What does -1.5,-2 mean in soccer betting? How to read Asian Handicap?

Asian Handicap is a type of wagering that effectively gives the underdog an advantage. Used in soccer, Asian Handicap removes the “draw” option for bettors and provides an edge to the underdog.

In typical soccer betting, you need to select either team to win the game outright on the money line or the draw (1×2 betting). That gives you three options. Asian Handicap gives a bettor a choice between just the two teams but the favorite needs to win by a certain margin to be considered a winning bet.

A recent example of a -1.5, -2 Asian Handicap bet came in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, as Juventus hosted Atletico Madrid down 2-0 on aggregate. Juventus ended up winning the match 3-0, so if you bet them at +110 on the -1.5, -2 Asian handicap for $100, your bet would have returned you $210 (your $100 stake plus $110).

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