Football Betting Tips for Total Goals (Over/Under 2.5 Goals)
Betting on over or under a certain number of goals in a football match can be a very exciting bet as you can effectively cheer every goal, whichever side scores, if on the overs, or every great tackle or fine save if betting on the unders. In other words, it is the perfect bet for the neutral!
Here we bring you our latest batch of over/under betting tips to help you make some money from the upcoming fixtures, with brief details of the free bets available to new customers from the bookies quoting the best betting odds in each case. We’ll then give our justifications for picking that particular option.
Latest Over/Under 2.5 Goals Betting Tips – 19th, 20th August 2017
- Swansea v Manchester United – Over 2.5 Goals at 20/23 with BetVictor
- Liverpool v Crystal Palace – Over 2.5 Goals at 4/7 with Coral
- Stoke v Arsenal – Under 2.5 Goals at 11/10 with Bet365
- Huddersfield v Newcastle – Under 2.5 Goals at 8/13 with Bet365
- Tottenham v Chelsea – Over 2.5 Goals at 13/15 with 888Sport
Swansea v Manchester United – Over 2.5 goals (20/23 with BetVictor)
Manchester United managed to blow away West Ham on Sunday, as we see them scoring three goals on their own here. The Swans had one of the weakest defences in the Premier League last term, and they’ve done little about that. The signing of Roque Mesa seems to be an effort to retain more possession to help out their defence, but can that really work now United have two men in a double pivot breaking up play? We see this being the perfect game for United’s counter, while the Swans scored at home to seven of the top eight last year.
Liverpool v Crystal Palace – Over 2.5 goals (4/7 with Coral)
Having shipped three at home to Huddersfield, Palace are in massive trouble here. They struggled to deal with David Wagner’s pressing style, which is effectively Liverpool-lite. If they try to play the ball out from the back here – which they will, as De Boer is too stubborn to change – then they’ll be blown away. The pressing and pace of Liverpool’s attack will run riot here, making over 2.5 look like the best bet of the weekend.
Stoke v Arsenal – Under 2.5 goals (11/10 with Bet365)
Stoke’s trip to Everton really highlighted their lack of options up front, and they’ve done little to remedy that. The stat which appeared this week showed them with the most Champions League winning players in the Premier League – once Jese Rodriguez arrives. However, most of those were promising squad players who are too inconsistent to play in the Champions League, which means you can’t rely on Stoke for goals. Arsenal should break through the hosts’ defence, but we expect Stoke to set up to frustrate here. We’re backing a low scoring clash at the Bet365 Stadium.
Huddersfield v Newcastle – Under 2.5 goals (8/13 with Bet365)
Newcastle are in the same boat as Stoke when it comes to forwards, so their bid for Potters’ man Joselu is an extremely odd one. We still don’t think that gives them any punch up front, while Rafa Benitez will be working hard to deny Huddersfield’s new forward. Steve Mounie made a great start, which should see the Toon set up deep here, not playing in to the hands of the Terriers’ pressing game.
Tottenham v Chelsea – Over 2.5 goals (13/15 with 888Sport)
Spurs are going to struggle to deal with the size of the Wembley pitch once again, which Chelsea can exploit. The Blues struggled at most of the top five sides last season, and they’re likely to have a tough time here after making an awful start. Injuries and suspensions here are likely to force Conte in to playing two strikers and a makeshift defence, which points to goal here as far as we’re concerned.
What is over/under betting in football?
Over/under betting has become increasingly popular for football punters in recent years and – as the name suggests – it simply involves betting on there being over or under a certain number of goals in a given match.
To make the bet have just two outcomes (win or lose) the goal line is usually presented as a half goal, so that, for instance, if you are betting on there being over 2.5 goals in a game, your bet will win if there are three or more goals scored, but it will lose if there are two or fewer. The flip side, of course, is that if you are backing under 2.5 goals, you get the payout if your chosen match produces two or fewer goals, losing if a third goals in.
Over or under 2.5 goals is a particularly popular option (mainly because the average number of goals, at least in English football, hovers around the 2.5 mark, thus allowing odds of around evens for overs or unders). But you can opt to back over or under more or less any number of goals, from under 0.5 goals (meaning you are backing a 0-0) all the way up to over 8.5 goals or even higher (which might be an option, for instance, when Germany play Gibraltar or similar mis-matches arise).