As the new Premiership takes shape football bettors might benefit from reassessing their approach to gambling on the English top flight. In recent seasons Arsenal Chelsea Liverpool and Man Utd more commonly known as the big four have widened the gap between themselves and the rest of the league as their financial strength has allowed them to consolidate their power particularly at home.
Chelsea in their last home game against Everton equalled Liverpools record of 63 consecutive unbeaten home games. While in the 2003/04 season Arsenal achieved the Holy Grail of going an entire season unbeaten.
In the past two campaigns Chelsea Man Utd Liverpool and Arsenal have between them lost just eight home games mostly to each other. What that often means for fans of a traditional 1X2 Saturday accumulator is the hugely unappetising prospect of backing a multiple of the four big-guns at home to lesser opposition for combined odds of something around even-money. A similar scenario applies to Celtic in Scotland who have a stranglehold on the SPL and across the continent where last season for example Inter Milan broke the European record for consecutive home wins 17.
The natural antidote for the increasingly prevalence of one-sided football contests is Asian Handicapping. Asian Handicaps level the playing field via a hypothetical goal bias giving bettors the opportunity of backing Chelsea at better than even money at home to newly promoted Derby for example.
Asian Handicaps Explained
The Internets largest online bookmaker PinnacleSports.com is a market leader in Asian Handicap betting offering 1.96/1.96 style pricing. An Asian Handicap is a method of betting on soccer that eliminates the possibility of losing if a game ends in a draw after 90 minutes. Teams are handicapped to offset any perceived difference in abilities using a spread based on goal superiority which eliminates the tie. There are three basic types of Asian Handicaps:
Where there is no perceived difference in abilities between Team A and Team B no handicap bias is assigned and both start off 0 also known as pk pickem or scratch. To win a bet on either team all the bettor must do is identify the team which scores more goals than their opponent all bets are refunded on the tie.
Where there is a perceived difference in abilities between Team A and Team B the superior team will be given an appropriate goal handicap to level the playing field for betting purposes i.e. -0.5 goal -1 goal -1.5 goals etc.
For example if you bet on Team A with a handicap of -1 goal they must win by more than one goal to cover their handicap and for you to win your bet. If they only win by a goal the result with the handicap applied is a draw for betting purposes so your bet is refunded. If Team B draw or win you will lose your bet on Team A.
Double or Split Handicap
Where the difference in two teams abilities is slight split ball Asian Handicaps may be used splitting your stake into two separate bets. For example Team A might be offered pk & -0.5. If you bet on Team A and they lose you will lose both bets as they did not cover either handicap. If the match ends in a draw half of your stake at pk will be refunded and the other half at -0.5 will lose. If Team A wins both handicaps will be covered so both bets win.
If youre stuck in the past slavishly following three-way fixed odds betting the chances are youre not getting a decent return on your outlay and your gambling might benefit from the fresh perspective that Asian Handicapping provides.