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 or the draw. 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.
When a handicap is made up of two parts, like 0 and -0.5, it means that the bet is split 50/50 between the two handicaps. These are often referred to as -1/4 (-0.25) goal handicaps.
An example of a -.25 or -1/4 goal Asian handicap came from a Premier League match in March between Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton. On the 1×2 or money line betting, Brighton (+155) was favored over Southampton (+200), with the draw (+205)
But on the Asian handicap line, Brighton was 0, -.5 (or -.25) for +110. That meant if Brighton were to win the match outright, you won your bet.
If Brighton and Southampton tied 1-1, half you bet would be returned at the pick or 0 line, and half would be lost at the -.5 goal line. Any other result would be a loss if you bet on Brighton.