What Is Asian Goal Line?
An Asian Goal Line is a type of bet that uses whole numbers, half numbers and quartered numbers to determine the result of your wager. Unlike Total Goals where the outcome is always black and white (win/lose), Asian Goal Lines incorporate the potential for stake refunds and half-wins as well as wins or losses.
You’re still betting on the number of goals to be scored in a football match and whether the figure will be Over/Under the stated amount. Rather than being hit with a loss if your ‘Over 2.0 Goals’ selection is matched in the game (e.g. 2-0 scoreline), you’ll receive your stake back as a refund. This is one of the main draws towards Asian Lines for bettors looking to find value away from standard European markets.
To put it simply:
An Asian Goal Line is a selection that gives you multiple outcomes – A win, a stake refund, a half win, a half loss and a full loss.
William Hill describes the Asian Goal Line market as the following:
Predict whether the total goals scored in a match will be under or over a specified number.
How Do I Win An Asian Goal Line Bet?
To win, your bet must be ‘Over’ or ‘Under’ the amount displayed in your selection. If the number of goals scored in the match exactly matches what you’ve chosen then your stake will be returned to you as a refund. You’ll get a half-win if your split selection (e.g. Over 2.0/2.5 Goals) is semi-correct. For instance:
- You bet on ‘Over 2.0/2.5 Goals’.
- Half of your stake goes towards ‘Over 2.0’ and the other 50% is placed on ‘Over 2.5’.
- Two goals are scored in the match.
- You’ll get a half-win as only a portion of your bet was correct.
The same rules apply to ‘Under’ Asian Goal Line selections, just with different requirements for the bet to win. Instead of hoping for more goals than included in your selection, you’ll look for fewer goals. For example:
- You bet on ‘Under 3.0 Goals’
- The game finishes 3-0.
- As the number of goals in the game precisely matches the figure in your selection, your stake is refunded.
- If fewer than three goals were scored (e.g. 2-0), your bet would win.
Asian Goal Line Terminology Explained
Let’s dig a bit deeper into what each available Asian Goal Line selection means. There are three types:
- Whole Numbers – 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, etc
- Half Selections – 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, etc
- Quarter/Split Selections – 1.0/1.5, 2.0/2.5, 3.0/3.5, etc
Whole Number Selections
Let’s start with Whole Number Selections. This is a bet on Over/Under X goals during a standard 90-minute football match. You are not trying to match the number listed in the selection; you’re trying to either exceed it (Over) or fall below it (Under). For ‘Over’ selections on Whole Numbers, the number of goals scored in the game must be of greater value than the figure in your betslip. Here’s an example:
- You bet on Over 2.0 Goals.
- The match has three goals in total.
- As the number of goals in the game is more than the amount stated in your selection, the bet wins.
If just two goals were scored, your stake would have been refunded. If fewer than two goals were scored, the bet would have lost.
Half Selections are more cut and dry. Due to the fact that half-goals cannot be scored by football teams, a ‘Push’ bet (refunded stake) is not possible with this type of selection. You can only win or lose. There are two betting options available:
- Over X.5 Goals
- Under X.5 Goals
For instance, imagine you wanted to bet on ‘Over 1.5 Goals’ in a game between Liverpool and Everton. In this case, only outcomes with two goals or more would result in a winning bet. 0-0 and 1-0 scorelines would fail to gain any returns as both results fall short of the two-goal requirement. The decimal ‘.5’ ensures that any ‘Over’ Asian Goal Line wager must at least match the next whole number.
So, let’s do a little tester. If you were to bet on ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ in the Asian Goal Line market, which outcomes would result in a win? Here are your options:
A). 3 Goals
B). 2 Goals
C). 4 Goals
If you chose ‘A’ and ‘C’, congratulations. You’re correct. Both outcomes boast more than 2.5 goals, meaning that any bet on these selections in the ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market would payout. Option ‘B’ does not win because fewer than 2.5 goals have been scored.
Remember to round up to the next highest whole number to find the minimum winning requirements for Half Asian Goal Line bets.
These Asian Goal Line bets look complex on paper but in reality, they’re quite easy to use. Once you’ve got the hang of Whole Number Selections and Half Selections, you’ll be well prepared to tackle Quarter/Split Selections.
A bet on this selection is technically made up of two wagers. You are putting half of your stake towards one bet (e.g. Over 2.0 Goals) and the remaining 50% towards the other punt (e.g. Over 2.5). This makes it possible to half-win and half-lose.
Here’s an example:
- You bet £5 on ‘Over 2.0, 2.5 Goals’.
- £2.50 is staked on ‘Over 2.0’ and another £2.50 goes toward the ‘Over 2.5’ selection.
- The match ends 2-0.
- As half of your selection matched the exact number of goals (2), half of your stake is refunded.
- The remaining stake is lost.
If the game ended 3-0, your bet would have won in full. This is because you would have been correct in both outcomes (Over 2.0 & Over 2.5), whereas in the instance above, your selection matched the precise figure in the selection.
What’s The Difference Between Total Goals & Asian Goal Line?
The Asian Goal Line and Total Goals (also known as Over/Under at some sportsbooks) markets are similar in some ways and different in others. We’ll start by comparing aspects that remain the same when betting on both bet types.
- Both markets ask you to guess the number of goals scored in a game.
- ‘Under’ and ‘Over’ selections are available.
- Both markets use decimals.
- For ‘Over’ bets, if the number of goals scored exceeds the amount selected then your bet wins.
- For ‘Under’ bets, if the number of goals scored falls below the amount selected then your bet wins.
With so many features appearing similar, what’s the difference between the two?
For starters, Asian Goal Lines give bettors an opportunity that simply isn’t available on Total Goals markets; you can get a stake refund. If your selection matches the number of goals scored in a game and does not exceed/sit below the threshold, you’ll get your money back.
Whereas on Total Goals selections, your bet will lose if you match the number of goals scored in the game within your betslip. In addition, many betting sites do not publish ‘Total Goals’ selections without decimals. That means that very few whole-number bets are available for this type of wager. It also shows how limited Total Goals markets are in comparison to Asian Goal Line selections.
Here’s an example to better describe what we mean:
Over 2.5 Goals – Total Goals
- You bet on ‘Over 2.5 Goals’.
- The match ends 2-0.
- Your bet loses as fewer than three goals were scored.
Over 2.0 Goals – Asian Goal Line
- You bet on ‘Over 2.0 Goals’.
- The match ends 2-0.
- You get your stake back as a refund because the number of goals in your selection matches the goals scored in the game (2).
You see, selections like ‘2.0’, ‘1.0’ and ‘3.0’ are not available when betting on Total Goals. As a result, ‘Push’ bets are absent from that market. See below for screenshots of the Total Goals and Asian Goal Line markets, taken from Bet365.
Notice that there are no whole number betting options for Total Goals (titled Alternative Total Goals here). On the contrary, Asian Goal Lines (named Alternative Goal Line at Bet365) offer a plethora of betting selections, like:
- Whole numbers
- Whole numbers and decimals in the same selection
Betting Strategy For Asian Goal Lines
Your strategy for putting money on Asian Goal Lines should align closely with any plans for ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ and other similar markets. Despite their differences, both types of bets look for the same sort of trends.
Depending on which outcome you’re betting on, you should keep an eye out for teams that often score more than or participate in games with a greater number of goals than the amount stated in the selection. Staking your bankroll on ‘Over 3.0, 3.5 Goals’ when neither team has scored more than two goals in their last 5-10 games is a lost wager waiting to happen.
This is an example of how your strategy should work:
- You want to bet on ‘Over 2.0, 2.5 Goals’.
- Each of Fulham’s last 11 games (as of Matchday 12 22/23) have had at least two goals.
- Fulham have scored two or more goals in six of those matches.
- Four of Everton’s previous five outings have seen two or more goals.
- The Toffees hit the net seven times during that period.
The results of both teams’ fixtures mattered little when it came to the number of goals scored. Whether they won or lose, each meeting seemed to see a minimum of two goals.
Perhaps most important is the next point:
- All seven recent matchups involving Fulham and Everton have had at least two goals.
By analysing old results and current form, we concluded that a bet on Fulham vs Everton for ‘Over 2.0, 2.5 Goals’ had a good chance of winning. Carry out similar research to find the perfect Asian Goal Line bet for you.
Best Bookies For Betting on Asian Goal Line
Unlike many other markets we cover, Asian Goal Lines are relatively difficult to come by in the UK. This is partly due to bookies refusing to cater for unpopular markets. It’s also caused by bettors shying away from unfamiliar bet types, leaving bookmakers with no option but to ignore Asian options.
However, there are a few sports betting sites in the UK that support Asian Goal Line markets. Here are some of our go-to’s:
- William Hill
- Mr Green (titled Asian Total)
To find Asian Goal Lines at any of the sportsbooks mentioned in this section, follow these steps:
- Open the event you want to bet on.
- Select ‘Goals’ or ‘Asian’.
- Scroll down until you find ‘Asian Goal Line’ or the site’s equivalent.
- Select the bet you want to put money on by clicking it.
That’s all there is to it. Put your strategy to good use and find selections that suit what you’re looking for.
What is ‘alternative goal line’?
‘Alternative Goal Line’ is the same as an Asian Goal Line. If the bookmaker sets the line at something like ‘2.5’, then the alternative options will be 3.5 and 4.5, among others. They are simply alternative options other than the main Asian Goal Line.
Bet365 lists various ‘Alternative Goal Line’ options for supported matches. We recommend checking out the sports betting website to take a look at what types of bets you can make.
Why does ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ have worse odds compared to ‘Over 2.5 Asian Goal Line’?
The standard ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market is significantly more popular than its counterpart in Asian Goal Lines. Therefore, prices on selections for that market fluctuate more than Asian lines. Odds for Asian Goal Lines generally sit rigidly in place as fewer punters throw money at the less popular market.
It’s also worth noting that Asian Lines often just have better odds than ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ bets and similar offerings. It all comes down to the bookies’ algorithms in the end