On this page you find articles on Skybet and sports betting in general.
31st December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
The new year kicks off in its usual fashion will a full Premier League coupon to enjoy some football betting on. Online bookmaker Skybet are running their flagship enhanced odds offer again, which is another treble on three favourites from Thursday’s round of matches, all home favourites at that.
Back on Boxing Day, Skybet paid out big time as their enhanced treble promotion saw Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool all claim victories, punters lapping up the profits from the enhanced odds of 4/1 that was on offer from Skybet.
This time around for the new year’s day enhanced odds treble, Skybet are focused on Liverpool, Man City and Newcastle.
Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to guide Liverpool to their third win on the bounce in the top flight, when they host bottom of the table Leicester at Anfield.
Defending Premier League champions Manchester City host Sunderland as they look to put further pressure on Chelsea in the Premier League title race, and the Citizens appear to be home bankers after winning eight and drawing two of their last ten league matches.
Newcastle, who are undergoing a managerial transition with Alan Pardew heading to Selhurst Park, complete this special Price Boost treble as they welcome Burnley to St James’ Park.
Sky Bet’s head of trading Sandro Di Michele said: “Our Soccer Special Price Boosts continue to prove popular and we expect plenty of interest on New Year’s Day as punters look to start 2015 in style.
“Liverpool, Manchester City and Newcastle are all odds-on favourites so we will be hoping at least one of the trio will slip up.”
Online betting site Skyber are offering the price boost from 18/5 to a generous 5/2 on the treble of Liverpool, Man City and Newcastle all to win on New Year’s Day. The superb offer is open all customers, new and existing.
31st December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Well it seems that the early rumours that defender Fabricio Coloccini would be stepping into the shoes of Alan Pardew at Newcastle were nothing more than that, rumours. For starters, Newcastle aren’t the kind of club who will take big, big risks in the managerial department. With Newcastle and Crystal Palace agreeing compensation for Pardew to make the move to Selhurst Park, it leaves Newcastle manager betting odds at Skybet wide open.
But who will be the next permanent Newcastle manager? The playing field seems pretty open, with chairman Mike Ashley having a wide range of names to pick from. Ashley is a man who likes to do things his own way and his style really has to been to rely on more established, settled names, so you are most likely looking at a familiar name to come in.
Leading the way in next Newcastle manager betting is Steve Bruce (who is a Newcastle fan), and he is probably keen on a move to Tyneside. With his season at Hull not going all that well this season, it could be a good opportunity for Bruce to shake things up, and the former Manchester United man is 2/1 early favourite to be the next Newcastle manager, followed by Tim Sherwood at 4/1 and TOny Pulis at 12/1.
But both Sherwood and Pulis seem to be scrapping it out for the vacant West Brom job, so they are worth avoiding early in next Newcastle manager betting. Nigel Worthington, who is a 6/1 shot in the market, may carry a little bit of weight, especially because he is out of work at the moment and could have appeal for Ashley, while St Etienne boss Christophe Galtier is a 16/1 shot at online betting site Skybet.
Galtier would be more of risk, but may be a decent outside shot to come in and drag the best out of the squad at St James Park. Basically, a quick look at the market and you will see names ranging from Frank de Boer, Ally McCoist, Jurgen Klopp and Steve MccLaren. But early doors, Bruce and Worthington do seem the most viable options.
29th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Online betting site Skybet will be thanking Burnley after the Clarets took a very unlikely point at the Etihad against Manchester City. Skybet had paid out heavily on their Boxing Day Soccer Special treble and looked in danger of suffering another big payout as the three selections for Sunday’s offer were Man City, Stoke and Arsenal.
The enhanced treble was running at a price of 5/1 up from 7/2, would have been more concerned about Stroke and Arsenal delivering their victories, as City cruised to a 2-0 half time lead against the struggling Carlets.
But then came a stunning fightback from Sean Dyche’s men, with goals from George Boyd and Ashley Barnes tying up the game. Then it was a case of the Clarets holding on for dear life to pick up the vital point for them.
With Stoke beating West Brom and Arsenal holding out for a win at West Ham, City’s failure to beat the Clarets spared Skybet from a second member payout.
“I’ve no idea how it happened, but Burnley’s comeback has let us – and Chelsea – off the hook,” confirmed Sky Bet’s Sandro Di Michele.
“Along with Leicester’s 5-3 win over Manchester City it has to be up there in the running for turnaround of the season so far and I’m not sure anyone saw it coming at the break.
“I suppose that makes it 1-1 between us and the punters so it’s all to play for with our next enhanced accumulator which is set for New Year’s Day.“
28th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Free Bets & Promotions
There is a great shot at picking up some extra profit on Sunday’s Premier League betting offerings, thanks to online bookmaker Skybet, who are offering enhanced odds on a tempting trouble for punters.
On Boxing Day, eight of the ten favourites on the Premier League fixture list all won their matches, and Sky Bet are offering value on more favourites this time around, namely Man City, Stoke and Arsenal.
There’s a quick turnaround of matches for the teams of course, but Manchester City are one of the big home bankers for Sunday’s fixture list in the English top flight, as they host the struggling Burnley. Manuel Pellegrini’s men will be keen to sustain pressure on leaders Chelsea, by winning their eighth league game on the bounce. City are 2/11 odds on favourites.
Enhanced odds boost from 7/2 to 5/1
There is a big London derby down in the capital, with Arsenal heading to the Boleyn Ground to face West Ham. The Gunners have a good record against the Hammers, and with West Ham having some Christmas stuffing knocked out of them on Boxing Day in a defeat at Stamford Bridge, the Gunners are up as 6/5 favourites for the win at Upton Park.
One of only two underdogs to win their Premier League match on Boxing Day were Stoke. The Potters collected all three points against Everton at Goodison Park, albeit in controversial circumstances, and they head back to the Britannia to face a West Brom side who have lost six of their last eight, and manager Alan Irvine under heavy pressure. The Potters are 11/12 favourites to take the win.
But with online bookmaker Sky Bet’s Enhanced Odds offer, they are giving customers new and existing the chance to snap up odds of 5/1 on Man City, Stoke and Arsenal all to win (was 7/2). The Price Boost at Skybet will be excluded from their Cash Out and Bet Tracker features, but the enhanced odds of 5/1 are one of the best offerings around of Sunday’s games.
21st December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
There was a lucky escape on the weekend for online betting site Skybet, who managed to escape a huge payout, courtesy of Aston Villa’s resilience on home turf on Saturday. The Villains held out for a home draw against Manchester United, who were looking for their seventh league win on the bounce.
Skybet had included Manchester United as one of the selections in their Soccer Saturday Price Boost treble, which gives their customers the chance to back three of the most fancied teams on the Premier League coupon at an enhanced price.
This weekend’s trio in the promotion were West Ham, Spurs and Manchester United, and it was Aston Villa who came to the rescue of Sky Bet as they failed to crumble, even with ten men, against the Red Devils.
“When Gabby Agbonlahor received his marching orders we couldn’t help but fear the worst,” said Sky Bet’s Sandro Di Michele.
But even with the ten men, Villa still tried to push on for the win, and in the end looked pretty good value for their point.
“We’ll have another treble for Boxing Day so punters will have the opportunity to get one back on us on what’s traditionally one of the best betting days of the year.”
17th December 2014 / Lee - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
Eyes will soon be turning towards the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, as the major festival grabs all the horse racing headlines and spotlight early in the new year.
Another thrilling, heart stopping four days of thunderous horse racing action will be coming from the Gloucestershire course, and it all starts on Tuesday, March 10th with the 1.30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m 1/2f).
The first feature race will be the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (2m 1/2f) on Tuesday, followed on Wednesday with the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (2m), Thursday’s running of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3m) and of course, the renewal of one of the most famous races in the world, the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (3m 2 1/2f).
Who will win at Cheltenham 2015?
Some big names will be in attendance across the course of the festival, and you can head to online betting site Skybet right now and take a great ante post Cheltenham 2015 betting look at who may be tasting glory at the festival.
Annie Power is 10/11 shot to win a race at the meeting, and is a 4-6 shot at the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, which is a race won six times by her now-retired stablemate Quevega. Annie Power’s only career defeat came at last year’s Festival, running in second to More Of That in the World Hurdle.
More of That can be backed at a quote of 10/3 to pick up a win at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, with other strong favourites at online betting site Skybet to get a win at Prestbury Park in March are Vautour at 7/4 and Faugheen 2/1.
Think Hurricane Fly will be back to taste some Cheltenham glory at 12/1? Or Cue Card at 8/1?
So without getting all race-specific for your ante post Cheltenham 2015 betting, you can take a shot at some of the more likely winners in the To Win At The 2015 Cheltenham festival market on offer at Skybet.
Online betting site Skybet offer Best Odds Guaranteed, which means that if you’ve taken a price on a horse and your selection wins or places at a bigger Starting Price (SP), Skybet guarantee to pay you at the bigger odds.
16th December 2014 / Lee - Category:
It is funny how things work out sometimes. On Tuesday morning in London, there was a draw held to see who the Sky Bet transfer fund would go to, entries being open to football league clubs.
Championship side Nottingham Forest, who just 24 hours earlier had been slapped with a transfer embargo, ironically were the random winners of a £250,000 transfer fund prize from the league’s sponsors Sky Bet.
Nine clubs, who were voted for by the public, were in a chance of winning the fund, with Fulham, Cardiff, Leeds, Watford, Wigan, Huddersfield, Exeter and Southend those to miss out on the windfall.
Sponsors of the football league, Skybet, will have probably felt a little bit awkward at the outcome of the draw. Football League director Richard Bowker proceeded to draw Nottingham Forest out of the hat, sending the £250,000 prize fund to a club who can’t spend it on transfers.
Nottingham Forest were punished for their reckless spending after announcing losses last season, and were found to be in breach of the Financial Fair Play rules.
So a transfer embargo was slapped on them, preventing the club from signing any new players during the January transfer window. However, the money from the prize draw can still be used towards player recruitment.
Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “It’s been great that our title sponsors Sky Bet and all 72 Football League clubs have come together, and it has seen a response from over 70,000 fans.
“Nottingham Forest will be very worthy winners and can use the money for loan fees or loan-players’ wages, but not for transfer fees.”
Former Scotland international John O’Hare, two-time European Cup winner with Forest, represented the Midlands club and picked up the award.
“Unfortunately there’s only one winner and we’re delighted to come out of the hat,” he said.
“The club will be happy. I’m sure they’ll find a way of using the money on young players’ salaries, loans and things like that.
“It will help certainly in what is a very tough and competitive division. You need all the help you can get.”
8th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Online betting site Skybet have trimmed the odds on Derby County gaining promotion from the Champions this season, after the Rams took a 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on the weekend.
It was the eleventh win off the season for Derby, managed by former England boss Steve McLaren, who sauntered their way to success thanks to a brace of goals from Chris Martin and one from Johnny Russell. The win saw Derby’s title odds trimmed slightly, from 15/8 to 7/4, with the majority of the chasing pack keeping pace.
The goals from Chris Martin saw him move onto twelve for the league season, and the 26 year old has been installed as Sky Bet’s new favourite to finish the season as top goalscorer. Martin can be snapped up at 9/2 and he is currently just one behind Ipswich Town’s Daryl Murphy in the scoring charts, and level with Nottingham Forest’s Britt Assombalonga.
Ipswich Town remain second in the Championship after coming from behind to beat Leeds United 4-1. However, the Tractor Boys are fourth favourites to win the League at 10/1, with Middlesbrough and Bournemouth, who both won on the road, considerably shorter at 4/1 and 11.2 respectively.
The Rams head to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, and are 19/10 to secure the victory against promotion rivals Boro, who are 13/10 favourites.
4th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Broadcasting firm Sky are to sell an 80% stake in their Sky Betting and Gaming arm to private equity and investment firm CVC Capital Partners for a total of £720m. The deal will see Sky Bet at £800m and will see the operator’s management team, including managing director Richard Flint, who will assume the role of chief executive, remain in place at the firm and headquartered in its current Leeds-based office.
CVC will pay £600m in cash upon completion of the deal in Q1 2015 and a further £120m at a later date.
The deal values Sky Bet at a total of £800m and Sky will be holding on to a 20% stake in the Alderney-licensed operator and maintain representation on the board, while also entering into a long-term brand licensing deal.
“In the last ten years, we have successfully grown Sky Bet from a start-up to one of the leading online betting and gaming companies in the UK,” Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive of Sky, said.
“This transaction will allow us to focus further on the substantial growth opportunities in our core international pay TV business while realising significant value for our shareholders,” he added.
Sky Bet was formed in 2001 and just last month they received three awards at the eGaming Review Operator of the Year Awards including Mobile Operator of the Year and Mobile Sports Product. They have firmly been established as one of the leading UK-focused egaming operators, receiving particular acclaim for its innovation in mobile.
Sky Bet became one of the first operators to integrate Apple’s TouchID technology into a mobile betting application, and they have already rolled out trials of Apple’s iBeacon technology at two English Football League stadiums.
In another innovative move, in 2013 they became the first mobile gambling operator to launch a seamless log in function to its portfolio of mobile apps, a capability a number of operators have since introduced to their own product suites.
3rd December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Liverpool have been priced up at 7/2 shots to now make a top four finish this season at online bookmaker Skybet in the Premier League after they picked up a 3-1 victory at Leicester in the week. The Reds came away with all three points against the league’s bottom side, thanks to goals from Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.
The points put them up in to the top half of the table and followed up their 1-0 win on the weekend over Stoke. So while the results have been more[positive, one negative still floating around the club is striker Mario Balotelli who is in more trouble after posting a controversial image on Instagram.
Mario Balotelli is even money to still be at Liverpool on the opening day of the 2015/16 season and is an 8/11 shot to have departed before then. The Italian is still waiting to bag his first Premier League goal of the season since being brought over from AC Milan in the summer as a replacement for Luis Suarez.