[ 26-04-2020 ]

Understanding Football Bettings Part II- Over / Under

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I seriously considered to include Totals (Over / Under) bets in the main wagers cluster. Still, those bets have so many distinguishing characteristics, they deserve to be mentioned separately. Online you can find totals offered for virtually all countable statistics.

Goals Goals, of course, are attracting most attention among the over/under bets. Usually 2.5 is used as a condition to define a low-scoring and high-scoring game of football. Bookies don’t limit your choices, though, online you can find alternative bets, starting with 0.5 clause. A great thing about similar bets is that it doesn’t matter which team is attacking, you always root for a goal.

Example: North London Derbies are famous with the impressive score lines they often produce. Over the years we’ve seen multiple 5-2’s, 5-4 and a 5-1. So we decide to put some cash on over 4.5 goals on Saturday’s late kick off at the Emirates. It’s another classic between those two sides, a 3-2 win for the Gunners and joyful times for us too, a total of 5 goals, meaning another winning bet.

Cards We’ve all witnessed at least one of those games, when you get the feeling that nothing is happening on the pitch. A tedious goalless draw, no desire for fight shown by both sides, a real snoozefest. However, such games are great opportunity to go for ‘Under’ on cards shown. Note that every bookie nominates yellow and red with different points, so you better check them beforehand.

Example: We have a hunch that Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby once again will turn into a bookings bloodbath. Newcastle end the game with 7 yellow cards and a straight red, while Sunderland contribute ‘only’ with 5 official warnings. Say a yellow is awarded with 1 point and a red with 3, the card points count for the game is 15. So all over 15.5 predictions will be losing and any bet with lower value will grant a return.

Corners Corners are another option to place your over/under bets. You can bet either on the home side or the visitors’ tally, or combined. An important detail is that the corner-kick has to be taken in order to count for the statistics.

Example: We are browsing the fixtures list and looking for a potential open, end-to-end game of football. Blackpool – Wigan seems like a reasonable choice. Both sides love to attack, so it’s very possible that the game will see many corner-kicks. We bet £10 on over 10.5 corners and watch carefully.

By the end of the first half we already have 8, which is really encouraging. What is great (or bad, depending on your bet) about betting on corners is that any side can be awarded with 3 corners in quick succession. That’s exactly what happens on the hour mark and regarding our bet, the match is over.

Odd / Even Totals include betting on whether the amount of goals/cards/corners will be an even or odd number. A pure coin toss in my opinion, but some punters may see some pattern in Milwall’s string of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 defeats.

Example: We bet that Cardiff – Fulham will produce an even number of goals. At the start of the second half we’re confident with the score being 1-1, but any goal will turn things around and we will have to hope for another one.

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