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 – 1-2 April 2017
- Liverpool v Everton – Under 2.5 Goals at 11/10 with Betfred – Bet £10, Get £30
- Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Over 2.5 Goals at 4/5 with BetVictor – Bet £10, Get £60
- Southampton v Bournemouth – Over 2.5 Goals at 8/11 with Sky Bet
- Swansea v Middlesbrough – Over 2.5 Goals at 23/20 with Betfair – Bet £10, Get £30
- Arsenal v Manchester City – Over 2.5 Goals at 8/13 with Cora – Bet £5, Get £20
Liverpool v Everton – Under 2.5 goals (11/10 with Betfred)
The Premier League weekend kicks off with Liverpool hosting Everton, a game which many will associate with goals. However, there’s a lot riding on this clash, with both pushing for a top four place. Given the size of this derby, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a cagey game here. On top of that, just one of the last five Merseyside derbies have seen three or more goals, so we think there’s a lot of value in backing a low scoring game to kick off Saturday’s action.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Over 2.5 goals (4/5 with BetVictor)
Chelsea continue to motor along on their title push, with their consistency seeing the focus switched from the title race to the top four battle and relegation fight. However, that’s seen the Blues recent defensive problems go under the radar. The league leaders have conceded in six straight games, but they’ve done enough to come back and win four of those. On top of that, the hosts have averaged just shy of three goals per game at home this season, so they could hit over 2.5 on their own. We can see Palace scoring at the Bridge, so it’s worth backing plenty of goals in this 3pm clash.
Southampton v Bournemouth – Over 2.5 goals (8/11 with Sky Bet)
After kicking off Saturday with a derby in the North-west, the Premier League wraps up with a south coast affair. Southampton and Bournemouth go head to head, with the visitors possessing one of the worst defences in the top flight. However, they’ve got plenty of punch going forward, and they are more than capable of hurting this Saints side. The hosts picked up a 3-1 win in the reverse fixture earlier this season, and we can see a similarly high scoring game when they meet at St Mary’s.
Swansea v Middlesbrough – Over 2.5 goals (23/20 with Betfair)
Swansea have the worst defensive record in the top flight, which makes them a target for low scoring Middlesbrough. The visitors are under new management, and they’ll be pushed to get forward with their future in the Premier League hanging by a thread. The Swans have seen three goals or more in 79% of their home games, so we’re backing over 2.5 here.
Arsenal v Manchester City – Over 2.5 goals (8/13 with Coral)
Arsenal’s defensive problems have been well documented, and that’s something Manchester City can take advantage of. However, it’s taken away from the fact that the Gunners have scored in 18 straight league matches. That should see them find the net at the Emirates, and we can see a high scoring game between these two defensively fragile teams.
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).