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Home Team Advantage

A Look at Home Team Advantage in Soccer

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One of the key things any punter needs to look at before placing any bets is what role home team advantage can play.

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Inherently teams playing in front of their own fans in a familiar environment can get a massive advantage and give the home side a huge boost. The statistics of how many soccer games are won at home compared to away usually tells the story, for away records will almost always be far more patchy.

Home Team AdvantageCourtesy of Smarkets

Aside from the aforementioned reason for a home team’s success, factors such as travelling time and the fatigue associated with it, different pitch dimensions and visiting teams being intimidated by ferocious crowds can all contribute to the home side gaining an edge too.Home Team AdvantageCourtesy of Pinnacle Betting

In addition, the fact the home team will usually play more proactively can often lead to them play more on the front foot and subsequently pose more of a goal threat.

Some interesting statistics published by Smarkets from the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign give an insight into how important home team advantage can be, as there was:

607 home goals

457 away goals

49.2% of games won by the home team

28.7% of games won by the away team

22.1% of games ended in a draw

Another intriguing development on this topic comes from how referees will often subconsciously give the home side more favourable decisions, which probably has something to do with the livelier home crowd creating formidable atmospheres.

Home Team Advantage

Courtesy of Ed’s Cave

With plenty of factors to take note of when looking at home-field advantage, as long as you do your research to make informed decisions, you should be on the way to profiting from picking home teams when ideal opportunities present themselves.

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