Expect Match Fixing in This Weekend’s Serie A
There is rarely smoke without fire. Suspicious odds and bookmakers suspending bets indicate something is off in this weekends Serie A. The match between Chievo and Sampdoria meets most criterias for a fixed match.
Bookies Suspend Betting
It is no secret that bookmakers are profitable because of randomness in outcomes. When they detect suspicious trading patterns they will therefore close down a market to avoid loses. When bookmakers suddenly don’t offer betting on a certain match, something might be wrong.
Only 7 bookmakers accept bets on the match at this point. In comparison, 40 bookmakers offer bets at the Napoli vs Lazio match in the same round which is about the normal number of bookmakers offering Serie A games.
The Odds Are Off
The average odds on a draw are at the moment 1.49 according to Betbrain. Odds on a draw usually range from 3 to 3.5 on Serie A games. Chievo currently rank as number 11 in the Italian league and Sampdoria is number 16. Hence, the team’s position in the league does not suggest a draw would benefit either team.
Betting Industry is Concerned
Sources from professional betting syndicates in the UK contacted me and pointed out that Chievo vs. Sampdoria has all the ingredients for a fixed match. I’ve contacted an Asian colleague who is a major player in the industry. He said, he has little doubt the match is dirty.
The matter does not seam to be orchestrated by professional match fixers. When criminal syndicates try to fix matches you will often see suspiciously large bets on the day of the match since the criminals have an interest in a pot as big as possible. In this case, odds have decreased in an irrational way for a longer time suggesting that rumors of match fixing got out early.
The graph above shows price development chart on draw in Chievo vs. Sampdoria. To compare, the other chart shows the normal progress in a draw market. In this case it is the AC Milan – Inter match played in the same round. The total sum traded in the draw market on the Chievo – Sampdoria match is around 560,000€ compared to only around 28,000€ played on a draw in AC Milan – Inter.
The chart shows all the money placed on draw on Betfair in this week's Serie A matches. It shows how much the Chievo – Sampdoria make up of all bets on draw in Serie A this week. Note also that Genova vs. Cagliari stands out suspiciously as another match to look out for.
|Match||Odds on draw||Market (EUR)|
|AC Milan vs Inter||3,35||5.286|
|Brescia vs Bologna||4,2||9.938|
|Catania vs Palermo||3||12.160|
|Cesena vs Fiorentina||3,2||2.048|
|Chievo vs Sampdoria||1,65||558.834|
|Genoa vs Cagliari||2,54||360.719|
|Lecce vs Udinese||3,75||1.275|
|Napoli vs Lazio||3,55||2.089|
|Parma vs Bari||3,95||1.049|
|Roma vs Juventus||3,55||918|
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