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Goal Line Bet Explained - ©Shutterstock.com

Goal line betting is actually a very popular wager that punters use in football betting. It is probably more commonly referred to as over/under 2.5 goals and that is likely going to be far more familiar to punters. What does goal line mean in betting?

What this wager is, is backing a game to either produce enough goals to go over the set goal line, or backing it to not go over. You have the option to back over or under depending on your choice. While you will probably see it most commonly referred to as over/under 2.5 goals that 2.5 goal line is not the only one that bookmakers will offer.

If you select a match and look in the over/under market then you will see an array of options from under/over 0.5 goals to over/under 4.5 goals. You may also see this referred to as simply Total Goals Over/Under.

But the 2.5 goal line is soccer is the standard and it is where you will find the bookmakers offering the odds close to the even money line. Why? Because if you were to back a game to just go over 1.5 goals then there is a much higher chance of a game producing two goals as opposed to producing the three needed to cover over 2.5 goals.

Similarly backing a game to go under 3.5 goals is pretty likely to happen and therefore you are going to find a pretty shorts odds price on that compared to the game going under 1.5 goals. So this is all about balance and about reading an upcoming game and the likelihood of the amount of goals being produced in it.

What is an alternative goal line bet?

Alternative goal line bets are similar to the regular goal line bet but care formatted slightly different. So how does an alternative goal line bet work? If you are familiar with Asian Handicaps then you will see the similarities in this. In alternative goal line betting you have whole goal options as well as quarter goals options. The reason that you have 2.5 goals is that the half means that there can be no push result, you are either going to win or lose because teams don’t score half a goal in a game.

In alternative goal line betting you could have a bet on Under 2 goals and if the game plays out to a 0-0 draw for example then you would be a winner. If there are two goals exactly, you lose out. You will also see a Split Bet option offered by some bookmark too and this is where you can back a game to go over 2.5, 3 goals. What this means is that if you wanted to bet a £10 stake, than half of the wager would be going on the over 2 goals portion of the bet and the other £5 would be going on the over 3 goals portion of the bet.

So if there were three goals in the game then you would receive a payout only on the half of the bet that had backed the game to go over 2.5 goals, because the other portion (over 3) would have created a push so you would not have won. Let’s look at another example of this on an alternative goal line over 1.0 1.5 goals.

You have backed a £10 stake on a goal line of over 1, 1.5 goals (which means £5 on over 1 and £5 on over 1.5 goals). If there are no goals in the game you bet loses. If there is exactly two goals then half of your bet creates the push and gets a refund (over 2) and the other half of the bet (over 2.5) is a loss. If there were three goals in the game then both part of the bet wins!

Asian Goal Line

There is another type of goal line bet as well and that is the Asian goal line. This is not the same as Asian Handicap betting. The difference here would be that in Asian Handicap betting you are looking at a team winning for example by covering a handicap. Asian Goal Line setting is just looking for a certain number of goals in a match, regardless of who scores the goals and who wins or losses.

Normally in traditional alternative goal line betting you have three outcomes Over/Under/Exact goals. What the Asian Goal line does is kick out the third option of the exact goals happening (known as a push) which would mean a loss. So in Asian Goal line betting if you have backed a game to go over 3 goals and if the game ends with three goals then you get a refund, you don’t lose. More goals than the selected line produces a win, under and you lose as normal.

This is where half bets come in. If you have gone over 2.5 goals in a game then the only outcome that you have is a win and loss. Again you can just split bets such as a 0.25, 3.0 goals selection.

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