Whether you are new to online betting or a seasoned pro, Asian Handicap offerings continue to be among the most popular bets worldwide due to their simplicity.All Canadians that bet on sports are familiar with fixed odd bets. In regular soccer betting known, you are offered a selection of three options to pick from; Home-Draw-Away. The Asian Handicap (AH) gets rid of the draw bet and instead replaces it with a spread, much like American football. So instead of having to choose between three options you now can pick either the home or away team to win.
Asian Handicap bets can also make a game significantly more entertaining to follow and further engages bettors into betting on popular favourites like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, or Barcelona.
You see, when you look at the fixed odds for a game featuring a heavy favourite like Real Madrid and its playing against a basement dweller such as Racing Santander, the majority of people naturally believe that Real will win the game. But we all know there isn't much value in laying down money if Real are paying a low return like 1.15 or less.
Where the AH comes in is that the underdog, in this case Racing Santander, would be given a lead right from the start like +1.5 or +2.5, meaning they would start with 1.5 or 2.5 goal lead before the game kicksoff. As a result, bookmakers, such as Ladbrokes, are able to offer much better value on their lines, often hovering around evens (2.00).
Alternatively, if you think a favourite may win, but not by much, you can always wager on the underdog and win on that side of the equation regardless if they lose the actual match. So if Real were -2.5 going into the match and actually won by only one or two goals, and you bet on Racing, then you would win your bet.
Below is an excellent Asian Handicap Chart that you can use as a guideline before placing your wagers.
You can use some of the free $50 that Ladbrokes is offering to Goal.com Canada readers right now to try Asian Handicap bets.