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No Goalscorer matched betting guide

No Goalcorer matched betting is a useful strategy. Let’s see how to exploit this risk free matched betting technique.

No Goalscorer strategy 

No Goalscorer is a simple 2-step method of backing and laying:

1). Place a back bet on “No Goalscorer” in the ‘First Goalscorer’ market at the bookmaker.

2). Place a lay bet on 0-0 in the ‘Correct Score’ market at the exchange.

You’re hoping the match finishes 1-0, with an own goal the only goal scored in the match.

This is because most* bookies don’t count own goals when settling first goalscorer bets.

A result of 1-0 with an own goal means you win the back bet on No Goalscorer. You would also win your lay bet on 0-0. A rare occurence where you could win both sides of the matched bet!

Finding opportunities

When looking for No Goalscorer opportunities, teams like Northern Ireland or low scoring Premier League teams feature heavily.

A match where No Goalscorer triggered was Wales vs. Northern Ireland at Euro 2016, which was a 6.5/6.4 odds match at several bookies.

No Goalscorer is often available at for a no-loss or minimal loss odds match. The 2018 World Cup qualifiers involving Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland were great examples, even if neither match triggered No Goalscorer.


No Goalscorer is a useful diversifier in your match betting techniques. I’d advise only taking arbs or a straight odds match such as 6.00/6.00, 8.50/8.50. You don’t want to be taking qualifying losses, as No Goalscorer rarely triggers in football matches.

*Please check each bookmaker’s terms to ensure they don’t count own goals for settlement of first goalscorer bets. 

At the time of writing, Bwin void first goalscorer bets if the first goal scored is an own goal – making them unsuitable for No Goalscorer matched betting.*

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