The over and under betting type employed by bookmakers is one of the most enjoyable and potentially profitable means of placing a punt.
Over/under betting is extremely popular in America and has been a staple of sports betting for decades. Football (or soccer) is now one of the most bet-on sporting codes in the world so an over/under bet is proving popular.
Football embraces an over/under 2.5 bet on almost all sports betting platforms and this provides plenty more scope, thrills and potential wins than a traditional outright result wager.
The most traditional form of placing a bet on football, be it for a straight wager or an accumulator is the 1×2 format, namely a home win, draw or away win … but with over/under 2.5 betting the punter has more variety and better odds.
When assessing the over/under market bookmakers offer the average goals per match to work out the odds.
Some football leagues have interesting all-time historical statistics that assist both the bookie and the punter in working out whether the total goals in a match will be over or under a certain set parameter, in this case 2.5 goals per contest.
The Italian Serie A surprisingly tops the log for a top European league in terms of average goals per game, standing at a shade over the 3-goal mark.
The English Premier League, despite high flying goal-scoring machines like Liverpool and Man City average just under 2 goals per match while the Spanish top flight hovers closer to the 3 goal per contest.
The bet is simple, if the bookmaker offers the bet-type over/under 2.5 it means that a punter must predict if there will be 3 or more goals scored in the game (between both teams) or if there will be 2 goals or less.
The over/under 2.5 is the most popular bet of this model but there are bet-markets that offer over/under 3.5, 4.5 and more.
Over/under betting can be done on almost every activity in football from yellow2 cards, red cards, corners, off-sides and more.