Tipster 101: does injury time count in football bets? action

Tipster 101: Does injury time count in football bets?

By Will Almond - Mar 22nd 2022

The short answer to this is yes. Injury time does count in football bets across all markets.

However, it’s important to be clear on the difference between injury time and extra time when betting on football. Unless explicitly stated, football bets do include the 90 minutes of normal time plus any injury time. They do not include extra time or penalties. 

What’s the difference between injury time and extra time?

Injury time is time added on at the end of each half to make up for any stoppages. These stoppages could be due to any number of reasons, including injuries to players, fans, protests or a problem with the ground facilities such as the pitch.

Extra time is an extra 30 minutes, split into two 15 minute halves, played at the end of a knockout football match where the game has to have a winner. These matches could be in the Champions League knockout stages or a domestic cup like the Carabao Cup. This happens when the match has been drawn after the full 90 minutes, including all injury time, has been played. If the match is still drawn at the end of extra time the match usually proceeds to penalties.

Are injury time, stoppage time and added time all the same thing?

Injury time is now often referred to as added time or stoppage time as it can be added for a number of different reasons other than injuries. For example, if there was to be problem with one of the goal nets which needed to be sorted out, this would be added as stoppage time at the end of the half.

Does first half injury time count in football bets?

Yes, first half injury time will count towards football bets. If you have placed a bet that requires something specific to happen in the first half, then events in first half injury time will count towards that first half. 

For example, let’s say you have backed the home team to be winning at half time and at full time. When the clock shows 45 minutes, the game is tied at 1-1. However, there was a bad injury to one of the players and the referee has added 5 minutes of stoppage time. In the 45+3 minute, the home team scores and they lead 2-1. The home team hold on to win the game after 90 minutes too. In this instance, your bet would be a winning bet. However, if the home team’s second goal had been scored in the 48th minute, then the match would have been drawn at HT and the bet would have lost. 

The same applies for any “first-half” markets, such as over 0.5 first half goals or both teams to score in the first half. 

All the stats we provide in the relevant markets take this into account. None of our past results or form stats include extra time but they do all include injury time.

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