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Euro 2016 Betting

It has been a tremendously encouraging start from all of the home nations involved in Euro 2016 qualification this season. With England on cruise control in their group having won their opening three matches, that level of performance has been matched only by Northern Ireland, who have made their best ever start to a qualification campaign.

Michael O’Neill’s men are now on course to make it to the European Championship finals for the first time in their history after beating Greece 2-0 on the road to make it three wins from three. It has been some hugely unexpected form from Northern Ireland, those being their only three wins in their last 21 matches. Northern Ireland are now 6/1 from 12/1 to win their group and are 5/4 to qualify for the finals.

Scotland continued their strong start to qualification as well. After losing their opener narrow in Germany, they have responded with a win over Georgia and a fantastic point out in Poland. It has left Scotland three points adrift of group leaders Ireland, but are still well in the qualification hunt. Scotland boss Gordon Strachan said that next month’s clash between Scotland and Ireland at Hampden Park will have a massive bearing on qualification. Scotland are 13/10 favourites for that match,with Ireland at 2/1.

The Irish rescued a point away in Germany thanks a John O’Shea injury time equaliser against the World Champions, a valuable point after winning their opening two matches. Germany are still 1/4 favourites to win the group involving Scotland and Ireland. Scotland are 2/1 with William Hill to reach Euro 2016 and 4/11 to fall short in what is looking like an intense campaign. Ireland are 4/5 to reach France 2016.

With Wales also getting in on the party with two wins and a draw from their opening three qualification matches, things are looking pretty rosy for the four UK Teams and Ireland. William Hill are offering 13/8 that three of the five make it through to the finals, while quote 33/1 on all five of them to make it through and 150/1 that they all miss out.

Hill’s spokesman Rupert Adams said: “The more the merrier for us – if all five made it to the finals, we would almost certainly see record turnover.”

15th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

England took a stroll over San Marino on Thursday night in Euro 2016 qualification and they are likely to make it nine qualification points from nine on Sunday when they head to Estonia. Their group is looking so uncompetitive that punters are heading to back the Three Lions at 4/5 to reach France 2016 without suffering a defeat, a price which is on offer at online betting site Coral.

With an opening win over Switzerland, mooted to be their toughest group opponents, but a nation who have lost their opening two matches now, just sends more supremacy towards England with games against Lithuania and Slovenia to come before the halfway stage of qualification. Coral are also going with 7-1 that England will post wins in each of their remaining fixtures as well.

Estonia, who opened with a shock win over Slovenia  are 11-1 to shock England on Sunday, with the Three Lions at 1-4 to maintain their perfect start, while Hodgson’s side are available at 14-1 to win Euro 2016 and 1-5 to finish top of Group E.

Skipper Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot against San Marino on Thursday, taking the Manchester United man’s international goal tally to 42, just seven behind 49-goal leading hitman Sir Bobby Charlton. Online bookmaker Bet365 make Rooney 1-12 to overhaul Charlton by reaching at least 50 goals and he is 6-1 to fall short of the half-century.

England have eight matches remaining in the qualification process for Euro 2016, and Rooney is 5-6 with online bookmaker bet365 to finish the qualification  campaign with at least seven goals, the same price for six or fewer.

11th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

England v Estonia Betting Preview

A quick turn around in  matches, but it shouldn’t be anything to trouble the Three Lions at all. With six points from six in their opening two Euro 2016 qualification matches, it should be plain sailing for them to bank top spot in their group. It is turning out to be a very non-competitive group, and England have another chance to confirm this, running as 1/4 odds on favourites for the victory away from home.

England v Estonia Betting Tips

England put a routine and comfortable 5-0 win on the board against San Marino on Thursday night, without really breaking a sweat. Frankly the goal tally should have been more. England really aren’t having to stretch themselves in the group at all, after opening with a win over what was deemed to be their toughest rivals Switzerland. England now have a chance to make it nine points from nine and should cruise towards top spot in the group, especially with the Swiss losing their second match, a shock defeat in Slovenia during the week.

You can’t take anything away from the performance against San Marino from England, there wasn’t a need to raise the game at all against the minnows. In the anytime goalscorer market for this one, Wayne Rooney is a 4/7 shot, with Danny Welbeck, who has now scored seven goals in his last eight matches for club and country, trading at 4/5 value.

England have gone up against Estonia in two previous matches, which were part of Euro 2008 qualification. After opening with a 3-0 win in Tallinn, the Three Lions repeated the scoreline back on home turf. There’s a trend for you and an England 3-0 correct score for Sunday at a price of 6/1, just out a one mark beyond an England 2-0 result at 5/1.

England have now gone six hours and five minutes without conceding a goal, which should send you towards the value of 10/11 on England to win to nil at online betting site Skybet. England were patient against San Marino, and this game will probably follow much the same pattern.

Estonia have posted a win and a loss in their opening two Euro 2016 qualifying matches so far. They have scored one goal and conceded one goal in that sequence. They did open with a victory over Slovenia, but then went and lost during the week in Lithuania. Even though they have posted a W2 D2 L2 record in their last six now, their two wins came against Tajikistan (2-1) and Gibraltar (2-0) which doesn’t make them big threats.

Their two defeats in that stretch of games have both come in their last three matches played. They really aren’t a threat, they may sit back and give England something to try and break down, but that’s about it.

England v Estonia Betting Odds

England 1/4, Draw 9/2, Estonia 11/1

England v Estonia Predictions

This is as winnable of a match as the game against San Marino was. It probably just won’t be by as big of a scoreline. England are good enough to win this to nil as they haven’t conceded a goal in six hours and five minutes of play now. Hodgdon would be happy with a 2-0 Correct Score outcome in a stress free night where all is needed is a professional performance.

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10th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

England v San Marino Betting Preview

The perfect chance for England to make it maximum points from their opening two Euro 2016 qualification matches. They put in a solid, professional shift in their opener for a 2-0 win in Switzerland, and now get to face the joint lowest-ranked side in the entire world on home turf. This is a goal-difference boosting game and nothing else.

The goals should come for England, so it will be worth following this game with live in-running betting at online bookmaker Bet365. That should provide plenty of value in markets like the next goalscorer and correct score, while the game is on-going. New customers registering an account with online bookmaker Bet365 can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus, and when your first bet is placed with them via a mobile/tablet then you can get a free £50 bet thanks to their On The Move Promotion.

England v San Marino Betting Tips

The performance out in Switzerland, in what was deemed to be their toughest match of Group E was accomplished and professional, and England made the perfect start. So it is all plain sailing for the Three Lions now until they meet up against Switzerland back in London in September next year. The Three Lions will have another three points in the bag on Thursday night and they will be cruising towards France 2016. You are going to avoid the outright market in this one, with such a huge discrepancy in odds between the two, and there aren’t going to be any shocks or upset here. You are only really going to be looking at the score and goalscorer markets for some value in this one, along with perhaps the handicaps.

This will be the fifth match between the two, and England won all the four previous encounters. The Three Lions, across those matches against San Marino, have returned 26 goals and conceded just the one. They were paired up in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, and England won by a somewhat disappointing 5-0 scoreline at home before triumphing 8-0 on the road. Both of England’s home games against San Marino have been 2-0 at half time incidentally. In the Correct Score market, you should be looking around the 5-0, 6-0, 7-0 margin of victory which are all around the 6/1 mark at online betting site Bet365.

England have only named three strikers for their matches against San Marino and Estonia, which means that there is great value in the First Goalscorer market by looking at either Wayne Rooney (2/1) or England’s man of the hour against Switzerland, Danny Welbeck, who is a 3/1 quote shot along with Rickie Lambert. Raheem Sterling is quote at 9/2 with Bet365. It is more than likely that England will win with a clean sheet as San Marino have managed one goal in their last thirteen internationals. The minnows have only ever recorded one international victory as well, a friendly against Liechtenstein back in April of 2014. That victory along with draws against Turkey, Latvia and against Liechtenstein have been the only times that San Marino have ever avoided defeat in international matches.

England v San Marino Betting Odds

England 1/100, Draw 18/1 San Marino 66/1

England v San Marino Predictions

The visitors are ranked jointly alongside side Bhutan at the bottom of the FIFA World Rankings. Clearly not a threat then, and England should cruise this like a practice match. Look for goals to flow and it could be a good option at 8/11 with Bet365 to back the second half to be the highest scoring half, as it has been in three of the four previous meetings.

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6th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Roy Hodgson

After taking a 2-0 win over Switzerland, their toughest challenger in Group E of Euro 2016 qualifying, England will be looking to make it nine points from nine during the next round of matches. The Three Lions host San Marino October 9th, before heading out to face Estonia on the 12th.

Roy Hodgson has called up just three strikers for the game, with Southampton full back Nathaniel Clyne and Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey coming to the squad. Calum Chambers has moved down to the U21’s as they face a playoff tie against Croatia.

Swansea midfielder Shelvey is quoted at 4-1 to start either qualifier and with these looking routine matches for England to win, online bookmaker Bet365 have quoted the Three Lions at 13/8 to score at least ten goals across the two matches. William Hill are at 5/6 for England to fail to reach double figures.

With Daniel Sturridge not back to full fitness and being left out of the squad, Danny Welbeck is the man of the moment and he will lead the charge for goals. The Arsenal man is 6-4 to be England’s top scorer in the double-header with captain Wayne Rooney next in the list at 2-1 from 5-1 shot Raheem Sterling.

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, Joe Hart

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, John Stone

Midfielders: Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere

Forwards: Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck.

5th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting


There is a huge price enhancement available on the Three Lions as they head into their Euro 2016 qualifying opening match against Switzerland on Monday. It is the start of the Euro 2016 qualifiers and while England should comfortably make the finals, they have a lot to do to try and win over the support of the fans again. A nice price boost on an England win should keep England fans happy.

England 5/1 to beat Switzerland

This is tremendous football betting promotion from Sportingbet and the huge price boost of 5/1, considering that England are 15/8 underdogs to win the match in Basel, can be snapped up by new customers with the online bookmaker.

Open an account with Sportingbet and then place a qualifying bet on England to beat Switzerland at the regular price of 15/8. If England churn out the win, like they did the last time they played out there during the Euro 2012 qualifiers, then the bookmaker will adjust your winnings to reflect odds of 5/1.

But what if England lose? Well online betting site Sportingbet still have you covered, because if 6/4 favourites for the match Switzerland produce the home win, then Sportingbet will refund losing stakes on England to win as a free bet bonus. So new customers with the highly popular bookmaker can’t lose with this deal.

6th September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Euro 2016 Betting

England v Switzerland Betting Preview

England fans will probably be a bit nervous about this one after watching the Three Lions bore their way uninspired through a 1-0 win over Denmark in preparation. The bookmakers have pencil Roy Hodgson’s mediocre men in as 9/5 underdogs for the game, as it could be the enterprising young Swiss side, who impressed at the 2014 World Cup, who take early control of the qualifying group.

Online betting site Stan James have Switzerland at 8/5 and the bookmaker is giving away free £5 bets. Place a £5 treble on the over/under 2.5 goals market for on any of Sunday’s Euro 2016 matches and they will give you a free £5 bet to use on Monday, win or lose. New customers registering an account with Stan James can get a free £10 bet as a welcome bonus too.

England v Switzerland Betting Tips

Well England failed to impress under the leadership of Wayne Rooney as they needed a spot kick to beat Norway in a friendly on Wednesday night. Rooney was trying way too hard, and while Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling showed the most promise, it was another dour 4-4-2 performance by and large from Hodgson’s men. Rooney, who is closing in on England’s all time goalscoring record is a 2/1 shot in the anytime goalscorer market, with the far more impressive Sturridge at 9/5 with online betting site Stan James.

There are problems in midfield for England, as they look very short of quality in there, and they will get a much tougher test against the Swiss side. The Three Lions really need to stick with the three in midfield that they tested out later in the game against Norway. England to have a massive head to head lead over the Swiss, 14-3 in fact and the last time they met was in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, with England taking a 3-1 win in Basel and then holding on for a 2-2 draw back at Wembley. The last time England lost to the Swiss was back in 1981 in a World Cup qualifying match.

But England be warned, the Swiss are a good side at the moment, confirmed by their performances at Brazil 2014. While they lost 5-2 against France in the group stage, they never stopped working and pushing forward, and they almost had the better of Argentina in the round of sixteen, going down 1-0. They will go straight into the game with England following that extra time lost in Sao Paulo against the Argentineans, not having played a warm up.

There’s great quality through the Swiss side, particularly in the influential Xherdan Shaqiri. The one question mark over them would be the lack of international goals in the side. Their three strikers called up have just seven goals between them from 54 combined appearances. At the end of the day, both of these should qualifying for Euro 2016 and given the circumstances, would expect the game to go under 2.5 goals. Switzerland are unbeaten in their last nine home matches, and England will probably take somewhat of a defensive approach.

England v Switzerland Betting Odds

Switzerland 8/5, England 7/4, Draw 11/5

England v Switzerland Predictions

The Swiss at the moment look to be a far more balanced and enterprising side than England. However, they don’t score a lot of goals, but they are a very young, up and coming side. A good test for both of these and England have to be under threat on the road. Would expect goals to be at a premium on the night, both probably being happy enough with an opening draw. The best value looks to be in the draw at 11/5.

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5th September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Football Betting

England v Norway Betting Preview

Time for England to get their act together as they warm up ahead of their Euro 2016 qualification opener against Switzerland next week. The disappointing World Cup campaign has to be quickly put behind them as Roy Hodgson tries to take England forward, the Three Lions now under the captaincy of Wayne Rooney.

England are running as heavy odds on favourites for the win at online betting site Paddy Power who are running a pick your own Money Back Special for England v Norway betting. Choose from either Sterling scoring at anytime, Sturridge scoring first, a drawn match or a goal in the last five minutes, and if your money back selection is triggered, you will get lost stakes refund on the first goalscorer, last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast markets.

England v Norway Betting Tips

Roy Hodgson has lost Danny Welbeck and Newcastle’s Jack Colback for the game, both missing out through minor injuries. Hodgson has called up the uncapped Calum Chambers, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph, but has already stated that none of them will be getting a start on Wednesday, which is probably wise as England have to use this for confidence and find a settled side ahead of facing Switzerland. At least there is some good young talent making up the squad now though, but this is not the time for experimentation.

England are expected to play this one though in front of the lowest attendance at the new Wembley for an international. The fallout from their World Cup campaign has scarred them and embittered England fans. New captain Rooney will be leading them out and he is priced at even money in the anytime goalscorer market from Paddy Power alongside Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge. It will be the first time that England have hosted Norway in London for around 20 years, and the head to head between the two sides stands at P11 W6 D3 L2 in England’s favour.

Norway will open their Euro 2016 qualifying against Italy on September 9th, so will want to get themselves in top shape as well. They missed out on the 2014 World Cup after finishing behind Switzerland, Iceland and Slovenia in their qualifying group, scoring just ten goals in ten games.  Like England, they are a pretty young squad, with Tarik Elyounoussi the biggest threat up front at a price of 3/1 in the anytime goalscorer market. Norway have failed to score in their last three meetings against England now, and England have scored just the one, in a 1-0 victory the last time they met in May 2012. So probably worth considering going under 2.5 goals for this one for a price of 10/11.

England v Norway Betting Odds

England 4/9, Draw 16/5, Norway 6/1

England v Norway Predictions

Maybe it will be a good test of England’s ability to break down a solid side. Norway aren’t going to offer too much going forward at all, nothing for England to be worried about. Can England find that cutting edge going forward, that edge which was missing at the World Cup? Look for pace to decide things and Sturridge or Sterling look good goal scoring options. Other than than, back the game to go under 2.5 goals.

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2nd September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Football Betting

Online betting site Skybet have put Wayne Rooney as odds-on favourite to take over the England captaincy following the retirement of Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool midfielder has decided to step down after a less than impressive campaign at Brazil 2014 and now the baton has to be passed on by boss Roy Hodgson ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers later in the year.

It’s been a bit of a turnaround then for Rooney, because there were big calls for him to be dropped from the starting eleven during the World Cup. The 28 year old again failed to light things up on the World Stage but with the experience that he brings to the relatively young England squad, he is naturally the one that Hodgson is most likely to gravitate towards.

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill perhaps makes a surprise second favourite at a price of 16/5 with Skybet, but with the centre half growing in stature and likely to be permanent fixture at the back as England drive forward, he wouldn’t be a bad choice. He comes in ahead of Manchester City keeper Joe Hart at a price of 6/1.

Sky Bet’s Dale Tempest said: “Wayne Rooney is the obvious choice for Roy Hodgson to make, but Cahill is the biggest loser in our book, so it’s clear who our punters reckon should get the armband.

“Evan Hart has attracted more stakes than Rooney, but we’re unconvinced that Hodgson will spring a surprise by overlooking the forward, he’s our favourite.”

England will take on Switzerland in their next competitive match, their opener in Euro 2016 qualification. Rooney is 4/11 favourite to be captain for that, and online betting site Paddy Power have a 1/2 price on the next captain to outlast Gerrard’s reign with the armband.

23rd July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting


Well, it is now a ten match winless streak for England captain Alastair Cook. He is having massive struggles with the bat as well, now without a century in 27 innings, and so his confidence looks low as his side slumped to a 95 run defeat in the Second Test against India on the weekend, putting the hosts 1-0 down in the five match series.

The victory was India’s first on the road since back in 2011, a run of 15 matches, and naturally the calls for Cook to step down are mounting all the time. The Skipper is under huge pressure now as the action turns to Hampshire on Sunday for the start of the Third Test. But is the middle of a Test series the right time to ruffle feathers in sacking the captain?

Cook was in a defiant mood after the defeat in the second Test and online betting site Skybet suggest that he will, more likely than not, still be England captain for the start of the next match as they have him at 1/25 to be in position for the Third Test at the Ageas Bowl and 9/1 not to be leading the side there.

Sky Bet cricket trader Damon Blezard said: “The pressure is certainly mounting on Alastair Cook and, while he’ll almost certainly be in charge for the Third Test, he desperately needs some runs to ease the calls for his head.”

Sky Bet have also released a market on who may succeed Cook if he does step down from the role and make Ian Bell the 2/1 favourite from Stuart Broad (11/4) and Joe Root (100/30).

Eoin Morgan is a 5/1 shot at Skybet, while it’s a 66/1 shot on Kevin Pietersen making a shock return to the England captaincy.


22nd July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

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