How stats and trends can improve your sports betting results

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) looks to pass during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Emilee Chinn)

We are a planet of sports lovers and have been for thousands of years. The excitement and drama of watching finely tuned athletes battle for supremacy in their chosen discipline goes back thousands of years, long before the Ancient Greeks staged the first Olympic Games in 776 BC.

Every bit as popular as the sports and athletes is the betting associated with major events. Millions of wagers are placed each year on the Grand National, French Open and World Cup. There’s also an ever-increasing number of Super Bowl bets made every February. The chance of financial gain while watching the play live at the stadium or on television adds an extra edge of magic to the occasion.

Bet from anywhere

Betting is easy. If you are old enough and live in a country or state where online sportsbook betting is legal, you can register at a bookmaker in seconds, download their betting app and gamble at the click of a button. This can be done from the comfort of your own home using a desktop computer or when on the move, thanks to the latest smartphone betting apps. Landing a winner and making a profit from your bets isn’t quite as straightforward. That’s the challenge that keeps bettors in an ongoing battle with the bookies. Traders are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of their customers, while bettors are always looking for new ways to improve their strike rate.

Sports bettors adopt many different strategies in a bid to beat the bookies. Some spend hours pouring over the form. Others highlight the injury news or the head to head scores in recent meetings. Many take a more simplistic approach, going with their “gut feeling” or backing a team they have an affiliation with. All approaches can lead to winners and a profit from time to time, but, as any experienced gambler will confirm, the more work you put into your bets, the greater the chance of you calling the result and landing a winner.

Studying the stats and trends is a time-consuming task, but when used to make predictions on sporting events and place bets, it often proves to be time well spent. Check out the trends associated with the Super Bowl over the last decade, for example, and you’ll be surprised how often it can lead you to a winner. Let’s look at some examples ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI match between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, which will be played at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

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Keep the scores in mind

Each of the last two Super Bowls has been high scoring affairs, with the Kansas City Chiefs beating the San Francisco 49ers by 31 points to 20 before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. Looking back further, we note that five of the last seven matches has seen both teams finish the match with their scoring in double figures. In the five most recent games, we’ve seen at least 40 points scored in total, with the spare being a tense 13-3 win for the Patriots over the Rams at Super Bowl LIII.

We can use those clues when making our predictions on Super Bowl LVI. Look for the total points bet and back more than 40 to be scored. In the last four years, the winning margin has been at least 10 points. That will encourage followers of the trends to back their chosen team on the handicap, and there will be great odds available if backing the Los Angeles Rams -10 points before kick-off. There is a range of handicap betting lines available which allow you to go bigger in search of better odds or smaller to improve your chances of landing a winning bet.

When you have completed your research, it’s then time to turn your attention to the online bookmaker you want to bet with. This is another area where the more you know, the better decisions you will make. Look out for a sportsbook that offers new customers a welcome bonus free bet, market best price on the bets you want to make and plenty of markets to wager on. The more ways to bet, the more ways to win.