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 August 23rd, 2015, 07:40 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Aug 2015 From: London Posts: 1 Thanks: 0 Probability of goals in a football match? I am trying to work out the probability of teams scoring a goal in a football match. Obviously there are many factors to consider, and the probability is impossible to predict correctly as there are many factors that will change in a football match. However i want to figure out the probability using only the following information. A lot of work has been done on predicting football matches using poisson distribution, but in this case, i only want it to be based on the stats that i have. So for this example it is Team A vs Team B. Team A Scores in 70% of their home matches (a) Team B Concedes in 50% of their away matches (b) Team B Scores in 10% of their away matches (c) Team A Concedes in 30% of their home matches (d) I have managed to calculate the probability of a goal by using the following formula: (a+c)-(a*c) I believe this calculation to be correct but it only takes into account the stats for team A or team B SCORING, it does not take into account the stat of the opposite team conceding. So basically i am after a formula that takes into consideration team A's ability to score against team B's ability to concede, and the same for team B to score and team A to concede.

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