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How to bet on Odd/Even goals in football

Stefan Budur in Soccer Betting Strategies 1 Mar 2024


In this tutorial, I will show you how to bet on Odd/Even goals in football. What does odd/even mean in betting? How do you place an odd/even football bet? These are just a few topics discussed in this article.

What is an odd/even bet?

An odd/even bet is a wager placed by punters who predict the total number of goals during regular playtime using an odd or even selection.

Odd and even numbers can be described as follows:

  • Odds are numbers that divided by 2 will return a fractional number (2,5 or 3,25 etc)
  • Evens are numbers that after being divided by 2 will result in another whole number (2; 4; 6 etc)

Since goals scored in football betting can only be whole numbers, an odd/even bet can also be seen as flipping a coin, which is the basis of many casino games.

Example of odd/even football bet?

Tottenham welcomes Crystal Palace in an exciting London derby. The hosts are known to be on the front foot in the home games. The visitors also possess great firepower in front of the opposition box.

How to bet on Odd/Even goals in football

Let’s break down a few possible results and their odd/even goals meanings.

  • 0 – 0 = even goals
  • 1 – 1 = even goals
  • 2 – 2 = even goals
  • 1 – 0 or 0 – 1 = odd goals
  • 2 – 0 or 0 – 2 = even goals
  • 2 – 1 and 1 – 2 = odd goals

By adding the number of goals each team scored you will get an odd or even result. For example in the 1 – 1 score, if you add 1+1 = 2. Notice that by adding two odd numbers you will always get an even number. On the other hand, adding an even number with an odd number will always result in another odd number.

Types of odd/even football bets

You can explore the odd/even betting market using many bet types. From a simple single bet to building ACCAs and in-play betting you will not be short of options.

How to bet on Odd/even goals using Accumulators

A great way to get value betting from the odd/even goals market is to take advantage of the multiplying effect an ACCA will give you. Always keep it simple when you are placing accumulator bets.

In this particular case, since the odds are high for a single odd/even bet, there is no point in adding too many picks to your ACCA. Considering the average odds are usually 1.90, adding more than 3 picks will be an unnecessary risk.

In-play odd/even bets

In-play betting is one of the best ways to diversify your betting game. Besides the excitement of watching a football game, live betting gives you longer odds than a pre-match odd/even wager. Bali United were 2-1 up in front of Persis Solo. With 20 minutes left to play, a bet on even goals brings excellent value.

Compared to a pre-match value where the odds are usually 1.90 for both outcomes (odds/even), a live bet will significantly increase the odds. Follow the match events closely and notice any changes that can affect the even/odds goals outcome.

For example: if the home team is leading 1-0 and receives a red card with 20 minutes left to play, the opponent will increase the pressure by creating many chances to score. This can usually result in another goal scored by the end of the match, changing the odd/even outcome.

How to bet on Odd/Even Goals

Although odd/even goals are difficult to predict, there are tricks you can use to your advantage when you place odd/even bets. Follow the below tips to improve your odd/even goal betting strategy.

How to bet on even goals

If you consider that a match will end up in a draw, place even bets. All the draw scores are even numbers when you add them up (0-0, 1-1, 2-2 etc). Select games where both teams have a similar value, with no clear winner. Some recent examples are:

  • Manchester City vs Chelsea (1-1)
  • Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (1-1)
  • Cadiz vs Celta Vigo (2-2)

On top of that, you can also back sides who have a clear advantage over their opponent. Liverpool winning at Anfield against Burnley  3-1 is a great example. Manchester City winning against Everton 2-0 at Etihad also returned an even outcome.

How to bet on odd goals

Bet on an odd outcome in games where the winning margins are small. For example, derby games, finals and knockout matches usually end up with a narrow win for the better side. Some examples are:

  • Tottenham vs Brighton (2-1)
  • Aston Villa vs Manchester United (1-2)
  • As Roma vs Torino (3-2)
  • Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid (1-0)

On top of that, the last four Champions League finals ended with a 1-0 win.

Every result you find above has a 1-goal winning margin. However, you lose your bet when a team wins at a 2-goal margin (2-0, 3-1, 4-2).

Odd/even betting odds explained

An odd/even football bet is similar to placing a wager on black or red in a roulette game. Both games will have comparable odds and chances of winning for each particular outcome.

In the roulette game, the bookmaker will take advantage of the 0 number to which no colour is attributed. This is why you have a 47.5%  chance to win your bet at every spin. Similarly, the bookie will ensure his margin in a football match by lowering the odds for both outcomes.

Looking at the odds above, you might think the bookmaker isn’t fair towards punters. However, besides taking his profit margin, the bookie is also looking to avoid arbitrage betting opportunities. This is why you will lose money if you try to bet on odd and even using the same football match.

Remember odd/even betting is considered high-risk gambling since there are too many variables out of your control. Also, you can combine an odd/even bet with bookings and corners selections.

Now that you know how to bet on odd/even goals in football, all you have to do is set up a betting strategy. Start with small stakes before you master the odd/even betting pick. Always gamble responsibly using the money you can afford to lose.


Stefan Budur

Former owner of Betting Mojo, experienced bettor and former punter at Betadvisor, Stefan has done it all when it comes to soccer betting. With more than 15 years of experience in the gambling industry, he gained a lot of knowledge that he'd like to share with SoccerNews.com readers so you can position yourself better every time you place a bet.



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