Live matches

  1. 19:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Kilmarnock U20
    0 Motherwell U20

    Development League, Scotland - Rugby Park
  2. 19:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 JS Saoura
    0 NA Hussein Dey

    Ligue 1, Algeria
  3. 19:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    4 Siegburger SV 04
    1 FC Huerth

    Oberliga Mittelrhein, Germany
  4. 19:20 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Cork City
    0 Derry City

    Premier Division, Ireland - Turner's Cross Stadium
  5. 19:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 Acassuso
    0 Comunicaciones

    Primera B Metropolitana, Argentina
  6. 19:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Ituzaingo
    0 Club Lujan

    Primera C, Argentina
  7. 19:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Central Cordoba de Rosario
    0 El Porvenir

    Primera C, Argentina
  8. 19:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Leandro N. Alem
    2 Justo Jose de Urquiza

    Primera C, Argentina
  9. 19:35 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Barracas Central
    0 Deportivo Espanol

    Primera B Metropolitana, Argentina
  10. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 AFC Wimbledon
    1 Rotherham

    League 1, England - The Cherry Red Records Stadium
  11. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Blackburn
    1 Plymouth

    League 1, England - Ewood Park
  12. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 Blackpool
    1 Bury

    League 1, England - Bloomfield Road
  13. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Bradford
    1 Oldham

    League 1, England - Northern Commercials Stadium
  14. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 Doncaster
    1 Portsmouth

    League 1, England - Keepmoat Stadium
  15. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Gillingham
    1 Wigan

    League 1, England - MEMS Priestfield
  16. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Milton Keynes Dons
    1 Walsall

    League 1, England - Stadium:MK
  17. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Oxford
    1 Charlton

    League 1, England - Kassam Stadium
  18. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 Rochdale
    2 Northampton

    League 1, England - Spotland
  19. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Scunthorpe
    1 Fleetwood

    League 1, England - Glanford Park
  20. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    4 Shrewsbury
    0 Bristol Rovers

    League 1, England - Greenhous Meadow
  21. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Southend
    1 Peterborough

    League 1, England - Roots Hall
  22. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 Cambridge U
    1 Yeovil

    League 2, England - Abbey Stadium
  23. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 Carlisle
    2 Wycombe

    League 2, England - Brunton Park
  24. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Cheltenham
    3 Grimsby

    League 2, England - LCI Rail Stadium
  25. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Coventry
    1 Forest Green

    League 2, England - Ricoh Arena
  26. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Crawley
    2 Chesterfield

    League 2, England - Broadfield Stadium
  27. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 Crewe
    0 Notts Co.

    League 2, England - Alexandra Stadium
  28. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Exeter
    4 Luton

    League 2, England - St. James Park
  29. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Morecambe
    2 Port Vale

    League 2, England - Globe Arena
  30. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Newport
    2 Colchester

    League 2, England - Rodney Parade
  31. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    3 Stevenage
    2 Accrington

    League 2, England - Lamex Stadium
  32. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Swindon
    1 Lincoln City

    League 2, England - County Ground
  33. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Folkestone Invicta
    0 Leatherhead

    Isthmian Premier Division, England - Fullicks Stadium
  34. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Margate
    0 Merstham

    Isthmian Premier Division, England - Hartsdown Park
  35. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Hendon
    0 Needham Market

    Isthmian Premier Division, England - Silver Jubilee Park
  36. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Tonbridge Angels
    0 Leiston

    Isthmian Premier Division, England - Longmead Stadium
  37. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Staines Town
    0 Enfield Town

    Isthmian Premier Division, England - Wheatsheaf Park
  38. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Billericay
    0 Lowestoft Town

    Isthmian Premier Division, England - New Lodge
  39. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Dulwich Hamlet
    0 Harlow Town

    Isthmian Premier Division, England - Champion Hill
  40. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Chesham United
    0 St Neots Town

    Southern Premier Division, England - The Meadow, Chesham
  41. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Dunstable Town FC
    0 King's Lynn Town

    Southern Premier Division, England - Creasey Park Stadium
  42. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Gosport Borough
    0 Banbury United

    Southern Premier Division, England - Aerial Direct Stadium
  43. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Hereford
    0 Farnborough

    Southern Premier Division, England - Edgar Street
  44. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Kettering Town FC
    0 Royston Town

    Southern Premier Division, England - Latimer Park
  45. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Kings Langley FC
    0 Dorchester Town

    Southern Premier Division, England - Gaywood Park
  46. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Slough Town
    0 Tiverton

    Southern Premier Division, England - Holloways Park
  47. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 St. Ives Town FC
    0 Bishop's Stortford

    Southern Premier Division, England - Westwood Road
  48. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Weymouth
    0 Merthyr Town

    Southern Premier Division, England - Wessex Stadium
  49. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    4 Spartak Moscow
    1 Sevilla

    Champions League Grp. E, International - Otkrytiye Arena
  50. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Maribor
    7 Liverpool

    Champions League Grp. E, International - Ljudski vrt Stadion
  51. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 Manchester City
    1 SSC Napoli

    Champions League Grp. F, International - Etihad Stadium
  52. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Feyenoord
    2 Shakhtar Donetsk

    Champions League Grp. F, International - de Kuip
  53. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Monaco
    2 Besiktas

    Champions League Grp. G, International - Stade Louis II, Monaco
  54. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    3 RasenBallsport Leipzig
    2 FC Porto

    Champions League Grp. G, International - Red Bull Arena Leipzig
  55. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 APOEL Nicosia
    1 Borussia Dortmund

    Champions League Grp. H, International - Neo GSP Stadium
  56. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Real Madrid
    1 Tottenham

    Champions League Grp. H, International - Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
  57. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Bromley
    0 Dover

    FA Cup Qualification, England
  58. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Ossett Town
    0 Solihull Moors

    FA Cup Qualification, England
  59. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Boston United
    0 Chorley

    FA Cup Qualification, England
  60. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Kettering Town FC
    0 Nantwich Town

    FA Cup Qualification, England
  61. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Billericay
    0 Brackley Town

    FA Cup Qualification, England
  62. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Leyton Orient
    0 Dag and Red

    FA Cup Qualification, England
  63. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Concord Rangers
    0 Woking

    FA Cup Qualification, England
  64. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Ebbsfleet United
    0 East Thurrock United

    FA Cup Qualification, England
  65. 19:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Enfield Town
    0 Maidstone

    FA Cup Qualification, England
  66. 20:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Barnet
    1 Mansfield

    League 2, England - The Hive Stadium
  67. 20:35 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Portuguesa FC
    0 Deportivo Anzoategui

    Primera Division - Clausura, Venezuela
  68. 20:35 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Deportivo La Guaira
    1 Aragua FC

    Primera Division - Clausura, Venezuela

All Matches Today

  1. 23:00 GMT, 16th Oct 2017

    2 Santos FC
    2 Vitoria

    Serie A, Brazil
  2. 23:00 GMT, 16th Oct 2017

    2 Loros de Colima
    1 U.A. de Chihuahua

    Liga Premier - Serie A Apertura Grp. 1, Mexico
  3. 23:05 GMT, 16th Oct 2017

    0 Olimpo
    2 Huracan

    Superliga, Argentina
  4. 23:30 GMT, 16th Oct 2017

    0 Deportivo Pereira
    0 Chico FC

    Primera B Clausura, Colombia
  5. 00:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    4 Carabobo FC
    1 Monagas SC

    Primera Division - Clausura, Venezuela
  6. 01:05 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Arsenal Sarandi
    1 San Martin San Juan

    Superliga, Argentina
  7. 01:05 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Los Andes
    0 Sarmiento

    Primera B Nacional, Argentina
  8. 01:45 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Once Caldas
    1 Atletico Nacional

    Primera A Clausura, Colombia
  9. 02:35 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Tivoli Gardens
    0 Harbour View

    Premier League, Jamaica
  10. 10:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Kairat Academy
    0 Zhetysu Taldykorgan

    1. Division, Kazakhstan
  11. 10:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 Baikonur
    0 FC Ekibastuz

    1. Division, Kazakhstan
  12. 10:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Maktaaral FC
    0 Kaspyi Aktau

    1. Division, Kazakhstan
  13. 10:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    3 Kyran Shymkent
    2 Bolat

    1. Division, Kazakhstan
  14. 12:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Silkeborg Reserves
    0 AGF Reserves

    Reserve League First Stage Grp. 3, Denmark
  15. 12:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Spartak Moscow U19
    1 Sevilla U19

    UEFA Youth League Grp. E, International
  16. 12:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Maribor U19
    4 Liverpool U19

    UEFA Youth League Grp. E, International
  17. 12:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Lietava Jonava
    5 Suduva

    A Lyga, Lithuania
  18. 12:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    2 Iran U17
    1 Mexico U17

    World Cup U17 Final Stage, International
  19. 12:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 France U17
    2 Spain U17

    World Cup U17 Final Stage, International
  20. 13:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    8 Poland U17
    0 San Marino U17

    EURO U17 Qualification Grp. 12, International
  21. 13:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Cyprus U17
    1 Sweden U17

    EURO U17 Qualification Grp. 12, International
  22. 13:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Ulinzi Stars
    1 AFC Leopards

    Premier League, Kenya
  23. 13:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    3 Gor Mahia
    1 Kariobangi Sharks

    Premier League, Kenya
  24. 13:00 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 FK Tauras Taurage
    0 Vilnius Vytis

    1. Division, Lithuania
  25. 13:15 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    1 Naft Tehran
    0 Esteghlal Khuzestan

    Persian Gulf Pro League, Iran
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All Matches Tomorrow

  1. 23:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Ceara
    0 Parana Clube

    Serie B, Brazil
  2. 23:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Santa Cruz
    0 Oeste FC

    Serie B, Brazil
  3. 23:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Criciuma
    0 Vila Nova

    Serie B, Brazil
  4. 23:30 GMT, 17th Oct 2017

    0 Brasil de Pelotas
    0 America MG

    Serie B, Brazil
  5. 00:05 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Club Atletico Platense
    0 CD UAI Urquiza

    Primera B Metropolitana, Argentina
  6. 00:10 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Cerro Porteno
    0 Independiente CG

    Division Profesional - Clausura, Paraguay
  7. 00:30 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Goias
    0 Juventude

    Serie B, Brazil
  8. 00:30 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Luverdense
    0 Paysandu

    Serie B, Brazil
  9. 00:30 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 CRB
    0 Nautico

    Serie B, Brazil
  10. 01:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Lobos de la BUAP
    0 Tijuana

    Liga MX Apertura, Mexico - Estadio Universitario BUAP
  11. 02:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Queretaro FC
    0 Cruz Azul

    Liga MX Apertura, Mexico - Estadio La Corregidora
  12. 02:45 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Tigres
    0 Veracruz

    Liga MX Apertura, Mexico - Estadio Universitario/El Volcan
  13. 03:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Pumas
    0 Leon

    Liga MX Apertura, Mexico - Olimpico Universitario
  14. 03:30 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Atlas
    0 Monarcas Morelia

    Liga MX Apertura, Mexico - Estadio Jalisco
  15. 06:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 NSTC
    0 Taichung City Dragon

    National League, Taiwan
  16. 08:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 HangYuen/Fujen
    0 Tainan City

    National League, Taiwan
  17. 09:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Persipura Jayapura
    0 Persija Jakarta

    Liga 1, Indonesia
  18. 09:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Ceres-La Salle FC
    0 JP Voltes FC

    Philippines Football League, Philippines
  19. 10:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Norway U17
    0 Greece U17

    EURO U17 Qualification Grp. 5, International
  20. 11:30 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Urawa Red Diamonds
    0 Shanghai SIPG FC

    AFC Champions League Final Stage, International
  21. 12:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Samtredia
    0 Dinamo Batumi

    Erovnuli Liga, Georgia
  22. 12:30 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Gresik United
    0 Perseru Serui

    Liga 1, Indonesia
  23. 12:30 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Ghana U17
    0 Niger U17

    World Cup U17 Final Stage, International
  24. 13:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Nakumatt
    0 Tusker FC

    Premier League, Kenya
  25. 13:00 GMT, 18th Oct 2017

    0 Sutjeska
    0 Petrovac

    1. CFL, Montenegro
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Football Statistics For Improved Betting

Football stats are a set of records that are a collected group of information about all aspects of football. Using these stats right can seriously enhance your betting. There are a huge range of football stats available, with the most popular including football team stats, such as recent form guides, head to head records, total goals scored and disciplinary records; and football player stats like goals scored, pass completion, total appearances and assists made. Every event in football is recorded and collated, from how many yellow cards given in a particular football match to how many points a team has won over the course of their entire history. Whatever the event, there is a football stat for it.

Learning how to fully understand football statistics is key to improving your betting and optimising your chances of making consistent profits. 

There are various football stats apps and football statistics databases you can use to help you study football records, or you can download a football stats spreadsheet template to collate information yourself.

When analyzing football stats, look at those that are relevant to the bet or bets you wish to place. For example, if you’re looking to place a Match Result bet, study the recent home form of the home side, the recent away form of the team playing away and head to head records. If you’re looking to place a bet on a market such as Total Goals Over/Under, look for how many goals each side has scored over their last six to ten matches, how many each team has conceded, what percentage of games has each side failed to score in and the average number of goals each side has scored in recent games.

It’s also possible to bet on events such as how many yellow cards will be handed out in a particular match. For markets such as this, analyze how many bookings the side you want to bet on has received over the course of a number of games and which players tend to pick up yellow cards on a regular basis. Consider how important the match is, is it a derby fixture where tensions could be raised, increasing the opportunity for bookings and sendings off? Or is it a ‘nothing’ game, where neither side particularly needs the victory? Research each team’s latest performances and collect them in your own football stats sheet.

Using information such as how many goals a certain player has scored in their last ten games can help you increase your chances of making profits when you bet. For example, a player has scored ten goals in their last ten games, and their club is playing a home match against an opponent they’re expected to beat. By studying these football stats, you can come to the conclusion that the chances of this player scoring again is high, and the odds are worth betting on.

Football stats can also help you find and take advantage of value bets. A value bet is where the chances of a particular event happening are greater than the odds on offer suggest. Let’s use an example. A sixth placed Premier League side is playing an 18th placed Premier League side at home. Now, because of the difference in position in the league table, odds on the home side to win are a lot shorter than the away side to win or the draw. However, you have studied each side’s football stats for the last six games, and learnt that the home side have lost their last two home games, without scoring a goal and conceding four. The away side have won four of their last six games, winning their last two away. Their leading goalscorer has scored four goals in the last four games. By studying the football stats, you can legitimately believe that the chances of the away side winning are greater than the odds the bookmaker is offering suggest, and so your football stats research have found you a value bet.

There are various organisations that collect football stats including here at bettingexpert Clash. Many of these sites collect football stats live. How football stats are collected can differ, but typically football stats are collected manually, with the studying of football games live and marking down each pass, tackle, shot, clearance, every event that occurs during the match.

Post match football stats collections are also performed. This can involve checking the stats collected live and confirming or changing them, such as whether a player made an interception or a tackle. It also involves re-watching the movements of each player and recording how many forward runs that player made, how many interceptions, tackles and passes the player made and so on.

Football stats are then saved and added to with each game, making it possible to view stats on a game by game or overall basis.

The easiest way to get football statistics is to find a football statistics database. Here at bettingexpert Clash, we have football match statistics for UK and worldwide football matches to help you with your betting.

You can also download a football stats app, or a football stats program for free. Also, you can download a football stats sheet, or make your own and begin your own collection of football statistics.


H2H Stats

H2H stands for head to head, and is the simplest way of reviewing statistics. If you want to bet on a sport, let’s say football or tennis, you can look at head to head tennis stats or head to head soccer stats to give you a better idea of how each player or team has performed against each other over a certain period of time.

Performing a H2H comparison is key to improving your chances of making profits on your betting. For example, you want to bet on the Match Result market in a  tennis match but you’re unsure on how to choose which players will win. By performing H2H analysis, you can see which player has had the upper hand in recent meetings, how many games each player has won against the other and by how many sets a certain player has won by. By researching this information, you give yourself a much better chance of making profit.

H2H scoring is typically used in Fantasy Sports games, such as Fantasy Football or Fantasy Baseball. H2H in this case means the record between two particular participants in these games, with many of these fantasy games pitting two players against each other on a weekly or game by game basis. Each player goes head to head against each other, with the winner being the one who accumulates the most points.

It’s also worth remembering that with some bookmakers, eSports odds are commonly available. Head to head records exist with eSports too, with statistics collected on how well each eSports player performs.


Form Guide

What does the form guide mean is a common question amongst bettors, particularly if they are new to the betting world. The form guide is a list of how well each sports side or player has performed in recent matches or events and usually just includes the most recent six to ten events that player or team has participated in. You can find a few tips in our Assessing Football Form page as part of our Academy section.

For fans of betting on English football’s top division, the Premier League form guide is a useful tool. This will give you the latest results for every side to make it easier to assess that particular side’s future chances of winning, in short whether they are worth betting on.

English football form guides are available on every league. Championship form guides, League One form guides and League Two form guides are widely available to help you assess a side’s chances of winning.

It’s not just football form guides that are available. Form guides on a vast range of sports are easy to access. With sports such as horse racing, you may ask how to read the racing form guide, but they are usually easy to understand. For example, when looking to place a bet on a horse to win, you will see under the name of the horse a series of numbers, with this figure sometimes including letters as well. Let’s say you’re looking at a horse whose name has 1145PU underneath. Form runs from the oldest race on the left to the latest on the right, so in this case our horse unseated its rider in its last race (represented by the ‘U’), pulled up in the race before (represented by the letter ‘P’, pulled up means the horse stopped running or the jockey reined it in following an injury), and previous to that finished fifth, fourth, first and first.

There is a huge range available of form guides online, making it easy for you to research your options and make sensible decisions when you bet.


Odds Comparison

An odds comparison is where you can compare the odds from a variety of different bookmakers to make sure you’re betting on the best odds possible, giving you the most amount of profit. There are a number of odds comparison sites available, such as Smartbets, where you can see which bookmakers are offering which odds on any given sporting event.

Sports odds comparison is important to carry out to maximise your potential profits. It’s vital you learn how to read odds comparisons for this purpose. For example, you want to make odds comparison on football, and you choose a Match Result comparison. For simplicity, let’s say there are two bookmakers that are offering odds on your desired team to win. One bookmaker, Bookmaker A, is offering odds of 11/4 and the other, Bookmaker B is offering odds on the same result of 2/1. Now, here we can see that Bookmaker A is offering slightly longer odds, and to maximise the chances of making the most amount of profit, we should place our bet with them. On the actual betting markets, however, you can find a lot more than just two bookmakers, giving you the possibility to find the best value for your bets.

Odds comparisons are available on every market and sport that bookmakers offer. As well as Match Result odds comparisons, we can make odds comparisons on total goals or an odds comparison asian handicap to name just two.

Comparing odds ratios is similar to odds comparison. This is where you compare the ratio of how much you will win to how much you will stake, depending on the odds on offer from each bookmaker.


Home/Away Field Advantage Stats

Home field advantage in sports can be key to which side or player which a particular event. For example, home field advantage in football typically can mean that the home side has a better chance of winning than the away side because they are playing on a ground they are used to. This is why field advantage can be so important in soccer, but of course this depends on the sides involved in the match in question, and where the study of football statistics is vital.

The home field advantage definition, or what home field advantage means, is that theoretically the home side or player to win an event is more likely than the defeat or the draw. This means that odds on the side with the home field advantage can be a lot shorter than the odds on the away side, with the home side favourites to win.

Home field advantage doesn’t alway work, however. Of course, to a certain extent home field advantage matters, but this is solely dependent on how a team or player is performing on home soil, and how well the away side or player is performing away from their home ground.


Goal Difference Data

Goal difference is a way of separating teams who are joined together on points in a league or competition. For example, in football FIFA goal difference rules consist of if two or more sides have accumulated the same number of points, whichever side has the highest goal difference, that side will finish above the others.

Goal difference has played a key role in football. The title has been won before on goal difference in the English Premier League when Manchester City won the title instead of Manchester United. Goal difference rules have changed over the years, but most countries now have the same rules, for example the rules on goal difference in La La are the same as the rules on goal difference in the Premier League.

Goal difference means the difference between goals scored and goals against. Let’s say a team, Team A has accumulated 80 points in the Premier League and have scored 70 goals and conceded 30. This gives Team A a goal difference of +40. Team B also have accumulated 80 points in the Premier League, scoring 70 goals and conceding 35. This means they have a goal difference of +35. As Team A’s goal difference is higher, they are placed higher in the table than Team B, as per current FIFA goal difference rules.

If goal difference is the same, then other events are taken into consideration to determine which team finishes higher. Sometimes, this can be the head to head record between the two clubs, with whoever has the better head to head record finishes above the other. In the Premier League, the next method of separation after goal difference is goals scored. If the two teams are still equal, the teams in question will play a playoff match at a neutral venue to decide who finishes higher (this only applies to title or relegation deciders).

Other leagues have slightly different rules. For example, if the goal difference in La Liga is the same for two teams, head to head points (i.e how many points each side has won against the other during that season) are compared, followed by head to head goal difference and then head to head goals scored.

Goal difference rules in FIFA World Cups are similar to the Premier League in that if two teams are equal on points then goal difference is the first ‘tiebreaker’ followed by goals scored. If both teams are still equal, then head to head records are compared. If teams are still equal, then the drawing of lots will determine the winner.

Goal difference was introduced as a tiebreaker option in football for the 1970 World Cup. In England, this system was first used in 1975. Before this, goal average was used instead, where they average number of goals scored by a particular side across the season was calculated, with the team with the highest goal difference the winner.


Home/Away Goals Data

The away goals rule was first used in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970. Since then, the rule has spread to other competitions and leagues, though it can be quite confusing to know to which competitions the away goals rule applies.

In FIFA World Cups, Champions League and Europa League matches, the away goals rule can be applied after 90 minutes or after extra time, depending on the scoreline. In the CONCACAF Champions League, MLS Playoffs and AFC Champions League, the away goals rule is applied after 90 minutes. If this doesn’t determine the outcome, then extra time is played but the away goals rule doesn’t apply to extra time.

In the English Football League Cup, the away goals rule doesn’t apply after 90 minutes, but does apply after extra time. However, in the FA Cup, away goals don’t apply. In terms of English division playoff matches, away goals don’t count in the playoffs anymore, but did for playoff matches before 2000.

The away goals rule was introduced as a way to stop sides defending too much, giving them a reason to attack as to make a more interesting game. The away goals rule works by giving the win to the side who has scored more away goals in the match(es). Let’s use an away goals rule example. Let’s say in a two-legged semi final, Team A beat Team B at home 3-2. For the second leg, Team B beat Team A 2-1 at home. The aggregate score is 4-4, but because Team B scored two away goals and Team A only one, Team B are declared the winners.

Away goals do count in the Capital One Cup, but only after extra time.


Over/Under Stats

Over Under betting has become extremely popular in recent years. Over Under means in sports betting whether a team or player will score over or under a given amount of goals or points.

Over Under in football means whether a particular football team will score over or under a certain amount of goals in a match. Some bookmakers offer cumulative over/under bets, such as how many goals over or under a certain amount will be scored in total in the Premier League.

The standard bookmaker over/under bet is 2.5 goals, though some bookmakers can offer anything from 0.5 goals up to 7.5 goals.

A good over/under betting strategy is to revise how many goals a particular side has scored in recent matches. If that side has scored many, and conceded many too, then a total goals over bet might bring in profit. If that side hasn’t scored many but has kept clean sheets too in recent games, then think about a total goals under bet.

Over/Under 2.5 goals means you can bet on whether a particular football match will have more (over) than 2.5 goals or less (under) 2.5 goals. If you place a total goals over 2.5 bet, and the match you’ve bet on has three or more goals scored in it, your bet wins. Or, if there are two or less goals in the game, your bet loses.

Over/Under betting isn’t just available on football betting. NBA over/under betting odds are available as well as in cricket, snooker, ice hockey, typically any sport where goals or points can be scored.

Over/Under betting odds can provide good opportunities to make profit. For example, if you want to bet on a football match that involves two teams who have been scoring plenty in recent weeks, consider placing a total goals over 3.5 bet. This bet will feature longer odds than 2.5, but do your research into your football stats first before you place riskier bets and assess whether there is value in the odds -  the key to consistent profits. We’ve put together a few tips for Over/Unders in betting in our Academy section, which will get your started off on the right foot.