Definition of Over/Under Bets In Football

 Definition of Over/Under Bets In Football

When placing an over/under bet you are not placing on a certain outcome of a football match but the number of occurrences that an event happens.

Definition of an over/under bet in football: An “over/under” bet is a bet that is won or lost depending on the combined score/outcomes of both teams in a football match. The person who places the bet is not interested in who wins the game, only the final result or number of outcomes.

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You can place over/under bets on all manner of things such as goals, yellow cards, red cards, fouls, penalties and many more events that can happen during a football match. Placing over/under bets in football leaves only 2 outcomes so gives the bookmaker a large house edge unless you are knowledgeable on the football markets.

So in essence you are basically betting on whether the combined score of both teams or the number of events that happen will be over or under a certain number.

Over and under bets can be preferred by many for this reason as it is much easier than picking a correct score or a first goal scorer but the odds do obviously reflect this.

The over/under 2.5 goals market is by far the common and most popular bets to place when betting on the over/under football market. This simply means that you are betting on either 3 or more goals being scored or 2 or less being scored. Nice simple bet and nothing complicated at all but is it profitable?

In the long term we would say no but that is just us because off the odds involved but there are many people who make a lot of money just from placing bets in the under/over market in football.

Example Of An Over/Under Bet In Football

Lets say a punter places a bet of £100 on over 12.5 corners to be taken in a match against Manchester United Vs Liverpool. If the final number of corners is 13 or above then the bet wins but if after the final whistle the match ends with less than 12 corners being taken then the bet loses.

The Pros And Cons Of Over/Under Betting


  • Just two possible outcomes
  • Your bet can win even if the team you would back loses
  • Different lines offered on the same market


  • Big house edge
  • Not so profitable in the long run

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One Response to “Definition of Over/Under Bets In Football”

  1. Mark says:


    My name is Mark and I am going to share my betting strategy with you. I play on over/under 2.5 goals in football matches and this is how i do it:

    I take into consideration the last 4 matches of each team involved in the current game (that’s 8 matches in total).

    If a game has ended with an over 2.5 score I give it +0.5 points.

    If both teams scored in that match I give it another +0.75 points (even if the match ended under 2.5).

    If the game ended under 2.5 I give it -0.5 points.

    If one of the teams didn’t score in the match (even if it was over 2.5) I give it -0.75 points.

    In the end I sum up all those points and I get a positive or negative result. To give an example:

    match results 4:2 2:1 2:2 0:0 2:0 2:1 3:1 3:0

    For the above matches my calculation would look like this:

    +0.5+0.75+0.5+0.75+0.5+0.75-0.5-0.75-0.5-0.75+0.5+0.75+0.5+0.75+0.5-0.75=+3.5 points.

    That would mean to put a 3.5/10 units bet on over 2.5 goals. The maximum results are +10 and -10 points. That would mean a certain over 2.5, respectively under 2.5 goals match.

    I usually place a bet only if I get a minimum +/-5 points result. So, for example, if I get a +6 I place a 6/10 units bet on over 2.5 goals.

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