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What does – 1 1/2 or -2 mean when betting soccer?

Author: Devin Erickson-Sheehy | Last Updated: September 6, 2023

When you look at soccer odds on betting apps, the plus sign followed by a number is the number of goals a team is getting.

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For instance, in an English Premier League match, if Arsenal is +1 1/2 vs. Manchester City, then a wager on Arsenal means you think Arsenal is going to win the match outright, force a draw or only lose by one goal. If any of those three happens you win your wager. If Manchester City wins by two goals or more, however, you lose your wager.

What does - 1 1/2 or -2 mean when betting soccer?

To use the same example, if Manchester City is – 1 1/2 against Arsenal and you bet on Manchester City, they must win by two goals or more for you to collect at betting sites. If City loses, draws or only wins by one goal, then you lose your bet.

You will commonly find these odds at online sportsbooks like BetMGM and Caesars.

Devin Erickson-Sheehy

Devin is a diehard New York sports fan and betting expert. He supplies a wealth of knowledge about everything online gambling, providing readers with up-to-date tracking on the latest trends, industry news, and betting offers.