What is Over/Under 2.5 Goals in Football Betting?

Published: 2020-01-10 By: The Guru

Over/Under 2.5 Goals is one of the most used markets in football betting and one of the easier markets for gamblers to find bets in due to the fairly straight-forward metrics used.

The main confusion with this market comes from the use of the 0.5 as there can't be half a goal in football... So why does this exist in betting?

In simple terms it actually helps to remove the confusion around betting on the number of goals in a game by making it a true/false outcome.

So, exactly what are you betting on when it comes to Over or Under 2.5 goals? Let us explain:

If you think the game will have 2 goals or less then this would be Under 2.5 Goals.

If you think the game will have 3 goals or more then this would be Over 2.5 Goals.

So for an Under 2.5 Goals bet, you win by betting on it if the full-time scores are 0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 2-0, 0-2 and 1-1.

However, by betting on Over 2.5 Goals, you will win only if the score is anything other than those listed above where the game has more than three goals in it.

The final outcome of the game in terms of who wins is not relevant for this bet as you are only worried about the number of goals scored.

How to pick winning Over/Under 2.5 Goals Bets?

In order to pick winning Over/Under 2.5 Goals bets we believe it is easier to focus on the Over 2.5 Goals market as we find that these games are easier to find by looking through teams goal scoring and defensive statistics.

What we like to look for are teams that have high average goals scored and average goals conceded and teams where the clean sheet percentages are low. This indicates that the teams involved tend to be involved in high-scoring games.

Once you have those stats, they should correlate with the average total goals per game in the last five or six games. If the average is 2.75 or above then you likely have a strong pick for an Over 2.5 Goals bet.

Another key thing to consider is the odds for the bet. We tend to avoid backing anything in the Over/Under 2.5 goals market if the odds are lower than 1.50 as this does not represent a great amount of value versus the risk.

It can be a time consuming process to find good Over 2.5 Goals selections which is why we built our Over 2.5 Goals Tips page that does all the data processing for you and simply shows the best tips for a given day.

We hope you find this guide useful and now better understand the Over/Under 2.5 Goals Betting Market.

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