author: andriev   10 September 2019Print page

Which tournament format favours the underdog?

tournament tutorialWith a wide variety of sports tournaments annually there are tons of outrights offers out there. Experienced bettors give such markets a higher priority when it comes to analysing. Bouncing off that, the tournament format plays a huge role in odds determination for both underdogs and favourites. So which one favours either side more? Let’s find out.

The good old rule of thumb suggests that stronger competitors, on a general basis, are likely to do better at longer tournaments. However, the chances of an underdog to find success in a short competition are higher. Therefore, is there a relationship between the tournament format and its impact on the runner-ups’ winning chances?

The study conducted by David R. Appleton from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) determines the impact the tournament setup has on a team or a player, by comparing various tournament designs.

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