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“Put your money where your mouth is” is a popular age-long cliché amongst bettors. In football, placing bets on matches is often done to demonstrate how sound your level of knowledge is regarding predicting and guessing the outcome of a game, with smiling to the bank the major objective at the end of the day.

Nowadays, thanks to the internet, betting has become widespread, and more than often, punters want to know what secret or formula there is to getting predictions right in order to stake and win.

Many believe analyzing and studying results, details and info of past games can do the trick. But how accurate and reliable are these statistics when bets are to be placed on games?

Given the high and relative level of unpredictability of the game, relying and drawing from past results and a pool of information don’t always guarantee betting success. However, one can always study trends and happenings that lead to the buildup of a game before bets are placed.

A team on a winning streak, and with all the individual players fit and sound would almost always win, especially when pitted against a less competitive side. Provided that all things remain equal during the course of the game, the result will most always be exactly as predicted.

But sadly, in football, all things don’t always remain equal. Match officials, sudden injuries, players mistakes and other factors could always prove to be costly when least expected.

A goalie in the EPL once went in the way of a balloon rather than the ball while trying to make a save. That goal definitely stood, and it ruined some predictions. Statistics definitely was helpless in that situation.

Bookmarkers make a lot of researches and also study many events leading to a game before coming up with betting odds. A punter might not be in the know of this before placing bets.

With a lot of technology available to football coaches and managers, tactics and formations are always changing in a single game. A single substitution can change a whole game, for good or bad. And many of such unplanned scenarios all combine to make totally relying on statistics for accuracy when it comes to football betting erroneous.

At the end of the day, it boils down to one’s level of knowledge pertaining to everything that has got to do with a game. The players playing, the match venue, the referee and history between the 2 sides. All that information, and some bit of luck, and guts, then proceeding to make a prediction can be done.

Leicester City had a 5000-1 odds to win the league last season. Not up to 10 football punters in the world went for it. It sums the fact up that statistics kind of suck as far as accuracy in prediction and betting goes. But still, putting your money where your mouth is is way to go. It might not be able the possible winnings at the end of the day, one might do it for the love of one’s club or country.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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