Well, in the British league season, most teams play close to ‘form’, but Cup matches are more of a lottery when ‘giant killing’ happens fairly frequently, and are best avoided if you are serious about winning the football pools. So, to start, we only bet when the odds are optimal, and that means league games. In fact, we don’t bet when ‘form’ is likely to be compromised – e.g. on Boxing Day.
With a good football draw forecast system, you will be able to keep track of form and eliminate those matches which are certain home wins – there could be typically 22 home wins, many of which will have been easy to predict. As to away wins, these are harder to predict, and there will be, on average, 13-14 away wins on the coupon each week.
So, let’s say that we can predict 90% of the home wins – that’s roughly 19 matches, and maybe 50% of the away wins – that’s another 7 matches. So, out of the coupon as a whole, with a reliable forecasting system we can expect to predict 26 matches (homes and aways). That leaves 23 matches, from which we have to find 8 football draws.
Now, with a good plan or perm, which combines maybe 17 or 18 forecasts – some plans even give a coverage of 24 matches, then you can see that the odds of getting 8 football draws in a line are considerably enhanced. Sure, using a plan means that you sacrifice perfection to achieve greater coverage (after all there are 451 million ways of selecting 8 football draws from 49 matches). You probably will not hit the jackpot, but you will have more frequent wins of lower value, and should be able to move into profit.
So, you can see that an efficient football draw prediction system is essential.
Well, besides knowing when to stake and when to avoid betting and throwing your money away, you have to be able to analyse form and come up with football draw predictions. When it comes to form, how far back should you go? How will a team which was promoted from the Championship perform in the Premier League (and vice versa?)
My view is that the first few weeks of the season are when we don’t get a reliable picture of form across a league division, and it takes some weeks for the pattern to emerge. Some experts will look at long-term patterns and suggest that some teams are home win experts, some have a good (or a poor) away record. That can be useful in the final analysis, but I don’t factor such things in when looking for a football draw game. So, how far back should we look? Certainly not into last season – I work with less than half a dozen matches history (league games only).
Then, you need to have a consistent way of rating a team’s performance – and that needs to take into account the strength of the opposition. This leaves you with a list of teams and performance ratings.
Now you need to look at the forthcoming matches and compare the teams’ ratings. Adjust for home advantage, and make any other adjustments you feel are appropriate (new player or manager, injury to a key player?). Then, organise the list in order by likely match outcome. At one end of the list will be most probable home wins. At the other end will be the most probable away wins. In the middle will be the juice – where we find the elusive football draw block.
Then, you take the middle chunk of matches and, depending on your budget, decide how many you will cover using your perm or plan. You could reasonably expect to win in those weeks with 11-14 football draws in the results.
If we can find 60% of the draws when there are 13 or 14 in the results, then we will have 8 – 9 draws. That’s when a good staking plan comes in, to maximise your chances of getting your football draws in one line.