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Premier League Betting

It was celebration time at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, as Eden Hazard’s lone goal in their game against Crystal Palace handed Chelsea the Premier League title. After setting the pace at the top of the table for so long this season, the inevitable happened Sunday lunchtime, with the Blues taking another three points at home.

Chelsea were 15/8 favourites with online betting site Skybet at the start of the season two in the league, and PFA Player of the Year Hazard struck the golden goal of the campaign to bring another league title to Jose Mourinho’s tenure with the Blues.

Chelsea can be backed at 11/8 with Skybet to retain their title next season. Manchester City are second in the betting on next season’s title at 3/1 followed by Manchester United (9/2), Arsenal (6/1) and Liverpool (11/1), with the rest 50/1 or bigger.

Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer said: “We installed Chelsea as favourites ahead of the-champions Manchester City last summer after they secured the services of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, but it would take some seriously impressive signings for us to change our stance before the start of next season.

“Liverpool and Manchester United actually attracted more money before last season so it will be interesting to see if such faith remains given the comprehensive nature of Chelsea’s success this season.”


4th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Free Bets & Promotions

There is big enhanced odds offer running at online betting site Skybet for some of Tuesday night’s top action from across Europe. The popular bookmaker are offering a Special Price Boost on Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool all to win, and the offer is open to new and existing customers alike.

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title on the weekend with a win over Hertha Berlin and they head back into action on Tuesday night in the German Cup action as they take on Borussia Dortmund in a big semi final clash.

Munich have won 19 of their 21 home matches this season and they will look to close in on a domestic double, while of course still firing along in the UEFA Champions League too. They are head and shoulders above the rest of the German league and with Dortmund having such a tough time of things in the German top flight this term, the last season under Jurgen Klopp, Bayern are 1/2 favourites to win Tuesday night’s encounter.

Barcelona are in La Liga action on Tuesday night as they look to keep themselves ahead of challengers Real Madrid. Barcelona hold a narrow two point lead at the top of the Spanish Primera Liga and with the form of Real picking, Luis Enrique’s men have to deliver as the pressure of getting to the finish line first mounts. Barcelona are 1/25 to beat Getafe at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, and are looking for their seventh straight league home win on the bounce. It should come against a side who have managed just four goals in their last seven matches.

In the Premier League, Hull will be looking for some vital survival points as they host Liverpool on Tuesday. Big game for the Tigers who finally managed to snap a winless streak in the top flight as they won at Crystal Palace on the weekend. Liverpool have won just two of their last six games in all competitions and have scored no more than once in seven of their last eight matches. But will Hull struggling, the Reds will be looking to bank a win and keep their faint hopes of a top four finish alive.

Soccer Special Price Boost at Skybet

Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool all to win enhanced odds of 3/1 from 7/4


28th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Premier League Betting

Chelsea are potentially two games only away from lifting the Premier League title this season. The Blues fought out a 0- 0 draw at the Emirates against Arsenal on the weekend, starting the game without a recognised striker. The result finished off Arsenal’s outside chances of ripping the title away from the Stamford Bridge crew, and if the Blues had sneaked all three points in the game, then they could have lifted the title at Leicester on Wednesday night.

But now, if they win at the King Power Stadium and then at Stamford Bridge against Crystal Palace next weekend, the Blues will be crowned Champions, and the Bridge could be in party mood.

Online betting site Skybet go with a 1/2 quote that Chelsea will win the title either next Sunday or Monday. Arsenal play at Hull on Monday evening. Punters can take a price of 11/4 that Chelsea will have to postpone their title celebration until the following weekend when they face LIverpool on May 10 while Arsenal host Swansea the following day.

If you are thinking that could still be a surprise ending to the title, then you take 50/1 odds on Chelsea not winning the league this season. Unlikely and you can already take a price of 11/8 on Chelsea to win next season’s Premier League title as well, a price which puts them as favourites with Arsenal 7/1 shots, behind both Manchester City (3/1) and Manchester United (9/2).

Chelsea are currently ten points clear of second placed Man City and third placed Arsenal. The Citizens have played a game more than both.

Chelsea’s run in is:

Apr 29 – Leicester A

May 3 – Crystal Palace H

May 10 – Liverpool H

May 18 – West Brom A

May 24 – Sunderland H


26th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Football News

It was a big afternoon for Watford in the Championship on Saturday afternoon as they secured promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Brighton. The Hornets were helped out as fellow promotion-chasing sides Norwich failed to beat Rotherham and Middlesbrough slipped to a 4-3 defeat against Fulham.

Watford are now four points clear at the top of the Championship and can only be caught by Bournemouth, who play on Monday evening. The Cherries are 1/20 to join Watford in the assumption promotion to England’s top flight.

The big challenge ahead for Watford is of course, just trying to hang on to their Premier League status, something which newly promoted clubs generally have a very tough time doing. Online betting site Skybet have made Slavisa Jokanovic men 6/5 to keep their Premier League status next season.

Watford can be backed at 8/1 to go on and secure a top-half finish in the Premier League next season. Watford are 8/13 to be relegated from the top flight. In the massively competitive race for promotion this season in the championship, Middlesbrough and Norwich have secured play off places. Fifth placed Ipswich and sixth placed Derby have a little bit more work to do, as Brentford and Wolves are just a point or two right behind them.

Norwich and Middlesbrough are 2/1 shots to earn promotion after the play offs, while Derby are a 3/1 quote, with Ipswich at 4/1 and Brentford out at 28/1.


25th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Champions League

Can Real Madrid became the first ever side to successfully retain the UEFA Champions League title? Carlo Accelotti’s men took a step closer as they edged out rivals Atletico at the Bernabeu in midweek and now Los Merengues are 3/1 with online betting site SKybet to retain their title.

It was a great test of their character, having to come through a titanic tussle against the side they beat in last season’s final of course. Only a late goal from former Manchester United man Javier Hernandez sealed the tie 1-0 on aggregate in Real’s favour.

Juventus will join Real, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the last four after their second leg in Monaco finished goalless, meaning the Serie A leaders progressed 1-0 on aggregate. The draw for the semi final line up will be made on Friday.

Barcelona are 7/4 joint favourites for the title after cruising past PSG in their quarter final tie, with Bayern Munich right up there with them. Juventus remain the rank outsiders of the four, a long way out at a price of 8/1 with Skybet to land the trophy.


23rd April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Football News

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp announced on Wednesday that he will be leaving his post with the German giants at the end of the season. That naturally sparked a flurry of interest in the next Manchester City manager market, where a surge of money came in on Klopp being the one to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad next season.

Online bookmaker Skybet reported a huge surge in action on the market after Klopp’s announcement. Given the downward spiral that Manchester City seem to be in under Manuel Pellegrini, the latest failure being demolished by rivals Manchester United, it has left them 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea in their title defence.

It hasn’t been all rosy for Klopp with Borussia Dortmund this season though, winning just nine of their 28 Bundesliga matches so far. They have improved dramatically lately to climb up towards the middle of the battle and they did reach the German Cup final last week.

Klopp’s next club odds at Skybet:

Man City 8/11, Real Madrid 4/1, Arsenal 5/1, PSG 10/1, Liverpool 10/1

When Borussia Dortmund announced that they would be holding a press conference on Wednesday morning, Sky Bet reported a run of bets on Klopp to be the next Manchester City manager, prompting them to cut his odds from 11/10 to 8/11 by mid-afternoon.

Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer said: “We opened up betting on the next Manchester City manager on Sunday with Carlo Ancelotti considered a soft favourite amid suggestions that the Italian’s days at Real Madrid are numbered.

“However, we now have a clear favourite with Klopp attracting all the recent money, prompting us to constantly cut his price. We also priced up the chances of Pellegrini staying at City but all the interest has been in his time to come to an end this summer, with odds on remaining now out to 7/2.”


16th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Robbie Keane (Ireland)

The Republic of Ireland were rescued by a dramatic injury time goal from Shane Long in Sunday’s home Euro 2016 qualifier against Group D leaders Poland. The Irish gave away a sloppy goal to the visitors and failed to make too much of an impression in the game. However, Long’s late goal keeps their qualification hopes intact, even though their chances of booking an automatic spot in the group look pretty slim.

The point leaves Ireland on eight points in Group D, three back of Poland who stay top. But the Irish have also to battle with Germany and Scotland for an automatic spot, both of them with a two point advantage over the Irish as it stands.

So there is still a tough road ahead for Ireland, who have posted a W2 D2 L1 record now in their opening five qualification matches. It was more industry than flair or quality from the Irish, but the the point could be a precious one at the end of the day if Martin O’Neill’s men can start winning. They are out as 25/1 shots at online betting site Sky Bet to win Group D though, and are only 15/8 to qualify from the group, and that is going up against Scotland’s quote of 5/4.

New customers at Skybet can get a free £20 bet when they open an account and place their first bet of £5 (as their first wager on the new account). Customers can also get a free £5 each and every week in the Skybet club!


30th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Skybet

England made it five wins from five in the Euro 2016 qualification process as they bagged an easy 4-0 win over Lithuania on Friday night. The Wembley victory saw debutant Harry Kane grab his first full international goal, as England actually won their seventh game on the bounce since the end of the 2014 World Cup.

So Roy Hodgson’s men have been building the foundations of a good response from their Brazil 2014 disappointments, and they are current trading at a price of 1/2 with online betting site Skybet to remain unbeaten through Euro 2016 qualification. There is obvious looking value there, with the Three Lions having already gotten their toughest qualification match out of the way.

That was their away trip to Switzerland at the start of the group, a game which England won, so things should be plain sailing from here on out for them. If you wanted to go one better and back England to win every match in Euro 2016 qualifying, then you can snap that up at a price of 10/3 with the bookmaker.

England will next be in competitive action in Euro 2016 qualifying in mid June when they face a trip to Slovenia. Then it is a wait until September when they face San Marino on September 5th before hosting Switzerland at Wembley on the 8th. All that will remain for them then is a home match against Estonia and a road trip to Lithuania.

New customers at Skybet can get a free £20 bet when they open an account and place their first bet of £5 (as their first wager on the new account). Customers can also get a free £5 each and every week in the Skybet club!


29th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Bookmaker News

With the sacking of presenter Jeremy Clarkson from the BBC hit show Top Gear, the network has said that it is looking to continue on with the show without him. The breaking news, which was sort of expected, has seen online betting site Skybet open up the Next Top Gear Presenter market.

The early reports following Clarkson’s sacking was that radio presenter Chris Evans, who owns a large car collection was being targeted to take over from Clarkson. However, Evans himself said that the rumours were complete nonsense, but that hasn’t stopped him running as 7/4 early favourite in the Next Top Gear Presenter market at Skybet.

Clarkson was the man who revived Top Gear when its previous band of presenters all jumped ship to move to Channel 5, and now his dismissal from the BBC could have bigger implications for the show, with fellow presenters Richard Hammond and James May refusing to continue on without Clarkson.

Both Hammond and May already have presenting commitments outside of Top Gear and talks for a new deal with them on Top Gear are on hold. Online betting site Skybet have offered odds of 9/1 on No New Presenter – Richard Hammond and James May continuing on their own.

Next Top Gear Presenter odds

Chris Evans 7/4, Jodie Kidd 4/1, Guy Martin 5/1, Steve Coogan 8/1, Eddie Jordan 8/1, Johnny Vaughan 8/1, No New Presenter – Richard Hammond and James May 9/1, Piers Morgan 12/1, 14/1 bar

New customers registering an account at online betting site Skybet can get a free £20 bet to celebrate with. Just register your account and place a £5 single first wager and get a free £20 bet. There are also free £5 bets available to all customers every week in the Free Bet Club.


25th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Skybet

Most punters will be eyeing up the latest renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup of course on Friday, March 13th, but there are three races to come before that, just to whet your appetite ahead of the big feature race. It all kicks off with the JCB Triumph Hurdle at 13.30 from Cheltenham.

There is some good insurance on the JCB Triumph Hurdle as online betting site Sky Bet round off their week of Cheltenham first race promotions by focusing on the first offering of the day. If the favourite wins the race, then Skybet will refund your lost stake on any loser in the field.

Running as favourite in the Triumph Hurdle 2015 betting is Peace And Co, who has been holding on to favouritims at 5/2 ahead of a bit of a congested chasing back behind. Coming in at around the 8/1 mark with online bookmaker SkyBet are Hargam, Beltor, Top Notch and Petite Parisienne.

So some good first race special insurance to take for your JCB Triumph Hurdle betting. For new customers registering an account with Sky Bet, you can make your first wager of £5 and get £20 free! Simply make your FIRST bet a single or each way bet of £5 or more on any sports market at odds of evens or above and Skybet will give you a £20 free bet back.


12th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting










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