The Art of Goal Line Betting

The Art of Goal Line Betting

September 3, 2020 Off By Lonnie Shade

Goal Line wagers have you laying money on the total amount of goals you think will be scored in a sporting event. It can be applied to practically any game or match but is particularly popular in Football. It’s also sometimes referred to as Over/Under or Totals staking.

How it Works

With Goal Line bets, the oddsmaker will select a total number of goals to be scored in the match by both teams. You can then wager on whether there will be fewer or more goals than the one they’ve indicated.

Let’s explain with an example featuring a hypothetical game between the Sydney Marconi Stallions Football Club and Adelaide City FC and we’ll call the sportsbook offering these imaginary odds X.

  • Over 2.5 goals (2.10)
  • Under 2.5 goals (1.80)

In this example, bookmaker X has set the goal line at 2.5, so you’ll be staking on whether there will be more or less than this amount of goals scored by both the teams during the game. If you decide on Over, there will need to be at least 3 goals scored. If you bet under, then there need to be less than 2 points in total.

Different odds are associated with each result, with Over, in this case, paying out at 2.1 (+110) and Under paying at odds of 1.8 (-125).

What About Pushes?

It’s not rare for the Goal Line to be set at a whole number, like 2, 3, or 4. When this happens Pushes can occur. If the match ends with the exact number of goals being scored as the Goal Line total then that wager will Push, refunding your money.

In a game between Hakoah Sydney City East FC and South Melbourne FC, let’s say that you’ve wagered that Over 3 goals will be scored and the game ends with South Melbourne ahead and a score of 2-1. Your stake will be returned to your account and the bet considered a Push.

Goal Lines With Two Totals

In our third hypothetical game, we’ve got Sydney United 58 playing against the Queensland Lions FC and there are two totals shown:

  • Over 2.5, 3 (1.975)
  • Under 2.5, 3 (1.875)

In this case, half of your bet goes towards the 2.5 Goal Line and the remainder is placed on 3 being the total. We’ll say that you’re betting AU$20 on the over 2.5, 3 Goal Line. In reality, you’ll have wagered AU$10 that the final total will be 2.5 goals and AU$10 that there will be more than 3 goals.

Continuing with this example, if the match finishes 3-0 for Sydney United 58, then you’d get AU$29.75 back on your AU$20 stake. The half bet on the 2.5 total won AU$9.75 and the other half that went towards the 3 total turned into a Push.

Tips for Goal Line and Other Wagers

Learn the basics of staking, including what Fixed Odds are, what the components of a sports bet are, and the different types of wagers available. And make sure you know exactly how to bet with online bookmakers before you begin!