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Wisdom of the Crowd: Finding Betting Value

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I have written a PDF document describing the basis of a betting value hunting methodology called Wisdom of the Crowd. The material is adapted from my book Squares & Sharps, Suckers & Sharks: Science, Psychology & Philosophy of Gambling. You can also read the basis of the methodology in my articles.

Update 23rd June 2017: I have now updated the original PDF with new data and new models for finding 'true' odds (link below). The updated PDF ismuch more extenisve than the orignal, but I will leave the link to the original document available to allow comparison if required.


WISDOM OF THE CROWD Updated

Plus Excel 'True' Odds Calculator


Squares & Sharps, Suckers & Sharks: Science, Psychology & Philosophy of Gambling by Joseph Buchdahl
People have been gambling, for money, entertainment, escape and a desire to win, for as long as history itself. However, these are secondary considerations to a craving for a sense of control over uncertainty, a sense that is almost always illusory. To find out why, Joseph Buchdahl explores the science of chance and probability, expectation and utility, the irrationality of human beings, evolutionary perspectives on gambling, luck and skill, the wisdom of crowds and much more besides.
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Since the start of the 2015/16 season I have been showing on this page a list of football matches where any 'wisdom-of-the-crowd' value might exist (specifically where at least 2% value can be found) when I provide my biweekly fixtures updates. For the avoidance of confusion, these matches should NOT be seen as betting tips but rather a source of information complementary to other research that you might undertake for your betting activities. Football-Data takes no reponsibility for any losses incurred as a result of betting any of the suggestions. Follow me on twitter for notifications of when new matches are added. Please gamble responsibly, don't chase losses and NEVER risk what you cannot affort to lose.

Archive of previous results since August 2015 (Excel)

The latest matches selected by the methodology are shown below (odds correct as of 14:15 13th May 2022, prices subject to change, check Oddsportal for bookmakers).

Div Date Selection Odds Value
D1 14/05/22 Dortmund v Hertha Home 1.6 2.23%
D1 14/05/22 Dortmund v Hertha Draw 5.37 2.23%
D1 14/05/22 Dortmund v Hertha Away 6 2.43%
D1 14/05/22 Mainz v Ein Frankfurt Draw 4.64 2.03%
D1 14/05/22 Mainz v Ein Frankfurt Away 4.95 3.58%
D2 15/05/22 Werder Bremen v Regensburg Draw 7.5 5.34%
E0 15/05/22 Everton v Brentford Away 3.75 2.21%
E0 15/05/22 Leeds v Brighton Away 2.75 2.56%
E0 15/05/22 Wolves v Norwich Away 8 4.12%
E0 16/05/22 Newcastle v Arsenal Draw 3.98 3.02%
F1 14/05/22 Metz v Angers Away 4.1 4.33%
F1 14/05/22 Montpellier v Paris SG Home 8 2.49%
F1 14/05/22 Nice v Lille Home 1.78 3.52%
F1 14/05/22 Nice v Lille Away 5.25 2.92%
F1 14/05/22 Rennes v Marseille Away 3.74 2.21%
F1 14/05/22 St Etienne v Reims Home 1.82 2.15%
F1 14/05/22 St Etienne v Reims Away 5.25 8.55%
F1 14/05/22 Troyes v Lens Home 3.55 4.51%
F2 14/05/22 Ajaccio v Toulouse Home 1.65 2.27%
F2 14/05/22 Auxerre v Amiens Home 1.44 3.31%
F2 14/05/22 Nancy v Pau FC Away 2.97 3.98%
I1 14/05/22 Roma v Venezia Away 13.15 4.13%
I1 14/05/22 Verona v Torino Draw 3.7 4.05%
I1 15/05/22 Bologna v Sassuolo Home 2.62 2.01%
I1 15/05/22 Cagliari v Inter Home 8.5 3.10%
I1 15/05/22 Napoli v Genoa Away 4.28 6.14%
I1 16/05/22 Juventus v Lazio Draw 3.75 4.28%
N1 15/05/22 Feyenoord v Twente Away 6.25 2.27%
N1 15/05/22 Heracles v Sparta Rotterdam Draw 3.2 7.37%
P1 13/05/22 Pacos Ferreira v Benfica Away 1.69 4.50%
P1 14/05/22 Maritimo v Portimonense Draw 3.74 4.42%
P1 14/05/22 Tondela v Boavista Away 5 4.46%
SC0 14/05/22 Celtic v Motherwell Home 1.22 3.68%
SP1 15/05/22 Ath Bilbao v Osasuna Home 1.61 2.14%
SP1 15/05/22 Ath Madrid v Sevilla Home 2.47 2.31%
SP1 15/05/22 Ath Madrid v Sevilla Draw 3.15 3.07%
SP1 15/05/22 Betis v Granada Draw 4.75 4.83%
SP1 15/05/22 Cadiz v Real Madrid Home 3.69 6.02%
SP1 15/05/22 Celta v Elche Home 1.71 3.06%
SP1 15/05/22 Getafe v Barcelona Draw 3.48 4.86%
SP1 15/05/22 Mallorca v Vallecano Away 6.5 3.67%
SP2 14/05/22 Amorebieta v Huesca Away 3.75 3.20%
SP2 14/05/22 Burgos v Cartagena Home 2.75 3.09%
SP2 15/05/22 Alcorcon v Las Palmas Draw 4.1 8.75%
SP2 15/05/22 Mirandes v Ibiza Home 2.11 2.14%
T1 15/05/22 Fenerbahce v Karagumruk Home 1.53 3.10%
T1 15/05/22 Goztep v Besiktas Home 6.2 21.95%
T1 15/05/22 Goztep v Besiktas Draw 5.1 6.10%
T1 15/05/22 Konyaspor v Hatayspor Away 5.5 8.64%
T1 15/05/22 Trabzonspor v Altay Away 8 3.82%

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