ARE YOU ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS OR BETTER STILL ARE YOU BETTING ON THE RIGHT MARKETS?
Every team has its own unique style of play or strategy. These also affect the results of matches and finally our betslips. Considering this, there are questions we should be able to ask and respond to before placing bets on some teams.
Take for instance a situation where an individual is placing a bet on a team. And does so without considering the strength or weakness of both teams involved in the given match.
Well, this article would briefly outline some betting markets, how well some teams have fared in some markets and questions to ask.
Do You Bet Based On Current Form, Or Team Popularity?
A good number of bettors have the general notion that the best selection for bets are the favorites. Teams who win on a regular basis, not minding the odds bookmakers are offering. The question is should you be placing bets based on team name or current form? A very good example would be Manchester United. They have lost 2 out of their 3 opening matches of the new EPL season. This hasn’t happened since 2005. This weekend they would be facing Burnley away from home. This match could determine Jose Mourinho’s future at the club. I strongly advice anyone who is going to stake on this match to avoid predicting a winner and just go for other options like the corner or card market.
The Goal Market or the Straight Win
Last weekend I believe alot of people fell for the Manchester city straight win scam or over 2.5 goals market. Unlike some individuals who saw the value of a both teams to.score at 1.80. Wolverhampton scored in over 90% of their home matches in the championship and they seem to have brought same form over to the English premier league.
How Important Is Home Form?
Liverpool showed their dominance at home as they saw off Brighton in a closely contested tie. Although they did not get the usually goal scoring spree, they bagged the 3pts and that is what is important.
Arsenal also showed they could be very good at home just like last season. More than 60% of Arsenal home matches saw over 2.5 goals and this season doesn’t seem to be an exception. They defeated west ham 3-1 in their third game of the season and second game at home. This comes after losing the opening game at home to defending champions Manchester city.
Tottenham have been very consistent in the past 4 seasons. They have also been able to retain their first team players from the previously ended season. This could be a huge factor as to where they finish on the table this season. We did see their togetherness as they showed how much of a force they have become. They beat Manchester united at the Old Trafford with a comfortable 3 nil score line.
Scoring Form Or Clean sheet Market
Watford have shown a very good appetite in front of goal in recent years. And although they have started the season in OK form i would rather just stick to them scoring for now. They tend to have over 2.5 goals when they come up against the top 6. With over half of those matches ending in a both teams to score scenario. Crystal palace has similar characteristics as they go all out to score too. And due to their poor defensive capabilities, also concede as much as they score.
Do you consider the corner market?
My straight forward answer to this would be YES. In the recent weeks we saw big teams defeat lowly ranked teams but with very little value attached to it. The corner handicap market makes up for that as these tops teams often win the total corners with a sizable margin. And there is value here also.
History of rivalry
When teams who seem to have a formidable rivalry meet, we tend to see a trend. For instance North London derby, Arsenal vs Tottenham the very glaring characteristic of this fixture is the presence of goals and in recent years the trend has continued. Another good example would be a Merseyside clash (Everton vs Liverpool), with just a surface look you should say its a Liverpool win but when you look at the history of this fixture you know its sure not going to be a one-sided affair. Another tough call would be a Manchester united vs Manchester City these two being in the same territory makes it a very hard one to predict. Bottom line is derbies are never easy to predict so opt for a less obvious but highly probable outcome
If every bettor can take some of these into consideration, alongside statistics based prediction. Then we should be able to win more often in the EPL. As the season progresses we would also put the spotlight on other teams as well as other top leagues.