These tools are 3 of the most excellent free resources available on the internet and can help football traders with almost every aspect of trading the beautiful game. Whether you’re a trader or matched bettor who’s more focused on the in-play markets, pre-match markets or just want a great free tool for doing some statistical research the following 3 resources will have you covered:
- Website: www.flashscores.co.uk
- Best Used For: Keeping track of live scores, knowing when the matches in your accumulator matched bets are about to start
Flashscores is the go-to app for keeping tabs on the football matches you have an active interest in. Whilst it has some uses for research – such as for checking the recent H2Hs between teams – I find it’s best use is for selecting the games you want to keep track of and getting notifications for a number of things:
- Reminders for when the match is about to start (1 hour before KO)
- For when a match kicks off
- Red cards
I would say Flashscores has slightly less use for trading, unless you’re out and about and doing some automated stuff and you just want to be kept informed of the current scores. I’d assume if you’re trading the game I’m sure you’d be paying much more attention to the Betfair trading software you’re trading it on and watching the match live meaning that Flashscores has little use.
But a real fantastic use of it is for matched betting accumulators as often you have many games you need to keep an eye on and have a real need to know when they’re about to start.
- Website: www.soccerstats.com
- Best Used For: Researching stats before games kick off
I love this website. It’s such an excellent (and completely free!) resource. It has stats on almost everything but I’ve found it is particularly excellent for researching Over/Unders. For example, in the table screenshotted below you can see at a quick glance which teams have had the majority of their games end Under 2.5 Goals (highlighted in red).
You can delve much deeper into these stats by clicking around through each individual team, their recent head to heads and much, much more. I recommend you take a look yourself as it has far too many use cases for me to list them all here.
- Website: www.oddsportal.com
- Best Used For: Historical odds research
I only started using this tool when I began my exploits in Pre-Match Trading. On one of the Skype groups I joined someone mentioned that they used OddsPortal to research the historical odds of fixtures they planned to trade pre-match. This is invaluable as you can get the starting prices of the previous head to heads of the game you’re researching.
This often give you a good idea of what the price may be hovering around when the game gets to kick off time. Of course, this depends a lot on there not being many varying circumstantial differences from the previous time the teams met – ie Barcelona’s price would be completely different if they were without both Suarez and Messi, for example.
Another great use of OddsPortal is that it keeps track of the movement of the prices between bookmakers. For an example, see the screenshot below where I’ve highlighted the movement of Pinnacle’s Real Madrid odds vs Barcelona in the 2nd leg of the 2017 Spanish Super Cup.
@DarkDyson of Twitter
Most of you may know that the majority of professional bettors develop their own spreadsheets for recording and analysing data. Well luckily for us, @DarkDyson shares his data spreadsheets with anyone that kindly asks! Find out more on his Twitter, here.
A completely free resource, Adam has collated statistics for some of the most popular betting markets from 34 leagues around the world. Whether you want to analyse data for Corners, Overs, Both Teams to Score or Half Time/Full Time this site has a wealth of information.
So there you have it. Three different tools that touch on the various aspects of football trading – In-Play, Pre-Match and your statistical research. If you have any suggestions for the list then hit me up on Twitter!