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In sports where there are two teams competing, one will often be playing at their home ground or stadium, though many tournament finals, such as the FA Cup or Champions League, are held at neutral grounds. In these cases, a participating team may be designated the ‘home’ team for administrative purposes, but that is unlikely to be reflected for betting purposes.
If the home team are successful this is referred to as a home win. The other potential outcomes would be an away win or a draw (if the sport, tournament or event permits draws).
The home side in an event are usually predicted to win as they will be more comfortable in their surroundings and usually also have the advantage of having a larger amount of fans cheering them on. Obviously away teams will sometimes be the stronger and expected to win but home advantage plays a big part in the results of all matches, no matter what the sport.
When it comes to football, home advantage is seen as very important but according to the statistics home sides are less likely to win these days compared to 50 years ago. The reason for this is unclear but home sides will still win more than away wins or draws.
The home win will usually have shorter odds due to the perceived advantage so it is a betting market especially favoured by careful punters. Football betting fans will sometimes select a number of home wins with relatively short odds as part of an accumulator bet, as the games are more likely to end in that result and the odds for the overall bet get longer.
The team that has the record for the most consecutive home wins in English football is Bradford Park Avenue who recorded 25 in the Third Division North division during the 1926-27 season. Showing that the top flight in England is harder to dominate, the record there is held by Liverpool who won 21 home wins in a row in 1972.