A popular question that gets asked through a Google search is ‘what does Over2.5 Goals mean’ in betting terms? After all, you can’t score half a goal, so it is a perfectly justified question.
The answer is that it is simply a term used by bookmakers to say, do you think there will be less than 3 goals scored in this football match, or do you think there will be three goals or more scored in this football match.
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Examples Of Over/Under 2.5 Goals
Under 2.5 goals really means under 3 goals. So for example if you placed a bet on Under 2.5 Goals, and the match finished 1-1, you would have won your bet because only 2 goals would have been scored.
If you placed a bet on Under 2.5 Goals and the match finished 2-1, then you will have lost because 3 goals have been scored.
Alternatively, if you placed a bet on Over 2.5 Goals, and the match finished 3-0, then you would have won because 3 goals have been scored.
While if you placed a bet on Over 2.5 Goals, and the match finished 2-0, then you lose as only 2 goals have been scored.
The only score lines that can finish Under 2.5 Goals are 0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 1-1, 2-0 or 0-2. Every other score line is Over 2.5 Goals, 2-1, 3-0, 1-2, 0-3, 2-2, 6-1, 0-4, etc, etc.
The Over/Under 2.5 Goals market is a 90 minutes (plus injury time) market only, meaning extra-time doesn’t count. So if you are betting on a league game (which doesn’t have extra-time) you have no problem as it’s simply the final score that will count towards settling this bet.
Where you need to be careful is when having this bet on a cup match. It will be the score at the end of the 90 minutes (plus injury times), before extra-time starts, that will count towards settling this bet.
So if you are betting on an FA Cup tie, and the match finishes 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes, and then at the end of the 30 minutes of extra-time the match finishes 3-1, it would be the 1-1 that counts when settling the bet. Meaning Under 2.5 Goals would be classed as the winner, even though 4 goals were scored after extra-time.