Commonly referred to as a shutout in the United States, a clean sheet in soccer is when a team prevents its opponent from scoring a goal. If neither team scores a goal then the game ends up with two clean sheets.RICK FORTENBAUGH
Betting on clean sheets is one of the more popular forms of gambling when it comes to the sport of soccer. If this is the bet you choose to make, there are a whole host of things to consider prior to making your wager.
At the top of the list are the odds. These can vary greatly and are related to the odds of which team will win the game. Obviously, the odds of a heavy underdog keeping a clean sheet are much greater than the odds for a clear favorite.
In addition to a team's ability to win, the next thing to consider is its style of play. A team that aggressively attacks and scores a lot is more likely to concede a goal because it is open to a counter attack.
Furthermore, teams that score a lot of goals are not as concerned about giving up a goal because they figure they will outscore the opposition anyway.
Similarly, many teams play a more defensive style and are comfortable winning by the score of 1-0. Teams with a defensive style tend to be priced at shorter odds when it comes to recording clean sheets.
In addition to the teams themselves and their track record for scoring goals, also consider the players themselves.
If a team has an attacker who is on a hot streak when it comes to scoring goals, you might not want to bet on the other team recording a clean sheet.
At the other end of the field, a team with a strong set of fullbacks and a quality goalie is more likely to get through a game without conceding a goal.
Also keep in mind what's at stake in a particular game. When teams are part of a group in tournament play, goal differential can often determine which teams advance. As such, a team will often go all out to score goals if it knows that in addition to winning it must improve its goal differential.
This can also come into play when two teams square off in a tournament in a home-and-home series. Under this format away goals can determine who advances if the teams end up tied.
The result is a team can find itself in a position where a 2-1 loss in the second leg of the series is good enough because it won the first game at home, 1-0, and has the only away goal.
In addition to betting on a team or both teams to record clean sheets, you can also wager for a team to win, 1-0. The payoff will be better in this type of wager because you correctly picked the winner and that it would give up no goals.
If you want to get really analytical, you might want to consider a referee's penchant for calling penalty kicks. Also known as PKs, penalty kicks have a high conversion rate and the more that are called the less likely the game will have a clean sheet.
The popularity of betting on clean sheets is due in large part to the fact it's a very simple wager to make. It's also a bit that's commonly available for those who like to gamble on soccer.
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