do I need to use the ratings?
You will need Microsoft Excel or a compatible
spreadsheet application. If you do not have Microsoft Excel (shipped
with Microsoft Office) you can download the
software free of charge.
||Are the team details taken into
account when producing the ratings?
No, the ratings are a bare assessment of the form based on the
previous matches. Team news is not taken into account because it is very difficult to
quantify. The ratings should always be used in conjunction with the latest news regarding
team strengths, injuries and suspensions etc.
||Why are cup matches not rated?
Cup matches are not
rated because we do not capture data relating to matches involving
First and Second division clubs. Also cup matches tend to be notoriously unpredictable and with regard to
the Carling cup some big clubs do not put out their full strength teams until the
later stages of the competition.
||Should the unit stake of a
spread bet be varied depending on the type of bet?
The short answer is
yes. The base unit stake depends on the volatility of the bet which
should then be adjusted with respect to the actual rating. The
spreadsheet will automatically calculate the optimum stake for you once
you have entered a Base Stake that you are comfortable with and the
||What is an 'arb'?
An 'arb' (short for 'arbitrage') is
when two spread betting firms are offering spreads where the top of one spread is below
the bottom of the other spread. For instance if Sporting Index offered a bookings index
spread of 38-40 on a particular match and Spreadex were offering 42-46 on the same match
you could 'buy' at 40 with Sporting Index and 'sell' at 42 with Spreadex and make a
guaranteed profit of 2 points. This is OK in theory but in practice it can be very
difficult to play an 'arb'. Some firms will restrict your bet to a minimum stake while the
'arb' exists and with other firms you simply won't be able to get through in time.
||How do I determine which spread
firm I should bet with on a Performance index or Mini Performance index when each firm has
spreadsheet will automatically calculate the relative value of each
different type of bet. You should consider placing those bets that have
the highest value indicator which should be at least 1.
||Can I use the cross corners
rating to play the multi corners market?
No, the cross corners rating is the
expected home team corners multiplied by the expected away team corners. Multi corners are
the first half corners multiplied by the second half corners. It is possible to have a
cross corners makeup of 0 and a multi corners makeup of 100 (or vice versa).
||Do you ever advise on specific
No, we never specify or recommend a
particular bet, we only provide statistical ratings based on historical data.
||Is the Soccer Spreads system
regulated by the FSA?
No, we are not regulated by the FSA
because we do not need to be. We do not sell or offer investment advice, we only provide
statistical data which anyone could produce if they 'number crunched' the statistics in
the same way that we do.
||Does the Soccer Spreads
website accept advertisements?
Yes, most types of
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