Over/under bets are a simple one to understand for experienced bettors; for those new to sports betting, they may seem a little intimidating at first, but they aren’t complicated at all. This over/under sports betting guide will help to understand what they are, how they work, and popular strategies.
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Pros and Cons with Over/Under Betting in New York
Like any other bet, over/under bets have their advantages and disadvantages, so here is a quick breakdown of some of the biggest pros and cons of over/under bets.
|Simple to understand and great for beginners||Can be difficult to predict|
|Often considered more fun than traditional bets|
|There are several betting options available|
Over/Under Betting in New York Explained
Think of this section as a “how to over/under” dummies guide, where we answer some of the most common questions people have about over/under betting.
What is Over/Under Betting?
Over/under betting is a type of prop bet and they are as simple as they sound. It’s essentially trying to predict if something is over or under a certain value. It doesn’t matter what the outcome of a game is, as long as what you predict in a game comes to fruition.
How Does Over/Under Betting Work?
Over/under betting as mentioned, has several different betting options available. For example, let’s take the MLS and New York City FC as an example. In a game, you can try to predict if a particular team or both teams combined will score over or under 2.5 goals. You can also try and predict, again for individual teams or collectively, how many cards may be given out in a game. The reason values are given half such as 2.5 instead of two, is because when it comes to these sports, values are recorded as whole numbers. So, placing the bet values as half numbers means no bettor can argue if a bet is over or under when the number is identical to the one bet, as this will never happen. Half figures allow for a straight line to be drawn and give two likely outcomes.
In sports that typically see more scoring like baseball and football, over/under numbers set as whole numbers are more common. Say the New York Mets are playing the Atlanta Braves and the over/under total is 7. If the Mets win the game 4-3, all over/under bets would be ties (aka a push), and bettors will have the amount of their initial wager returned to them.
How do I place an Over/Under Bet?
All you need to do to place an over/under MLS bet, or on any other sport, is make sure you have funds in your sportsbook account, then find the game you wish to bet on. You can then head to the over/under selections and see whether there are options you wish to place a wager on. If you find a bet you like the look of, then set your stake and place your wager.
What Should I Know Before Placing an Over/Under Bet?
A superb tip for placing over/under bets is to go for combined totals where available. Odds will be lower for covering over 2.5 goals combined, rather than backing an individual team to achieve the same feat, but that’s because the chances of your bet coming in are increased. It’s also important to check the form of the two teams involved. If you have a team who has managed an average of say four goals per game in their last 12 games, you may think it wise to cover a bet such as over 3.5 goals. However, you need to check who they have played so far, and what their opponent is like. A team may be in good form in front of goal but if they are up against a team with the best defense, attackers will struggle more to score goals and the odds of your bet coming in will be lower.