The points spread is a market that is priced up by all Canadian bookmakers and is a way of making a seemingly one-sided contest into a more competitive one. Having the points spread explained can be tricky for beginners, so here at BettingTop10, we’ve compiled a short guide to this hugely popular method of wagering. Some of the most popular leagues and competitions in Canada will stage a number of one-sided contests throughout the season and these ties tend to result in the hosts using home advantage in their favour. The points spread allows bettors to wager on a market that gives both teams a fighting chance. The figures created offer the pre-match favourites a disadvantage (for example -5.5) whilst it gives the underdogs an opportunity to make it a fairly close contest (for example +5.5) The favourites would be required to overcome the pre-determined deficit in order to win the points spread whilst the underdogs would need to stay within a set number of points of the predicted match-winners. If the favourites are -5.5 pre-match, they would be required to triumph by at least six points in order to overcome this handicap.