All You Need to Know About the Over/Under 2.5 Soccer Betting Tips
The over/under 2.5 goals market is one of the most popular ones among the bettors around the world, alongside moneyline betting and betting on the winner, when it comes to soccer. Although it looks easy, as you should only predict whether the match will produce three or more goals (over) or between zero and two (under), it’s not easy. Sometimes even the games with a bunch of goals expected fail to produce and the bettors who prefer backing over finish empty-handed.
On the other hand, the teams who don’t score a lot of goals can “explode” and score several in just one game from time to time. That being said, there is no such thing as an easy betting market, just like nothing is certain, not even the lowest odds. The over/under 2.5 Goals market is a 90 minutes (plus injury time) only bet. It means extra-time in cup games or such, is not included.
What Does Under 2.5 Goals Mean?
As we already explained, for under 2.5 goals bet to win, less than three goals have to be scored. This can be 0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 2-0, 0-2 or 1-1 results.
What Does Over 2.5 Goals Mean?
When it comes to over 2.5 goals bet to be the winning one, three goals or more have to be scored in the match. This is a more straightforward betting option, as we need a minimum of three goals, and the result is not really important.
Unlike the winner bet, where we have three options (Team A to win, Draw, Team B to win), in the over/under 2.5 market, we have only two possible outcomes. It’s going to be either under or over 2.5 goals, there is no third possible outcome. In other words, you have a 50-50 chance to win your bet when betting on the over/under 2.5 goals market.
That’s more possibility to win, even more than playing black or red on roulette, because of number 0, which doesn’t belong to black or red. The fact that there is a minimum of 50% chance to get your selection right is what attracts bettors the most, especially the ones who don’t like to bet on the winner and prefer goals.
What to look for when betting on the Over/Under 2.5 goals market?
A lot of the bettors will lean exclusively on statistics to win the over/under 2.5 goals bet. By looking at each team's recent results, you can quickly come up with a conclusion and see the average number of goals in the matches. If each side participates in games with a high number of goals, both scored and conceded, then it is more probable that there will be a bunch of goals in that game. Still, consulting statistics is just the beginning of the over/under 2.5 goals betting strategy.
You also need to analyze the type of game that is on schedule. You can do a little research a day earlier if you’re looking for football prediction for tomorrow, or a few hours prior to kick-off. For instance, imagine if Manchester City were playing against Liverpool. In the last ten games against other sides, they might have been winning with a big margin and without conceding goals. Even though their average goals per game is around 3.5, it doesn’t mean they will produce a lot of goals when they face each other.
The match itself could be a stalemate, with few goal-scoring opportunities in case both teams defensively are canceling each other out. A possible 0-0 or 1-1 result is not going to bring you profit if you backed over 2.5 goals after checking stats and recent form. In other words, when two teams of similar quality face each other, stats don’t mean anything.
Here are some other things to consider when betting on over/under 2.5 goals market:
- Team News
- Home or Away
- Good Football Predictions
It’s very important to check team news before you bet on a particular game. It doesn’t matter whether it’s on the winner or over/under 2.5 goals. If the football prediction for tomorrow is something you prefer, it is best to look for the team news a day before or and come back a few more times for updates. Sometimes a team is quite reliant on a particular player, such as a main striker. If this striker is injured, suspended, away from the team for personal or whatever reason, or currently in a bad run of form, this can affect the result of the game. That means the team that you expect to score several goals could fail to do so, which will result in losing your over 2.5 goals bet.
Checking the line-up before the match is essential. Although most of head coaches are keeping this info to themselves until an hour or so before the kick-off, you can always follow the news and updates in days prior to the match start, especially if you go with the football prediction for tomorrow. After you already checked the team news and you’re aware of the players who will miss the match, you can predict the lineup yourself, or at least, come as much as close in doing so. Sometimes head coaches are starting with more defensive-minded players, and sometimes they go all-out attack from the beginning.
Another mandatory info you need to check before betting on the over/under 2.5 goals is home/away form. Let’s say Team A is scoring a lot of goals in front of its own crowd, but is struggling to find the back of the new when playing away from home, especially against stronger opponents. Therefore, you need to always check what type of match it is, whether it is a league game, cup, or a friendly game. That’s because teams can play with much more determination in cup matches, or they are not interested in the cup and are focused on the league.
We hope that our football tips and advice at Ghana Tips will serve you when betting on the Over/Under 2.5 goals market.