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For most, it would have been hard to follow up from all the excitement of the Epsom Derby and the thrills of watching American Pharoah romp home for the Triple Crown over the weekend. But one Sky Bet punter shook off the Monday blues to land a fantastic payday for themselves.

Victories for 10/1 chance Up And Running (at virtual course Flamingo Park), Quick N Quirky (25/1) and Stoneboat Bill (7/1) at Thirsk, as well as 14/1 outsider Dark Defender in the 2.30 at Ayr, meant the 20p each-way Canadian returned a whopping £27,000.

Although the punter is unlikely to care too much, the winnings could have totalled up to £426,000 had First Answer managed to land a win at Flamingo Park. A Canadian bet is 26 small bets of doubles, trebles, fourfolds and a five-selection acca.

9th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Arsenal FA CUP

Well it was so comfortable in the end for Arsene Wenger as he guided Arsenal to their record 12th FA Cup title. The Gunners put on a great show to blow away the challenge of Aston Villa, banking themselves an easy 4-0 win over the Midlands outfit.

It took them until the 40th minute to find the breakthrough, Theo Walcott opening the rout. Walcott had been a 15/2 quote in the first goalscorer market for the FA Cup Final. Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and then deep into stoppage time, Olivier Giroud popped up with a fourth. So a successful FA Cup defence for the Gunners.

Can they make it three in a row next season?

Arsenal are running as 7/1 third favourites in 2015/16 FA Cup betting, putting them in as joint third favourites alongside Manchester United. Chelsea are the 5/1 favourites for FA Cup success, with online betting site Sky Bet, followed by Manchester City at a 6/1 quote.

It is a pretty tough feat to pull off three FA Cup wins in a row, the last team to do it was Blackburn back in the 1880’s.


30th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Premier League Betting

Well, Sunderland are again on the hunt for a new manager as Dick Advocaat, who managed to keep the Black Cats afloat in the premier League, is leaving the club and indeed, the game. Advocaat said that he doesn’t want a career in club management any more, and keeping Sunderland in the top flight after taking over at the Stadium of light in March, is his last act in such a role.

The 68 year old said that he has been contacted by a number of clubs, but is walking away from the game. Sunderland were one point above the drop zone when he replaced Gus Poyet and it was a 0-0 draw at Arsenal in their penultimate game of the season which saw him keep the club in the English top flight.

So that raises the question now, where do Sunderland turn after the snub by Advocaat? Not sure how Black Cats fans will be feeling about seeing the name of Sam Allardyce top of the market at a 5/4 quote in next Sunderland manager betting. But Big Sam, who was booted out of West Ham just minutes after their final game of the season, makes a readily available contender and his name will be linked with just about any club.

It is early days of course in the next Sunderland manager betting market, but MIchael Gray has already said that the club should pick Allardyce. Paul Clement comes in as 5/1 second favourite with online bookmaker Sky Bet, followed by Slavisa Jokanovic and then Patrick Vieira, Michael Laudrup and Steve McClaren who are all 8/1 shots.

27th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting


The sponsorship of the League and League Cup titles are being looked at at the moment, and it has been officially announced that Capital One won’t be sponsoring the League Cup anymore. Current sponsors of the Football League, bookmaker Skybet, are going to be continuing on next season, as the title sponsor of the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2. It will be the third season for the operator as the sponsor.

They are in talks though to continue the partnership beyond that, looking at another two years. But it appears that the League is keeping their options open there, releasing a statement which said “it has been agreed that the League will also be free to discuss this opportunity with other interested parties. ”

In a separate issue from the title sponsorships, Sky Bet and The Football League will have a two-year betting partnership for seasons 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Rob Painter, Marketing Director of Sky Betting & Gaming said: “After a thrilling 2014/15 season including three exciting Play-Off Finals at the weekend, we are looking forward to our third year as title sponsor and our ongoing partnership with The Football League over the next three seasons.”

American-owned credit card company Capital One decided it will not be renewing its sponsorship after the end of 2015/16 season, so the trophy will be looking for a new title sponsor.

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League said: “We would like to thank both Sky Bet and Capital One for their ongoing support and for the frank and positive discussions we have had with them in recent months.

“We will now begin discussions with potential new partners for our League competition and the League Cup. We do so from a position of strength, with both competitions and our clubs in excellent shape and with a proven track record for delivering outstanding value to our partners.”

The Football League Cup, set up as a competition in 1960, has had a succession of title sponsors since 1982 including the Milk Marketing Board (1982–1986), Littlewoods (1986–1990), Rumbelows (1990-92), Coca-Cola (1992–1998), Worthington (Molson Coors) (1998-2003), Carling (2003-12)and Capital One (2012-16).

27th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


Online betting site Skybet have rolled out a great promotion for the running of Saturday’s 1.45 at Goodwood. This is the 888Sport Festival Stakes from Goodwood where Remote is running as 7/4 favourite to take the class 1 win, which is going over 1m 1f. John Gosden’s charge will be holding an eye towards Ascot next month, and has been backed on his return to action here after quite an absense. He hasn’t been out since Oct 2013, but the support is leaning towards him having held his abilities.

Grandeur, who would couldn’t live with the class of French Navy at Newmarket last month, finishing fifth in race, and with some below par form showed at Lingfield this season, he may not be bringing a lot of confidence to the table. However, he loves the track and has won on each of his last three appearances at Goodwood, his most recent a win in September last year at the R H Hall Foundation Stakes. A horse for the course.

12/1 Lamar is showing some appeal in the market, and Clon Brulee looks a big value shot at 11/2 with Skybet after showing some good strength in finish ahead of Educate (14/1) in a Group 3 at Newmarket last year. He could have the strength to tight in there with a favourable weight over Grandeur.

Online betting site Skybet are offering a money specially if the favourite wins the 1.45 at Goodwood on Saturday. In order to qualify for the promotion, the minimum bet is £5 and the maximum refund coming back will be £25. The money back in the offer will be returned as a free bet to your Sky Bet account.

22nd May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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

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