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Soccer fans can now enjoy placing football bets directly from the comfort of your own home. Thanks to Parimatch, you can access the broadest range of soccer bets in Africa via our intuitive Android/iOS sports betting app and a desktop betting platform. The problem is that if you don’t know how to read soccer odds, you’re going to struggle to place any wagers at all.

But don’t worry! We’ve put together this handy guide to show you how to read betting odds in football using Parimatch products. To understand everything better, it makes sense to compare the explanations to real-life examples always available on our website.

What Are Betting Odds?

Betting odds are a numerical representation of the likelihood that something you bet on will happen. In sports, the betting odds usually refer to the likelihood or probability that a team will win or a goal will be scored, for example.

The more likely something is to happen, the higher the probability. Betting odds show you how high the probability is for something to happen.

If it’s more likely that something will happen — let’s say a well-known strong team wins — the financial reward on a bet is low. In this circumstance, the odds are low.

If you bet on something far rarer, however, the payout will be higher. The odds will be higher.

Now, to understand how to read soccer odds, you need to distinguish between “chances” and “odds”.

If the chances of something occurring are 25%, then would be a 1-in-4 chance of the event happening. This would be written in maths as ¼ or 1:4.

Sports betting odds can be written in different ways, including the most widespread decimal, fractional and American odds. Below, we’ll talk about these odds systems in detail.

But maybe you need to learn the basics first? Here is our ultimate guide on how to bet on soccer.

How to Read Soccer Odds on Parimatch?

By default, at Parimatch, we use decimal odds that are the most simple to read. However, in the Parimatch app, you can set up the format to your liking if you are more familiar with fractional, American or Hong Kong odds.

How do you read soccer betting on Parimatch? It’s simple. You’ll find betting odds explained below.

Gibraltar vs San Marino football betting on Parimatch

Here is an example of odds for a match between Gibraltar and San Marino. Gibraltar has lower odds, namely 1.31. San Marino, at the same time, has higher odds of 8.60. The odds for a draw are 4.90.

The odds can help you determine the presumed probability of each team winning. To present the likelihood of each outcome as a percentage, you need to divide 100 by the odds. In this case, the probability of Gibraltar winning is over 76%, while the likelihood of San Marino becoming a winner is about 11%.

This way we know that Gibraltar is a favourite — a stronger team that has more chances to win this match. San Marino’s higher odds indicate it is an underdog in this game — they are more likely to lose. The difference between odds demonstrates how significantly one team is believed to dominate the match.

You can also figure out your potential winnings after a correct bet. To determine that, you need to multiply your bet sum by the odds, and then detract your wager from the result. For instance, if you bet 10,000 TZS on Gibraltar, your profit will be 3,100 TZS. The odds are low, so your gain is not that big. Meanwhile, with a winning bet on San Marino your profit will be 76,000 TZS. However, this situation is less likely.

We hope that by now it’s getting easier for you to understand how to read football odds. Now let’s see how this decimal system works compared to fractional odds or American odds you might have seen before.

What Are the Betting Odds Formats?

Decimal odds

Decimal odds are represented by a single digit with up to 2 decimal places. This is by far the easiest concept to get to grips with, and decimal betting is straightforward. Let’s look at an example.

If there is a 25% chance that Manchester United will beat Wolverhampton Wanderers, then the decimal odds will be written as “4.00”. The chances that the Wolves will beat Man U are therefore 75%, making the odds “1.33”.

Further, we’ll look at more examples of decimal odds so that you could totally get used to them.

Fractional odds

Take the same example as above. There is a 25% chance that Man U will beat Wolves in the upcoming game. In fractional odds, this is shown as 3/1 or 3:1. This means 3 against 1. If there were 4 chances, the ratio would be 3 of those chances against Man U and only 1 chance for Man U: 3/1.

American odds

American odds are written like -200 or +200. The “-” means the team is the favourite, and a “+” makes it the underdog. If the number has a plus sign, this is how much you would win if you bet $100. If the odds have a minus sign, then this how much you would need to bet to win $100.

How Do Decimal Odds Work?

To become even more confident about betting with decimal odds, let’s practice on another example:

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Southampton FC Parimatch football betting

  • This is a 3-way bet, also known as 1X2 bet or a win/draw/lose bet. As you can see on the Parimatch platform, “1” refers to Wolverhampton Wanderers winning, X refers to a draw, and “2” refers to Southampton FC winning.
  • In this case, the odds that Wolves will win are 1.83, meaning there’s a 56.6% chance. A win for the Wolves on a 10,000 TZS bet would mean a payout of 18,500 TZS, making a profit of 8,500 TZS.
  • A draw has odds of 3.55, which is a likelihood of 28.2%. A 10,000 TZS bet on this result would fetch 35,000 TZS, making a tidy profit of 25,000 TZS.
  • A win by The Saints, on odds of 4.50, means a 22.2% chance. If The Saints did pull through, however, your 10,000 TZS bet would return you 45,000 TZS, making you 35,000 TZS profit!

How to Calculate Probability in Soccer Using Odds

Odds are a solid indicator of how likely an event is to occur. By giving certain occurrences the specific odds shown, bookmakers are making a statement about the likelihood of an event unfolding. As we’ve already discussed, when we look at soccer odds, the higher the number the less likely it is to occur. This is true in reverse — the lower the number, the more likely something is to occur.

To understand how probable an occurrence is, you need to take your soccer betting odds and work backwards. Take the example below:

Urawa Red Diamonds vs Oita Trinita Parimatch football betting

The chance that the Urawa Red Diamonds will beat Oita Trinita is 2.03. Take 100, divide it by 2.03, and there’s a 49.3% chance that the Urawa Red Diamonds will win. The chance of a draw is 29.85%, and the chance of Oita Trinita winning is 28.99%.

How to Calculate Your Winnings From Soccer Bets

The decimal odds system is the most simple way to work out your winnings from any correct bets that you place.

To work out what you’ve won, you need to take your stake and multiply it by the odds. Then minus your stake from the total and you have your profit.

For example, if your bet was 30,000 TZS and the odds were 1.54, you’d have a 65% chance of winning. If you did win, your payout would be 46,200 TZS. This is the total figure of your stake and your winnings.

Next, minus your 30,000 TZS stake from the total amount, leaving 16,200 TZS profit.

Take this game between FC Porto and FC Famalicao:

FC porto vs FC Famalicao Parimatch football betting

If you were to bet on FC Porto to win, the odds are 1.24, giving you an 80% chance of winning. If you were to place a 10,000 TZS bet on this match and you won, you’d receive 12,400 TZS as a payout. Minus your stake and you have a profit of 2,400 TZS.

Imagine you bet on FC Famalicao to win. With odds of 10.00, you have a 10% chance of winning. If FC Famalicao did win, however, you’d get paid 100,000 TZS, making a profit of 90,000 TZS.

When you feel confident about reading soccer odds, it’s time for you to study football betting strategies. We’ve compiled a guide for you so that you could be more successful in your predictions.

What Is the Difference between Betting Odds and Betting Markets?

While betting odds are numbers that represent how likely something will happen, betting markets are categories of bets you can place.

At Parimatch, we pride ourselves on being the most diverse betting platform in Africa. Offering the widest range of online sports betting options, we never miss a football match — no matter where it is in the world.

Now that you know how to read soccer odds, you’re ready to explore various betting markets. Here are a few popular ones to start with

  • 1X2 bets

While some soccer tournaments and cups demand a winner, often there is room for a draw in football. These bets are represented as 1X2. The “1” refers to the home team winning, while the “2” refers to the away team winning. “X” represents a draw.

  • Double chance bets

In a football match, where the outcome can be a win, lose, or a draw, you can bet on two out of three such outcomes. For example, you can predict that team 1 will win OR there will be a draw. If any of these events happens, your bet will win.

  • Handicap bets

Handicap betting means that one team is given a handicap. This handicap means points are “deducted” from their score. In other words, for a team to win, they must beat the other team, even with their handicap deducted from their final score.

  • Total bets

Totals betting invites you to bet on the total number of goals that might be scored during the game. Sometimes called over/under betting or unders/overs, totals betting require that you bet on whether the total number of goals is over or under the number given by the bookmaker.

There are many more types of bets you can place on Parimatch. Learn about them by reading our article on soccer betting markets.

Are Odds Different in Pre-Match Soccer Betting and Live Soccer Bets?

When you bet on a soccer match before it has started, this is called a pre-match bet. This, as the name suggests, means you bet on how you think the match will turn out before it starts.

With pre-match betting, the odds are fixed. All bets are taken 2 hours before the game begins. No matter what happens throughout the game, the odds that you have bet on will stay the same.

Take this game between Crystal Palace and Manchester City:

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City Parimatch football betting

If you were to bet 10,000 TZS on the underdog, you’d be betting on 11.00 odds that Crystal Palace will win. Placing your bet before the match, if Crystal Palace wins, you’ll take home 110,000 TZS. No matter what happens during the game, if Crystal Palace wins, you get that figure.

Live betting works differently as the odds can change throughout the game depending on the action. Imagine, for example, that Gabriel Jesus, Man City’s striker, is sent off in the first half. While the odds for betting on Crystal Palace win were 11.00 before, the odds may go down. This is because it’s now easier for Crystal Palace to win and therefore this result is more likely.

Take the scenario that you bet 10,000 TZS on a pre-match bet on Crystal Palace, you’d get a return 110,000 TZS. However, once Jesus is sent off, the odds drop to 8 as Crystal Palace now has a 12.5% chance of winning. Those who place live bets at this moment will only get an odds of 8, and a potential return of only 80,000 TZS.

Of course, this works the other way too. Soccer fans that place live bets watch the action that occurs on the screen and bet according to what’s happening. Where pre-match bets rely on a team’s previous behavior and gameplay, live betting allows you to take into account what’s happening on the day.

Did you know, that apart from betting on real-life football, you can also bet on simulated virtual football? How’s that? We explain it in our virtual soccer betting guide.

Why Use Parimatch to Bet on Soccer?

Parimatch gives you all the advantages you would expect of top bookies, such as a diverse array of soccer bets and competitive odds. However, on top of that, Parimatch’s browser-optimized betting platform and Android sports betting app provide added convenience so you can place bets on soccer from the comfort of your own home, on the bus to work, out with friends, or wherever you are!

Learn more why Parimatch app is the best for online soccer betting in 2020.

Still, not convinced? Here’s what Parimatch has to offer:

  • Best range of soccer matches in Africa
  • Broadest array of betting options
  • State-of-the-art betting app
  • Secure funds
  • Simple deposit and withdrawal
  • Compassionate customer service available 24/7


Learning how to read soccer odds is integral to betting successfully. When we look at betting odds, we’re seeing the likelihood that an event will occur in a sporting event, according to the bookmaker.

In soccer, bets can be placed on all kinds of events, from the team winning to the number of goals scored, to first scored goal, to the number of corners in the match. These different events have varying likelihoods that they will or will not occur. The odds are the mathematical representations of this.

Bear in mind, that not all bookmakers have the same odds. This is because bookmakers know about some matches better than others, so their odds reflect how they interpret the potential events that could occur when two teams meet.

As for Parimatch, we always offer the most competitive soccer betting odds on our online betting platform. Thanks to our in-depth knowledge of global soccer, we provide the best soccer betting odds across Africa.

If you’d like to enjoy our broad range for soccer bets, head to our official website today or download the Android app for soccer betting straight from your smartphone.