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Louis van Gaal has been confirmed as new Manchester United boss, so what do the bookmakers think of his installation at Old Trafford? Online betting site Skybet have priced up Van Gaal at 11/8 to guide United to a piece of silverware in his first season in charge at the club.

There is a big summer ahead of course for Manchester United, who have a big transfer purse and need to badly overhaul their squad. While the appointment of Van Gaal has been announced, the Dutchman won’t take over until after the World Cup, where he is coaching Holland. So don’t expect the United spending spree to start until after that.

They look to be in the hunt for Seamus Coleman, Toni Kroos and Luke Shaw during the summer, all favourites to move to Old Trafford with SkyBet.

With David Moyes not lasting a full season in charge in his attempt to follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson, it is expected that the experienced Dutchman is going to be given more time than his predecessor, as Sky Bet are offering long odds of 3/1 that he won’t be in charge at the end of next season.

Manchester United are running at 11/2 to win the 2014/15 Premier League Title, and are up at 4/7 to land a top four finish which would see them back in the Champions League.

Paul Wiggins, Sky Bet’s Head of Football, said: “We’ve cut United’s title odds next season from as long as 7/1 during the end of Moyes’ reign to 11/2 when it became clear that van Gaal would be appointed, with the Dutchman odds-on for the post since shortly after we opened the market.

“Given van Gaal’s impressive CV, we’d have probably only shortened United’s outright odds further if Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola had been appointed.”

20th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News


Online betting site Skybet have moved Liverpool’s odds of winning the Premier League this season from 10/3 all the way out to 8/1 after the Reds capitulated at Selhurst Park on Monday evening. What a difference a week or so makes.

Before their home defeat against Chelsea, Liverpool were running as 1/6 odds on favourites to take the title this season. That loss though was tremendously costly as it swung ascendancy back to Manchester City, who beat Everton on the weekend.

So all that Liverpool could do on Monday evening was go to Crystal Palace and pick up three points to force Man City into winning their remaining two games. After racing out to a 3-0 lead after an hour, the Reds looked to be well in control, but then one of the biggest turnarounds of the season happened in a dramatic finish.

While they were running at 3-0 up, Skybet had Liverpool at 11/4 in-play to return to the top of the table. But the Eagles fought back, scoring three goals in the last eleven minutes to give the home side a share of the spoils, and to leave Liverpool’s title dreams in tatters. The Reds did return to the top of the pile, a point ahead of Man City, but with just one game remaining for the season, against Man City’s two.

It was a devastating blow for Liverpool’s title ambitions, as Brendan Rodgers was dismayed at how his defence fell apart again the Eagles, who had only scored two goals in their previous five home matches in the top flight.

Manchester City take on Aston Villa on Wednesday and could move back to the top with simply a draw because of a far superior goal difference to that of the Reds.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis had his odds cut to 8/13 to be named LMA Manager of the Year, replacing Brendan Rodgers (7/2) as favourite for the honour.

Paul Wiggins, Sky Bet’s Head of Football, said: “Liverpool fans will not enjoy the sight of the revised outright market as their odds are more than doubled.

“We saw a fair few bets on Palace to snatch a draw at triple-figure odds and we can only assume it was Liverpool fans fearing the worst, so at least they have some financial consolation for a result which will be tough to stomach.”

6th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Jose Mourinho

It was a massive defensive effort by Chelsea at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night, earning a 0-0 away draw in their UEFA Champions League semi final match up with Atletico Madrid. Looking ahead to odds for next week’s return leg on Wednesday 30th, Chelsea are trading as 5/4 favourites to win the game on home turf with online betting site Skybet.

It was a big performance at the back, notably from John Terry, who went off injured after accidentally having his foot trodden on by team mate David Luiz. The Blues also lost keeper Petr Cech early, who had to be replaced by Mark Schwarzer. With Atletico throwing long English balls into the box, it played into the hands of the Chelsea defence.

The Blues don’t give up a lot on home soil and now they are taking slight favouritism for the match at Stamford Bridge, with the draw at 9/4 and Atletico Madrid to win at 5/2.

How much of a different match will we see?

Chelsea were an attacking non-entity out in Spain, so you imagine that they will have to show a little more adventurous. Although in doing that, will they play more into the hands of the Spaniards, who are pushing for La Liga title, so are no slouches remember. If Chelsea open up, they could leave themselves prone to the likes of Diego Costa finding more space to work in.

But the spirit is clearly there in the Chelsea side, a good response after Mourinho lost his unbeaten Premier League home record with the Stamford Bridge side on the weekend, losing 2-1 against Sunderland. In having to deal with injuries and suspensions, the spirit and organisation that Chelsea sowed at the back was reminiscent of their run to becoming UEFA Champions League winners back in 2012, beating all the odds with decidedly average (and mostly defensive) performances.

Did Atletico miss their big chance on home soil?

They didn’t look that likely to break Chelsea down to be honest, and with the Blues being a strong home side, the Spaniards will have their work cut out. But Diego Simeone’s men always have the threat of landing a deadly away goal. In the To Qualify market, bookmakers are holding firm with Atletico Madrid as 8/11 favourites, with Chelsea at Even Money to move through.

In the outright winner market in UEFA Champions League betting, Chelsea are still outside shots at a price of 4/1, jointly alongside Atletico Madrid, because the winner of the tie will have to face either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in the final.

23rd April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News


Skybet, the sponsors of the opening race of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, are running a great horse racing promotion for their customers. The action all gets underway on March 11th at the Gloucestershire race course, as the best novice hurdlers in Britain and Ireland slog things out in one of the most popular races of the Festival.

The novices scene is packed with tremendous talent and gives punters the chance to look at potential future Gold Cup stars. It’s a big coup for trainers and owners to open the festival with a win, and for punters too, getting Cheltenham Festival betting off to a positive start. Everyone wants to grab some nice profit off that first run.

It’s the same on each day of the Festival, your day can be set up well by landing the winner in the first race and there is some great coverage being offered by online betting site Skybet for the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.

The betting site is running a Favorites Cashback offer, where is the favourite wins the first race on each day of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, then the bookmaker will refund losing stakes on that race as a free bet.

So it is an offer which provides great coverage throughout the Festival. New customers registering an account with Skybet can also get their hands on up to £30 worth of free bets as a welcome bonus.

10th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

There has been a tremendous amount of interest in the Supreme Novices, as there always is, because it kicks off the Cheltenham Festival and all punters want to get themselves off to a good start at Prestbury Park. Irving is trading as 5/2 favourite and headed up the 29 six-day declarations for the race. The favouritism for the Paul Nicholls-trained Irving was improved after an impressive win at Kempton on February 22nd, landing a five length win over Amore Alato.

Irving has landed four wins from four in hurdles, and has fired off two Grade 2 wins. After the win at the Dovecote, Irving was trimmed from 7/1 down 4/1 but has since shortened more. Back in February, Irving was still trailing the favouritism of the Willie Mullins-trained Grade 1 winner Vautour in the market. But that has shifted dramatically now, with Irving edging at 5/2 over Vautour 3/1.

Nicholls said that Irving has “All the speed in the world and will improve for better ground. Faster ground will also sharpen his jumping. He’s a proper horse.” Irving had been due to run in this season’s Betfair Hurdle but was left out after the heavy ground not suiting him. So he got the run out at Kempton in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle and impressed greatly against the novice company.

Vautour also took a win back in February, landing a first at Leopardstown in the Grade I Deloitte Novice Hurdle. Vautour beat out 9/4 race favourite The Tullow Tank by three lengths in the race, ridden by Ruby Walsh. That’s three wins and two second places over the hurdles now for the 5 year old in his career. He has pretty much held ground in 2014 Supreme Novices Hurdle betting odds.

Splash of Ginge, the Betfair Hurdle winner hasn’t tempted punters after his underdog win, still trading out at around the mark of 20/1 for the race. An impressive win for Wicklow Brave back in early February at Punchestown attracted punters, even though there were a couple of sloppy jumps in the race, his impressive speed still enough for bookmakers to slash his odds for the Supreme Novices, coming from as far out as 14/1 to a current 6/1 shot with sponsors Skybet

Nicky Henderson has Vanitex and Josses Hill in contention, while JP McManus will be represented by Gilgamboa. The Sky Bet Supreme Novices once again brings together the best novice hurdlers from Britain and Ireland, making for a fantastic curtain raiser to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.

2014 Supreme Novices Betting Odds at Skybet
Irving 5/2, Vautour 3/1, Wicklow Brave 13/2, Vaniteux 10/1, Gilgamboa 14/1, Josses Hill 14/1, Valseur Lido 14/1, bar 16/1

Online betting site Skybet are running a great promotion for your 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting. If the favourite wins the first race of each day of the Cheltenham Festival, then the bookmaker will refund losing stakes on that race as a free bet. Great coverage and new customers registering an account with up to £30 worth of free bets.

Supreme Novices Tip: Irving was so impressive in his win at the Dovecote, and his record speaks for itself. He’ll be surrounded by the kind of company that will just accentuate his form further and looks a strong favourite to kick off the festival with.

8th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks)

No sooner has one Super Bowl drawn to a close, the markets become active for the next one. With twelve months to go now until the next big showdown in the finale of the NFL season, bookmakers have been receiving heavy interest in who the winner of Super Bowl XLIX will be. Not too surprisingly, heading up the market is the Seattle Seahawks, who destroyed the favouritism of Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos on Sunday.

The Seahawks, with their immense defence have been posted at 6/1 to roll up and retain their Super Bowl title next year. It’s not something that happens very often, the last team to do that were the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005. So will the Seahawks be back at the Super Bowl in a year’s time, the showcase match being hosted at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona?

Trading as second favourites behind the reigning Champions are the San Francisco 49ers and the Broncos, both at 7/1 with Skybet. The New England Patriots then come in at 9/1 and then begins the gap to the chasing pack, with the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints both coming in at around 16/1 to win Super Bowl XLIX.

In the Conference Winner Markets, over in the AFC, not surprisingly the Denver Broncos do take favouritism at odds of 3/1, with the New England Patriots close on their tails at 4/1. Over in the NFC, the Seahawks are overwhelming favorites, being posted at a price of 7/2 with the 49ers behind them to take top spot in the conference at odds of 4/1.

The NFL action doesn’t start again until the late Autumn this year, so you are looking at long ante post bets at the moment. But in between, the calendar year is packed with some great betting action, and Skybet are giving their customers the chance to get a free £5 bet every week. Receive a free bet every week from Skybet, just by placing a £5 ACCA on any sport with odds of 5/1 or higher.

5th February 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Bet Victor

Two betting sites have now pencilled in Chelsea as being the odds on favourites to capture the signature of Southampton left back Luke Shaw before the close of the January Transfer window. There have been rumours that the Blues were going to make a move for him.

This season, Ashley Cole has lost his starting place to Cesar Azpilicueta, but with Jose Mourinho reportedly ready to hand Cole a new 12 month contract, is there room for Shaw to be accommodated.

Both online betting sites Skybet and Betvictor have trimmed their odds on the 18 year old making the move to Stamford Bridge before the end of January to 8/13 and 2/5 respectively.

The move has been tipped to happen and the number which has been thrown around is £30 million, but some reports say that is the figure that the player quoted himself to friends. Shaw is a Chelsea fan apparently from boyhood and that has given weight to the Blues being the ones to capture the highly-touted defender from Southampton.

Manchester City’s name has been thrown in the mix as well, but the bookmakers seem so confident that Shaw won’t end up there by February 1st, that the Citizens are trading at a price of 25/1 to sign Shaw in the January Transfer window. Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have also reportedly been keen to sign Shaw too.

The departure of chairman Nicola Cortese from St Marys sparked high transfer talk of one of their most promising young players. This one though may be worth considering for a longer term bet and simply backing Chelsea to be Shaw’s next club rather than expecting anything to rush through during the final days of January. If Cole is going to be handed a new deal, then there would be no real need to rush to sign Shaw in January.

24th January 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Football News

Will Juan Mata still be at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea come the end of the January transfer window? The bookmakers have been leaning heavily towards the out of favour Spaniard being let go before the close of the month, so have they got it right? Chelsea’s 2012/13 player of the year has found himself resigned to the sidelines this season since the return of Jose Mourinho to the club.

The rumours have been growing stronger that the club would be prepared to sell him, even to Manchester United, even though the Red Devils won’t even entertain the idea of sending Wayne Rooney to a main rival in the English top flight.

There has been a lot of transfer speculation about Mata all season and foreign interest from Napoli and Paris St Germain has been well reported. But in some odds movement at online betting site Skybet this week, it made the probability of Mata heading out of Stamford Bridge (for a reported £37 million or more) even more of a reality. Will he really be trotting off to Old Trafford though?

Juan Mata is priced at 4/7 to leave Chelsea before the end of January at online betting site Skybet. In the bookmaker’s Juan Mata Next Club market, the price on Manchester United being the ones to capture him, was trimmed from 11/2 on Monday down to 4/7. Back at the turn of the new year, punters could have taken odds of 25/1 that Mata would be signing for Manchester United.

Sky Bet football trader Joe Petyt said: “We’d seen a few bets at big prices over the last month or so but on Sunday night the types of bets we were taking changed.

“We saw a few maximum bets at 11/2 and ever since customers have been taking whatever price we put up.

“He’s now just 4/7 but that still hasn’t put people off getting as much as they can on the move going through.”

But really, would Chelsea allow Mata to go to a Premier League rival? In his past tenure at Chelsea, Mourinho rejected any moves of shipping his players out to any rivals, and that may be a big stumbling block for Manchester United’s supposed desires. Some are questioning just how Mata would even fit into the picture at Old Trafford and are guessing that David Moyes may be panic buying just to appease the restless United fans, especially after losing 3-1 at Stamford Bridge recently against the Blues.

Mata’s strenght is playing centrally behind the main striker, but that is the very role in which Wayne Rooney performs for the Red Devils, and he has been United’s best player this season by a country mile, doing that job. So with Mata not a wide player, how would Moyes fit him in, or does the United boss have bigger plans such as changing up his entire system of two wide players and a support player behind a main striker?

Does a Mata move to Old Trafford seem viable? He is around 2/1 to remain with Chelsea at the close of the January transfer window.

22nd January 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News


The talk has been there. Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini and Vincent Kompany have been talking up the possibility of a quadruple title. With them firing on all cylinders in the Premier League at the moment, they are favourites there to grab the title, they are also on the threshold of the League Cup final and also running as favourites for the FA Cup. While those are feasible targets, the biggest stumbling block to a potential quadruple for Manchester City will be the UEFA Champions League.

The Citizens made the knockout stage for the first time in their history this term, but can they go all the way past the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona to get the title? It would take something of a heroic effort there from them to achieve that.

Online betting site Skybet have a Man City quadruple bet trading at a price of 80/1 so you can see how much of a stretch it is perceived to be. City clearly have the talented squad to power their way to success, but you can’t account for things like luck and refereeing decisions along the way anywhere.

A realistic double for them of the Premier League and Capital One Cup is up at 3/2, while seeing the Citizens win just the two domestic trophies of the FA Cup and League Cup is priced at 4/1. A Premier League and FA Cup double for Pellegrini’s men is trading at a price of 6/1. Prices really start to drift in the trophy multiples when the Champions League starts to get factored into things.

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18th January 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting


Online betting site Skybet are split over the way that the next Ashes duel will go. England and Australia will next meet up in 2015, on English soil and both nations can be taken at a price of 5/4 to win the series, with a draw trading at 4/1 with the bookmaker.

Despite England’s humiliating 5-0 whitewash in Australia, in which Alastair Cook’s men were simply blown out of the water, mainly by the bowling exploits of Mitchell Johnson, will England step up to the plate again back on home soil?

Naturally there is expected to be some major fall out concerning the weight of England’s surrendering of the Urn recently. Some of their senior players came in for the most scrutiny, with Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson and captain Cook all notably underperforming. England looked a dejected and lost cause throughout most of the five Tests.

So England will likely be rebuilding and there are some interesting markets around to which way the selectors may go for the next Ashes Series. Pietersen and Anderson look to be the two names at the top of the pile who may not make it to the next Ashes series in 2015. The lack of threat from the spin of Monty Panesar will also see him likely on the sidelines as England may slowly turn to newer faces and trust in the future of the likes of Scott Borthwick, Joe Root and Jos Buttler.

Sky Bet trader Tom Warburton said: “Australia’s bowling unit is going from strength to strength, key players with huge potential were missing from the 5-0 romp, whilst England’s attack – heavily dependent on Anderson – is ageing and not showing the same potential.

“This could be key going into the 2015 series.”

8th January 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

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