Team streaks and trends

How to become a better predictor

Read about valuable info in SofaScore that can improve you prediction skills

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We don’t usually share advice on how to get on top of our predictors list, but we don’t want you to miss out on relevant statistics that can help you help yourself get there. So if you wish to improve your SofaScore prediction ranking or prediction skills in general, there is a particular tab in SofaScore that can be very helpful. It’s called the Matches tab and it’s tucked away last in the row when you enter any match.

TEAM STREAKS

In the Matches tab you will first find all kinds of streaks. This can be any kind of statistic that repeats itself through a couple of matches. But we don’t show just any streak of numbers in this tab. Our algorithm chooses the ones that are the most relevant for the teams in question. That’s why you won’t always find the same number of streaks here; if only two are a larger anomaly, we show only the two of them, if there are seven streaks, all seven will be shown. Let’s break them down a bit.

If there is a larger win or no-win streak, it will, naturally, be shown first. But you can also find out other interesting team series that can help you determine whether your favorite will win or lose.

If you’re interested in goal streaks, you can, of course, see who’s on a scoring or no-scoring streak. Also, you can see if a team is on fire with no-goals-conceded in several of matches, or not so much with no-goals-scored streak. An interesting stat you can often find here is which team has a longer streak with more than 2.5 goals scored by both teams in a match, or less than 2.5 goals.

There are other scoring stats like if a team developed a habit of scoring first in the last couple of matches, as well as winning the first half, or if both teams recently really like to score.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

You can also check out head-to-head statistics, as we know that in some matchups the personal clashes and history outweigh the recent forms of both teams.

Ahead of the first derby of the PL season, Man United – Chelsea, we could see that Man United hadn’t lost the last three times vs Chelsea. Also, a statistic adding more weight to the first one is that Chelsea was without clean sheet in the last three matches vs United. Both these streaks were prolonged. The one that wasn’t is that there were more than 2.5 goals in the match.

When the match is over, a tick or a cross appears next to a statistic, depending on whether a certain trend was continued or broken. For example, in the recent Southampton vs Chelsea match there was an interesting situation; Chelsea not only dominated all of the major streaks but also continued all of them except one.

They continued their winning streak and just like in the last 6/8 matches scored more than 2.5 goals. Both teams scored, just like in the last 8 out of 10 Chelsea’s matches, and they were the first one to score. Head 2 Head trends were also prolonged, while Chelsea continued the no-loss streak for the ninth game in a row. The only broken trend was that they received a goal after three clean sheets.

In the Premier League match from the same weekend, Norwich City vs Aston Villa, only 2 out of 12 trends were not confirmed.

Of course, streaks and trends exist to be broken, and it isn’t always the case that this many are correct. However, these can be a really good indicator of a certain team’s form.

GRAPH

On this page there is another interesting graphical feature, which shows the minutes in which each team scores and concedes goals. Here we take into consideration only the past 30 matches from that competition, again to make it as relevant as possible. The game is divided in into 15-minute increments.

The screenshot above is last season’s Juventus vs Milan clash. The first two rows show the minutes when Juventus scored goals last season; they score the most between 60’ and 75’, and the least at the beginning of the second half. The second row shows when Milan concedes them. Interestingly enough, they concede the most when Juventus scored the most. (And they actually conceded a goal in 60’).

The bottom two rows show the vice versa situation – when Milan scores and Juventus concedes. While Milan scored the most between 45’ and 60’, Juventus conceded only three goals in that periods.

You can see the same goal distribution for home/away matches as well.

MANAGERS & TEAM HISTORY

Here you will find head-to-head streaks for the managers and teams as well – always useful pieces of information, especially with titans like the ones below.

At last, in the same tab you can explore all their previous matches and try to round up who’s a favorite. We don’t show all of their events, only up to 20 recent ones because that’s how many we believe can be relevant.

As you can see, this one page is filled with very interesting insight into the previous matches of the teams. Even though there are no guarantees that these streaks, no matter how long, would be continued, you can catch some really nice insight into strengths, weaknesses and form of both teams that can help you become a better predictor.