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
- Latvia v Portugal – Over 2.5 Goals at 1/2 with Ladbrokes
- Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland – Over 2.5 Goals at 7/4 with Sky Bet
- Scotland v England – Over 2.5 Goals at 29/20 with BetVictor
- Republic of Ireland v Austria – Under 2.5 Goals at 8/15 with Betfair
- Serbia v Wales – Over 2.5 Goals at 11/8 with Coral
Latvia v Portugal – Over 2.5 goals (1/2 with Ladbrokes)
European champions Portugal head to Latvia on Friday locked in a battle to make it to Russia next summer. They’re trailing Switzerland in qualifying, which could send them in to the play-offs. However, this Portugal side are far from the defensive outfit we saw in France last year, having scored 19 goals in their last four qualifiers. Latvia shipped four in Portugal, and five at Georgia in their last game, so we think over 2.5 goals is a cert in this clash.
Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland – Over 2.5 goals (7/4 with Sky Bet)
Northern Ireland face one of their rivals for a spot in the play-offs this weekend. A 4-0 win for the Ulstermen in the first meeting between these two put them in a commanding position to take second place. Azerbaijan should be much tougher opponents at home, and we expect them to get on the scoresheet. NI should still have enough to claim an away win, so we’re backing over 2.5 goals which seems like brilliant value at 7/4 with SkyBet.
Scotland v England – Over 2.5 goals (29/20 with BetVictor)
Scotland are running out of chances to put themselves in the play-off picture in this group. They’re on the verge of second, but they’ll need a win over England to keep up their push for Russia. We see Scotland coming out on the front foot in this game, but we still expect England to continue their strong record in this group so far. Having scored three goals in their last two meetings with Scotland, the Three Lions should see a high scoring game here. We suggest backing over 2.5 at the great price of 29/20 with BetVictor.
Republic of Ireland v Austria – Under 2.5 goals (8/15 with Betfair)
The Republic of Ireland’s qualification campaign received a huge boost when they won 1-0 in Austria. It was a major success for Martin O’Neill, and he’ll be hopeful of repeating that win at the Aviva Stadium. This clash isn’t likely to be anything like the 3-1 defeat the Irish suffered against Mexico, or their 3-1 win over Uruguay. We see a much tighter game this time around, so we’re backing under 2.5 goals in this huge encounter.
Serbia v Wales – Over 2.5 goals (11/8 with Coral)
Serbia have been involved in their fair share of great games, only their 1-1 draw with Wales saw fewer than three goals scored. The Serbians have conceded twice in both home games in qualifying, but they’ve taken four points from those matches. The Welsh need to get forward and claim a win to keep their push for Russia on track, but they could be shot down by the Serbians strong attacking record. We believe that over 2.5 goals in this clash is excellently priced at 11/8 with Coral.
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).