At the beginning of every football season, before a single match is played, millions of fans gather around their television sets to listen to groups of (mostly) men talk about what is coming up over the next few months.
These pundits look as if they are the fount of all knowledge, seemingly bringing forth masses of information from their database-like brains.
Yet what they are doing is producing football form stats from a wealth of personal knowledge but backed up (literally!) by dedicated sources of information which are, often, available to them online.
So, when you place a bet why should you check the stats? After all, the TV pundits have said it all in five minutes. There’s the clue – they only have a certain amount of time, but you should take a lot more before you place a bet.
Why? Well, anyone can make a prediction but those people who seem to magically get things right all the time have done some legwork beforehand. They have usually checked out at least one website which offers football live scores.
More importantly, these websites also have statistics from most if not all of the major tournaments around the world.
These statistics enable users to see more than just the results of a million games. From these results, trends can be spotted and predictions about match results can be gleaned using these statistics together with regularly updated team profiles.
So, it is about databases, after all – but an online one. As more data is input the database becomes an invaluable resource for tracking your team and others, to make informed decisions about what is to come based on what has happened previously. You may think that the TV pundits have some sort of crystal ball, but it generally comes down to a clever use of information – not that intuition doesn’t come into it occasionally, of course!
Put it this way. Think about buying something like a new car or a TV. After you decide your budget (probably the first thing that you must consider) do you simply find the first new car that fits and buy that one?
No, there is a lot more to it than that – research of make and model to fit your needs is what most savvy buyers will do. This research enables the wisest choice to be made. It’s effectively the same with placing a bet – you need to take a good long look at football stats in order to make the best choice, the most likely combination of odds and likely outcome that will make your tenner in to, say fifty pounds.
So, don’t blindly place your bet and hope for the best. Do your homework and check out football form stats first. You might be amazed at the difference it makes.