Double result

A double result is a type of bet where a bettor predicts both the half time result and full time result in a fixture. It is a highly popular bet in football, and is also commonly referred to as a HT/FT bet.

The name 'double result' is derived from the fact that a double result bet is effectively two bets in one: the half time result and the full time result. Both the half time and full time selections have to be correct for the bet to be successful.

The outcome of a double result bet is determined by the score at the end of normal time. This includes injury time, but does not include extra time and penalty shootouts.

For example, if a bettor had selected Barcelona to be leading at half time and full time against Manchester United in the Champions League quarter final second leg and the game finished 1-0 after 45 minutes and 1-1 after 90 minutes, before Barcelona won the game in extra time, this bet would not be successful as the full time result had been a draw and not a Barcelona win.

However, had a bettor selected Barcelona to be leading at half time and a draw at full time, this bet would have been successful despite Barcelona ultimately going on to win the match, as the game had finished in a draw after 90 minutes.

Double result possible outcomes

There are three possible outcomes for a half time result and three possible outcomes for a full time result: home win, draw or away win. As a result, there are nine possible outcomes in a double result bet.

Home win / home win

Home win / draw

Home win / away win

Draw/ draw

Draw / home win

Draw / away win

Away win / away win

Away win / draw

Away win / home win

How to use a double result bet in betting

A double result bet is a riskier bet to place than a straight forward FT result bet, as a FT result bet is a 1X2 bet and therefore has just three possible outcomes and a 33.3% chance of selecting the correct outcome. In contrast, a double result bet has nine possible outcomes, and therefore just an 11.1% chance of selecting the correct outcome.

However, due to the increased number of outcomes and lower likelihood of success, double result bets offer longer odds and the chance of greater returns from a smaller stake.

A double result bet is a good bet to place if you are confident of one team beating another convincingly. With a double result bet, you will be offered longer odds than you would with a straight forward FT result bet as there are six more possible outcomes, making selecting the correct outcome more unlikely. However, if you are confident that a team will win a match convincingly, there is a good chance that they will be leading at both half time and full time.

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