Asian Handicap This Unknown
The asian handicap is an extremely exotic soccer betting market for many, starting from its denomination, and in some ways even vague. Exotic is due to the fact that it was first introduced to Indonesia and soon spread across Asia. Certainly something else appears compared to the traditional 1×2 of the match odds. Therefore, a professional bettor must necessarily know what it is, how to bet and what are the advantages of this type of bet.
Let’s immediately dispel any doubts: despite the apparently obscure name, asian handicap is nothing particularly complex. Once you understand nature, indeed, a new approach to the world of football betting will emerge.
What Is An Asian Handicap ?
So let’s answer the first question: what are we referring to when we talk about this market ?
When two football teams face off, these are rarely in perfect equality in terms of power ratio. This depends on several elements, among which we can count: the recent statistics, the state of form, the financial capacity, the home advantage, and the issues related to the players that can be deployed on the field (absent due to injuries / illnesses, for commitments with national teams or for disqualifications).
In light of the above factors, the opposing parties, bettors and bookmakers, model their expectations on odds, initially expressed in terms of implied probability and then translated into odds.
Based on the power ratios, the differences between the two teams can be more or less wide, to the point that it can happen that on the favorite team the odds are very low if referring to the traditional match odds market.
Here The Asian Handicap Enters The Scene
With the asian handicap, the differences between the two teams are gradually leveled out, first of all by removing the possibility of a draw, an operation that already leads to an increase in the odds. This result is obtained through the attribution of a range of goals in favor and against the two teams, in particular goals and related fractions are removed from the strongest team while they are added to the weaker team (hence the name of “handicap”). This is called single asian handicap betting.
There is also the option of the asian handicap 0, equivalent to the European draw no bet, which means that in the event of a tie, the stake is fully refunded (this is known as level asian handicap betting).
The asian handicap is also modulated by quarters of goals (0.25) for or against the teams. This determines the division of the bet into two parts.
Let’s take an example: the underdog team is given an advantage of 0.25 goals. This advantage translates into the division of the bet into two parts: half will be placed on the asian handicap 0 and half will be placed on the asian handicap +0.5. At the end of the match, the following scenarios may arise:
|Favourite team wins
||Underdog team wins
|bet entirely lost
||half bet refunded and half won
||bet entirely won
It may happen that these markets are also represented with reference to the two stakes halves such as: 0 & +0.5. The last one is known as split asian handicap betting.
The outcome of the bet depends on what it is called the settlement score, that is the result with a given handicap applied. This score is used to settle the bets.
Let’s make another example: if you have backed Chelsea -0.5 and it wins 1-0, the settlement score is (0.5)-0 so you win your bet. If Chelsea draws 0-0, the settlement score is (-0.5)-0, so the bet is lost.
Usage & Advantages of this market
The asian handicap market can therefore be used like any other market: prematch, in play or in sports trading.
It may happen that despite having lost the match, the bet in asian handicap is still a winner or voided by virtue of the number of goals attributed to the losing team, with a clear benefit compared to what would have happened simply by betting on match odds.
Furthermore, in the asian handicap market it is possible to find a greater value than normal bets.
In addition, the margin for the bookmaker is reduced, as the selections drop from three to two, which means that in the long term even a smaller profit is enough to be successful.
In light of the above, therefore, the convenience of the bets on this market and the room for maneuver that this offers, also in terms of value and profit in the long term, are quite evident.
For more information on this market you can consult this page where you can find the various selections of an asian handicap on the main market of the winner of the match, with the related payout.