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Modeling of football matches results and efficient-market hypothesis in sports betting

Author: Mgr. Michael Augustin
Year: 2020 - summer
Leaders: Václav Korbel Ph.D.
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Work type: Finance, Financial Markets and Banking
Masters
Language: English
Pages: 50
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Link: https://is.cuni.cz/webapps/zzp/detail/213811/
Abstract: Abstract Betting on sporting events can be perceived by the general public as a game of chance. In the professional literature, however, betting on football matches is treated in the same way as other financial markets, where in the event of a violation of the theory of efficient markets due to the occurrence of inefficiency, there are opportunities for investors to obtain abnormal returns. The main goal of this work is to create a model capable of predicting the results of football matches on the basis of historical data better than bookmakers are able to do and test the effectiveness of the Czech betting market for football matches of the Czech highest football league. The first part of the thesis contains a more detailed presentation of the theory of efficient markets, a comparison of financial and betting markets and sources of possible inefficiency in betting markets. The second and third parts present data, models and their possible modification to increase the accuracy of estimates. The fourth part describes the results of testing individual models and subsequent simulations of betting strategies. The fifth part contains a conclusion and discussion of the results, including an indication of possible alternatives to follow-up research. The results of simulations of betting strategies confirm significantly higher profits and thus reject the light form of the efficient market hypothesis

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