Do own goals count in betting is a popular football-related question we often get asked, but it’s not as simple as a yes or no answer. That’s because own goals do play a part in some football markets but not in others.
For example, if you have an outright bet in a football match in which there is an own goal, the own goal will count in determining the winner of the match and the correct score of the match. But if you’ve had a bet on who will be the first goalscorer, and the first goal in an own goal, most bookmakers will pay out on the player who scores the next goal, providing it’s not another own goal.
In What Football Markets Do Own Goals Count In Betting?
There are lots of football markets in which own goals count, including both teams to score, total goals, correct score, over/under 2.5 goals, time of first goals, etc.
If you’ve had a bet on both teams to score (BTTS), own goals do count when it comes to settling this bet. So, even if the score is 1-1, and one or both teams’ goals were own goals, you’ll still get paid out. This generally applies to single BTTS bets, accas, and multiple bets. But please always check the terms and conditions of any bookmaker you bet with, as they do have the right to have their own rules.
Total goals is another market in which own goals count. If you’ve had a bet on there being five goals, you’ll win if the score is 5-0, 4-1, or 3-2, no matter how many own goals help make up that total. If you’d predicted Chelsea to beat Arsenal 3-2, or any other score, you’ll also win if there are own goals in the match.
Own goals also don’t affect the results over under/over 2.5 goals market or any other under/over markets. If you have predicted over 2.5 goals and the game finishes 2-1, you’ll still win your bet even if there has been an own goal. If you’ve had a bet on the first goal being in the first 15-minutes of a match (or any other designated period), this type of bet also won’t be affected by own goals.
In What Football Markets Don’t Own Goals Count?
While there are lots of football markets in which own goals don’t alter the result, there are also several markets in which own goals do make a difference. These include first goalscorer, last goalscorer, anytime goalscorer, and hat-trick betting.
If you’ve had a first goalscorer bet, and the first goal of the match is an own goal, your bet is still a runner until a player scores in the opposing goal. For example, if you’ve backed Harry Kane to score first for England against Scotland and the first goal is an own goal, you’ll still win if Harry Kane goes and scores the second goal.
It’s the opposite in the last goalscorer market. Let’s say you backed Harry Kane to score the last goal in our hypothetical match between England and Scotland. The score is 2-2 with a minute to go and somehow the ball is scrambled into the Scotland net in a goalmouth melee. Luckily, VAR says it’s an own goal, which means you still win your last goalscorer bet.
It’s a little different in the anytime goalscorer bet, as own goals don’t affect this market. However, if your player scores an own goal, you won’t get paid out as though he’s scored. It’s the same with hat-trick betting, when you won’t get paid out if your selection scores two goals for his own team and one in his own net.
Why Do Own Goals Only Count In Some Markets?
Own goals tend to count in markets in which it doesn’t matter who scores the goals, such as outright and correct score betting. You’re betting on outright results that shouldn’t be affected by who scores the goals.
However, bookmakers are trying to protect themselves in other markets such as the first goalscorer. In such markets, defenders are often a big price to score a goal, but they would have to reduce these odds if own goals also counted, as most defenders score own goals at some point.
As bookmakers also don’t quote own goals in goalscorer markets, it would also be unfair of them to refuse to pay out on the first official scorer.
Should I Bet In Football Markets Where Own Goals Count?
You shouldn’t be put off football betting because of any uncertainty surrounding own goals. If you’re not sure, simply check the terms and conditions of the market before you have a bet. If you’re serious about making money from betting on football, you should give yourself the option of having as many markets to bet on as possible, as this gives you the best chance of finding value bets.
What Is A Value Bet In Football?
For example, if you think Liverpool should be 4/6 (1.66) to beat Chelsea and you can back Liverpool at even-money (2.00), you should always have the bet. You’re getting much bigger odds than you anticipated, meaning you have found a value bet.
How Do I Find Value Football Bets?
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