Asian Handicap is a type of soccer betting that effectively gives the lesser team an advantage. This type of soccer betting removes the draw (tie) option for bettors and provides an edge to the underdog team. Soccer bettors who do NOT want to consider the possibility of a draw are left to choose between draw no bet and Asian handicap lines.
In typical soccer betting, you have three options: win, lose or draw. Asian Handicap gives the soccer bettor a choice between just the two teams but the favorite needs to win by a certain margin to be considered a winning bet.
In Asian handicapping, the team that appears with a negative handicap value is the favorite, as the book is subtracting points from their final score in order to even the playing field. The team with a positive value is the underdog, and the book is giving them those points to bolster their final score.
The underdog will start the game with a fraction of a point/goal. For example, Chelsea playing against Man U and let’s say Chelsea was given a handicap of .5 goal. The starting score for the match would be Man U= zero and Chelsea = .5. Now if Man U scores 2 goals for the entire game and Chelsea also happens to score two goals, that would have normally been a draw, but seeing as the underdog team had already started with .5 score, their final score would be 2.5 while Man U is still at 2. The underdog team would have won that match.
Thus, a draw will be impossible as there is no way any team can score a fraction of a goal to make the score even again, someone would have to win, however, the handicap is not a set fraction. The handicap is a virtual goal head start and can increase in increments of ¼ i.e. ¼ goal, ½ goal, ¾ goal, 1 goal, 1 ¼ goal etc.
The aim is to give a level playing field to two opposing teams of disproportionate strength/form (Favorite and underdog) and also eliminate the need for a draw. It is also a type of “Spread Betting”. Teams most likely to lose are given an advantage (in terms of goals) before kickoff. Handicaps (or goal advantage) are usually given to the underdog team. The handicap could be a whole number or a decimal/fraction.
Soccer is one of the few sports in the world where a draw is a fairly common result. With traditional fixed odds, draws are treated as an actual outcome in the game. In other words, if you bet on a team to win and the game comes to draw, you lose.
As you can see, Asian handicapping is confusing. I prefer the typical soccer betting odds used by most sportsbooks for the following reasons:
- Asian handicaps are hard to understand , in my opinion.
- Fixed odds provide better odds for underdogs compared to Asian handicaps.
Although they say that Asian Handicap soccer betting is actually a great way to minimize risk, since a typical bet only gives bettors a one-in-three chance to win, while the Asian Handicap gives you a one-in-two chance to at least get some money back.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, with more top-tier leagues and professional athletes playing around the globe than in any other sport. With so many matches to bet on, it is only natural to diversify your strategy and try your hand at a variety of different wagering types.
Review all of the options by reading all the soccer articles found on this site and in addition, make sure to read the reviews of the best soccer sportsbooks before laying down your hard-earned cash.
As always, be sure to bet within your limits and enjoy the action!