Covers 2.5 Tips

Covers 2.5 is one of the most interesting and successful strategies from our football in-play trading systems portfolio. It is a low-risk football trading strategy that involves placing trades on correct score and over 2.5 goals markets.

We post the strongest picks that meet our strict filters to save you time going through the stats and picking your own selections. All you need to do is choose which tips you wish to follow and check for updates every day. On this page, we include tips for COVERS 2.5 – multiple trading markets that can be traded on the Betfair exchange. Alternatively, you can use traditional bookmakers with cash-out option.

COVERS 2.5 strategy uses a combination of two markets: under/over 2.5 goals and correct score. It provides plenty of possibilities for trading out but also works great for dutching. There is very clever reasoning behind this strategy and the selections process is backed by strong stats and trends. This strategy can be used with bookmakers in case of low liquidity or Saturday 3 pm trading sessions…


Another great method, which gives you plenty of opportunities to trade joint markets. We focus on away favourites, which are expected to do well. At the same time, we are opposing them with home teams, which are in good form and should be able to open themselves when losing (possibly concede more goals) and score on the other end. The profits will depend on the timing of goals. In some trades, you may be able to hedge all outcomes for a profit.


1. Use a dutching calculator to back 1-1 and 0-2 (away team to win 2-0) and OVER 2.5 GOALS before the match starts:

2. Hedge the trades when a goal or goals come in, depending on a possible profit. You will need to practice on a few matches to see which scenarios you prefer.

Don’t get us wrong – our systems are based on sophisticated statistical algorithms and we are pleased with the results, so you can trade and bet on them without any further analysis. However, it’s always possible to improve the selections further to increase your winning rate and profits. Sadly this can’t be done automatically, so we will try to give you further advice on how to shortlist the best selections and how to avoid some lost trades.

Consider the following for your Covers 2.5 trades and bets:

  • Look for competitive matches with teams or one team still having something to play for (e.g. title, relegation, progression etc.)
  • Check the selections for major injuries or key players missing the game. You will need at least one goal to hedge your trade, so you don’t want those star strikers to be missing that game.
  • Check the weather conditions – you don’t want the game to be played in very heavy rain, snow or very strong wind.
  • Pitch condition – as above, very bad pitches (waterlogged, covered in snow, muddy) are tricky to play on and can often prevent goals to be scored and finishing goalless.
  • Check the market and odds comparison websites for the odds for the draw. Stay alarmed, if those are heavily steaming and there is plenty of money backing the draw.

Please note:

  • All current selections are available for members only.
  • You can filter Major (1) and Minor (0) leagues and competitions by the M. field.
  • We don’t post profit/loss figures for the trading tips systems as those will vary on odds and times of closing the trades.
  • The quoted odds are guide odds only provided by Bet365 and will often differ from the best Betfair’s odds.
  • To keep it as easy as possible, we keep track of wins and losses, as if they were left as bets.
  • Furthermore, the only losing trades were the ones finishing 0-0, unless you did any 0-0 scalping before the match started. Therefore most of those matches we marked as lost bets would have been successfully cashed out when a goal came in, even though they finished as draws.
  • You can download the selections or print them using the buttons on the top right side above the table.
  • If you see ‘No data available in table’, that means there are no current selections for this system.
  • If there are no tips for a few consecutive days, please get in touch and check whether everything is working ok.

Most major competitions matches are available at Betfair Exchange, others will be available for manual betting/trading with bookmakers using the cash-out option – check at for the latest odds. The odds visible in the table are for the OVER 2.5 GOALS – pre-match odds and are for reference purposes only.

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