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Alternative Corners Explained: How to Become a Corner Bet Specialist

Corner betting may sound simple but you’ll be amazed at the level of diversity involved. In our article you’ll find out just how much variety is available across alternative markets and how to become a successful corner bet specialist. Check our Corners 2 Way article to learn more about more traditional corner bets and our Corner Betting Strategy guide to further enhance your corner betting skills.


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Alternative corners explained

When people ask what does alternative corners mean, the answer is actually that it means any corner related market which does not fit into Corners 2-Way. Here we’ll go through some of the Alternative Corner Markets available so you can get an idea of the sheer amount of variety that is available to you. Do keep in mind that other markets are available, and of course new ideas for markets are conjured up all the time in this ultra-competitive online world, but this should provide you with a good sample of what’s available and what you can expect.


3 Way Total Corners

3 Way Total Corners, also known as Number Corner or Alternative Total Corners more generally, stays pretty close to the basic Over/Under betting markets. So synonymous with Alternative Corners in Soccer, that it is what you’ll find under Alternative Corners in Bet365 and is often the answer to the question What is Alternative Corners in Bet365. With that kind of backing from such huge names in the industry, its easy to see how overwhelming the influence of this market is.

Having said all that the only difference to 2 Way Total Corners, the extra “way” if you will, is that there is also an “exact” option for you to bet on. In other words, you can bet on the total corners to be above or below a certain amount, just like our other examples. However, here you can also bet on the number of corners to be exactly at a certain number. This means that there are three choices in the market, instead of two, hence the name change. This both allows you to have the option of a higher odds exact pick while also slightly lowering the odds of the other two options because there’s now a third potential outcome.


Corner Match Bet

This market doesn’t have you bet on the number of corners taken during the match but rather which team takes the most corners at the end of ninety minutes. In other words, It doesn’t matter whether your pick gets one corner or 20 corners more than their opponents, all that matters is that they get more for you to win the bet. Also known as 1X2 Corner betting, this allows you to focus in on how different teams play and is a very different betting strategy to the other markets we have looked at despite the similar concept. An easy way of thinking of this one is that every corner is one point, just like goals, and whoever gets the most wins. Once again that perfect balance between being conceptually simple but strategically deep.


Corners Handicap

If you are familiar with handicap markets more generally, you’ll likely have a good idea of what to expect here. One issue you may find with a Corner Match Bet is that the team you want to bet on has very short odds, in other words, you will likely win, but only a small amount. Adding a handicap allows you to increase those odds. The way it works is simple. Say you have a corner handicap of minus five. This means your selected team would need to get six corners or more to win this market. Corner handicaps, just like any other handicap markets, allow you to tailor the probability to exactly what you’re looking for in terms of risk/reward.


Asian Handicap Market

Very similar to the regular corners handicap but with one key difference. If the result comes out at a tie, then your stake is refunded, whereas it would otherwise be considered an unsuccessful bet. This is also the difference between the Total Corners and Asian Total Corners Markets. So, once again, if we had a handicap of minus five, and that team had a five-corner lead, in the regular market that bet would be a loss, whereas in the Asian Handicap market you would get a refund. It’s one more way of tweaking the framework of the market to give yourself more chances at success.


Time of the first corner

Another really interesting one is the time of the first corner as it lets you examine the kind of match dynamic you’re expecting in the opening of the game. The time of first corner markets are often taken in five-minute markets. In other words, you can predict that a corner will take place between 0-5 minutes, 5-10 minutes and so on, although this can differ depending on the bookmaker.


First/Last Match Corner

This has you predict which team will receive the first match corner, or, the last, depending on which market you have chosen. These two were so similar we thought it best to put them both here. However, as similar as they are in concept there is some difference in terms of how to approach these strategically, as teams often change tactics with the times.


Corners Race

It might be less well known than some of the markets here but we think it’s one of the most interesting. Here you are predicting which team gets to a certain number of corners first. In other words, it’s a corners race. We love these kinds of markets because they make you think about the game differently. When you start to examine the many betting markets out there, it’s amazing just how deeply and through how many different angles in can make you think about how the game is played.


Corners Range

This is a very similar market to the kind we covered in the different types of corner betting market, however, instead of going over or under this can also include a specific “range” of options, hence the title. So, for instance, you could bet on the amount of total corners to be between 7 and 10, as opposed to being below or above one of those numbers. Often these markets are just tweaks on each other, but that’s what really allows you to customise your bet to a more precise prediction.


How do I become a corner bet specialist?

Now you’ve had alternative corners explained, it should be clear that this type of betting has the potential to be highly profitable, but it requires a lot of knowledge into the game and the teams involved. For example, one thing to always bear in mind is that corners usually come in clusters during a soccer match. Although a corner is not necessarily always followed by another, they do tend to occur in pairs, threes or even more. Small observations like that can really improve your strategy.

Here are some tips and advice to help you make the most of your wagers, and be sure to check on our article on the main corner betting markets, for some individual examples of strategy that can also apply to these markets.


Check on the individual team stats

To become a corner bet specialist, you should analyse past performances and stats to gain an understanding of which teams are most likely to win corners and which are most likely to concede them. Teams that are offensively dominant are likely to take a lot of shots. When these are saved or deflected, then this will result in a corner kick being awarded.

There are plenty of free resources out there which allow you to track the latest statistics for corners. WinDrawWin is just one of these, presenting all the stats you need in an easy-to-understand table. It is always worth spending a bit of time looking through information like this to help inform your bets before you place them.


Follow the news

In addition to their offensive or defensive abilities, you should also consider the teams’ strengths, weaknesses and preferred tactics when corners betting. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to review the teams’ recent performances when choosing to wager on this market and follow up-to-date sporting news, especially surrounding injuries and suspensions.

You can follow the latest action surrounding soccer on various sports news sites, such as Sky News. You can even download the Sky Sports betting app so you can keep up to date while you’re on the go.


Understand the rules of corners bets

You should also take some time to understand the difference between the alternative corners and other corner bets. For example, of all the alternative corners, none are refundable when the bettor loses, unlike in Asian corners which have room for refunds with some conditions. While it does pose a bigger risk, betting on alternative corners means you can either go big or go home. This is the only choice that bettors have, and it could result in big wins when done right.


Tips from professionals for Alternative Corner betting

  • Check the stats on the number of corners taken in past games throughout the season
  • Its also worth looking at the number of goals each team has scored throughout the season
  • Gain an understanding of the team’s style of play, e.g. whether it is offensive or defensive
  • Check the latest news to understand the team’s weaknesses, strengths, pressures and injury status
  • In matches where there is a clear favourite and an underdog, the favourite is likely to get more corners
  • In matches between teams that are equal in skill and pressure, there tends to be less corners
  • Remember that corners tend to occur in clusters in quick succession
  • In the final moments of a close match, there can be a high number of corners
  • However, remember that many bookmakers do not count corners that are taken in extra time



Overall, corner betting does require a more in-depth level of knowledge of both the game and the teams than some other types of soccer betting does. However, it is an increasingly popular way to bet, as it has a diverse betting market and the potential to earn you high winnings when placed right.


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