Both teams to score yes or no means you are betting on whether both teams will score or both will not. This is a popular wager in soccer, which is a low-scoring sport to begin with and has matches that end up with final scores of 0-0.
Both teams to score can be listed on a betting line with the abbreviation BBTS. An attraction with this type of bet is you don't have to correctly predict a winner. All that matters is both teams will score at least one goal or both teams will not score at all. These types of bets can also keep you involved for the entire game. If one team is dominating play and is ahead 3-0, your interest is still piqued waiting to see if the trailing team scores.
Sportsbooks will also allow you to make a BTTS bet where you will win if the game ends with no goals, or just one team scores a goal. This type of bet gives you two ways to win a bet.
You don't have to be a soccer expert to figure out much of the strategy behind picking both teams to score yes or no bets. At the top of the list is do the teams tend to play low-scoring games or score lots of goals, and have they been in goal-scoring form over their most recent matches. For whatever reasons, teams tend to go on hot and cold streaks when it comes to scoring goals.
You are more likely to bet on neither team scoring if they have strong defenses and conservative attacking styles. Also, consider whether one of the teams needs to score to make up for what happened in the first leg of a two-game series in cup play. As an example, if Arsenal beats Barcelona in the first game, 1-0, it will be more than happy to settle for a 0-0 result in the rematch.
On the flip side, when it's clear in your mind that one team is clearly better than the other a bet that neither team will score does not make a lot of sense. Although they may be difficult to find, it's possible you might find a bookmaker willing to accept a bet on whether the teams will score in a particular half.
BTTS bets can also be good if you are not sure which team will prevail or if you have no particular interest in which team wins. If you have no rooting interest in the teams in a BTTS bet, you spare yourself the aggravation of worrying about your team producing a winning result.