In the world of betting, there are terms that can be difficult to understand for some bettors, especially for newbies, confusion can lead to losing a lot of money and they will regret it. There is a term that is born of the combination of two options of bets and it’s very popular and used by the majority of the bettors.
The betting option that we are talking about is HT / FT:
Half time / Full time is one of the most lucrative options that exist in any bookmaker, this option is categorized as one with the highest odds in the betting market. Although like every good odds option, predicting the outcome of a football match with HT / FT is more difficult than it seems, we are talking about two bets on one.
Why is it called HT / FT (Half time – full time)?
The name of this type of bet has as meaning about the double action that a team must make in a football match, the team must complete two different actions in a match, the first one (Half time) is to win during the first 45 minutes of the match , and the second is to win the other half of the game (full time), the team must finish the game as a winner so that the bet is a winner. It is also possible that the HT / FT bet is represented in other ways, for example:
Draw – Draw: Both halves will end in a draw, no teams winning, means 0-0, 1-1 etc. If a team wins one half, the bet is a loser.
Team A – Team B: In this case, Team A must win Half Time and Team B the Full time (second half).
It is not difficult to understand, bookmakers show all the options available in HT / FT with the odds and an exact description of each option. Bettors can take advantage of this option if they know how to bet based on the options available in the bookies.
How to bet on HT / FT?
The best of this option is that it is made for favorite teams, especially in matches where the team has a huge advantage over the other team, odds can be highly tempting, but you have to be very careful and avoid falling into the ambition generated by this option. When looking for a football match and finding the favorite team, we can begin to make a thorough research on the possibilities that the team has to complete an HT / FT bet in any of the ways offered by a bookie.
For example, we can say that a team has a chance to win both halves as follows:
Team A: Last 5 games at home won 5, scoring 2.1 goals as average, 1.3 on first half and 2.35 on second half. With these fictional statistics Team A is the most likely to win both halves. Teams with an advantage over another usually win the first half by one or two goals, and during the last 45 minutes can score 2-3 goals.
Another scenario: In case of a difficult and tight match, we can search the matches history between the two teams, if they have several draws and little goal average we could predict a DRAW – DRAW for the match.
Is it a lucrative option?
Definitely, it is, the odds for this betting option can reach up to 20.00 in odds for any form of HT / FT. The favorite teams offer good prices, far superior to other options like 1X2, DNB, etc. The approach with this type of bet must be careful and with great caution, bettors should avoid betting more than 1% of the bankroll by choice, test the waters and apply the maximum knowledge in reading statistics and numbers of each team.
The X/1, 1/1, X/2 Notations
There is a common notation used on many betting websites including FBTC using the terms 1, X and 2. Here is what they mean
- 1 – Hometeam (or the team written first)
- X – Draw
- 2 – Away team (or team written second)
For example, if our HT/FT Prediction is 1/X for a Match between Arsenal and Chelsea. This means that at Halftime the score would be 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 or anything with Arsenal Leading. And the match would end in draw by full-time.