Relatively straightforward with some attractive odds, over/under betting is hugely popular with football punters.
How does it work?
A bookmaker will set a number of goals scored over the course of the game, and you have to guess whether the final amount will be lower or higher.
Want a closer look before you place a bet? Here’s everything you need to know.
In Betting, What Does Over and Under Mean?
In short: you must guess whether the total number of goals scored by both teams is over or under what the bookmaker has set.
There are a number of different betting markets within this, each with their own odds.
Over/under 0.5 goals is just one variation.
Back under 0.5, you’re betting no goals will be scored. Back over 0.5, you’re betting more than 0 will be scored. The total can be any number, all that matters is that someone scores.
This tends to be less lucrative than some of the other markets, particularly for games where it’s highly likely someone will score, such as a Premier League game.
With the over/under 1.5 goals market, under bets win if fewer than 1 goal is scored. Over bets win if more than 1 is scored. This tends to be a popular betting choice, found across many different matches and leagues.
Over/under 2.5 goals follow the same principle. If you back over and the final score is 3 and over, your bet wins. Back under - the opposite is true.
Reckon 3 or more goals will be scored across the 90 minutes? Back an over 3.5 goals bet. Reckon it will be less than 3? Back an under 3.5 goals bet.
This is how the over/under 3.5 goals market works.
Over/under 4.5 goals allows you to bet on either more than 4, or less than 4, goals to be scored.
If you have a number of great strikers in a football match, you might be tempted by the over/under 5.5 goals market.
This lets you bet on either more than 5 or less than 5 goals to be scored over the course of the game.
What are the Odds Like?
Odds vary widely depending on the match itself, the bookmaker, and the market.
There are some lucrative odds to be found, as some punters have made some high profits thanks to their winning bets.
It’s been known that some bookmakers offer odds as high as 3.50, particularly for the 1.5 goals market. Odds tend to climb the more goals you predict will win, however this isn’t a universal rule.
Advice for Placing a Bet in These Markets
Ensure you’re betting intelligently at all times, regardless of the market you choose. To help you do so, here’s some advice.
Look for Patterns
Nothing is easy to predict in sports betting, particularly football. However, looking for common occurrences can be a good strategy to apply. Look for how many times a team has produced over or under a particular amount of goals.
For example, let’s say Manchester City have only scored more than 2 goals in 8 out of the last 18 games they’ve played. This is slightly below half, and should defer you from backing the over/under 2.5 goals market.
Watch Out for the Average
Trying to work out the average number of goals scored by a particular team can sound like a great tactic on paper. However, this isn’t necessarily the best betting strategy to apply when it comes to these markets.
This is because it isn’t about how many goals your team has scored overall, but how many they score in the game in question.
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