A very popular goals bet is the Over/Under 5.5 Goals market. It is a 90 minutes (plus stoppage time) bet only, extra-time doesn’t count. Backing Unders would be very short odds, while Overs backers will be looking for matches with plenty of goals.
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Over 5.5 Goals
A bet on Over 5.5 goals is a bet on there being 6 goals or more goals scored in it. So results that would win this bet are 3-3, 5-1, 4-2, 6-0.
Under 5.5 Goals
A bet on Under 5.5 Goals is a bet on there been less that 6 goals scored in a football match, so any amount of goals up to 5. So results like 0-0, 1-0, 5-0, 4-1, or 3-2 would all be Under 5.5 Goals.
On the betslip you will get two options. It says Over with odds, or Unders with odds, as seem below. As you can see, Over 5.5 is 7.1, with Under 5.5 goals at 1/12.
Over Under 5.5 Goals Betting Odds
The odds on Over 5.5 Goals are usually quite long, roughly around the 11/1 mark, unless teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona at home are involved, when they would be significantly shorter (anything from 4/1 to 7/1).
The odds on Under 5.5 Goals are nearly always very short, generally around the 1/12, to 1/20 mark. This is a very popular Premier League Betting market.
Over 5.5 Goals Predictions
Predicting Overs is a huge task, and but can be very rewarding when you get it right. With odds of roughly 7/1 to 11/1 on a standard match, all you need is for a double to come in for a massive payout.
There are matches that fit the criteria though. When they come along we will be tipping them on our over 5.5 goals predictions page. If you are looking at this market, you are probably looking at teams like Man City, Real Madrid, PSG, and Barcelona.
Their odds will be shorter than 7/1, but you can get around 4/1 and upwards on the likes of City and Barcelona, which still makes for a decent double.
Under 5.5 Goals Predictions
If you are betting on the Under 5.5 market, the odds will be far shorter. This means you will be more looking at a longer team accumulator bet.
The bookmakers give little away in the market, with odds of around 1/16, or shorter. If you are putting together an accumulator bet, you will need a 6 or 7-fold just to get near to odds of 1/2.
There would be a far higher chance of winning this bet, but as is the case with accas, you only need one to go wrong to down the whole bet.
I have noticed on a lot of matches, some bookmakers don’t even offer odds on Under 5.5 goals. They only go as high as Under 4.5 Goals.
Over/Under 5.5 Goals Spread Betting
The main spread betting firm out there for football is Sporting Index. They don’t have a specific Under/Over 5.5 Goals market, but they do have a Total Goals spread betting market, that is generally based on the Over/Under 2.5 Goals market.
For example, on the average match you can Sell at 2.85 Goals, or Buy at 3.05 Goals. Selling at 2.85 Goals would be a bet on Under 3 Goals, while Buying at 3.05 would be a bet on 4 goals or more. With sides like Manchester City scoring for fun, the spread will obviously be higher for their matches.
Over/Under 5.5 Goals Explained
It is a 90 minute bet (extra time is not included), and all goals scored by both sides are included in the outcome of deciding whether the bet is a winner or not. The inclusion of .5 (half a goal) is to ensure that it is two horse race, with a definite winner.
So to explain in more detail, a bet on Under 5.5 Goals is a bet on less than 6 goals being scored in a football match. This means results that could win this bet are 0-0, 1-0, 1-1, 0-1, 2-0, 0-2, 2-1, 1-2, 2-2, 3-0, 0-3, 3-2, 2-3, 3-1, 1-3, 4-0, 0-4, 4-1, 1-4, 5-0, 0-5.
A bet on Over 5.5 Goals, is a bet on 6 or more goals being scored in the match. This means any score line with 6 goals or more in it would see Over 5.5 Goals win. Winning scores could be 3-3, 4-2, 2-4, 4-3, 6-0, 3-4, 0-6, 8-1, etc.
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