Over/Under Betting Guide
Pros & Cons of Over/Under Betting
- Wide range of sports – Over/under betting is available on plenty of different events.
- Flexibility – You can choose from a variety of over/under options, including full-game totals, half-time totals, and team- or player-specific totals.
- Simplicity – Over/under bets are straightforward and easy to understand, with bettors simply wagering on whether or not a game statistic will pass a set threshold.
- Match outcome doesn’t matter – Either team can win the game for you to win an over/under bet, as long as you’re right about the final score.
- More strategic – Deeper analysis of factors like historic results and player form may offer a more rewarding way to bet.
- Can be highly specific – Over/under betting lets you wager on more niche aspects of a game, such as passing or rushing yards in NFL or number of corners in a soccer match.
- Lower vigorish – Sometimes over/under betting markets offer better value for money due to lower juice.
- Inherent risk – As with any form of gambling, there’s never a guaranteed win. Even with the best analysis or strategy, a surprise result could still lead to a loss.
- Potential value – Odds for over/under markets are generally set accurately, which means it may be harder to find value.
- Deeper analysis of stats required – Strong team knowledge or an understanding of situational factors is sometimes less important when betting on totals, with heavier statistical analysis proving more beneficial.
How to Make an Over/Under Bet
Placing an over/under bet is a straightforward affair — follow these simple steps.
What is over/under betting?
Over/under betting is a type of bet where you’re trying to predict a match statistic, such as the total number of points scored in an NFL game. The bookmaker sets a threshold and you can bet ‘over’ or ‘under’ this number. The total points scored between both teams needs to be respectively above or below the number for your bet to win.
What is totals betting?
Totals betting is another name for over/under betting, where you’re betting on a game statistic such as ‘total’ points, goals, or runs.
Are there any over/under betting tips and strategies I can follow?
The best place to start is considering each team’s style of play. For example, you might want to bet under if both teams are highly defensive, or over if they’re more aggressive. Looking at past match statistics can help to get a sense of how many points are likely to be scored. You may also want to consider the ‘alternative’ lines, where you can pick a different point threshold for higher or lower odds. And before you bet, you can also check our betting tips here on our site, such as our expert NFL picks.
What if the over/under bet lands exactly in the middle?
This is called a tie or ‘push’, and how it’s handled depends on your sportsbook. Most will simply cancel the bet and refund your stake, but some betting sites will count a push as a loss. You can avoid this outcome by over/under betting on half point totals, like 46.5 in NFL or 227.5 in NBA.
Do over/under bets include overtime?
Yes, all bets including over/under markets usually include overtime unless otherwise stated.