- Team A is beating Team B 2-0 at half-time, and you back them on the -1 Asian handicap line. The following outcomes are possible:
- Team A fails to extend the lead, winning by either one or two goals. The in-play -1 line hasn’t been beaten since placing the bet at 2-0, meaning the bet has lost. If Team B can draw or win, the bet has lost too.
- Team A extends its lead by one more goal, with a final result of 3-0, 4-1, 5-2, etc. The -1 Asian handicap line has been matched since placing the bet at 2-0, and your stake is refunded.
- Team A extends its lead by two or more goals with a final score of 4-0, 5-0, 5-1, etc. The -1 Asian handicap line has been beaten, even from the 2-0 start. Your bet has won.
As with pre-game bets, the Asian line could be set to a -0.5, meaning there are no refunds, and your bet will either win or lose. Likewise, a -0.25 may be available, which means you could get a half refund combined with a win or loss.
Still, whatever the line may be, it takes effect from the current scoreline.
The team you back is more concerned about the full-time result, which can harm their sense of urgency during the first half. If the other team scores, they have less time to respond.
After losing a bet by half-time, backing another selection in the same match could double your losses.
The race against time means bets are more vulnerable to being severely damaged by injury stoppages. On the other hand, if you’ve backed a team on the + handicap, this can work in your favour.
It’s more tempting to rush into confirming your selection before conducting external research or watching the game develop.
The choice between first-half and full game lines can influence your win ratios and returns. However, most punters find that they use a combination of the two, even when there is a clear preference for one or the other.
Whichever option is selected, the critical factor is to find a betting pattern that generates steady long-term profits.
Factors to Consider when Betting In-play
The in-play Asian handicap market can be advantageous in several sports, with football being the most notable. The opportunity to remove the threat of losing on a drawn outcome can work the odds in our favour. Even if it does occasionally mean accepting slightly smaller payouts.
With in-play Asian handicap opportunities at your disposal, your hopes of winning are even more significant.
Use the combination of pre-game research with an analysis of how the match has developed, and you should find that you start picking more winners than ever!
Check out our main guide article to learn more about Asian Handicap Betting,