Sometimes, it can be quite dizzying trying to figure the right betting option to go with amongst countless options most betting platforms offer. Not to worry, though, because below, are meanings of important football betting terms and options that you never knew or you just don’t care about.

Important Betting Terms to know

Draw No Bet (DNB)

This is one of the most complicated terminologies amongst the betting options. Most punters tend to stay away from it (at least I did for up to two years). But the truth is the Draw No Bet is arguably the safest option available for football bet enthusiasts (a fail-safe option), once understood. The term is commonly used when a punter backs a team in the ‘Draw no bet’ market,  his/her bet will win if his team emerge victorious, while the full stake will be refunded if the game ends in a draw or gets voided in the case of an accumulation. The bettor loses if the backed team lose the game in question.


Meaning of Football betting terms

Liverpool play host to fierce rivals Manchester united on Monday, and you decide to place a ₦10,000 bet on Liverpool Draw no bet. The game ends 1-1, and while your bet is not a winning one, you get the full ₦10,000 stake refunded. Had you simply bet on a home win, you would have lost the entire stake.

Accumulator (Long term bet)

By far, the most popular betting strategy amongst Nigerians, Accumulator is a cumulative bet where the punter selects more than one (could be as much as 15) football matches and combines them on the same ticket. The punter will win the bet if all the matches are successful. As popular as this strategy is, the risk value of this strategy increases in proportion to the number of football games selected.


Football betting terms in Nigeria

The above ticket is an example of a seven-game accumulator


This is another complicated term on the list. Most punters in Nigeria tend to shy away from this one too due to its complex nature. Handicap is the lead given to one team. It’s usually reserved for top teams, strong home teams or teams showing much better performance in relation to the opponent, in order to offer better odds. There are various types of handicap selections a punter can choose from, but the most popular selection is Handicap (0:1).


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In the ticket above, Handicap (0:2) 1H means Atletico Madrid, the home team, must win by 3 or more goals for this stake to be considered as an ace.

Handicap (0:1) 1H means Atl. Madrid must win by 2 or more goals for this stake to be considered an ace.

Handicap (0:1) XH means Atl. Madrid must win by ONLY 1 goal difference

Handicap (0:1) 2H means the away side, Granada must win or will draw.


One of the most popular options amongst punters, the “Under/Over” come in various decimal figures; 0.5, 1.5, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, etc… It is more dependent on the number of goals scored in a specific football match. The “under” means a specific amount of goals must not be scored in a 90-minute game. An under 0.5 stake means no goal is expected to be scored, under 1.5 means less than 2 goals are expected, under 2.5 means fewer than 3 goals are expected and so on. The “Over” is exactly the opposite, which is more goals are expected to be scored above a certain reach in a 90-minute game. An over 0.5 means a goal or more is expected, 0ver 1.5 means 2 or more goals are expected, over 2.5 means 3 or more goals are expected and so on.


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Goal Goal/No Goal GG/NG

Another favourite amongst Nigerian bettors, the “Goal Goal/No Goal” option is also dependent on the number of goals scored in a giving match leading to two possible outcomes; the GG which means both teams are expected to score at least one goal each during the whole match and the NG outcome which means one or both the teams do not score any goals during the whole match.


Football betting terms

In the ticket above, both teams, Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich are expected to concede in the first game while just one of the teams is expected to be on the scoresheet.

Double Chance

The DC is one of the less fascinating betting options due to its minimal odds. Sometimes, backing the underdog might give you a higher odd. The DC comes with three possible outcomes; 1X (at the end of the match the home team wins or draws), X2 (at the end of the match the away team wins or draws) and 12 (at the end of the match the home team wins or the away team wins).


football betting terms double chance In the ticket above, Napoli is expected to win or draw… a loss for Napoli means a ‘spoilt’ ticket as we like to call it over here, in the second game on the ticket, either Pescara or Sampdoria have to win, a draw doesn’t count and Milan have to avoid losing away to Chievo.


Not usually an option bettors love picking due to its high level of riskiness. Nevertheless, it does usually come with a high odd. The “Odd/Even” outcome is predicated on the number of goals scored during the entire match, e.g a 0-0 result is considered even while a 1-0 result is considered odd. This option also comes with sub-categories like 1st HT odd/even, 2nd HT odd/even, odd/even Home and odd/even Away.


Football betting terms meaning

In the ticket above, an even winning stake for PSV vs Heracles will include a 0-0, 1-1, 2-0, 1-3, 5-1, 2-2, etc… result. While a winning odd stake for Newcastle vs Brentford will include a 1-0, 2-1, 2-3, 3-0, 1-4 or 0-1 scoreline.

Other Football Betting Terminologies/Options

Correct Score – A special bet where a bettor predicts the precise final scoreline of a match

Highest Scoring Half

– In this case, a bettor has to predict which half will produce the highest number of goals

Half Time/Full Time

– A bet in which the punter is required to match the result of a match at half-time, and also the final result.

First Goal (First team to score)

– This is an option in which a punter predicts which team will score first, regardless of the final score.


– This happens when a game is not completed or postponed after a punter must have staked on the match.

Clean Sheet Home/Away

– Teams clean sheet means betting on a particular team from conceded or the other team from scoring a goal.