An odd with handicap is the particular type of bet that involves the assignment of an advantage to a team or a player.
The handicap indicates the margin (of goals in football, of points in basketball, of sets or games in tennis and so on for other sports) that you need to consider when placing a bet to calculate the right outcome of the event.
In football, to determine the winner among the possible outcomes in the 1X2 handicap bet, it is necessary to add or subtract goals to one of the two teams.
It is important to understand the difference between European and Asian handicaps, and to pay attention to which type of handicap is offered by your bookmaker.
In Europe, European handicap odds are more common (they are also called "handicap" or "classic handicap"). The professional Tipsters make greater use of the Asian handicap for the following reasons:
a) the number of odds is wider;
b) there are various refund possibilities which do not exist at all with the European handicap;
c) in some cases the Asian odds are higher than the classical odds (even though it is about the prediction of the same result for the same event).
On the platform PronostiOk.com we indicate the European handicap with the letter H and the Asian handicap with the letters AH
Let´s use the Champions League match “Psg - Real Madrid” played on 6 March 2018.
A) Prediction 1 H (-1.0): the home team PSG must beat Real Madrid with a margin of at least 2 goas. In fact, if the home team wins by 2-1, subtracting the initial handicap goal, the abstract outcome of the match becomes 1-1, and the draw would make you lose the bet.
B) Prediction X H (-1.0): the home team PSG starts with a negative handicap of exactly one goal and you bet on Draw. In fact, if the home team wins by 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3 and so on, subtracting the initial handicap goal the abstract outcome of the match becomes a Draw, and you win your bet.
C) Prediction 2 H (+1.0): since a goal is added to the away team, the draw or the victory of Real Madrid would automatically make you win (it's like playing the double chance X2)
Bookmakers who publish Asian odds would indicate the same predictions as follows:
A) Prediction 1 AH (-1.5): the home team must beat the opponent with a margin of at least 2 goals
B) This eventuality is not provided
C) Prediction 2 AH (+0.5): since a goal is added to the away team, the draw or the victory of Real Madrid would automatically make you win (it's like playing the double chance X2)
In practice with the Asian handicap the "0.5" counts as an entire goal. It sounds complicated but it is not at all. The Asian odds give excellent possibilities that must be exploited. The examples listed in the next section are useful to clarify the ideas: 3.3 - Examples with Asian Handicap