What is this wizardly?
It’s rocket science. Really, it is. Rumor has it that NASA uses the Poisson Formula somewhere in their orbital velocity calculations. Do not quote me on that. Rumors aside, this contraption uses the Poisson Formula to predict possible outcomes on a given match using historical data.
That being said, it is imperative to note that it’s not a sure bet. Nothing ever really is. It is impossible to
predict what 22 (24 if you count the refs) people are going to do in the field.
Ok, so how do I use it? Simple… type in your home team and away team in the appropriate fields and click predict. While typing, make sure to select the team as suggested in the autocomplete. The system will work only if the teams are in the prediction data.
If the team you’re after is not suggested by autocomplete, either we do not have the data or there is a spelling mistake. Sometimes a team name is not spelled the same way as you would expect… That’s not solely on us, it’s the nature of the data we get and how we later format the said data to better make sense of it via code. An example of this is German side Borussia Mönchengladbach. After all is said and done, the end result is M_GLADBACH. Weird, huh!
Point is before giving up, try and type different variations of your team name and see what pops up. Another example is team like St. Etienne. After formatting, the team name becomes ST_ETTIENE. The period and the space are removed. Another example is Nottingham Forest. After formatting, it becomes NOTT_M_FOREST. Yeah, that one is a nightmare. Periods, quotes and spaces are replaced with underscores.