Man Utd v Liverpool Is The Focus For The Bulk Of The Weekend Offers

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Both Manchester United and Liverpool have had disappointing seasons. Louis van Gaal continues to reform his inherited squad and had a slow start to the season. Brendan Rodgers himself is under pressure as Liverpool continue to get over the disappointment of missing out on the title last season. However, both teams have had recent good form. Manchester United have won their last five games, and Liverpool have picked up seven points out of a possible nine in their last three games. What are we have here is two teams coming into much needed form, and this clash could determine who continues that form. On top of that, it’s one of the most competitive rivalries in the Premier League, so it is no surprise that bookmakers are cooking up lots of betting offers to stir up interest in the game. Here is what is going on…

Bet 365

Offer: Free £50 in-play bet for Man Utd vs Liverpool

It’s not often that Bet 365 have offers which is testament to the strength of this particular fixture. Simply place a pre-match bet, and Bet 365 will award you a free in-play bet to the same value on Sunday. Important to note is that if you place multiple pre-match bets, Bet 365 will award you the free bet based on your first bet. So make sure your first bet is your largest, and the offer is made void if you cash out early.

Sky Bet

Offer: Money back if Manchester United win

Sky Bet are going bold with money back if Manchester United win the Sunday fixture. If they do, Sky Bet will refund losing bets in the ‘first goalscorer’, ‘last goalscorer’, ‘correct score’, and ‘scorecast singles’ up to the value of £25. As we said, Manchester United have won their last five games and start as favourites, so quite a strong offer from Sky Bet here.

Boylesports

Offer: Enhanced odds for new customers

Here is an offer for just the Saturday fixtures. Enhanced odds are being a more popular way for bookies to attract new customers. If  you fancy Chelsea (playing Hull), Arsenal (playing Newcastle), and Man City (playing Leicester) all to win their respective games, Boylesports are enhancing the odds from 6/5 to 6/1. The one fixture we think that could throw this is the Arsenal game. Newcastle are in good form at the moment, and beat Chelsea last week so we fancy a draw in that game.

Bet Victor

Offer: Enhanced odds for new customers & red card refund

Two from Bet Victor this weekend. First of all, new customers can get enhanced odds of 4/1 on Arsenal to beat Newcastle. Again, for the same reasons as cited in the Boylesports offer, we don’t think this is the best enhanced odds offer, plus the maximum stake is £10. The second offer is a little more interesting. If a red card is shown in the Manchester United v Liverpool game, Bet Victor will refund certain markets losing bets, again up to the value of £10. Given the rivalry of this fixture, it’s a possibility this money-back offer will be triggered.

Betfair

Offer: Pick your own money back

Again, the televised Arsenal v Newcastle game is Betfair’s pick. Unlike Bet Victor, they are allowing you choose your own conditions for the refund, and the amount is a little larger at £25. The options you can pick from are an ‘Arsenal win’, ‘game ends in a draw’, or alternatively a ‘Newcastle win’. So all options basically(!) The last thing to note that this does not apply to the exchange bets.

Aguero is Favourite For The Premier League Top Goal Scorer This Season

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We’re approaching half way through the season so we thought it would be a good opportunity to to check in and take a look at the top goal scorer market. Quite a few of the bookmakers are starting to withdraw the opportunity to bet on this market, based on the impressive form Aguero is in.

Favourite – Sergio Aguero

* Odds: 3/4
* Goals this season so far: 14
* Minutes of football played so far: 1053

When Aguero had to leave the field on Saturday, he was in tears at the prospect of missing the upcoming ‘must-win’ match Roma, and it’s no surprise. In fact, tears will be shed among Man City fans because  his form this season has been exceptional. The Argentinian has racked up 14 goals so far in the Premier League, an impressive feat considering Man City have played just 15 games this season. Fitness can be credited for a lot of his performance this season, so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back from his most recent ligament damage.

Second Favourite – Diego Costa

* Odds: 2/5
* Goals this season so far: 11
* Minutes of football played so far: 1007

At the end of last season, Mourinho claimed that a ‘killer striker’ was what Chelsea needed to challenge for the title this season, and made Costa his £32m addition to the squad. It looks like he was right. Chelsea’s unbeaten run came to an abrupt end versus Newcastle this weekend, but behind that form, has been Costa with 11 goals so far in 1007 minutes of football. At the moment he is second favourite, however if he can play more football that Aguero this season then he stands a good chance of emerging as the top goal scorer.

Third Favourite – Alexis Sánchez

* Odds: 6/1
* Goals this season so far: 9
* Minutes of football played so far: 1142

Arsenal’s season has been pretty grim, but Sánchez has provided a glimmer of hope. The £35m signing has been banging in the goals. Out of the top goal scorers, Sánchez has played the most football featuring in all of Arsenal’s games so far this season. That will come at a cost. Wenger said this week that he is going to rest him to maintain his form. After a slow start to the season, he has come to rescue Arsenal many times now, most recently with a last minute winner against Southampton. If Wenger can get by without leaning on him, the rest will better his long odds (compared to Aguero certainly) and therefore his chances of becoming the 2014/2015 Premier League top goal scorer.

These Are The December Weekend Offers From Betting Sites You Need To Know

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Another weekend, another delivery of football. Neutrals will be drawn most to the fixtures on Saturday, as Super Sunday doesn’t feature any teams in the top four. West Ham will be looking to create some space between themselves and Arsenal to maintain their position in the league, whilst Villa have the opportunity to leapfrog Everton, facing bottom team Leicester themselves. Here are the betting offers that the bookmakers are running this weekend:

1. Bet Victor offer some enhanced odds 

Bet Victor are running a promotion of enhanced odds on a Manchester City win versus Everton on Saturday. The game is televised (Sky), and the Manchester City team have some form of late, with a late win versus Bayern Munich followed by some impressive away wins in the Premier League. You can get enhanced odds of 4/1 this weekend for them to continue their recent form, which looks pretty likely, but only if you’re a new customer with a maximum stake of £10. So if you don’t have an account, it looks like a solid way to turn £10 into £50.

2. Betfair are allowing you to pick your own cashback

Newcastle host league leaders Chelsea. Newcastle have surged up the table with a string of wins and clean sheets. However, that form looks to be stalling as Newcastle have picked up one point from a possible six in their last two games. Betfair have a promotion for both new and existing customers, allowing them to pick their own conditions for money-back. The options include ‘Chelsea win and both teams score’, ‘Newcastle win the game’, ‘game ends in a draw’, ‘Costa scores first’, and finally ‘Chelsea win by 2 goals exactly’. All pretty good options and hard to pick between. We’d probably avoid the ‘Chelsea win with both teams to score’ as Chelsea have managed to keep clean sheets in their last four fixtures.

3. Totesport double and treble

Totesport have an on-going promotion, offering double or in some instances, trebling the odds on first goal scorer markets. It applies to just the televised games, which this weekend are the previous games written of, Manchester City versus Everton and Newcastle versus Chelsea. The maximum bonus at £250 allows this one to particularly tasty. If you don’t have a Totesport account, you can also benefit from the same offer with Betfred.

4. £5 free in-play bet from Stan James

Again this is an on-going offer. If you bet £20 on any of the Saturday games, Stan James will give you a free £5 bet to use in either of the Sunday games. Specifically, the free £5 bet can only be used in the in-play markets, so don’t be able to have access to the free bet ahead of kick off.

 

Arsenal Go Into North London Derby As Favourites This Weeekend

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Arsenal will be looking to bounce back after their mid week defeat to Southampton at the Emirates with a victory against Spurs this weekend. The mind games are already at play with Arsene Wenger warning Spurs that they will be under extra pressure should they build a new stadium, and that the process will come with unforeseen financial issues.

Wenger’s side have the confidence of bookmakers to win today. Currently you can get just odds of 3/4 on them to win, not much return for what historically has been a lively derby. If you don’t have a Betfair.com account already, there is a bit of value you can get. New customers can get odds of 6/1 on Arsenal to beat Spurs, there a free £10 bet on the Ryder Cup to boot. There is a maximum stake of £10,  and it is paid out as a free bet, but to be honest, given how likely an Arsenal win is today, it’s strong offer.

The game is on television which makes it eligible for PaddyPower.com’s ‘pick your own cash back’ offer.  Current triggers for cashback include Adebayor or Sanchez scoring at any moment, plus if its a draw or there is a goal in the last five minutes of the game. It is of course not the only game this weekend. In the early fixture, Liverpool face Everton in their own Derby.

BetVictor.com have an enhanced threefold accumulator for new customers. It’s on some of the 3PM fixtures, with them paying out 5/1 on Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all to win. We know from hearing from you that Leicester’s victory against Manchester United last weekend pleased a lot of you, but unfortunately did mess up a lot of people’s accumulators. With Manchester United’s defence as it currently stands, we’d probably opt for the free £25 free bet offer instead!

Can The USA Pull Off An Upset In The Ryder Cup? A Simple ‘No’ Think Betting Sites

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It’s time to cast aside the Scottish Independence debates and unite through the power of the Ryder Cup. We remain one nation, and can share in our common interest of defeating the Americans. On Friday the biennial golfing competition kicks off and it’s the turn for Scotland to host.

At time of writing, Betway have Europe down as 2/5 favourites to lift the trophy which does not come as a surprise, especially when you think the Americans have not won on European soil in 21 years. Just when a little bit of optimism could sneak through, it is shut down with a couple of the offers betting sites have available. Betway.com are actually offering to refunds on the winner bets up to £25 if Europe loses outright. Skybet.com are running similar promotion, with a maximum refund of £150 and a few extra markets to bet on. Clearly, they have a lot of confidence in Europe being victorious.

One of the reasons for that confidence is current world number one Rory Mcilroy.  It is Rory who Tom Watson, the American captain aims to beat above all. Watson reckons targeting Mcilroy would deal Europe a physiological blow. If you’re looking to bet on the matches, PaddyPower.com have an offer for the Ryder Cup that will be of interest. They are offering money back as a free bet if your selection is winning after 12 holes, but fails to win the match. There is a maximum refund of £100 on that one.

If there are any new offers that go live between now and Friday, we’ll update the site. For now though, it is difficult to see the Americans pulling off an upset given the confidence of the bookmakers.

Paddy Power ‘Pick Your Own Money Back Special’ Explained

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Most weeks the bookmakers come up with a money back special to draw in new and existing customers. However, in September there is something a little different. Throughout September Paddy Power are running a promotion that enables customers to pick what money back special they want to apply on their bets. It’s for the games being broadcast on either Sky or BT. If you don’t know which games are on TV, don’t worry, there is a shiny red button on their website with ‘MBS’ on it to distinguish the games the offers apply to.

When we first saw the offer, we thought it Paddy Power were being crazy enough to allow customers to come up with their own specials, but that isn’t the case. Rather, you get a list of options. As can be seen above, for the Liverpool game one of the options is if Sterling scores at any point in the game. To find the offer, just go to the market which lists all of the ways it is possible to bet on a game. The special only applies to ‘scorecast’, ‘correct score’, ‘first goal scorer’ and ‘last goal scorer’ markets, and you place your bet within the promotional box. There is a maximum refund of £100 per customer so that should keep you busy.

Premiership Action Returns With Louis Van Gall Looking To Show Bouncebackability

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Premiership action resumes this weekend after the international break, with all teams in action apart from Man Utd and QPR who play Monday night. It’s the biggest weekend of the season so far with pick of the fixtures being Arsenal vs Man City. That being said, there will be a lot of attention on the Monday game given Man Utd’s poor start to the season and all of the new signings they have made. A lot of people have enjoyed their demise and fans will be keen to see Louis van Gall pick up his first win. Of course with the football back, so are the bookies with their offers. We’ve picked out the highlights for the weekend.

Fans of football accumulators should head over to StanJames.com this weekend. They’re running a ‘both teams to score’ (BTTS) offer on accumulators. Bet £5 on a treble (or higher) on both teams scoring, and whether you win or not, they will credit you with a free £5 bet. This is a strong offer for the weekend since usually money back offers usually require you to lose your bet to be paid out.

New and existing PaddyPower.com can take advantage of their ‘chose your own money back’ special. The offer applies to any games which are on Sky/ BT which this weekend includes Arsenal vs Man city, Liverpool vs Aston Villa, and Man Utd vs QPR. Look out for our blog post tomorrow explaining how it works, but in short you get a selection of circumstances that would could occur to trigger money back on losing bets.

BetVictor.com offer a free £25 to new customers, however this weekend they have an alternative offer for you to chose from. They have enhanced price of 4/1 on Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd to win their games. Chelsea play Swansea at home, Liverpool play Aston Villa and Man Utd host QPR. The maximum stake you can place for this offer is £10, and if it comes in, you’ll get back £40 plus your stake. Without the offer, it’ll bring back £23 so you’re basically getting an extra £17.  It’s not a bad offer, but going through the math we’d opt for the £25 free bet instead.

Not Many Money Back Specials (So Far) For This Year’s Wimbledon

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The World Cup is the dominating sport this summer but Wimbledon should not be forgotten. As we enter into the second week of the tournament, Andy Murray looks to continue the defence of his title in his next game against Kevin Anderson. His form has been good so far but the true test will when he faces one of the higher seed participants. Federer and Nadal (just about) have made it into the fourth round, along with Djokovic. Questions remain about Djokovic’s ability to progress far in this year’s tournament due to injury.

Regular readers hoping to find betting offers specific to Wimbledon 2014 will share our frustration. Generally, bookies just aren’t running specials for it, rather choosing to focus on the football instead. We’ve gone through all of the bookies and found just two who are doing anything – Paddy Power and Ladbrokes. Not the strongest offer from Paddy Power either. If you make five bets of at least £5, PaddyPower.com will give you a free bet of £5. Runs all the way up to the 6th July, but each qualifying bet must be at odds at least 1/5. For punters putting down lots of small bets, this one could appeal.

Ladbrokes.com is a bit more interesting (but ends tonight, doh). Bet on any Mens or Womens outright winner, and if they come second Ladbrokes will refund your bet up to the value of £25. If you’re able to take advantage Murray’s form looks good right now.

EDIT: Betway.com have got in touch to bring it to our attention an offer they have for Wimbledon. Bet on any Men’s single game for outright winner, and if that player loses the game after having a two sets, Betway will refund your bet up to £25.  Best of the bunch now!

England Crash Out Of the World Cup But There Are Still Betting Opportunities

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Today the Guardian published research indicating that England’s early exit from the Brazil World Cup would cost the economy hundreds of millions of pounds. Going into the tournament, many of the betting websites offered longer odds on England to win the competition to entice new customers. Paddy Power even offered new customers 100/1 to get players to sign up with them; they must be pretty satisfied with that decision.  Despite this, clever punters bet with their minds and not their hearts so there is still value to be had.

Let’s not forget that there is still one England game to go versus Costa Rica. BetVictor.com have a promotion called ‘penalty payout’. If a penalty is scored at any moment during the game, the bookmaker will refund losing bets on selected markets including correct score, and first/last goalscorer up to the value of £25. There have been some soft penalties in the competition so far, but this special does rely on England being one of the two sides required to put away a penalty.

Across all games Unibet.com are running the promotion ‘injury time insurance’. It’s opt in so you must go their website and enter your username. If a goal is scored in injury time, Unibet are refunding losing bets in selected markets but to a high limit £100. Last night Unibet punters would have their bets refunded as Messi left it until the 91st minute before scoring to sink Iran.

The Brazil World Cup has been full of goals and has lacked draws. Following offering punters long odds on England, PaddyPower.com have gone for the next safest betting offer with refunds on 0-0 draws. Bets must be placed before kick off (understandably) and again there are limited markets that the offer applies to.

That’s about it for specials at the moment. It’s our understanding that bookies haven’t enjoyed the best World Cup. The lack of shock results, and the top players scoring in their respective games have meant punters have a relatively successful tournament so far.

Betting On The 2014 World Cup? This Is What You Need to Know

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The amount of advertisements for televisions, beer and BBQ food is ramping up which can only mean one thing – the 2014 World Cup is on the way. Something is different in the air this year though. This year there doesn’t seem to be the massive expectation that England will do well. Maybe this will lessen the pressure on the team allowing them to perform better. Despite this, betting sites certainly don’t think England will go far, with most offering odds at around 30/1 that England will win.

But if you’re going to bet on the World Cup this summer, what do you need to know?

Well firstly, if you do fancy England to go all the way then you need to bet with PaddyPower.com. New customers will get odds of 100/1 on Roy Hodgson’s men to win the tournament, where the maximum bet of £10 will return you a cool £1,000.  Great as a novelty bet, but Paddypower do have something also for existing customers too. If you bet £10 on the outright winner, then you’ll score yourself a free £5 bet for the opening game.

A safer bet may be the host nation, Brazil. SkyBet.com have a money back offer for both new and existing players. Place a minimum bet of £5 again in the outright winner market, and if Brazil go onto win the tournament, then they will refund your bet up to the value of £25. SkyBet.com have them down as the favourites at 3/1 so this is a cracking offer and much more likely to pay out than England (sorry!).

If you fancy a bet on the top goal scorer, then Ladbrokes.com will be your friend. You’ll need to get your bet down ahead of June 12th when the offer ends, but Ladbrokes are offering money back on winning team bets if either Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, or Suarez ends up being top goal scorer. This is available to both new and existing customers, and refunds are up to the value of £25. Unfortunately Suarez remains a doubt, with a knee injury so you’ll probably be relying on the other players to come good. Currently betting sites’ favourites for the goal scorer are Messi (8/1), Neymar (12/1) and Ronaldo (14/1) so this offer from Ladbrokes does look good.

We’re still waiting to hear what other betting sites are going to do for the World Cup. When we hear, we’ll update you. In the mean time, here are some more interesting ways that you can bet on the World Cup

  • Winning kit supplier – Bolyesports are taking bets on what brand of kit supplier will lift the cup. Will it be Adidas (10/11) or Nike (6/4)?
  • Penalties – Betfred are taking bets on England to be knocked out by Germany on penalties. Unlikely at 40/1 but the pain would not overcome the payout.
  • Change of plans - There has been much coverage of Brazil’s woeful preparations, but Paddy Power will take bets at 5/1 that the entire competition doesn’t even happen there!
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