The Point Spread and The Under/Over


Unibet bonus sporting review: The world of sports can sometimes throw up an event that mirrors the fabled story of David and Goliath. Consider the soccer F.A Cup in the U.K for example. It is the oldest association football competition in the world. Inviteeā€™s come from the might of the Premier League to the minnows of the teams between steps one and five of the F.A. National League System. Now imagine that a round three contest pitted a Premier League side against the minnows of one of the lower leagues? This is a contest that the bookmaker is not going to be able to generate any action, because it is so one-sided.

To create interest in every single sporting event ever held the bookmakers created ingenious betting options such as the point spread or winning margins. In the U.S the markets on the point spread are huge in games such as American Football and Basketball, where punters can predict, not just if a team is going to win, but by how many points. In Europe, where soccer is a huge market for the bookmakers the under/over market was created. This allows punters to bet on the overall number of goals that is going to be scored in an individual match.
 

The point spread in the U.S is designed so that the probability of each outcome is roughly equal. Although it is hit or miss for the average punter to predict a point spread with any accuracy, professional sports bettors have advanced computer systems that predict future results based on historical data, and other ancillary pieces of information the sports bettor may feel are vital in creating a more accurate assumption.