The role of statistics in sports betting

Always make sure that you know the statistics before placing a bet, but remember that the numbers can also be misleading

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Using statistics to predict every match is not always possible, even with best online sports betting sites.

For example, it’s difficult to rely on stats ahead of a friendly match between two champions.

If two opponents have never faced each other and play in different countries, it is not so simple to compare them. Attitude and motivation for friendly games can also be different. Usually, we advise bettors in online sports gambling to forget about such matches. It is near-impossible to predict the result. So we advice that you make bets guided by the theory of probability and statistics only on matches of the regular season.

Tips for using statistics in sports betting

1) Check the position in the standings for betting

The fact is, regular season standings almost always display the strength of the team – so take a look at he league table. Of course, it makes no sense to pay attention to the place of the teams after three rounds, but after ten games of the season you can determine the level of all teams fairly well.

2) Previous meetings between opponents

Remember, each side has a rival ‘bogey team’. The terrible statistics of one team against such opponents can skew the reality. For example, take into account the eternal rivalry between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams. The Russian tennis player has only two wins to the American’s 19, and at the same time, Sharapova has not beaten her rival for 18 matches. True, maybe Williams is the stronger player, but the gap between these two tennis legends is not as huge as the statistics show in the betting lists.

3) The form of a player or a team

Sometimes a team can be at the bottom of the table but other sides continue to perceive them as a formidable force. For example, who could forget last season in the Premier League, when Chelsea slumped to a 10th-placed finish after winning the title and League Cup under Jose Mourinho in the previous season? So, place your bets carefully!

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