How Often Do Both Teams Score In Euros Matches?

football pitch with scoreboard aboveFootball is by far and away the most popular sport to bet on in the UK and one of its most popular wagers is the Both Teams To Score (BTTS) market.

There are many punters who like to bet on the Both Teams To Score options on a particular betting site because they often represent better value than other options.  The rise of bet builders has also increased the use the BTTS market within same-match multiple bets.

For those uncertain, both teams to score is a bet that requires each team to score during a match in order to payout.

This is a neat way of betting on a match when this particular outcome looks a better option than betting on the result.

That is why, with the 2024 European Championships on the horizon, we wondered how likely this market is to payout in the tournament based on past results.

Euros Matches Where Both Teams Scored

TournamentHostMatchesBoth Teams Scored*BTTS In Final?
Euro 1996England3113 (42%)Yes (1-1 after 90 mins)
Euro 2000Belgium And Netherlands3114 (45%)Yes (1-1 after 90 mins)
Euro 2004Portugal3116 (52%)No (1-0)
Euro 2008Switzerland And Austria3114 (45%)No (1-0)
Euro 2012Poland And Ukraine3117 (55%)No (4-0)
Euro 2016France5120 (39%)No (0-0 after 90 mins)
Euro 2020France5124 (47%)Yes (1-1 after 90 mins)

* In 90 minutes, not including extra-time.

Both Teams Don’t Always Score

scoreboard showing 3-2 scorelineOther than the World Cup, the European Championships are the second biggest international football tournament for betting on and the 2024 tournament will get underway on Friday June the 14th 2024.

There will be up to four live matches per day during the group stage and in the UK, every fixture will be broadcast live on terrestrial television at betting friendly times.

At the end of the day, goals are what football is all about. They determine the outcome of a match and in the long term a competition too.

The likelihood of both teams scoring in a football match varies between competition and the quality of the competing teams.

In the Euros, at least since Euro 96, the amount of times that both teams scored was less than 50%, which, for what it’s worth, works out to be similar to the average for the Premier League.

In fact, the most common goals total in matches across the top European domestic leagues is just one solitary goal while the second most likely outcome is no goals at all.

And, what’s more, when the Euros were increased in size in 2016, the number of time both teams scored actually decreased.

In 51 matches played that year, only 20 saw both teams finding the back of the net so think before you bet.

Euros Finals Where Both Teams Scored

1960FranceSoviet Union V Yugoslavia2-1 (1-1 90 Mins)Soviet Union
1964SpainSpain V Soviet Union2–1Spain
1968ItalyItaly V Yugoslavia2–0 (Replay) First Final 1-1Italy
1976YugoslaviaCzechoslovakia V West Germany2–2Czechoslovakia
1980ItalyWest Germany V Belgium2–1West Germany
1996EnglandGermany V Czech Republic2-1 (1-1 90 Mins)Germany
2000Belgium And NetherlandsFrance V Italy2-1 (1-1 90 Mins)France
2020Pan-EuropeanItaly V England1-1 (1-1 90 Mins, 3-2 Pens)Italy

European Championship finals tend to be a much more muted affair which makes sense when you consider what’s at stake. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2000 for the last time both teams scored in a Euro final before Euro 2020, an occurrence which has happened seven times.  On all but two of these, the score was 2-1 (although some after extra time).

Technically it has happened seven times as in 1968 Italy drew their final 1-1 with Yugoslavia but there were no penalties back then so a replay was held two days later, which Italy won 2-0.

Highest Scoring Game In The History Of The Euros

Euro 1960FranceSemi FinalsFrance 4-5 Yugoslavia (9)
Euro 2000Belgium And NetherlandsGroup StageYugoslavia 3-4 Spain (7)
Euro 2000Netherlands and BelgiumQuarter FinalsNetherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia (7)
Euro 2016FranceQuarter FinalsFrance 5-2 Iceland (7)
Euro 1996EnglandGroup StageRussia 3-3 Czech Republic (6)
Euro 2000Netherlands and BelgiumGroup StageYugoslavia 3-3 Slovenia (6)
Euro 2004PortugalGroup StageCroatia 2-4 England (6)
Euro 2012Poland And UkraineQuarter FinalsGermany 4-2 Greece (6)
Euro 2016FranceGroup StageHungary 3-3 Portugal (6)
Euro 2020Pan-EuropeanLast 16Croatia 3-5 Spain (8)

The highest ever scoring match in European Championship history occurred in 1960 when France put four past Yugoslavia and still lost out by a goal as their opponents on the day hit five, the only time nine goals have been registered in a Euro match. Remarkably, it was the opening game of the first ever tournament with the match taking place in Paris, France, that year’s hosts.

One match has produced 8 goals, that was the round of 16 tie between Croatia and Spain.  This consisted of 6 goals in normal time with the game finishing 3-3, Spain went on to score two more goals in extra-time.

On three occasions, two of which also featured Yugoslavia, seven goals have been scored while matches have seen six goals five times including yet another Yugoslavia match. Yugoslavia could almost have appeared in the list a fifth time as there were involved in another six goal thriller in 1976 when, in Belgrade, in what is now Serbia but was then Yugoslavia, the hosts were knocked out by Germany 4-2. We haven’t included it though as the match was 2-2 at full time before Germany plundered another two in extra time and beyond 90 minutes.

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