Friday, 19 November 2010

football match-fixing

BBC 5 Live are running a programme on Sunday evening devoted to match-fixing in football. Not a lot of new ground by the sound of this article, but to those who don't follow it closely, it will be an eye-opener.

Football Match fixing - how betting gives the game away

Some 300 football games a season are fixed in Europe's top leagues, according to experts. The BBC's Tim Mansel gains exclusive access to Sportradar, which tracks betting on football matches all over the world, looking for evidence of suspicious behaviour.

The former German football manager Sepp Herberger once famously said that people go to football matches because they do not know who will win. I have just watched a match in the almost certain knowledge not only of who would win, but with a fairly shrewd idea of what the score would be.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Scott,

    Footy match fixing is probably more widespread than most people think given the sheer number of games going on worldwide week in week out. I'm sure I've fallen foul of fixed games more than once in the past - I would say the key to not falling foul of a fixed game would lie in being far more selective when picking your matches, ie stick with EPL or similar. Anyway that's my two bob's worth.

    Your blog has some very interesting reads...would you mind if we exchanged links ?

    Regards,

    Swearbox

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  2. I've had you on my blogroll before but you were sacked for lack of updates! You get one more chance. :)

    Re leagues to bet on. There's no edge in betting on the high profile stuff - all the angles, all the information etc is public, so that makes it a poor betting medium for me. Plus it's so ridiculously overhyped.

    Simple rule of betting is if it looks to good to be true, then it almost certainly is. Do some research of your own and if the price is way out, then work out why or steer well clear.

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  3. Hi again,

    I suppose what I was trying to say above was that if you stick to the better quality leagues you're less likely to get the footy equivalent of non triers. Anyway, thx for adding me...at the risk of getting sacked (again) I have a teeny favour to ask...I just finished migrating all my content to a new url so I would be much obliged if you could tweak the link slightly...
    the blog is now at http://swearbox.wordpress.com

    I thank you,

    Swearbox

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  4. Yeah, I know. But it defeats the purpose of trying to win long-term. These things are ALWAYS evident in the odds, so punters with half a clue should be able to spot them a mile away.

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