This article breaks down the important criterion to consider while trying to decide which betting option to back in a particular match.
Agreed, you can make your bet selections by merely judging teams base on match of the day knowledge or livescore updates. But if you learn to thoroughly analyze matches putting the below criterion in check, you’ll be amazed at how your hit rate will increase.
Choice of sport
For starters, it is a good idea to decide which sport you will bet on. I write about football here but these tips apply to any sport. It is really important to choose a sport you take an interest in and have plenty of information about.
Choice of championship
The choice of championship is closely related to the type of bets you intend to place. If you opt for the over 2.5 betting system, it might not make much sense to bet in low-scoring leagues. Some championships are more predictable than others and top teams win more easily when they play home. Review the statistics over the last 3-5 years quickly and select those tournaments that are likely to offer you a higher hit rate.
Type of match
There are European tournaments, friendly matches, various championships, national leagues, etc.
Friendlies are often characterized by open play and numerous experiments with team selection. Sometimes there might be as many as 11 substitutions, and such matches are likely to get more goals scored.
As for European championships, there could be surprises in the first round because top teams are not yet in optimal form and their aim is just to qualify for the next phase, no matter how.
Importance of match
This is another major criterion that you need to consider. The best clubs play lots of matches during a given season so they aim to have their priorities straight (it is too difficult to show top play in all tournaments). Read interviews by coaches and pay attention to the objectives they set for the team before the start of the season. Favourites don’t lay much weight on matches from the German or French Cup, for example.
Mid-season when multiple matches are played across championships and top-class clubs compete on numerous fronts, it is very often the case that mid-table clubs win a title.
Clubs that have already faced the drop release the pressure and subsequently play much better. As a result, there might be surprises so you had better stay away from such matches as they are not easy to predict.
Yet local derbies are a totally different story, and neither the form of the players nor the number of matches they have in that period matter.
Normally, everyone gives 110% in local matches so the outcomes are hard to predict.
The first few rounds are quite unpredictable. Teams are still warming up and have yet to fulfill their potential while newbies are eager to prove their abilities and aren’t sparing their efforts, which leads to surprises.
Mid-season, things fall into place and predictability increases. Towards the final phase of the championship, there have already been a lot of matches and fatigue for top teams, while those in fear of relegation are desperate and fight to beat the drop. In turn, mid-table clubs have released the pressure and don’t have anything to play for. All of these factors could bring about surprises.
Go 3-5 years back so as to determine a team’s tendencies, e.g. how they score at home/away, what their performance is in attack/defence, etc. If you spot a tendency, compare it to the club’s current form and you may find good odds.
This is one of the primary criteria bookmakers use when they set the odds on a particular club. Review the club’s performance in the past 3 to 6 matches.
- Home/Away performance
- Number of goals scored and conceded
- Who scored the goals?
- Hard-earned or overwhelming victories
Never fail to check the clubs’ upcoming matches so as not to wonder why they are using the substitutes when you are dead certain they should be demolishing the opponent. Then it turns out they are having a round of 16 Champions League match in two days.
The most important thing to take away from this article is that your hit rate increases with every further factor you take into account when making your bet selections. Use these tips and you will soon see the difference