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Betting on Corners
To some people, betting on Corners might sound risky. But in fact there are good grounds for saying that it's a safer option than many other football markets.
Bookmakers' research is often nowhere near as thorough as it should be. Sometimes using odds templates based on teams' Match Result performance – totally inaccurate for predicting any other aspect of the match.
The following Corners bets are available with most bookmakers…
This is the most straightforward of the Corners bets that bookmakers offer - simply whether the match will have more or less than 11 Corners in total (including both teams' totals). You'll usually find 11 is the most common marker in the Premier League, but sometimes 10.5 and even 10 on occasion.
First Half Corners
This is the same bet as a Total Corners bet, but settled at Half Time (with the lower total of 5 Corners being the marker).
Corner Handicap (sample)
|Team A (minus 2)||5/4|
|Team B (plus 2)||5/6|
|Tie (Team B plus 2)||13/2|
It is possible to bet on which team will win the most Corners – taking into account a plus or minus handicap. The size of the handicap is determined by the bookmakers and will change for every game.
The team with a 'minus' handicap having to overcome their deficit in order to win the bet.
So, for example, if a top team were awarded a (minus 2) handicap – they would need to win at least 3 Corners than their opponents to win the bet…
- Bet: Team A (-2) v Team B
- Actual result: Team A wins 6 Corners, Team B wins 5 = bet loses
- Actual result: Team A wins 7 Corners, Team B wins 5 = bet loses
- Actual result: Team A wins 8 Corners, Team B wins 5 = bet WINS
First/ Last Match Corner
You can also bet on which team will be awarded the First Corner, and the Last Corner in a match (these are two separate bets) – but this can be something of a lottery.
|Total (First half total x second half total)|
Multi-Corners are available in Fixed Odds and Spread Betting versions. Totals are calculated by multiplying the number of first half Corners by the number of second half Corner (in total, from both sides).
So if there are 4 Corners in the first half and 8 in the second, the total would be: 4 x 8 = 32.
You might also see Multi-Corners bets available per team.
In the Spread Betting version (not available with regular bookmakers) profits/ losses are open ended. You will choose a stake per 'point' – and your profit/ losses are based on two things:
A, whether your bet won or lost, and B, the margin between your bet and the actual result.
So, using the above example, if you bet 'Over 28' for £5 per point – A, your bet is a winner, and B, you profits are calculated on the margin between your bet (at 28) and the final result of 32: 32 – 28 = 4 x your stake of £5 per point (= £20).
If you had bet 'Under 28' – A, your bet is a loser. And B, your losses are calculated on the margin between your bet and the final result: 32 – 28 = 4 x your stake of £5 (= £20).
|Total (Home team total x Away team total)|
X-Corners are also available in both Fixed Odds and Spread Betting versions. Totals are calculated by multiplying the number of Corners won by the Home team, by the number of Corners won by the Away team.
So if the Home team won 7 Corners and the Away team won 5, the total is: 7 x 5 = 35.
The Spread Betting version works in the same way as Multi-Corners. You need to choose Under or Over, then decide on your stake – bearing in mind that your potential profits/ losses will be calculated on the margin between your bet and the actual total.
For more a more detailed explanation of Multi-Corners, X-Corners and other popular Football Spread Bet, go to Football Spread Betting