The Both Teams to Score bet is a simple 'does what it says on the tin' wager that typically provides returns at odds ranging from 1/2 to 6/4. You aren't going to make massive winnings from small stakes BTTS wagers, but get it right and it can be a neat little moneymaker.
Before we begin let's make sure we are straight on the mechanics of the bet.
Both Teams to Score is a spectacularly straightforward market where you back either yes or no to the prospect of both teams getting on the scoresheet. Another way of looking at it is to ask the question 'will either team keep a clean sheet?'
If you have a strong view this easy bet allows you to take a position and hopefully turn a profit.
So when do we choose to get involved in the Both Teams to Score markets? One occasion might be when other popular markets, such as Match Odds, do not provide an obvious selection.
For example a November 2015 meeting between West Ham and Everton at the Boleyn Ground saw no clear favourite in the Match Odds, and similar prices about all three eventualities - the home team available to back at 17/10, the away team a touch longer at 15/8 and the draw 12/5.
With no clear bet to be had in the Match Odds, the Both Teams to Score market offered an obvious alternative. Through the 11 league games prior to that match each club had kept three clean sheets, a rate just shy of one for every four games, while comfortably sitting in the top half of the table for goals scored. It was possible that West Ham or Everton would record a shutout of course, but a back of Yes in the Both Teams to Score market looked the obvious selection. End result? 1-1.
The ideal ingredients for a successful BTTS wager are obvious - two decent attacks against a pair of poor defences but the market isn't stupid and will always adjust. In the above example you would definitely be taking an odds-on price. That makes it a good market to include in a multiple, putting a pair of solid odds-on shots into one bet to create a nice paying wager.
BTTS can function as an alternative to an Over 2.5 Goals bet - both are based on similar but unrelated outcomes. An Overs bet can land with just one team scoring while BTTS cannot. Overs and BTTS will often be similar prices with the latter a shade shorter. You will have the insurance of the 1-1 draw copping should you back Both Teams to Score, however.
So which leagues should we focus on in our search for BTTS profit? We asked the good people at Opta to crunch the numbers on Europe's top leagues to see if there were any strong trends to seize upon. Starting with the 2010-11 season up to early November 2015, Opta looked at nearly 10,000 games across the Premier League, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga.
The leagues to focus on were the Bundesliga and Premier League both of which see more than 50% of their games finishing with both teams scoring. Bundesliga had 54.6% and the Premier League 52.2%.
Spanish games have the lowest figure (49.6%) with Ligue 1 only slightly ahead (49.7%). The other league to breach 50% was Serie A (50.8%).