How, then, can you grow to spot these football trends?
Look at transfer spending
A good way to notice if a team is making the right moves is to focus on their transfer spending. For example, some of the biggest clubs in the world have for the last five or six years entered a major drift. At the time of writing, both Manchester United and FC Barcelona – both model clubs in the mid-00s – are in a position of excess wastage in their spending.
Look at how a team is spending their money, and the returns they are seeing.
Look at managerial turnover
Another way to predict a team that is making bad calls is to see how quickly they turn on a manager. Teams that have a plan in place can look beyond and survive a sticky patch. If you see a team that is reliant quite heavily on managerial lifts and turnover to keep things fresh, it is likely that will club will soon meet a rather serious downturn.
Read the opinions of others
Of course, you cannot know everything about every team. That is why you should look to focus on things like a football prediction site. They can give you some ideas and background information about leagues you do not follow closely. Such websites can help you to gain more insights into the quality, or lack of quality of newly arrived players or managers.
Look to see if other predictions are similar to what you can see unfolding in front of you.
Look at playing styles
Another big deciding factor in a team that is going on a downward spiral is their style of play. If you notice a team that cannot maintain a style of play, then it is likely because they lack the cohesion and the time spent on the training pitch to guarantee success.
So, you should always look to focus on the playing style of a team; it is often one of the main giveaways that a team lacks fluency and a long-term plan.
Look at long-term form
Also, try and look at the long-term form of a team that seems to be struggling. If they are even still winning but doing so in controversial circumstances, it could be a sign that they are simply enjoying a spell of good luck. Focus on this, and you can often spot the teams that are either riding their luck or pulling off some very lucky wins that will eventually run out.
Keep these factors in mind, and you can soon find that it is much easier to look at the facts as opposed to the hype. Once you do that, you will find that your predictions and your ideas are going to become a whole lot more consistent!