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Reasonably simple premise here

football-data.co.uk have historical data for all games in most major leagues, but interestingly they also show the odds before kick off for these games.

I deleted all the games with at least one goal leaving me with all games that finished 0-0. I then calculated the mode, median and mean averages for all the odds on home win, away win and draw, and from those numbers calculated a mean average of each. Finally I took those three numbers and calculated their mean average (all this is to get the average deviation as low as possible). This gave me:

Home 2.26

Draw 3.47

Away 3.35


So we're going to look for games that are as close to those odds as possible. I'll take 3 (league games only):

Tondela v Rio Av
H 2.25
D 3.20
A 3.30

San Marcos Arica v Cobresal
H 2.38
D 3.10
A 2.70

Udinese v Sampdoria
H 2.20
D 3.40
A 3.25

Odds on <0.5 goals are 8, 9 and 9, combined for 648.00

Odds on <1.5 goals are 3, 3.5, 3.5, combined 36.75

Odds on <2.5 goals are 1.67, 1.91, 1.91 combined 6.09


2p on <0.5 goals

15p on <1.5 goals

83p on <2.5

total stake £1


Profit if all 0-0 = £23.52

if all <1.5 = £10.54

if all <2.5 = £4.88


Starting with a tenner and will do one a day!

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Good luck @footysystems, hopefully we can learn from each other here :ok

Slight modification to the system, <0.5 goals is a 5p minimum on Skybet, plus I'm not sure that market or <1.5 is worth it as it damages my return too much on the <2.5 so it'll be <2.5 only from now on.

Just two games that are close to the odds on Monday so its

Bromley v Havant & Waterlooville @ 1.91

Moreirense FC v Belenenses @ 1.62

for a £1 double @ 3.08


Couple of French Cup games that do meet criteria but I'm ignoring cup games as too volatile.

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Also interesting when looking at the odds for games I chose for the first bet...

For games 1 the home odds were this close to the ideal odds:

Home - 99.5%
Draw - 92.2%
Away - 98.5%

Home - 97.3%
Draw - 97.9%
Away - 97%

but game 2...!!!

Home - 94.7%
Draw - 89.3%
Away - 80.6%

And it finished 2-1! The odds for the away team were actually BETTER than the draw, but for the other two they were either worse or very very close. So next criteria is that all odds can not be more than 10 percentage points (in total for H/D/A) worse than ideal odds. Game 1 was 9.8 points off, game 3 was 7.6 but game 2 was 35.4!


edit: For my last bet game 1 is 12 points off and game 2 is 8.7 off

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