What is a ‘Form Player’?
A form player is a bettor who decides which outcomes to bet on by looking at ‘form’ – the recent performances and results of the participants. For example, a bettor deciding to place a wager on a game between Rangers and Celtic may look at the recent form of both teams. If Rangers have won four of their last five games, whereas Celtic have only won two, the player will decide to place his wager on Rangers to win, as they have the superior form.
‘Form Player’ Explained
The existence and relevance of form in sports has been hotly debated by pundits, analysts and psychiatrists alike. Since better teams win more often and are therefore more likely to have good ‘form’, it is hard to judge how big a role it can play in the game. Although by conventional wisdom good form leads to confidence and therefore better performances, it can also lead to overconfidence and complacency. In addition, teams in good form will often (but not always) have shorter odds at bookmakers.
Form is something taken into account by bettors across all sports. It is used for horse racing, football, tennis, and virtually every competitive sport. In team games, it will often go down to the individual level also – for example, even if a football team is playing poorly, one individual may be in good form, and will therefore be an attractive option for a wager who wants to place a bet on who will score the first goal of the match.
Form players may not use form solely as their guide, and the majority of bettors will take form into account in some way or another, among many other things. The term simply exists to describe an individual who emphasises previous results and statistics when making higher betting selections compared to most of the other bettors.