Football is the most popular sport in the world, a game of passion where for 90 minutes nothing else in the world matters. If you’re like some of us here at clovio who mourn for days after our team suffers a humiliating defeat or bask in their victory against the biggest rival, then you’ll know just how important football really is.
But sports – and football in particular – are not just for those hoping to see their favorite team on top, are they? Thanks to the phenomenon of online sports betting, both infrequent bettors and real betting specialists can boost their wins when armed with the right info. That’s where our Feeling Lucky experts come into play.
Working With Skilled Professionals
Predicting how a match will play out starts even before all the statistics. Nowadays jobs are more dynamic than ever and here at clovio we like to combine business with pleasure, which is especially useful when considering that someone with a deeper insight and personal interest in a certain subject will ultimately produce a better work.
It’s probably no surprise, then, that our editors behind Feeling Lucky are sports and football enthusiasts as well. They follow the latest football results, fixtures, news, and everything related to the topic, and not just for their team but for many others, too. Though it’s not forced on anyone – it would hardly be interesting to the writer if it was – it’s almost like homework being done for free.
And while our writers are as passionate about their own team as the work that they do, they understand that this favoritism must be left out when it comes to writing about their teams’ matches – or those of their main rivals – to come up with informative yet neutral articles. Likewise, because of their knowledge and the information that they constantly acquire, Feeling Lucky is always updated with the most important upcoming matches with the consideration of not only a bettor’s point of view but a fan’s, too.
Bookmakers, Odds and Statistics
Having dedicated professionals who know the ins and outs of sport is great and all but they’re still only humans – sadly robots aren’t yet good enough as replacements – and there are still details that can surpass our dedicated editors when it comes to analyzing a game and predicting the results.
Feeling Lucky works with legal bookmakers and an important part of this comes from analyzing each gambling website’s odds and statistics for any given match, the data of which is collated by professionals dedicated to such number crunching. These numbers can guide a newbie to an educated prediction.
A Champions League game between two gigantic European clubs, for instance, will likely have very even odds. This happens because the two are very strong and are most likely to perform a great spectacle where it’s hard to predict a winner. In these cases, the stadium where the match takes places becomes an important factor as home teams usually benefit from the cheering crowd, familiar grounds, and friendly faces – making them more likely to win and therefore present lower odds.
Likewise, the latest form of the team, the historical record against the upcoming rival – or in the competition in the case of international match-ups – and the value of both squads are all factors that permanently change the odds.
So… The Odds Change?
You bet they change. In fact, they continue to change up until the betting window for a determined option closes, which in most cases is usually 15-30 minutes before the whistle. Why do they change? Well, because of all these different, ever-changing factors plus the amount of bettors picking that same option. In fact, an underdog could end up as the predicted winner in a very uneven match if more and more players invest their money in that team’s victory. This will greatly lower the odds of such a team and might raise concerns of match fixing, but that’s a whole other story…
A good way of seeing the odds in this permanent state of flux is through live betting, which also ‘unlocks’ further options such as gambling on which player will score the next goal, for instance. Depending on how the match is playing out, a team’s likeliness to win will increase or decrease.
Obviously predictions can be wrong sometimes: behind all the equations, probabilities and whatnot, it’s important to account for the fact that, in the end, it’s a sports event and not everything can be predicted.