A guide to better Football Betting Predictions
Our team of football experts are good, but they aren't robots, so sometimes the football match of your choice might not be covered by Wincomparator's tipsters. So what to do then? Settle for a limited opinion based on only a few facts and figures? Completely not! By following the steps that we have outlined below, you can make a complete analysis yourself for winning football predictions, so pay attention!
1. Examine the form of both teams
As you can imagine, the first step is to notice the recent form of both teams involved in the match of your choice. Generally, the 5 most recent fixtures of each side is taken into account, however our experts find it much more helpful to examine the 2 most recent games of each team - this information is more important, and will demonstrate a form most similar to what is expected in their next match. The next thing to do is to check the results of these fixtures, the goals scores and conceded, possession statistic, and the number of opportunities created and conceded - all are important!
2. Examine the impact of the venue[Home or Away]
Beyond form, it is also important to take into account the venue in which the match will be held - it is often the case that teams do not perform the same in away games as they do in home games. Beyond the difference in results, you can always predict the team's tactics, for example that an away team will play with 11 men in their own half, and take chances only on the counter-attack late in the game. If this is the case, you may want to avoid bets like 'Both teams to Score', or '+2.5 goals in the game'.
3. Identify the forces in play - Injuries, Suspensions, etc.
The third important factor to consider is the status of a team's squad - by this we mean to keep an eye on all the news surrounding team announcements leading up to the match. It is often the case that a club will present in advance their players that will miss out on an upcoming fixture, be it due to injury or suspension. For example, if you want to bet on Barcelona for your Champions League predictions, an injury suffered by Lionel Messi would greatly impact the outcome of the match, as the Argentine is a key player for the Catalan club. Such events will affect every club, no matter what game or which competition they are due to play in.
4. Take into account the form of key players
In the same logic as accounting for the form of a team, the fitness and performances of key players must also be included in the analysis of any football game. Say, for example, that a club's best striker has not scored in 5 games - the team will not be as strong up-front, and it is unlikely that the team will not perform to their highest level offensively in the match to come. This same logic applies anywhere on the pitch - to midfielders, defenders, goalkeepers, and forwards alike.
5. Take an interest in the latest confrontations
After analysing the latest both sides involved in the game of your choice, you will also need to pay attention to the psychological aspects of the meeting - which of the two clubs have the advantage in the game to come? To find out, you will have to look at each team's previous results, either in general or in the venue that the match is due to take place. Do not hesitate to look into the emotional aspects that can surround a match - whether it is a derby, a match between two historic rivals (such as Liverpool and Manchester United), or even a meeting between two teams that have a history of playing aggressive football, all will inevitably impact the success of your football predictions.
6. Take the timing of the match into account
Another factor that should not be underestimated when establishing your forecast is the timing of the match in relation to the schedules of both teams. As you know, each club will partake in several different competitions over the course of the season, both domestic and international. Before placing your football bet, do not forget to check the fixture calendars' of both teams concerned - they may have a European Cup match to play a few days later, or even a domestic Cup Final. In the event of more important fixtures in the future, coaches will often rotate their squad to prioritise the bigger games, which would affect the chances of victory for both sides.
7. Estimate the acceptable odds of your football prediction
Once you have taken all these steps into account in your analysis and have chosen your prediction, you will then have to determine the odds that will be set by bookmakers for your bet. This will let you know if your prediction will be an interesting betting prospect or not - it all depends on the potential gains of your bet slip. If for example, you think that your football prediction will be interesting to bet on at odds of minimum value 3/2, but the bookmakers offer odds of 7/5, you can turn to another choice of bet, or even of match. Creating your kitting with the bookmakers is like this also. Don't forget to create accounts on different betting sites thanks to the best bookies offers available on Wincomparator.
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