Football is always fun to watch, even if you aren’t supporting any team. Goal line betting is a wager in which you bet on the number of goals which are to be scored in a football match. In this form of betting, you have to bet regardless of guessing who is to win or lose. The alternative match goal is just a variant that allows you to split your stake across two separate bets. If you’re new to goal line betting, you’ll first need to learn what it is and how it works.
What is Goal Line Betting?
Goal line betting has been divided into three main categories, and in general, it is known as Over and Under betting. The betting types differ from each other in various ways which should be understood clearly. Following are the three main types of goal line betting:
- Goal line betting
- Alternative goal line betting
- Asian goal line betting
Goal line betting is more commonly referred to as over/under 2.5 goals betting in which a bookmaker offers odds on bets of ‘over goal line 2.5’ or ‘under goal line 2.5’. If you think that it’s a low scoring match and the goals will be either 0 or 1, you will bet on ‘under goal line 2.5’. If you think that it’s going to be a high scoring match, then you’ll bet on ‘over goal line 2.5’. You lose if fewer than 2 goals are scored in an over bet and if more than 2 goals are scored in an under bet.
The goal line betting is actually between the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ outcomes, and the bet is related to how many goals will be scored in a game. If the bet was set for more than five goals or fewer than five goals, then there could be confusion if there were exactly 5 goals, for example, if the game ended 3-2. Similarly, if there was over 2 goal line, what would happen to the payouts if the game ended 2-0 or 1-1? This is the reason why goal line bets tend to be more or fewer than 2.5. Since there is no such thing as a half goal, there will always be more or less than the betting line and never equal to it.
Alternative Match Goals – What Does It Mean?
Alternative goal line bets are just like the regular goal line bets with a slight difference. In the alternative goal line bets, you’ll have the option of whole goals as well as quarter goals. 2.5 goals mean you’ll either win or lose because there won’t be goals equal to 2.5 ever. In alternative goal line betting, you can have a bet under 2 goals, and if there is a draw, for example a 0-0 will win you the bet. However, if there are exactly 2 goals in the match, you’ll lose. The alternative goal line betting includes:
- Goals over
- Goals under
- Exact goals
The alternative goal line is where many punters get confused. We can assume whether the goal line is goals over or goals under, but the alternative goal line makes calculation a bit more complicated. The punters have to identify the number of goals within the match and also calculate the difference between the goals scored by the handicap and a specific team. Most of the punters hesitate in this type of betting as they think the addition and subtraction is a complicated procedure.
Goal Line Bets Better Explained
The ‘line’ in the betting refers to a bet that has only two possible outcomes. For example, whether team A will win or whether a particular player will score a specific number of goals. Goal line betting involves guessing the total number of goals that will be scored in a match. Following are the goal lines explained in detail:
Alternative Goal Line Over 2.0 Meaning
If you bet goal line over 2
If you bet goal line over 2, you’ll win the bet if there are 3 or more goals scored in the match. If there are exactly 2 goals, your stake will be returned. You will lose if there is only 1 or no goal scored in the match.
If you bet goal line under 2:
If there is 0 or 1 goal scored in the match, you’ll win the bet. Your entire stake will be lost if there are 3 or more goals scored and your stake will be returned if there are exactly 2 goals scored.
Goal line 2, 2.5
If you bet goal line over 2,2.5:
If you bet goal line over 2,2.5, it means that half of your stake is placed on over 2 goals and half on over 2.5 goals. You’ll win if there are 3 or more goals in the match, and if there are exactly 2 goals scored, your stake will be half returned which means you’ll lose half of it. If there are goals less than 2, that is, 0 or 1 goals scored, then you’ll lose the whole bet.
If you bet goal line under 2,2.5:
In this betting, half of your stake is placed under 2 goals, and half of it is under 2.5 goals. You will win the bet if the match ends with 0 or 1 goals. If there are three or more goals scored in the match, you’ll lose the bet. Half of your stake will be returned if there are exactly 2 goals scored in the match.
Goal line 2.5
If you bet goal line over 2.5, 3:
You will win the bet if there are 4 or more goals scored in the match. If there are 2 or fewer goals scored, you’ll lose the bet. Half of your stake will be returned, and you’ll lose half of it if there are 3 goals scored.
If you bet goal line under 2.5, 3:
You’ll win the bet if there are 0, 1, or 2 goals scored in the match, and you’ll lose if there are 4 or more goals scored. If there are exactly 3 goals scored, half of your stake will be lost, and half will be returned.
When Would You Make a Goal Line bet?
To make a goal line bet, you must first understand the game’s tactics. Some teams are very powerful, and there is a chance that there might be 2 or more goals scored in a match. However, to be honest, there is no specific rule or magic trick that will help you in making a bet. Football is a very unpredictable game as a single goal can change the whole scenario. An entertaining and powerful team may be scoring 3-0 at one point, and at another point it may end up with a 3-2 which can ruin your goal line bet. However, now that you’ve understood the over/under goal line bet in detail, you must now be in a position to bet easily.
How to Choose a Goal Line Bet?
If you want to choose a good goal line bet, the first thing you should do is to check the different bookmakers and their over/under (the number of goals set by them at line). If you think there will be a lot of goals in the match, choose the market that sets over/under at 3.5 or 4.5. If you’re very confident of a goal-fest, don’t hesitate to bet on a higher total.
Similarly, if you see that the match is tight and both the teams are struggling to score a goal, you must go for a goal line of over/under 2.5 or lower if possible. If you can find over/under 1.5, you must go for it because 1-0 is the most common score of most of the low scoring football matches. If you’re betting online, make use of the early cash-out and live streaming opportunities so that your bet doesn’t go wrong. Keep an eye on the game if you’ve gone for a low score and it’s currently 1-0 in the game. The score can change all of a sudden and thus we advise that in such a situation you must cash out before the score changes.
If you’re looking for a perfect bet, you must consider a few things, including the more obscure leagues. Around 40% of games in Austria and Turkey’s top divisions frequently score 4 or more goals. If we talk about the European countries, Russia’s top leagues have mostly fewer goals, for example 43% of the games end in fewer than 2 goals. So, if you want to pick a tempting bet, these leagues are the perfect ones to watch.
Race to 2 Goals Bet Explained
This a fairly straightforward bet to make so we won’t make this any more confusing than it has to be. Race to 2 goals betting is exactly as the title describes. The first team which you think will score 2 goals in the match. If none of the teams score more than 2 goals, you lose the bet. If the other team scores 2 goals before the team you backed, you lose the bet.