home fans’ support.

Away Team To Win Both Halves

You can stake the away team, Fiorentina to win both halves as well. The odds will be higher for a variety of reasons, including because of playing in hostile territory.

The following betting tips can be useful when trying to wager teams to win both halves. It’s vital to perform in-depth research rather than blindly betting, especially with a difficult market.

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Research Both Teams

Make sure the first thing you do is find out how many times the team has won both halves throughout the season. Look up how they have performed recently and how they’ve performed against each other in past encounters. Don’t just check to see if one club has triumphed over its past few games. Dive deeper and see how their possession was compared to their opponents’, how many shots on goal they had, how many clear-cut chances, how many total shots, and what were their expected goals in these games and for the entire season. Read up on these same stats for the opposition as well.

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Check the official lineups

Research what players will start the match for both sides. Look at how the teams play with the starting 11. Have they struggled or succeeded recently without their star player or certain players? When a specific player starts, have they won both halves more often or less with him in the lineup or at in unique role? If you’re betting on one of the top teams in the league towards the end of the season, checking the lineup is always imperative because if they’ve locked up first place, the starters might not play at all. In professional soccer the official lineups are often released 45 minutes to one hour before kickoff.

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Compare Goal History for Both Teams

Find out how many goals a team averages per half and how many per match. Should a team average 1.5 goals per game but have won five in a row, they probably haven’t won both halves too often. A 1-0 win won’t cash the bet.

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Analyze External Factors

Different factors such as weather, travel, back-to-backs and injuries play a key role when making informed gambling decisions. For example, if you’re trying to bet on Manchester City to win both halves against a squad sitting in the top half of the Premier League table and the weather is expected to contain pouring rain, it will be harder to win both halves despite being a heavy outright favorite. Travel and back-to-back matches also make a difference. If a team played a hard match in the Champions League on Wednesday night and plays early on Saturday, they’re obviously not well rested. Traveling from across the world can also affect performance. Injuries to top players even if considered “questionable” also impact results.

The table below details both the positive and negative aspects of the bet.

Pros:
  • Bigger payouts: Since it’s difficult to win both halves, sportsbooks assign high odds to this wager enabling bettors to receive a higher payout if successful.
  • Helps knowledgeable punters: For soccer experts who know teams and leagues in and out, the win both halves wager can be used when moneyline odds are too juiced.
  • Diversifies bet types: Certain handicappers can add this to their portfolio of different bet types in certain scenarios to mix things up.
Cons:
  • Larger risk: The win both halves bet is hard for even good teams to achieve, so despite a first-half lead, the squad can play differently in the second half to preserve an overall victory but not a both-halves win.
  • Limited to mainly soccer: If you’re not a soccer bettor or possess much knowledge about it, it’ll be difficult to find it for a sport you are more familiar with.
  • Not appropriate for many matches: This bet is only worth taking in some games, usually for dominant favorites. Longshot underdogs might do well and take the lead in the first half but “park the bus” in the second half to secure the win.

This wager differs from a full-time bet because full-time refers to the entire 90 minutes (including injury time).

If you stake a team to win during full-time, it doesn’t matter if they were ahead or behind in the first half. As long as they have a winning score once the final whistle is blown at the 90-minute mark.

Full-time markets also include the ability to wager on a tie.

Betting to win both halves is a difficult wager to cash, but it does offer value in certain scenarios thanks to its high odds. Just because you see high odds doesn’t mean simply “try your luck”. A hefty amount of research can aid a punter in mixing up markets and offers value if they find a specific edge. Remember to gamble responsibly, stick to a calculated bankroll and never stake more than you can afford.

To win both halves, a club or national team must win both 45-minute periods separated by intermission. Winning just the game doesn’t mean winning both halves.

Heavy favorites on the moneyline often are too juiced to bet on straight up so many punters throw them in parlays. Win both halves wagers are also challenging to cash but offer the opportunity to stick with one straight bet. Putting effort into researching the teams competing can increase your chances of winning a both halves bet. Reading various expert analysis from successful cappers also helps.

When you bet to win both halves and the team you select scores more than its opposition in both 45-minute stretches, you successfully win the wager.

You visit a sportsbook, and it offers you Tottenham (+400) to win both halves against Liverpool (+280) to win both halves.

Liverpool has been outscoring its opponents by an average of three goals and has won five-straight contests so you bet the Reds.

After the first 45 minutes, Liverpool leads 2-0. In the second half, Liverpool scores twice and Tottenham does once. You’ve won your bet and can turn in the bet slip to the cashier for your winnings and initial stake back.

WRITTEN BY Lawrence Smelser View all posts by Lawrence Smelser

Whether it's dissecting the latest player stats or offering insightful commentary on emerging betting markets, Lawrence delivers sharp analysis with a dash of wit. His expertise and coverage extends across many sports leagues, such as the NFL, NBA, PGA Tour and international soccer, ensuring readers receive well-rounded insights from a global perspective.

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