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Introduction

Value Bets, Long Shots and Short Odds

To profit from sports betting in the long run, many professional gamblers use value betting.
This page contains tables with statistical analysis of the latest odds from UK bookmakers. Our soccer odds analysis tables can help you find value bets, and assist with other betting strategies. Some terminology is explained on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Finding Football Value Bets with Spikes

There are various ways of finding value bets, those bets where implied odds offered by a bookie are higher than the actual odds. One approach is to examine the form of teams and players, and to read the latest news. There are many tipsters and statistics sites which can help you.
Another approach is to identify individual bookies that offer much better odds than the consensus opinion of a larger group of bookies. We refer to odds that are significantly higher than the average as a "spike". The table below shows spikes as a percentage above the mean.

Spikes can help us find value bets, because they separate good-value bookies from the rest of the pack. Beware though: just because one bookie is offering higher odds than the other bookies does not guarantee that it really is a value bet. Maybe all the odds offered are poor value, including the spike.

Football Example

For example, if almost all bookies are offering odds of 3/1 on City to win then the actual odds are probably close to 3/1 (or a little higher).
If just one bookie is offering odds of 4/1 on City, then perhaps we have found a value bet.

The table below would show the odds of 4/1 as a spike.

Other Betting Strategies

Value betting is one of the most common strategies used by professional sports gamblers, but other approaches are possible.
Some people prefer to bet on long shots (i.e. very unlikely events) while others prefer to stick to short odds (events which are very probable).

Football Odds Analysis - Top Ten Tables

We do not provide tips and do not recommend any particular betting strategy.
This page does, however, provide soccer odds analysis in three top ten tables.
As well as the match summary (date, competition, and teams), each table lists the best odds available on a particular outcome (Home or Away Win, or Draw) and the bookie offering these odds.
Each table also includes Standard Deviation.

Standard Deviation

Standard Deviation measures the amount of variation in a set of values.
A low standard deviation indicates that the bookies all offer very similar odds.
A high standard deviation means that the odds offered vary widely.

For Spikes, a high spike percentage alongside a low Standard Deviation indicates that most bookies agree on the odds to offer, with only one bookie offering much better odds. It is therefore worth investigating if this is a value bet. Unfortunately, any odds that looks too good to be true are probably palpable errors and should be checked before placing any bets.

For Long Shots and Short Odds, Standard Variation is a useful measure of how closely the bookies agree on odds.

Odds Analysis - Spikes

This table contains the ten highest spikes in these Competitions. Spikes can be used to help find value bets.
Want to see more? The top fifty are shown on this page.
Match DateCompetitionMatchBookieOddsSpike above averageStandard DeviationMore Information
Saturday 15 May 2021 12:00Italian Serie A Genoa vs. Atalanta
Home: 16/1
30.35%2.15Click here for all odds.
Friday 14 May 2021 00:15Venezuela Primera Division Portuguesa vs. Trujillanos
Away: 9/1
29.55%1.15Click here for all odds.
Saturday 15 May 2021 16:30Turkish Super Lig Galatasaray vs. Malatyaspor
Away: 33/1
28.91%5.15Click here for all odds.
Sunday 16 May 2021 18:30Czech First League Slavia Prague vs. Karvina
Away: 18/1
20.42%2.11Click here for all odds.
Friday 14 May 2021 14:30Latvian Virsliga Liepaja vs. RFS
Home: 16/5
19.24%0.57Click here for all odds.
Saturday 15 May 2021 15:45Slovenian Prva Liga NK Maribor vs. ND Gorica
Draw: 23/4
18.94%0.51Click here for all odds.
Saturday 15 May 2021 15:45Slovenian Prva Liga NK Maribor vs. ND Gorica
Away: 12/1
18.72%1.22Click here for all odds.
Sunday 16 May 2021 18:00French Ligue 1 Paris Saint Germain vs. Stade de Reims
Away: 25/1
18.63%2.71Click here for all odds.
Saturday 15 May 2021 14:30German Bundesliga SC Freiburg vs. Bayern Munich
Home: 9/1
17.07%0.54Click here for all odds.
Sunday 16 May 2021 09:00Chinese Super League (CSL) Shanghai Port vs. Dalian Pro
Away: 18/1
16.92%2.10Click here for all odds.
Table shows Match Result odds only, for matches scheduled within the next seven days. Other types of bet - e.g. total number of goals or red cards - are excluded. Any matches with odds from less than four bookies are excluded.

Odds Analysis - Long Shots

This table lists the top ten highest long shots in these Competitions. The table shows the best odds available, but matches are ordered by average odds.
Want to see more? The top fifty are shown on this page.Table shows Match Result odds only, for matches scheduled within the next seven days. Other types of bet - e.g. total number of goals or red cards - are excluded. Any matches with odds from less than four bookies are excluded.

Odds Analysis - Short Odds

This table lists the top ten "safe" bets, or rather those with the lowest odds, in these Competitions. These tend to be the other side of the "Long Shots". The table shows the best odds available, but matches are ordered by average odds.
Want to see more? The top fifty are shown on this page.Table shows Match Result odds only, for matches scheduled within the next seven days. Other types of bet - e.g. total number of goals or red cards - are excluded. Any matches with odds from less than four bookies are excluded.