Typically, betting trends refer to what the general public is doing. You can either follow the public or fade the public.
Following trends in sports betting is always worthwhile because it allows you to learn what the general public thinks of a particular matchup. One of the more popular strategies for those who follow trends is to fade the public. In general, public funds are usually allocated to the obvious side of a matchup.
Make the Public Fade Away
For example, the Baltimore Ravens are indeed a -3 point road fav against Pittsburgh Steelers, who have been outplayed by the Cleveland Browns the previous week. The Ravens appear to be the superior team on the surface, and they are. In this case, 80% of public money may be on the Ravens simply because they appear to be a better team on the surface, and recent results support that. However, this is only one side of the coin.
Follow the General Public
On the other hand, a bettor’s numbers may support taking the Ravens -3. Maybe they’ve managed to win their last 5 matches by the double digits, while the Steelers haven’t covered their last five conference tournaments. After going over all of these numbers, a gambler could look at the 80percent of funds on the Ravens and utilize that as proof that they made the right choice. If everyone is rooting for the Ravens, that must be the correct play.