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What can give you a simple and reliable method for calculating the most likely soccer scores in a match? Use it for betting purposes is Poisson distribution (especially if it is combined with historical data).

What actually is Poisson distribution?

-It is a mathematical concept for translating mean averages in probability for variable outcomes across a distribution. To make it simple in search of surebet, let’s take as an example the fact that Manchester City has average 1.7 goals per match and with using the Poisson distribution formula you can see that that average equates to Man City scoring 0 goals 18.3% of the time, 1 goal 31% of the time, 2 goals 26.4% and 3 goals 15%.

It is needed to first calculate the average number of goals each team is likely to score in that match before you can use Poisson. So you can calculate that with determining the ‘’attack strength’’ and ‘’defense strength’’ for each team and with comparing them. Using this method in soccer betting its very popular among smart bettors.

It is vital to select representative data range when you are about to calculate attack strength and defense strength. In order to apply the Poisson distribution, the 38 games played by each team in the 2015/2016 EPL season will give the sufficient sample size.

Calculate attack strength and defense strength?

The first thing to do to calculate attack strength is to determine the average number of goals scored per soccer team, per away game and per home game that is based upon the results from the last season. You should take the total number of goals scored last season and divide them with the number of games played:

-season total goals scored away / number of games (in season);
-season total goals scored at home/number of games (in season).

To calculate the defense strength you will need the average number of goals that a team concedes and to do the same. If for example in the 2015/16 English Premier League season there is 1.492 average number of goals scored at home and 1.207 scored away, for conceded goals it would be the inverse of these numbers or 1.492 conceded away and 1.207 conceded at home.

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Let’s now use all of this into one example for a match between Tottenham and Everton.

To predict the goals for Tottenham you should first calculate the attack strength of this team. That is the number of goals scored at home last season (35). Dividing it by the number of home games (19) so it will be 35/19=1.842. Now you should divide that value by the season’s average home goals scored per game (1.492) and you will get the attack strength and that is going to be 1.235.

Second, you should calculate the defense strength for Everton. Divide the number of goals conceded away from home in the last season by the away team (25) with the number of away games (19) and that is 25/19=1.315. Next, you should divide that with the season’s average goals conceded by an away team per game (1.492) and the defense strength will be 0.881.

To calculate the likely number of goals that Tottenham might score is to multiply the Tottenham’s attack strength with Everton’s defense strength and the average number of home goals and that is going to be 1.235 x 0.881 x 1.492 = 1.623.

But since that is simply the average, there is a formula that was created by French mathematician known as Simeon Denis Poisson and with that formula, we can use these figures to distribute 100% of probability across a range of goal outcomes for each side.

The Poisson distribution formula is:

P(x; μ) = (e-μ) (μx) / x!

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But you can still use some online tools to help you to get the equation. There is Poisson distribution calculator that you can find on the internet. Use the calculator in search of value bets.

You will just have to enter the different event occurrences and in our case goal outcome from 0-5. As well as the expected occurrences that are the likelihood for each team to score. Our example, it is 1.623 for Tottenham and 0.824 for Everton.

The conclusion here is that the expected score is to be 1-0 for this match. You can as well multiply those two probabilities together in order to get the probability of the outcome for 1-0 and that is going to be 0.3202*0.4386)=0.1404 or 14.04%.

When you are done with calculating the chances of each outcome you can convert them into odds. Compare them with the odds offered by the bookmakers. That way you can find the potential surebet or value bets.

 

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