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Shots on target refers to the amount of shots a player or a team has on goal in a football match. These shots may include goals but can also include those saved by goalkeepers or blocked by defenders. The total shots on target will be the amount achieved and recorded during a full match and is an over/under bet.
Bettors may like the idea of a total shots on target selection if there is a particularly good attacking side involved in a match. But the opposite is true as well as if a named team are not very attacking – or are up against a very good opponent – then the knowledgeable bet would be a lower number of shots.
Although different bookmakers will offer their football betting markets in different ways the more common way of making a total shots on target selection is to bet on the odds of an over/under amount or just more than a specified amount.
It should be noted that depending on the bookmaker, blocked shots do not always count – and sometimes they will only count if it is the last defending man that blocks the shot. It pays to find out the specific terms and conditions of each bookie before placing this type of bet.
In 2016 Liverpool had 17 shots on target in a 6-1 thrashing of Watford – the most in the English Premier League since records began for that achievement in 2003. In contrast Manchester United had an incredible 38 total shots in a match against Burnley in 2017 – but the game ended in a 0-0 draw.