Updated September, 2020.
With quite a few of them out there, it’s often asked which is the best of the football prediction sites. We also wanted to know, and decided to undertake our own thorough analysis of 20 of them in order to find the answer to this question.
In conclusion, the overall top site for football predictions is the aptly named FootballPredictions.NET.
There are many factors and reasons for this choice. Read on as we delve into the details as to what we found out that makes it, in our opinion, the best football predictions site in the world following our exhaustive review.
What to look for in a good prediction site
Let’s set the record straight – There is no football prediction site that never fails. No matter which site you choose, none will ever have 100% accuracy or anything like it. It is just not possible and any site that claims otherwise is simply trying to pull the wool over your eyes. We all know that the game of soccer is one where there are many variables in play at any one time and some are simply unpredictable. For example, a red card or injury to a key player can completely change the momentum and outcome of a match.
It seems that some sites rely purely on mathematical algorithms in order to determine outcomes. We found that his can fall down badly when there is no way to factor in news such as player availability and managers being sacked etc. Of the sites that we tested, FootballPredictions.NET came out with the highest overall win accuracy from the sample of games that we tracked over a 14 day period. That’s a lot of analysis, and yes, it was exhausting.
A sample of the results that we took is illustrated here:
When a match has finished, you want to be able to check the history of results. Any site that does not do this should be viewed with caution, as there should be nothing to hide. This may sound like a straightforward criterion, but it is surprising just how many sites do not display results that correspond to their initial predictions.
Not every site provides free accumulators, and when they do, they are often hit-and-miss (mostly miss) affairs. At the time of review, FP provides five multi-bets every day including doubles, trebles and accumulators. What is quite clever about these is that they manage to get a really good strike rate thanks to the careful choice of target games.
You won’t often see accumulators with odds of more than 30/1 (29 in decimal odds) because the focus is on winning rather than silly bets that are very unlikely to succeed. FP also has Telegram channels (messaging service) that you can join where they broadcast daily bets including accumulator of the day.
In many places around the world, punters take a particular interest in very winnable bets which offer lower odds but steady returns. Gamblers who are looking for football prediction sites in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana, for example, tend to go to these bets as a way to build their bankrolls. These bets are often called ‘sure bets’ or ‘sure wins’, not to be confused with arbitrage bets which are something altogether different.
Some sites even promise ‘fixed matches’ which is clearly just wrong and a scam which can always be discarded. We found a dedicated section for sure bet predictions (pictured, above) which is a big plus point for those of us who like to see the lowest odds, highest probability bets available.
No matter where you come from, it’s always good to get that personalised look and feel. As part of our review, we tested this by over web browsers using VPNs in incognito/private mode in order to check the reviewed sites from multiple countries.
FP was by the far the best of them all at this. Users can not only choose between four languages (English, Spanish, German and Portuguese) to use the site in, but the localisation goes much further. You only see your locally available bookmakers (and therefore odds) and the competitions that matter most to you. For example, in Nigeria there is the choice of local bookmakers such as Betway NG, bet9ja and Nairabet.
An example of local settings was seen when using the site from Denmark. The Danish Superliga was given more prominence in menus than some of the other leagues and competitions. In the main, the most popular predictions such those for the English Premier League and Champions League were always easily available.
Almost all of the sites in this review include the bookmaker odds for each bet alongside their predictions. Many of them present the odds from a single bookmaker, but this simply gives you limited choice. What makes FootballPredictions.NET stand out is the fact that, for each prediction, they present odds for multiple bookmakers (as many as 10 in some locations) and this, of course, means that you can always see the highest odds on offer at any one time.
What’s even better is that they automatically check the bookmaker sites every few minutes in order to keep these up to date and relevant. Refreshing the page every 5 to 10 minutes or so reveals this. Many of the other sites that we reviewed simply add the odds once and they are never updated them. This is particularly bad given that some predictions can be made a week or two in advance of a game!
When you think about it some more, what is the point of using a site that does not show you the highest odds currently available? You’d be a mug to always stay loyal to one bookmaker all the time, too.
Wide coverage of Competitions
Almost everyone is interested in the big competitions and the best teams with big-name players, and all of these sites gave good coverage to them. However, sometimes when you are betting on soccer there isn’t always one of those games available.
It’s, therefore, a plus point to give coverage to other (good quality) competitions that can let you have this luxury. Some sites go a bit too far and try to present predictions for competitions that have little data available on them. We found that the tips given on these competitions turned out to be quite unreliable as well.
Betting on football can be complex, with many markets available on each match. Some are just based on pure luck, such as the number of yellow cards or corners, and to be considered one of the best sites, the following really need to be covered as a minimum: Full-time result (1X2), Over/Under 2.5 goals and Both teams to score (BTTS). We found that some sites only give tips on one outcome, and we found this to be a limiting factor.
FP provided all of these as well as Correct Score and BTTS & Win predictions, giving it a good overall coverage of the football betting markets that matter most. We know just how tough correct score prediction can be, and in one day of Premier League matches, they managed an impressive 3 out of 10 correct scores. That is quite an achievement considering that the best odds on the correct score are around 10 (9/1) most of the time.
When putting down hard-earned cash on bets, it’s comforting to have statistical analysis to hand to make sure that you and the predictions site can refer to it. What we are looking for is things like recent form, goals conceded and scored (home and away) and league table positions.
To take it further, it’s good to see head to head (h2h) results and predicted lineups. When you have all of this kind of information to hand, it makes decision-making that much easier. What gives FP the edge here is that you get all of that, and for a lot of the games, a video analysis preview too. You can’t ask for much more than that. Here’s one such example of one of their video previews:
Now, there are a lot of sites in existence who allow you to see some of their predictions for free and then try to sell you a premium or VIP service. In our reviews, not only are these services expensive, they also provide worse results. The mystique generated by not revealing the ‘best’ tips can make a lot of people curious, but it’s much better to keep the cash in your pocket than line theirs in this case.
Like most of the other top-rated sites, FootballPredictions.NET is completely free so that anyone can benefit from their work. The popular sites like this generate their own income from adverts which you will see around the site. Signing up to a bookmaker generally provides them with some money in return, which seems to us to be a fair deal for keeping the site up and running.
There really is no excuse these days for sites not delivering proper mobile user experience. A lot of these prediction sites have been around for many years now and have unfortunately failed to move with the times. Several of them rendered poorly on Google and Apple mobile devices and needed a lot of sideways scrolling in addition to having poorly designed menus. FP looks great on every device that we used it on and it was fast, too, thus giving it another edge over its rivals.
Ease of Use
There is a lot to be said for a nice, clean interface. There isn’t much point having a great predictions site if the user can’t work out where to find what they want. Some of the sites that we tested had so many options that it was not a simple task to navigate from place to place. Too much information is often crammed in, and seemingly just or the sake of it.
Sites reviewed in our testing: Football Predictions (best), bookieboost, forebet, windrawwin, freesupertips, vitibet, sportytrader, sbat, bettingexpert, footyaccumulators, leaguelane, statarea, betegy, kickoff, confirmbets, predictz, footballtips, betensured, wincomparator, thestatszone
What is a football prediction site?
A soccer or football prediction site can be defined as an online platform where a tipster or tipsters publish forecasts about upcoming football matches. The most accurate of these is FootballPredictions.NET.