Over 2.5 Goals. What does this market mean?
One of the most popular markets in the sports betting world is how many goals there will be in a football match. On average in a football match there are usually between 2 and 3 goals, so the market for more than 2.5 goals or less than 2.5 goals is one of the most used for both conventional sports betting and sports trading.
► What does the market plus 2.5 goals mean in sports betting?
If we bet on the market of more than 2.5 goals, we will win if the match ends with 3 or more goals. We will lose our bet if the match ends in any of these results:
Any other outcome other than these will result in a winning bet for us.
► Why is the market called Over 2.5 goals and no Over 2 goals?
This is a common question among those starting out in the world of sports betting and trading. It is a logical question since in no game can there be half a goal, but the answer makes sense.
When we make a bet on the market of more than 2.5 goals it means that if there are 3 goals or more we win and we will obtain the benefit according to the odds, and if there are 3 goals or less we will lose our investment. In the bookmakers world and on the exchange platforms, another goal market is also offered as “more than 2 goals”, in such a way that if there are exactly 2 goals in the match, the invested is returned, meaning our bet remains canceled and we receive our investment back.
This terminology is used to differentiate the market where the other’s investment is returned.
► Is it better to bet on more than 2.5 goals or less than 2.5 goals?
The truth is that there is no market that is better than another. The interesting thing is to use tools like Betpractice to determine which leagues or which teams are the best to create a strategy of more than 2.5 goals or less than 2.5 goals. In this same blog we have articles with different goal strategies for both more than 2.5 and less than 2.5, both being equally profitable.
We recommend you visit our section Strategies to read a little more about it.
► The best teams to bet on more than 2.5 goals
Using Betpractice it is very easy to identify those teams that have been profitable in the past by betting on more than 2.5 goals in their matches. With the Backtesting tool we can add, for example, the Spanish league, the last 3 seasons and we will be able to see that the most profitable teams to bet on more than 2.5 goals were Villarreal and Granada.