Soccer moneyline betting explained

When you want a simple way to bet on soccer, the moneyline is for you. Who do you think will win? No handicaps or spreads, just a straightforward choice on a soccer match result. It couldn’t be easier.

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema (9) controls the ball ahead of Club America defender Sebastian Caceres (4) during the first half at Oracle Park. © Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

© Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Soccer moneyline betting key takeaways

  • Also known as a match result bet, moneyline betting is the most popular bet in soccer.

  • It simply involves picking who you think will win the game.

What is soccer moneyline betting?

If you want a simple bet on a soccer match result, then soccer moneyline betting online offers you that choice. You select the team you think will win and place your bet accordingly.

The sportsbook will make it clear how much you will win, depending on the odds it sets for a particular soccer match result.

In soccer betting, unlike most US sports, there are three outcomes: win, lose or draw. So the bet is a three-way market, not just two.

You can also include soccer moneyline betting online in parlays , which combine several match outcomes in a single wager and provide bigger odds. If you select all the results correctly, your winnings will be much bigger too.

How to place a soccer moneyline bet

When you want to enjoy soccer moneyline betting online, a sportsbook will display three sets of odds for each of the teams involved in the match.

These will typically be expressed in the form of a $100 bet, for example:

Manchester UnitedDrawManchester City

Based on the odds shown above, if you think Manchester United will win, a $100 bet will return $235 plus your stake, a total of $335.

If you think Manchester City, the favorite, will win, you need to stake $116 to win $100 – returning a total of $216.

Betting $100 on the draw (tie) will return $255, plus your $100 stake – a total of $355.

This doesn’t mean you have to bet $100. You can wager any amount you like. Our Odds Calculator will help you work out how much you will win, based on the size of your stake.

The simplicity of the bet is what makes soccer moneyline betting online so popular with bettors all over the world.

© Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
© Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

What do plus and minus odds mean in moneyline soccer betting?

Odds that appear with a minus in front of them mean a team is the favorite to win the game, while a plus will appear in front of the soccer team deemed the underdog by sportsbooks. A plus sign (+) means that you will receive winnings that are greater than your original stake, and a minus less.

If you bet $100 on a winning moneyline bet at odds of +170, we will be paid $170 of profit and our original $100 stake ($270 in total). Betting a favorite on the soccer moneyline means we have to bet more to win less. For example, a bet at odds of -110 means we need to place $110 to win back $100 on top of our stake.

A working knowledge of soccer moneyline odds and how they work is useful, but you can use the  OnlineBetting bet calculator  to check on potential winnings. You can also convert American odds to fractional odds, or decimal odds (popular in the UK and Europe).

Why bet the soccer moneyline?

There are so many variables in soccer that sometimes simply backing a team to win makes things more straight forward. With a moneyline bet, we don't need to worry about a margin of victory, which player scores the goals, or when the goals are scored.

With the competitive nature of top class soccer games on the biggest stage, moneyline is a safer option when so many matchups are decided by one goal.

Simply decide who you think will win the game and place your soccer moneyline wager.

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