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Spurs were the big stars of the second weekend of Premier League action as they took a 4-0 win over QPR at White Hart Lane. The reaction to that from online betting site Skybet was to cut Tottenham to 40/1 to land the big prize this season, as Mauricio Pochettino’s men are the early season leaders. They sit top of the pile on goal difference over Chelsea, but Spurs are still a big outside shot to remain there at the end of the season. Skybet also trimmed Tottenham’s odds to 3/1 though for a top four finish.

Manchester United went the other way in top four betting, as the Red Devils drifted out to 10/11. With just one point from two matches so far this season, Manchester United have all been moved out, quite a way it has to be said, in the Premier League winner betting market at Skybet. They are now 12/1 shots having been 9/1 ahead of Sunday’s match against Sunderland.

Things were looking on the up when Juan Mata scored the opening goal of the game against the run of play, to settle the Red Devils at Old Trafford, but they couldn’t hold on to their lead, and Jack Rodwell struck an equalizer for the Black Cats, with his first goal for the club.

Chelsea still head up the Premier League winner market at a price of 11/10 with Skybet following wins over Burnley and Leicester, while Manchester City and Arsenal follow the Blues at 12/5 and 13.2 respectively, with Liverpool up at 12/1 before their Monday night trip to the Etihad to face Man City.

25th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Football News

It was an interesting opening weekend in the Premier League across Saturday and Sunday, and even before Burnley managed to get their season off to a start, as they wait to face Chelsea at Turf Moor on Monday night, online betting site Skybet had left the Clarets at 4/7 to be relegated, the only side trading at an odds on price in Premier League relegation betting.

One of the other main contenders in the Premier League relegation betting market, QPR, suffered a home defeat out of the blocks. They just couldn’t find a way to break down Hull at Loftus Road, in a what was a disappointing 1-0 defeat for them on their return to the top flight. That is the kind of game in which they need to be taking points from. Skybet had moved QPR into a price of 7/4 to go back to the Championship on Sunday.

Being drawn into a price of 7/4 alongside QPR was Crystal Palace. They failed to put a point on the board as they lost 2-1 at Arsenal, despite showing some battling qualities. They looked as if they had done enough to secure a point, but conceded in injury time at the end of the game to lose. The Eagles looked seriously short of quality in the final third though.

Of the three newly promoted clubs, Leicester did the best as they earned a point in a 2-2 draw at home against Everton at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes will be pleased with their work, and look as if they can more than sustain themselves in the top flight this season, and there should be enough points on offer for them at home to stay up. Skybet eased the Foxes out to 3/1 in the relegation market, and pushed Everton out to a price of 8/1 for a top four finish.

Premier League relegation odds at Skybet
Burnley 4/7, QPR 7/4, Crystal Palace 7/4, West Brom 5/2, Leicester 3/1, West Ham 7/2, Aston Villa 4/1, Hull 9/2

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18th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Football News

The first home defeat ever in the league for Manchester United against Swansea. That wasn’t supposed to be the story floating around after the opening weekend of the Premier League. With all of the new optimism around following the arrival of Louis van Gaal and a decent pre-season, everything came crashing down as the Red Devils were rolled over 2-1 in their own back yard.

It was easy to draw comparisons with the problems that they had last season, when they lost an unheard-of seven home games in the top flight. It was all roses before kick off, Van Gaal getting rapturous applause ahead of his first competitive home game, but it quickly turned sour as United put in a disjointed, disappointing and lacklustre display.

Ahead of the new season, punters had been flooding to back United in their title challenge, the giants expected to rise again under Van Gaal and no extra games to take their toil in Europe this season. The Red Devils had been running at a decent 9/2 shot to be crowned English Champions again, but online betting site Skybet were quick to move them out to a price of 8/1 after the poor performance and result.

Manchester United are still trading as fourth favourites in Premier League betting, ahead of them Arsenal being drawn into 9/2 and Liverpool closing the gap a point into 10/1 now from 11/1.

Liverpool struggled to see off a Southampton side who performed head and shoulders above what anyone had expected of them at Anfield. A late goal by Daniel Sturridge sealed three points for the Reds. It was a late goal from Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal at home against Crystal Palace that saw the Gunners pick up three points too. Manchester City are holding ground as second favourites in Premier League betting, and they looked the most consign of the title challengers as they took a 2-0 win at Newcastle.

With unconvincing performances from United, Arsenal and Liverpool though, it has left  Chelsea hardening at the head of the market at price of 7/4 ahead of their opening fixture against Burnley on Monday.

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18th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Football News

Already we have seen a Premier League managerial casualty, just ahead of the start of the new season. Even before a ball was kicked in anger this season, Tony Pulis and Crystal Palace parted company as turmoil blew up at Selhurst Park from out of nowhere. Everyone was looking over at Upton Park to see when West Ham would give Sam Allardyce the boot, but Pulis got in there first.

Amid disputes over the lack of a concise plan going forward for Palace, Pulis had enough and walked away. That will be a huge blow for the Eagles, as it was Pulis who remarkably turned around Crystal Palace’s season after they had looked certain candidates for relegation. Pulis got them out of the mire and ended up booking then an 11th place finish, their highest in a Premier League season.

So who will follow on from Pulis, in what isn’t going to be an easy job? There was plenty of movement on Friday in the next Crystal Palace manager betting market, and it seemed to come down to a duel between former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood and Malky Mackay. Sherwood had already turned down a job to be the next West Brom boss apparently, and with Palace just about in the same boat as the Baggies, then why would Sherwood take on the same kind of challenge?

Ex Cardiff boss Malky Mackay seems to be keen to move into the Selhurst Park hotseat, and with the start of the new season here, the Eagles may not dilly-dally too long in finding a replacement for Pulis. Mackay is even money favourite at Skybet to get the job, with Sherwood priced up at 2/1.

The position does look more of a fit for Mackay to be honest and the early betting movement is all about those two. To add weight to the favouritism of Mackay being the man, he worked with Palace’s sporting director Iain Moody at Watford and Cardiff, and he knows Eagles chairman Steve Parish well too. The next genuine contender according to the bookies is Neil Lennon who is a massive 11/1 shot.

16th August 2014 / Lee - Category: Football News

Football News

Already the knives appear to be out for Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. He has been backed heavily to be the first man out of job in the Premier League this season. The Villa boss has been cut heavily from 10/1 to 7/1 with online betting site Skybet, but he is still a long way back of the unsettled Sam Allardyce at West Ham. Big Sam is trading as 11/8 favourite.

Aston Villa are a tempting shot at 3/1 to suffer relegation this season, and their fight could be bigger if they can’t hold on to the impressive Ron Vlaar, who is their captain. The Dutch international has been linked with a move away to Serie A this week.

New West Brom manager Alan Irvine is an immediate 9/1 shot to be the first to get the boot from his job next season, while Ronald Koeman has to be at big risk in amidst the Southampton fire sale. That’s a big job for the Dutchman on the South Coast to try and deal with all of the losses that the club have suffered. He is 10/1 to be the first Premier League manager to go, the same price as QPR boss Harry Redknapp. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is an 11/1 shot.

7th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

It is a story of romanticism, that Didier Drogba has returned to Chelsea, the club which he fired to success and which is his footballing spiritual home. For so many years Drogba was Chelsea, their leader, their talisman that it was a heart-wrenching divorce for fans when he left. But the big man is back and online betting site Skybet have come up with some interesting market to enjoy some Didier Drogba betting on.

But first of all, it is important to understand, that because of Diego Costa, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku at the club, Drogba’s role isn’t going to be that big of one. You can see him mostly getting League and FA Cup matches, and some time out in away games in Europe. But in trusting him to lead the line week-in, week-out in the Premier League, it isn’t going to happen.

Online betting site Skybet have priced him up as a 5/6 shot to go over/under 7.5 league goals for the season and most action that he will see there will probably be off the bench. He isn’t going to come back and fire off a twenty-goal season for the Blues in the Premier League, that is unreasonable to expect from the 36 year old. He is simply there for back up support.

Skybet have priced up some debut specials for him though, as Drogba is 6/4 to score on his competitive debut, and 10/1 to score a brace on his first match back with the Blues. Drogba is 50/1 to score a hat trick on his competitive debut. There is also a Win Special market for punters to enjoy on Drogba as well, for the man who scored so many vital, big goals for the Blues.

Drogba is 7/2 to score in a major cup final 2014/15 and is a 16/1 shot to score in the 2015 Champions League final. His last goal for Chelsea of course was that Champions League winning spot kick against Bayern Munich and Drogba is 66/1 with Skybet to score a penalty shoot out in the Champions League final again.

28th July 2014 / Lee - 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


The bet was a long time coming, but one lucky punter’s patience paid off to the tune of £83,000 as they landed an accumulator bet victory as Germany won the 2014 World Cup. So at the final whistle of extra time at the Maracana last Sunday, one punter would have been celebrating Germany’s World Cup win more than most.

It took an extra time winner, and a special one at that, from Mario Gotze to see off Argentina in the final, and that German triumph sealed the fifth and final leg of a £100 five-fold accumulator.

The ante post acca was placed last August at Skybet, and it included Wolves to be promoted from Sky Bet League 1, QPR to be promoted from the Sky Bet Championship, Manchester City to win the Premier League and Real Madrid to win the Champions League.

Sky Bet football trader Marc Hodges said: “With the first four legs of the acca all winners back in May it has been a long wait but a worthwhile one for this lucky customer.

“He backed German to lift the trophy back in August and will no doubt been cheering home Gotze’s extra-time winner.”


17th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


Australia’s Adam Scott will be hoping to land his second career Major when he hits Hoylake this week for the Open Championship. He is naturally going to have some heavy backing and he is trading as 16/1 joint second favourite alongside Henrik Stenson. England’s Justin Rose is running as outright 14/1 favourite with online betting site Skybet.

Scott has consistently been one of the best performers around over the last four years when it comes to the Majors. Of the previous fourteen Major tournaments which he has entered, he has carded an incredible eight top ten finishes. Scott is trading as a 6/4 shot to land a top four finish at Royal Liverpool this week.

If anyone, given his recent history in the chase for the Claret Jug is anything to go by, is trending towards The Open title, then it is Scott. He finished second in 2012 and then took a share of third last year. So he is likely to go close on the links again and he just seems to be unfazed by anyone. For all of his great challenges, Scott has just the one Major to his name so far, that being the 2013 Masters when he beat Angel Cabrera in a play off.

It was a play off at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial that rewarded Scott with his only title on the PGA Tour this year. Since then, he landed a T4 at the Memorial and then a T9 at the US Open so nothing wrong with his current form. He has been resting up since the US Open, so he should be fresh and you know that you are going to get methodical accuracy and focus from the Aussie, so Adam Scott odds to win the Open Championship are tempting.

Online betting site Skybet have a great promotion running for 2014 Open Championship golf betting. Place a bet on the outright winner market and if your selection is leading after day three’s action but then fails to go on and win the event, then Skybet will refund your lost stake as a free bet refund up to £25.

16th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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