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
- Leicester v Sheffield United – Over 2.5 Goals at 4/5 with Betfred
- Chelsea v Hull – Under 2.5 Goals at 11/8 with Betfair
- Brighton v Coventry – Under 2.5 Goals at 13/17 with 888Sport
- Huddersfield v Man United – Over 2.5 Goals at 4/5 with BetVictor
- Rochdale v Tottenham – Over 2.5 Goals at 1/2 with Ladbrokes
Leicester v Sheffield United – Over 2.5 goals (4/5 with Betfred)
Sheffield United are having a strong time of things in the Championship, but they were hammered 4-1 by Leicester the last time these two met. That came back in August, and the Blades will be worried about another heavy defeat here given how well stocked Claude Puel’s forward line is right now. The visitors do have an impressive scoring record, and we expect them to find the net against a likely rotated Foxes’ set-up in the opening cup clash of the weekend.
Chelsea v Hull – Under 2.5 goals (11/8 with Betfair)
Hull aren’t likely to offer much resistance to Chelsea on Friday, having scored just 0.75 goals per game on the road in the Championship. They’re now heading for a Blues side who have won 2-0 in the last three encounters between the pair at this ground. This is likely to be another win to nil for Conte’s side, given that they’re hosting the Toothless Tigers. However, the Blues have the small matter of Barcelona to deal with next week, so they’re likely to make big changes up front, while they should aim to relax late on here if possible. With that in mind, we’re going with a low scoring affair here.
Brighton v Coventry – Under 2.5 goals (13/17 with 888Sport)
Brighton are among the lowest scoring sides in the top division heading in to this clash, scoring just 22 times this term. They are set to rotate for this weekend’s top clash, and that could play in to the hands of a Coventry side who are bound to come here aiming to frustrate. We can’t see this being an entertaining clash, so we’re going with under 2.5 in this one.
Huddersfield v Man United – Over 2.5 goals (4/5 with BetVictor)
Huddersfield welcome Man United to the John Smith’s Stadium having just won 4-1 in their last home match. Their crushing victory over Bournemouth was a big step forward for the side, who undoubtedly recorded their biggest top flight result with a 2-1 win over United earlier this season. We can see them putting up a similar fight against United here, so we’re backing over 2.5 goals.
Rochdale v Tottenham – Over 2.5 goals (1/2 with Ladbrokes)
Rochdale have impressed in recent FA Cup games, following a 1-0 win over Millwall in their last match. They drew 2-2 away to the Lions in the Fourth Round, and we can see Dale giving Spurs a game at Spotland. The visitors are likely to be tired out thanks to that impressive display in Turin during the week, and we see Rochdale finding the net. With Tottenham drawing 2-2 with League Two Newport in the last round, we’re backing at least three goals in this clash.
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).