One of the easiest ways of making wagers on this popular sport is over/under betting. This form of betting is based on the total number of goals scored by the two teams playing against each other. In over/under betting you are simply betting if the total scores of the two teams will be higher or lower than a sportsbook’s estimated number. Soccer does NOT have many goals in a game. In fact, most games will have about 2 goals, so 2.5 over/under is the most widely used odds that you will see throughout many online sportsbooks.
Generally, totals betting lines are numbers ending with a half-point (.5), so that the sportsbooks do NOT need to refund the bettors bets should the points played land on a whole number.
The over/under bets, also known as totals, is NOT as complicated as most people think. With decent knowledge about the league in question, the competing teams, their starting lineups and previous matches, over/under bets can quickly become a steady source of betting profit.
The best thing about totals is their complete independence from typical match winner betting. You will have to keep track of their injuries, fatigue levels, and team morale. Factors such as these can significantly influence the overall performance of a given team and impact your over/under wagers.
Below, is a quick list of the most important ones:
When it comes to total goals, the first thing you should analyze is defensive and offensive records of both teams. Another thing to keep in mind is roster changes. Moreover, check the injury lists, schedule (if it is too tight, fatigue can be an issue), and everything player-related that could influence the overall score.
Secondly, game importance plays a vital role in teams’ approaches. In addition, be cautious when betting over on high profile matches, such as European championships or titles .
The last thing I would like to emphasize is to keep an eye out on weather conditions and their effects on games. Too much rain can affect other totals, and mastering over/under bets will require you to understand the trends. For instance, too much rain can be detrimental to teams who practice quick passing style of play. If the pitch gets waterlogged, the ball can NOT travel as far as it usually does, which can drastically affect the match and teams’ ability to control the passage of play in midfield.
In contrast, overly hot weather can result in players getting fatigued much earlier than usual.
If you want to increase your chances of winning over/under wagers, you have to take into account situations such as those mentioned in the above article. Extreme weather conditions, match importance, competition stage, and defensive/offensive records are just the tip of the iceberg.
In addition to the above, you can also bet the over/under in soccer in what they call “Live Betting”. However, the pay back will also be much less, going down as much as (1.1) for the ‘over’ and (1.5) for the ‘under’ depending on the game.