If you’re betting on sports, then the chances are you’ve placed a few Over/Under bets. Such bets are not sport specific and are popular among Canadian sports bettors that like to bet on something other than the result of a match.
Betting on over or under in a sports game means that bettors are not concerned with the result. Instead, they are betting on occurrences within a sports game, such as points, goals, touchdowns and so on.
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What is Under/Over betting?
As touched on above, betting on over or under has little to do with the result. It’s not like betting on a team or a competitor to win. Rather than betting on the result, you bet on whether there will or won’t be a certain number of goals scored in an NHL game
So, what is under/over betting exactly? For those who don’t know or those who are new to sports betting, over/under betting essentially involves betting on more or less than something. What that something is depends on the sport.
For example, in an NFL game, it might be over or under a certain number of points to be scored or over/under a certain number of touchdowns. In soccer, it’s going to be more or less than a certain number of goals, or corners, of cards.
Under/Over betting examples
Here is a classic over/under betting example.
Let’s say there’s a Major League Soccer fixture between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC.
In soccer, when it comes to over/under, the line is usually set at 2.5, so you can choose to bet on ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ or ‘Under 2.5 Goals’.
Let’s say you bet on ‘Over 2.5 Goals’. For this bet to win, three or more goals need to be scored in the game. If less than three goals are scored, you will lose the bet.
Conversely, if you bet on ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ and the game ends 2-1 to Toronto FC, your bet goes down as a losing one. To win an ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ bet, the game needs to finish with less than three goals having been scored.
Another example could be Major League Baseball, which is hugely popular among over/under bettors, especially those living in Canada and the US.
Let’s say there’s a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Chicago White Sox. The line is set at 11.5, which means you can select whether to bet on ‘Over 11.5 Runs’ or ‘Under 11.5 Runs’.
If you bet on ‘Over 11.5 Runs’, the game needs to contain a total of at least 12 runs for the bet to go down as a winning one.
If you bet on ‘Under 11.5 Runs’, then 11 or fewer runs need to be scored for you to get a positive return.
Under/Over Betting Sites
Over/under betting exists in lots of sports. Below you will find an explanation of the sports where over/under bets can be placed, plus the types of over/under markets that exist within each sport.
Perhaps the most bet-on sport in the world, soccer is hugely popular among over/under bettors.
There are many variations of over/under betting in soccer. The most popular would be goals, and within that, ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ and ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ are the most popular bets, but there’s much more.
Bettors can also select to go over or under 0.5, 1.5, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5 and so on. You can also bet on over or under a certain number of team goals. So, for example, you could bet on ‘CF Montreal to Score Over 1.5 Goals’.
When it comes to soccer, you can also bet on over and under for both first and second-half goals. A quick example is ‘Over 1.5 First Half Goals’, a bet that requires two or more goals to be scored before the referee blows for halftime.
On top of being able to choose from a wide variety of over and under goal bets, there are over/under bets on things such as corners and cards.
Soccer bettors can, for example, bet on ‘Under 3.5 Cards’ in a soccer match, meaning that for them to win, less than four yellow or red cards need to be shown during the course of the contest.
In terms of the NFL, the most popular over/under bets revolve around points. Essentially, you’ll be betting on more or less than a certain number of points being scored throughout the match.
Depending on the teams involved, the bookmaker will set the line at a certain number. The bettor then has to choose whether to go over or under.
Typical bets would be ‘Over 41.5 Points’, ‘Under 41.5 Points’, ‘Over 39.5 Points’, ‘Under 39.5 Points’ and so on.
It doesn’t stop there either, oh no. You can also bet on the total number of points to be scored during each quarter. An example being ‘Over 9.5 1st Quarter Points’.
Another over/under option is to bet on team totals, such as ‘Kansas City Chiefs to Score Over 31 Points’ or ‘Kansas City Chiefs to Score Under 31 Points’.
Ice hockey bettors will know all about under/over betting, but if you’re new to ice hockey betting, then there are plenty of over/under options, that’s for sure.
The most popular form of over/under betting when it comes to the NHL is goals totals. For example, in a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers, you could bet on ‘Over 6.5 Goals’. You could also bet on ‘Under 6.5 Goals’ or choose whether to go under or over a different total, as there will always be different options available.
Another option would be to bet on over or under a certain number of goals in the first period. For example, ‘Over 1.5 First Half Goals’.
There’s also team totals available, such as ‘Toronto Blue Jays to Score Over 2.5 Goals’, or ‘Toronto Blue Jays to Score Under 2.5 Goals’.
The NBA offers bettors looking to get in on some over/under action plenty of opportunities.
For every game, there will be the classic points total bets, where bettors can go over or under a chosen number of points being scored in the game.
Let’s say you wanted to bet on the Toronto Raptors vs the New York Knicks. You could bet on, say, ‘Over 221.5 Total Points’ or ‘Under ‘228.5 Points’. When it comes to points totals in basketball, there will always be lots of options.
In terms of other markets, there are first-half totals, so you could bet on something like ‘Under 111.5 First Half Points’. There are also quarter totals, where you can bet on more or less than a certain number of points being scored during a certain quarter.
There are team totals too, plus player totals. For instance, you could bet on Dallas Mavericks’ star Luka Doncic to score ‘Over 22.5 Points’ during a game.
It’s not just team sports where under/over betting is popular, absolutely not. Over/under wagers are hugely popular when it comes to tennis.
The total number of games is the main over/under betting when it comes to tennis. Bettors can choose whether to bet on there being more or less than a certain number of games in the match.
For example, in a match between Roger Federer and Denis Shapovalov, you might choose to bet on ‘Over 21.5 Games’. Alternatively, you could bet on ‘Under 21.5 Games’.
The number of games you choose to bet over or under is up to you, there will always be several options.
You can also bet on the total number of games that will be in each set by going over or under a certain amount. For example, ‘Over 6.5 First Set Games’, or ‘Under 8.5 Second Set Games’.
If you want to focus more on one player, there are options such as ‘Roger Federer to Win Over 13.5 Games’.
Here are the other sports where under/over bets can be placed:
- Australian Rules Football
Advantages of Under/Over Betting
Under/over betting has become big business over the last decade or so, but why? Well, for starters, the fact that betting on under/over has little to do with the result of a contest is appealing.
Many bettors focus their attention on identifying under/over bets because they like the fact that their bet is independent of the result. It doesn’t matter which team or which competitor wins, it just matters whether there’s a certain number of points, goals, fouls, touchdowns and so on.
Another advantage of under/over betting is that bets often last longer. For example, if you bet on a certain team to win an Ice Hockey match and they go three goals down quickly, they’re unlikely to win the game.
However, if you bet on ‘Over 3.5 Goals’, even if the game remains 0-0 for a long while, the possibility of goals is always there, and we all know that goals can be scored rapidly at times.
Similarly, if you bet on a team to win a soccer match and they go 2-0 down early on, chances are, the bet is dead. If you bet on ‘Under 2.5 Goals’, even if there are two goals in the first half, you still have a chance of winning the bet. Conversely.
How to place an Under/Over bet
If you’re placing an under/over bet for the first time, follow these simple steps:
- Select the sport/game that you wish to bet on.
- Choose whether you want to bet under or over.
- Visit the sports betting sites or mobile betting apps of your choice.
- Use the sports menu to find your sport, then select the fixture you wish to bet on.
- Using the market tabs at the top of the page, find the totals section.
- Click on the odds for either the over or under on your chosen line.
- Add selection to your bet slip.
- Enter your stake, then place the bet.
Under/Over Betting FAQ
There’s no definitive answer here. It varies from sport to sport, but for the most part, over does not occur dramatically more often than under and vice versa.
It is different for every sport, and it also varies from season to season. For example, one season in the NFL may turn out to be a good one for under bets, but the next season may be better for over bets.
In a sport like soccer, it can also vary from league to league. Some leagues may be known as high-scoring, and as a result, ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ may occur 60% of the time, but in general, this isn’t enough to make a profit from blindly betting on over or under.
Under/over betting is an excellent alternative to result betting. It can be fun and can also be profitable if performed correctly.
Smart bettors can bag some excellent wins from under/over betting, but it is by no way a shortcut to profit. You cannot merely blindly bet under/over bets and hope to make a profit.
You win an under/over bet if you’re on the right side of the total. For example, if you bet on ‘Over 21.5 Games’ in a tennis match, you win the bet if at least 22 games are played between the two players. If the game ends with 21 or fewer games having been played, then you will lose the bet.