An Over 2.5 Goals bet involves predicting whether one or both teams will score three or more goals inside 90 minutes of a match. If less than three goals are scored, your bet will be lost.

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  1. 1.

    Study The Form

  2. 2.

    Head To Head

  3. 3.

    Wait For The Line-ups

  4. 4.

    Injuries And Other Selection Issues

  5. 5.

    Analyse The Leagues

  6. 6.

    Study Individual Team Goal Ratios

  7. 7.

    Search For Fixtures Which Include Two High Scoring Teams

  8. 8.

    Investigate Why Teams Have Strong Over 2.5 Goals Figures

  9. 9.

    Managers & Their Footballing Philosophy

  10. 10.

    Look At The Game Scenario For Over 2.5 Goals Tips

  11. 11.

    Find The Best Possible Odds Available

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    Sometimes It Pays To Wait

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    Over 2.5 Goals System Bets

You can use our expert under over 2.5 goal tips and strategies to your advantage when placing your bets. Everything listed below is designed to help you significantly improve your chances of winning.

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 1: Study The Form

Pos Team ✓✓ %
1 Manchester City Manchester City 27/37 72.97
73%
2 Arsenal Arsenal 27/37 72.97
73%
3 Liverpool Liverpool 23/37 62.16
62%

Few things in sport provide a better idea of how things will work out than form. If you see that a team is in woeful shape, then you are more able to surmise whether they are likely to concede a lot of goals or draw a blank at the other end. Of course, there are no guarantees in sport and all form, whether good or bad, will come to an end at some point.

To ensure you are up-to-date with the respective forms of teams from all across Europe, check out our Football teams stats.

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy #1: Study The Form

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 2: Head To Head

For whatever reason, some fixtures tend to be high-scoring matches most seasons, so the head-to-head history between two teams can help you predict the nature of an upcoming match. By going over old results of past seasons, you might get a decent indicator of what kind of game is in store: high-, low- or medium-scoring.

SofaScore is an excellent app/website to use for the history of fixtures, meaning head-to-head comparisons are easy to access and assess.

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy #2: Head To Head

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 3: Wait For The Line-ups

Team line-ups are announced up to an hour before kickoff, and waiting until then is the best idea for winning a bet like this. This way, you know who will be playing in the match, such as the team’s top goal scorer or number one goalkeeper. On the other hand, placing your bet early and before you know which players are taking part could prove to be problematic. If one of the teams involved has a big midweek European fixture, then the manager might well consider dropping and resting their big names. As a result, the star striker could potentially get benched for this fixture, which could well impact on the amount of goals scored.

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy #3: Wait For The Line-ups

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 4: Injuries And Other Selection Issues

Are one of the teams involved in your match suffering from selection issues such as suspensions or an injury-hit squad? If a team cannot field their number one goalkeeper or centre-back, then the likelihood of there being a higher scoring match will increase.

We recommend you regularly check out transfermarkt.com to stay up-to-date with injuries and suspensions.

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Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 5: Analyse The Leagues

The first thing you should do is research goal stats for individual leagues to see how often games break through the two-goal barrier. Overall stats for football across the world show that the typical game averages between 2.4 and 2.6 goals, and that is why bookmakers set the line for most games at (over/under) 2.5.

In a study done by the Football Observatory in 2017, it was revealed that the Swiss Super League averaged more goals than any other (3.3 per game), while the Russian Premier League found itself at the opposite end of the table, averaging 1.99 per game. Finding out which leagues tend to have a high or low average number of goals is always a good place to start, and gives you the platform to then go into deeper focus on individual teams.

Over Under 2.5 Goals Infographic

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 6: Study Individual Team Goal Ratios

Certain leagues may record a high level of goals due to particular teams consistently being involved in goal-heavy games. For this reason, it is important to look at the stats for teams in detail as well as the leagues. The good news is that we have a very handy guide that allows you to do exactly that! Our Over 2.5 Goals stats page provides a record of how often teams from 29 leagues (including the major English and European leagues) see their games go over 2.5 goals.

TPP Over/Under 2.5 Goals Goals Stats Table
Team / Next match ✓ %
FC Bayern MunchenGermany
FC Bayern München
27/33 81.82
82%
TSG HoffenheimGermany
TSG Hoffenheim
27/33 81.82
82%
Borussia MonchengladbachGermany
Borussia Mönchengladbach
25/33 75.76
76%
VfB StuttgartGermany
VfB Stuttgart
24/33 72.73
73%
Bayer 04 LeverkusenGermany
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
24/33 72.73
73%
VfL Bochum 1848Germany
VfL Bochum 1848
22/33 66.67
67%
RB LeipzigGermany
RB Leipzig
22/33 66.67
67%
FC AugsburgGermany
FC Augsburg
21/33 63.64
64%
SC FreiburgGermany
SC Freiburg
21/33 63.64
64%
Darmstadt 98Germany
Darmstadt 98
21/33 63.64
64%
Borussia DortmundGermany
Borussia Dortmund
20/33 60.61
61%
Werder BremenGermany
Werder Bremen
19/33 57.58
58%
Eintracht FrankfurtGermany
Eintracht Frankfurt
19/33 57.58
58%
VfL WolfsburgGermany
VfL Wolfsburg
19/33 57.58
58%
HeidenheimGermany
Heidenheim
17/33 51.52
52%
FC Union BerlinGermany
FC Union Berlin
15/33 45.45
45%
FSV Mainz 05Germany
FSV Mainz 05
15/33 45.45
45%
FC KolnGermany
FC Köln
12/33 36.36
36%

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 7: Search For Fixtures Which Include Two High Scoring Teams

Once you have analysed the over 2.5 goals record of a team, you can then look at upcoming fixtures to see when two high scoring teams will meet each other. For example, if 70% of games of Team A feature over 2.5 goals for the season and they are coming up against Team B – whose games have featured over 2.5 goals 60% of the time – then these statistics suggest there is a 65% chance of over 2.5 goals occurring.

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy #7: Search For Fixtures Which Include Two High Scoring Teams

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 8: Investigate Why Teams Have Strong Over 2.5 Goals Figures

Once you are familiar with which teams are regularly involved in under/over 2.5 goal-games, it is useful to see exactly why. Is it down to a team playing front-foot, attacking football with little defensive responsibility? Is it down to a team being extremely clinical in front of goal? These are the questions you need to be asking yourself. Furthermore, this is where the Expected Goals (xG) model can come into use. For example, a team may be recording a high level of over 2.5 goal games – however, their xG may be much lower, which would mean the team has been very efficient in putting their chances away. In the long term, this is likely (though not certain) to revert to the mean, as it is unlikely that they will continue to be clinical to such a level. On the other hand, a team may be seeing relatively few games with over 2.5 goals, but their xG figure is above 2.5. This would imply they are creating great chances but are not putting them away. Again, this is likely to level out in the long term and lead to a larger volume of over 2.5 goal games.

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 9: Managers & Their Footballing Philosophy

It is well-known that certain managers are associated with goal-heavy games. Jurgen Klopp and his “heavy metal football” is one example, with this sort of playing style often conducive to over 2.5 winners. Pep Guardiola is another manager that sticks to his ball dominating, attacking football, which again, usually results in goals. Flip this on its head and you can look at “safety first” managers, who deliberately set up to be defensively sound and make their side difficult to beat. Studying how loyal managers are to their philosophies is a wise move when looking at the under/over 2.5 goals markets.

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy #9: Managers & Their Footballing Philosophy

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 10: Look At The Game Scenario For Over 2.5 Goals Tips

So much can hinge on a game scenario. For example, if there is a game played over two legs and the first leg ends 3-0, then the team that lost simply have to come out in the second leg to try and score three goals. This can dramatically change the playing style of a team and make one team come out and attack, which may leave gaps for the opposition to exploit. However, bear in mind that, understandably in these scenarios, goals tend to be well-backed by punters which may lead to a drop in odds – in extreme situations, the goal line can even move to as far as 3.5. It is then up to you to decide whether this is just or is simply an overreaction.

type of match

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 11: Find The Best Possible Odds Available

This is something you should be doing regardless of what market you are betting on. Scouring the internet to see which bookmaker is offering the best odds for under/over 2.5 goals on your selected game is crucial.

From our research, bet365 and Coral are three of the best bookmakers to use when betting on this market.

As a further tip, it is also worth looking into the Asian Goal Line market at bookmakers where it is available, as it can sometimes offer a better price than the standard under/over 2.5 goals market despite being a distinctly similar bet. They do differ slightly, though. While the over/under market typically only includes half goals to ensure that a winning or losing bet is established every time, Asian markets include quarter and full goals.

For instance, you can bet on whether there will be over/under 3.0 markets. If the number of goals scored in the given match is three, punters will have their stake refunded.

Asian markets also tend to be more competitive, and therefore greater liquidity and subsequently better odds are available. It might not be by much, but it is these fine margins that make the difference over the long term.

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy #11: Find The Best Possible Odds Available

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 12: Sometimes It Pays To Wait

If you want a better price for your under/over 2.5 goals selection, then it may well pay to wait until the game goes In-Play. You can then take a better price should the game still be 0-0 after 10 minutes, for example.

Alternatively, if there have been 2 goals scored in a game that is approaching 70 minutes, then in many situations you will be able to get a price around even money for another goal to be scored in the remainder of the match. This could be an angle to consider when looking at #6 and the need for a team to score in their respective game scenario.

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy #12: Sometimes It Pays To Wait

Over 2.5 Goals Strategy 13: System Bets

It is worth your while to consider placing system bets of at least three selections on the over 2.5 market, as these give you the leeway to lose a selection or two while keeping the bet alive. This flexibility is something that a straight-up accumulator does not afford a bettor. System bets begin at three selections and include common system bet types such as Trixies, patents, Yankees and Canadians. These are particularly rewarding if the odds on your selections are all even money or higher.

system bet infographic

The whole purpose of this wager is to test your prediction skills as to whether or not a certain number of goals scored in a game will be higher or lower than a specified total. It doesn’t have to be under/over 2.5 goals either; you will normally be able to choose which specified total you want to bet on before deciding whether to back under or over the amount you have selected.

For your bet to win, you need the total amount of goals scored in the match to equate to your prediction. For example, if you back under 2.5 goals and the game ends 1-1, you win. However, if you back higher than 2.5 goals and the match ends 2-0, you lose.

Tips on Why to Bet on Under/Over 2.5 Goals

There are plenty of reasons to bet on the over 2.5 goals market – we've listed just a few below.

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    A lot of the time, no matter how much we love it, football is not a high-scoring game. Even so, you are always in with a shout of generally getting good odds on over 2.5 goals, although this will obviously fluctuate depending on which teams are involved.

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    It is also well worth taking into consideration that, because this is one of the most popular markets for bettors, there is usually excellent liquidity to take advantage of. As a result, there is regularly better value to be had.

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    Of course, it helps that with this type of bet you do not need to pick a winning team, or nominate the final score – just simply predict if there will be at least three goals or not.

It is worth remembering that you, as the bettor, are not limited to under/over 2.5 goals – there are always other types of goal-related markets for you to consider. We've outlined and described a few of these here.

Over/Under 0.5 Goals

A bet on under/over 0.5 goals is exactly the same as 2.5 market, but better suited to what is likely to be a low-scoring game. To win this bet, you will need to successfully decide whether a game will result in more or less than one goal. If you went higher, then any score line over 0-0 would win. Likewise, if you go lower, then a 0-0 draw is enough to win your money back.

Over/Under 1.5 Goals

Again, this is much the same thing; here, however, you can bet whether the total number of goals in a football match will be above or below 1.5 goals. Over in this bet equates to two goals or more, while less than 1.5 goals would mean one or no goals to be scored in 90 minutes.

Over/Under 3.5 Goals

Over/under 3.5 Goals is a 90-minute bet in which you are betting on either three goals or less to be scored in a match. A winning bet on under 3.5 goals would be on score lines such as 4-0, while a winning under 3.5 goals bet could be 2-1.

No – the beauty of this bet is that you are betting on an under/over amount of goals being scored, not who scores them.

Yes – any goals that apply to the end result count towards this bet.

Unfortunately not – unless specifically stated, this is a 90-minute bet only.

These two markets are pretty similar, but Asian goal lines offer quarter and half goal options as well as full goal options. Punters also have the chance to get their stake refunded.

Our KickForm page is a brilliant place to source goals stats for a variety of European leagues.

Betting on the under/over 2.5 goals markets can be rewarding, and with the right tips, it isn’t a particularly tricky wager to pull off. With a market such as this, you don't have to worry about the result – the number of goals is your primary focus instead.

If you do decide to give this type of bet a go, try and look for teams who are potent in attack and/or poor in defence. As ever, do your homework and utilise all of the information and stats available at your fingertips and remember, knowledge is power – the more of it you arm yourself with, the bigger the advantage you have!

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