How To Bet On Shots On Target?

Player wagering has become more common over the past season, with shots on target market seeing the biggest increase. Instead of only placing a bet on the winner of the game, the right score, or the first goal scorer, bets may now be placed in a plethora of different ways. Utilising the shots on target can be a useful strategy for getting the most out of a game. Below, we have provided some frequently asked questions and our opinions on the market. Below, we have provided some frequently asked questions and our opinions on the market.

What qualifies a shot as being on target?

This question may appear to be simple, but is this right? You can see the indignation this season from bettors who felt their player’s effort should have been classified as a shot on target by conducting a simple Twitter search for “@Skybet shot on target.”

The majority of bookmakers will base their market decisions on OPTA data from a game, however it’s important to note that OPTA may change its mind after examining game footage during or after the fact.

  • According to Opta, a goal attempt is on target if it either:
  • whatever the intention, goes into the net
  • is a blatant attempt at scoring that would have succeeded except for the goalkeeper saving it.
  • A goalie would have had no opportunity to save the goal if the last man blocked the clear attempt to score, which would have gone in.

Considerations for selecting your players for shots on target betting

Team / Position News

You may wish to take a number of things into account when choosing which players to target in the shot on target market. Position is the first of those. Where is that player scheduled to play today? Is this his usual posture? When players are shifted about to different locations, that is one angle I particularly enjoy. 

For instance, Bukayo Saka spent the majority of last season’s games as a left-wing defender for Arsenal, but there were a few games at the end of the season where he played on the left-side of the front three with a substantially higher probability of hitting the goal. Many bookies were unaware of this, so they priced him up as a LWB, which is sometimes a good way to get inside.

Dynamic gameplay / setting

When placing a wager on this kind of market, the game’s background must be taken into account heavily. Is one squad fighting to avoid being relegated? Is one team trailing after the first leg by 2-0? Has a manager lost the support of his players, or is he battling for his job?

The ability to predict how a game will unfold can be a beneficial betting skill because there are times when bookmakers do not take these factors into account when setting their odds.

New Players

There can frequently be a significant difference in how bookies price up new signings on the shots on target market. Due to the ambiguity surrounding a new signing’s success at his new club and if his stats will reflect how well he did at his prior employers, this may present possibilities for bettors. Bruno Fernandes’ odds to have 2 or more shots on target in his first league game against Wolves with Betfair were approximately 9/1 when he joined Manchester United. He was going off at as little as 6/5 to hit the target twice before the conclusion of the season after his first few efforts, and the price continued to decrease.

Which bookies provide odds on shots on targets market?

Most of the bigger bookies now offer markets on how many shots a player takes and how many of those shots hit the goal. The list that follows includes those that you should sign up for in order to access.



Paddy Power

William Hill

888 Sport 


If that player doesn’t play, what happen to my money?

It is very disappointing to know that the player you have bet on will be on the bench or not play at all. To minimise this risk, we suggest to hold on until an hour before the game, so you know the starting line-up. Different bookmakers have different rules, so make sure to read the terms and conditions before placing a similar bet. However, normally, if the player is involved in the game in any way, the bet will stand. 

Which sportsbooks have the best odds on such markets?

Betfair and Paddy Power are two of the best-value bookmakers in this market, based on what we’ve seen. They always offer fair prices on all of the players on a team, and it’s also helpful that you can combine these picks into an acca. It is usually worthwhile to compare pricing across different companies because, in the long run, this might result in significantly higher returns, especially in a market which is not as popular as the others yet.

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John Pentin
Born and raised in London, John has always been in love with sport. He started successfully his own blog back in 2006, while writing for football in several newspaper. John has also worked with several betting operators as sports trader and has joined since the start in 2013. John is now head of the content team at