No matter how good you are, sometimes there is someone or something better than you are and you find yourself being the underdog. An underdog is a person or a group of people who are expected to lose, and in the case of a win, it is a stunning upset. In 2005, Liverpool F.C. shocked and exhilarated their fans when they launched an unbelievable comeback to win the Champions League final against A.C. Milan, showing just what happens when the underdog wins.
So, how do you exactly predict that an underdog will come out the winner?
The main thing is to do your research to understand your game, including learning from others who have expert knowledge of the game. In other types of gaming, this can best be done by exuding a professional image and learning to create brilliant bluffs with a sizeable buy-in, then convince others that you are not afraid to lose it. Picking home underdogs can be an effective strategy; in delving deeper into the concept of the home court, it becomes evident that nobody wants to lose in front of their home crowd.
Another useful tip is to not outplay yourself when it comes to looking at the outcome of a game. The irresistible temptation to get caught up in the mood leads to making elaborate and ultimately poor decisions. Also, be wary of misleading hype.
Another useful policy is to look for real advantages and disadvantages that can equalize any game that equalizes the chances of winning. For example, looking at past performances will provide insight if they have been identified as the dark-horse favorites. Another factor that should not be ignored is the team’s history against their current challenger.
Have confidence in yourself. From time to time, embrace your gut feeling and go out on a limb. This doesn’t mean taking on every available option, but learn to pinpoint the terms of battle along the lines that are most favorable to you. But remember, playing it safe doesn’t bring the big dividends. Sometimes, we tend to overthink a situation and rationalize ourselves into not going forward for the unexpected win.
Good information is also important. Predicting winners is an exercise in examining factors that affect the outcome of a matchup between teams. A fledgling team or an aging team are factors that can be considered. Does a player have an ongoing disagreement with the coach affecting unity in the team? Or the athlete may have to play on a new surface that can affect his game negatively. These are the kinds of minutiae that will inform your decisions and will better prepare you for spotting a winner. There is still some dispute as to which body part to engage for picking a winner: many say use your head, some insist that you follow your gut and others say don’t go with your heart.
Regardless of which organ kicks into gear, in-depth and atypical information is critical to any decision. Self-doubt is a sentiment that must always be avoided. Ultimately, where the chances of winning are slender, but the possible winnings are significant, make sure you research before you make a play. Because when a favorite falls at the feet of the underdog, someone will surely capitalize on the scenario.