A Complete Guide to Football Predictions. Chapter 1 - Football Prediction Basics
Football is the most popular and well-known sport in the world, and due to this, it is also the most popular sport to bet on. In the UK alone, over £1.3 billion was wagered on football betting between October 2018 and September 2019, and bookmakers offer a vast range of betting markets on thousands of matches across the world each week.
Many bookmakers also offer special offers and odds to entice customers to bet. In this guide, we will explain everything you need to know about football predictions and football betting.
Using Football Betting Predictions
For some people choosing what football bet to place is as simple as always betting the team that they support to win or their favorite player to score the first goal in a specific match. For many other football fans, though, they look to the internet to help them select their football betting tips.
In recent years, a large number of football prediction sites have been developed, particularly focusing on data analysis, as punters hunt for that winning football betting formula. Finding a good and reputable football prediction site greatly enhances your chances of placing winning football bets. Football prediction sites utilize machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyze all available big data sets through mathematical algorithms. After analyzing, they can accurately predict the probability of an outcome for a specific football betting market.
Of course, it is possible to analyze these betting markets yourself in a mathematical way. We will go over this in a future chapter. However, without advanced mathematical and technical knowledge, it is an extremely difficult and time lengthy process.
The best way to utilize all this data analysis is to follow a football prediction site that undertakes all the analysis for you, allowing you to place your football bets quickly and giving you more time to enjoy life!
How can I find a trusted source for football betting predictions?
As mentioned, across the internet and social media, there are many sites and accounts offering football betting predictions and betting tips. Only a small number of them can generate successful, high probability predictions regularly. These are ones that work with proven mathematical predictions, rather than claiming to be ‘betting experts’ or ‘football tipsters.’
These betting experts and football tipsters promise quick profit, normally highlighting recent winning selections but failing to provide consistent long-term profit. They will do a quick analysis of their predictions and fail to properly take on board the vast amount of data. A large number of these sites and accounts also require payment for their predictions and tips. These should be AVOIDED as they are making their money from these subscription fees rather than making money from the bookmakers!
A trusted football prediction site will provide thoroughly analyzed predictions and utilize mathematical algorithms to select their football betting tips. A trusted football prediction website should also be FREE. They are making their money from backing their winning selections at the bookmakers, rather than taking money from punters.
In a future chapter, we will go into betting terms in more detail and explain them in-depth. For now, here is a brief overview of the leading football betting terms.
Odds - These are prices offered by bookmakers on a specific outcome, such as Liverpool, to beat Manchester United in the English Premier League.
The odds are normally shown as fractions, such as 2/1, but can also be shown as decimal odds such as 3.00.
If Liverpool to beat Manchester United was offered at 2/1. You placed £1 on this outcome, and Liverpool won, then you would win your bet and receive back £3 - £2 profit plus your original £1 stake. If Manchester United won the match or ended in a draw, you would lose your £1 stake.
Home Win/Draw/Away Win - This betting market is where you pick the result of a football match - Either a home win, away win or a draw. Please note that extra-time and penalties do not count for this bet. Below is an example of this market.
Total Over & Under Goals - This betting market is where you select whether the TOTAL number of goals in a match will be over or under a specific number. The most popular market for this is over or under 2.5 goals. Below is an example of this market.
Home Goals - This betting market is where you select the TOTAL number of goals in a match scored by the home team. The most popular market for this is over or under 1.5 goals, although you can bet on a team to score a specific number of goals.
Away Goals - This betting market is where you select the TOTAL number of goals in a match scored by the away team. The most popular market for this is over or under 1.5 goals, although you can also bet on a team to score a specific number of goals. Below is an example of this market for both the home and away teams.
Probability - The extent to which a specific outcome is likely to happen.
Statistics - The science of collecting and analyzing large quantities of numerical data.
Algorithms - A process or set of rules followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations. Normally undertaken by a computer.
Big Data - Extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns and trends.
API Connection - A set of functions allowing the creation of applications that access the features or data of an operating system.