When it comes to sport betting, each type of sport comes with its unique sets of rules. These
can drastically impact the way you calculate your odds, especially if you are using
mathematical formulas in order to establish your gambling strategy.
How many predictions are possible? How can you combine probabilities? Let’s see exactly how
you can use and adapt math principles for two of the most popular sports: soccer and
Teams playing a soccer game have 3 different possible outcomes: they can either win, tie or
lose the match. So, when one team is considered, one single soccer game has 3 predictions.
Things change when you consider the probabilities of that team’s performance over 2 games.
Let’s note each possible outcome differently: W1 (winning the first match), L1 (losing the first
game), T1 (ending the first one with a tie) and, similarly, W2, L2, T2. You will see that 9 different
permutations are possible:
W1 W2 / W1 L2 / W1 T2 / L1 W2 / L1 L2 / L1 T2 / T1 W2 / T1 L2 / T1 T2.
Translated into math language, this means possible outcomes. If you wanted to know the
number of the possible outcomes for, let’s say 10 games, then you would have permutations
(quite a few, don’t you think?). It’s important you understand the chances before placing your
Baseball games differ, in the way that there can only be 2 outcomes per match: either one
team wins or it loses, there’s no tie. This means that, when thinking the possibilities for one
team during 10 games through, we get permutations. Piece of cake, isn’t it?
Mixing the probabilities for the two different sports is just as easy. For example, let’s say you
want to see the combined possible outcomes for 4 soccer games and 4 baseball games – you will
then have * permutations.
Now that you understand the chances, you will also need to consider some other factors in order
to filter out the probabilities from the possibilities. Usually, you have to take into
consideration the team’s historical performance over the last few years, and further split the
data into home versus away games, other encounters with the same team etc.
There are several strategies for each sport which you can adopt, we’ll talk more about those in a
Good luck, mates!