What is meant by the term "over/under goals" as it applies to the world of betting on football? What does the term "Over/Under Goals" mean?
The "Over/Under Goals" line is the line that you use to bet on the total number of goals that you think will be scored in a single game.
For instance, let's say that Man Utd is taking on Man City in an English Premier League match.
Over 2.5 Goals, 1.67
Under 2.5 Goals, 2.10
So, according to this line, the odds of more than 2.5 goals being scored in the game are slightly better than the odds of less than 2.5 goals being scored.
A £100 wager on each outcome would net you a potential profit of:
Over 2.5 Goals, £67
Under 2.5 Goals, £110
Based on these numbers, you can clearly see that the Over 2.5 Goals line is the slight favourite.
Bookmakers will also offer all sorts of different goal lines.
For instance, in the same Man Utd vs Man City game, you might see a goal line such as this:
Under 0.5 Goals, 12.00
Over 0.5 Goals, 1.07
So, in this case, a single goal would result in a win for the "Over 0.5 Goals" line, which is why the odds are just 1.07 ($100 wager would return a total profit of $7). The Under 0.5 Goals line, on the other hand, would return a total profit of $1,100 if the game managed to remain scoreless.