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Over 0.5 First Half Goal Strategy

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

Being successful and making long term profit from betting is'nt just about hitting and hoping. One must employ a betting strategy or 2 in order to measure, tweak and eventually master the strategy which give you the edge over the bookie.

One strategy that we personally love is betting the first half goal market and the reason why we love is because we all know that most goals are generally scored in the second half of a match, but thanks to the XBet Edge App we can now use probabilities % to see and capitalise on the much higher first half goal odds*.

Once you have downloaded our app, click the filter button in the top right of the screen. Then select Sort Highest FH Goals under the Sort Highest or Lowest drop down and then Apply.

You will now see that the FH0.5 column on the app has been sorted to show you all the highest FH Goal Probabilities for THAT DAY with games that are either Inplay or Upcoming. If you wish to see the Completed games for the day then click the Completed tab. You can also sort the highest FH goal for another date by selecting the Calendar picker in the top right or within the filter selecting the Choose Date.

This instantly provides many different opportunities of games that have a high probability of a First Half Goal so you can use this data to make any of the following bets:

  • Over 0.5/1.0 FH goaline prematch on a traditional sportsbook. This means you will get half profit for 1 goal or full profit for 2 goals. This also means if there is an early goal your cashout will almost be a full amount. Aim for odds of around 1.55-1.6 or more

  • Over 0.5 FH goals in play for higher odds but you risk an early goal in which case you should abort the bet. Aim for odds of around 1.5 or more

  • You can also Lay 0-0 halftime score on an exchange like BetFair Exchange or Smarkets which means regardless of who scores your bet will win.

Sometimes odds for FH Goals can be short as 1.2-1.3 and there may not be as much value so what we like to do is put together a small stake double or a treble in order to boost the odds and get some value as shown below. Alternatively, you can wait inplay when odds increase providing no goal is scored. Finding bookies that provide odds boosts works wonders with short odds such as William Hill for example.

Download our iOS and Android App and try out this strategy today using the XBet Edge

What Bookie should I use?

We recommend using William Hill for this strategy given they provide daily odds boosts which means that you can benefit from getting higher odds before the match has even kicked off. If you use our link below you will also get a FREE £30 in free bets when you bet £10 WIN WIN!

*Important Note: XBet Edge does not take into account injuries, suspensions, team lineups etc which could impact the result of a game such is a teams highest scorer injured/suspended, are any key players missing etc. So its vitally important that one does their research before using the data.

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