Football betting and sports betting, in general, is unpredictable. However, there are a few football betting markets that have very high chances of a win; the over 0.5 goals strategy is one of these.
Although some football matches do end in a 0-0 draw, more often than not one team scores at least one goal within the 90-minute match duration. Luckily, that’s all that is required from an over 0.5 goals bet.
What is the Over 0.5 Goals Betting Market?
The over 0.5 goals betting system has much higher chances of a winning bet than most other football markets, but the odds are also lower. The 0.5 goals market means you are betting on at least one goal being scored during the football match.
Regardless of the final score, you will win the bet as long there has been at least one goal scored in the match. The only circumstance you lose on the 0.5 goals market is if the match finished 0-0.
The over/under betting markets are 90 minutes only and overtime isn’t included. All scores by both teams playing in the match are included in the deciding outcome of the bet.
Why is it a Popular Bet?
As we have already mentioned, your chances of winning on an over 0.5 goals challenge are significantly higher than most other betting markets.
Between 5 and 10% of the total games in major European football leagues, or the Premier League, end with a 0-0 draw, so you have a 90 to 95% chance of winning the bet. Naturally, this higher chance of success is appealing to punters, especially those who gamble more frequently.
Goals from both teams in the match count towards the winning bet. Placing an impartial wager every once in a while can be fun, instead of hopelessly betting on the team that you support.
Another bonus of over 0.5 goals markets is that almost anybody can confidently place a wager, you don’t need much football knowledge.
You’re not required to anticipate a goal from a specific team and you don’t have to set an overall goal limit or threshold. You just need to have an inkling that at least one goal will be scored within the 90-minute match - simple enough, right?
How to Bet on Over 0.5 Goals Strategically
If the over 0.5 goals market is simple, is it worthwhile having a strategy in place to increase your chances even further? The answer is always yes when betting is concerned. Having a betting strategy figured out is always better than going in completely blind, especially when the odds are so low on the over goals market.
Firstly, you should look to place a bet on a match with two teams that are typically high scorers, this gives you a greater chance of one goal being scored and therefore a greater chance of winning the bet.
You should do some research into the stats of each team, their track records and the individual players. Strong attackers and weaker defenders mean it's more likely for a goal to slip through the net.
As an example, if we look at the 2015/2016 season:
- PSV - No games ended on a 0-0 draw all season
- Real Madrid - Played 32 consecutive games without 0-0 closing score
- Liverpool - No home games ended on a 0-0 draw
Odds on the over 0.5 goals market might mean odds as low as 1.5, which some people think is pointless placing a wager on. However, if you have done your research, looked at statistics and game history and think it's a surefire win, it’s still a bit of extra profit in your pocket.
But remember, nothing is 100% certain in the world of football betting.
Over 0.5 Goals Tips for a Winning Lead
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