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26th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Besiktas v Liverpool Betting Preview
The Reds are in the driving seat in the tie, but there still looks to be a bit of life left in it after the Premier League outfit head to Turkey with just a 1-0 aggregate lead. It could be a rough away bight for Brendan Rodgers and his men and may have to do a big of digging in.
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Besiktas v Liverpool Betting Tips
Well, did Liverpool do enough in the first leg? Debatable. They took a 1-0 victory against Besiktas, but that was thanks only to an 85th minute spot kick from Mario Balotelli. They are going to have to work very hard to hold on to that. Liverpool don’t have a great history in Turkey where they have won just one of their five previous visits to take on Turkish clubs. The last time they were in Istanbul at the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, they left as European Champions back in 2005. The last time they went there to face Besiktas was in the 2007/08 Champions League group stage and lost 2-1 there. Their record against Turkish clubs in Turkey reads W1 D1 L3.
In the anytime goalscorer market from Liverpool’s perspective, Daniel Sturridge is 6/4 favourite, with Balotelli and Raheem Sterling both at the 2/1 mark. The Reds could invite trouble on themselves in they try and sit back for 90 minutes, and given the happenings in the first leg, then it will probably be worth backing the game to swing under 2.5 goals which is an even money quote at online betting site Skybet. After all, they go up against a Besiktas side who have good European form, and are unbeaten in three on home soil against sides from England. Liverpool have failed to win any of their last four European away matches (D1 L3).
Besiktas have played three previous home matches against sides from England and hold a solid W2 D1 record. They have already hosted both Arsenal and Spurs this season, losing 1-0 against Arsenal in the Champions League play offs, before beating Tottenham 1-0 in the Europa League group stage. So they are in decent shape to contest this and they are unbeaten in their last six European home matches as well. Demba Ba has scored twice in five matches against Liverpool in his career (W3 D1 L1) and is an 11/8 quote in the anytime goalscorer market.
Besiktas v Liverpool Betting Odds
Liverpool 6/4, Besiktas 19/10, Draw 23/10
Besiktas v Liverpool Predictions
Liverpool’s winless streak on the road in Europe against the unbeaten home form of Besiktas. It points to the Turks finding a way back into this tie, but ultimately whichever way it swings, it is likely that the game will go under 2.5 goals, so that’s the best option to run with for a predicted close match.
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21st February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Customers at online betting site Skybet can jump in on their usual weekend promotional offering that is the SkyBet Soccer Special Price Boost. There’s a great day of action on Saturday, as some of the big guns in the league try to pick up vital points and Skybet are putting three of them into an enhanced odds offer.
You can back Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United all to win for a price of a 5/1 enhanced odds treble, a quote which is boosted from 3/1.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea will be looking to maintain their seven point lead in the title race over Manchester City on the weekend, as they host relegation-threatened Burnley. Boosted by the league return of Diego Costa, Chelsea are heavy odds-on favourites for the three points.
Arsenal head into a london derby against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Even though Alan Pardew has breathed new life and exuberance into the Eagles, Arsenal’s Premier League formed against them at Selhurst Park speaks for itself, and the Gunners are locked in as match favourites.
Completing the enhanced odds treble at Skybet are Manchester United. They head to the Liberty Stadium to take on Gary Monk’s Swans, who are struggling for goals after selling off Wilfried Bony to Man City. There’s hasn’t been enough from the home side to stop Louis van Gaal’s men going as favourites, even though they haven’t been the best looking away side this season.
The Skybet enhanced odds of 5/1 on Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all to win is open to both new and existing customers alike.
9th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The Premier League has suffered another managerial casualty for the season, as Leicester have parted company with Nigel Pearson. Leicester have big problems as they are staring relegation in the face having taken just 17 points from their opening 24 matches of the new season.
The Foxes went down 1-0 at home against Crystal Palace on the weekend, vital points slipping through their fingers, and with a tough run of games coming up in the league for them, then there is a massive job at hand to try and save them.
Pearson was also involved in a bizarre incident on the weekend, when he was bowled over on the touchline, and then grabbed Palace midfielder James McArthur around the throat and then prevented the player from getting back on the pitch by pulling his shirt.
So end’s Pearson’s second period in charge of the Foxes, which start back in 2011. Last season he dominated the Championship with the Foxes but they have found life in the top flight very hard and it is former Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill who backed from 16/1 to become the front-runner in next Leicester manager betting at online bookmaker Skybet.
O’Neill has a history with the club as he was Leicester manager for five years before he left in 2000 to began what would prove to be a successful career at Celtic. Current Bolton boss Neil Lennon’s name has been touted around to take over at the King Power stadium and he is a 6/1 shot.
Sky Bet spokesman Chris Spicer said: “With the odds still fairly up in the air, we initially made Tim Sherwood the favourite, but the punters soon started to dictate the market.
“There was little interest in Sherwood but O’Neill soon started to attract the most money, which is why he’s now at the head of the market.
“Curiously, we’ve also seen a lot of stakes on Kevin Keegan to get the job, so we’ve cut his price from 20/1, but we consider that unlikely to happen at this stage.”
Steve Walsh (10/1) and Kevin Phillips (10/1) are also thought to be in the running, while Neil Warnock and Sven-Goran Eriksson are 20/1 and outsiders respectively.
7th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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All customers, new and existing ones can take the opportunity to pick up some extra profit as Skybet back with their great Soccer Saturday Price Boost. Once again Sky Bet are offering a great enhanced odds treble, this time focusing on Chelsea, Man City and Southampton all to win.
Skybet have raised the price from 6/4 to enhanced odds of 3/1 on Man City, Chelsea and Southampton all to win their 3pm kick offs in the Premier League on Saturday.
Chelsea are 4/11 favourites as they head to the Midlands to take on the low scoring Aston Villa at Villa Park. Villa are on a six match streak in the top flight without having scored a goal, and with Chelsea having lost just one of their last six league matches against the Villains, then Jose Mourinho’s men look a solid wager.
The Saints are favourites at 9/10 for their trip to Loftus Road to face league strugglers QPR. The Saints suffered a surprise home defeat last weekend against Swansea, but are being backed to bounce back against the leaky QPR defence.
Manchester City are one of the big Premier League home bankers this weekend, as they welcome Hull to the Etihad. Manuel Pellegrini’s men are heavy 1/5 favourites for the victory, and should have an easy time of things against Hull, who have failed to score in seven of their last eleven Premier League matches, and who have won just one away game term.
All customers at online betting site Skybet can taken advantage of the Premier League price boost. Back the treble of Man City, Chelsea and SOuthampton all to win this weekend at a tasty 3/1 price with the bookie.
31st January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Enhanced odds offers are a brilliant way to pick up some extra profit and once again, online betting site Skybet are back with their brilliant treble price boost for Premier League betting this weekend.
Skybet are rolling out their latest enhanced treble in their Soccer Special Price Boost, and they have thrown together Liverpool, Man United and Stoke this weekend, and punters can back them all to win at a price of 7/2 (up from 5/2) in the Skybet enhanced odds treble.
The bookmaker will be hoping that there are some upsets on the weekend, but all three are odds on favourites to bank a win. Stoke are 7/10 favourites to take a win at the Britannia against the struggling QPR, who are still staring relegation back to the Championship in the face.
Even stronger looking favourites at home this weekend are Manchester United. The Red Devils will be out for revenge for the embarrassing 5-3 loss that they suffered against Leicester earlier in the season when they threw away a two goal lead. United’s home form is strong enough to beat out a side who have won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League.
Liverpool have a tougher looking game as they host West Ham at Anfield on Saturday. However, the home form that Liverpool have over West Ham in league matches in incredible. They have lost any of their last 41 home league matches against the Hammers, so even though the Reds lost after 120 frenetic minutes against Chelsea in the League Cup semi final during the week, they will be favourites to take three home points.
Head over to online betting site Skybet and take all three odds-on favourites to win at a price of 7/2 in a tremendous enhanced odds offer.
24th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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There big focus of the weekend football betting will be the FA Cup fourth round of course, but there are some Championship matches going off, four of them to be precise, and that is where the league’s sponsors, Skybet, are focusing on an enhanced odds treble offer.
Of the four matches in the Championship on Saturday, play-off hopefuls Watford, Norwich and Wolves will all be looking to pick up points as they try and push towards the Premier League for next season. They head into the weekend occupying 6th, 7th and 8th in the league respectively.
Watford go at home against strugglers Blackpool, while Wolves are favourites for their home fixture at Molineux against Charlton. Norwich are also odds on to pick up a home win on Saturday as they go at 7/10 to pick up three points against Brentford, all of them being 3pm kick offs on Saturday.
Skybet have an enhanced odds offer up at 7/2 from 3/1 on Norwich, Watford and Wolves all to win their Championship fixtures on Saturday. The offer is open to all customers, new and existing and if you are signing up for a new account with them, you can bet £5 and get a £20 free bet.
19th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It was a bleak weekend for the bookmakers with a lot of favourites up and down the country landing victory, but the biggest winner of the weekend at online betting site Skybet was a customer who turned a £5 stake over £80,000 with a 14-fold acca.
The punter had gone to bed on Saturday night with thirteen of the fourteen selections having been settled. It was probably a pretty sleepless night. The selections in the wager came from the Premier League, Football League and Conference and it all hinged on the Sunday lunchtime game from the Premier League of West Ham v Hull, with a home win needed.
Andy Carroll’s 49th minute goal for West Ham against Hull, set the Hammers on the path for a comfortable victory and a big win for the punter. There was some nail-biting results in the 14-fold accas as 86th and 90th minute strikes were needed to ensure the punter’s Wolves win prediction came in, before Bryan Ruiz’s 93rd -minute winner for Fulham against Reading sewed up 12 out 12 correct picks.
Skybet reported recorded losses as all of the 10 best-backed teams in their sportsbook recorded victories over the weekend.
The winning punter, who preferred not to be named, said: “I always watch the scores come in on Soccer Saturday, with Liverpool in there every time, and when Fulham’s goal came up on the vidiprinter I knew I was going to win it.
“I was actually following the West Ham game on the virtual football screen on the Sky Bet app and my son-in-law, who was watching it, was providing me with updates.
“I decided not to cash out on Saturday evening as I was confident West Ham would beat Hull, although I couldn’t bring myself to celebrate until the final whistle.”
“It’s fair to say I had a pretty restless night on Saturday and it was even worse during that first half as West Ham were getting battered, but thankfully they won and now I’m thinking about whether to move house and where to go on holiday.”
Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said: “Hats off to the punter but they could have picked a better weekend to nail such an audacious accumulator, with his remarkable win adding to an already woeful weekend for bookmakers.
“Each of the 10 best backed teams won on Saturday, which is, fortunately for us, extremely rare.”
18th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Bookmakers across the country were breathing a sigh of relief finally, as Arsenal took a win at the Etihad against Man City on Sunday. Other than that saving grace, it was pretty much a brutal weekend for bookmakers, as the favourites up and down England’s top four divisions ruled, notably on the Saturday 3pm kick offs.
Online betting site Skybet reported record losses on Saturday, with the likes of Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Ipswich all taking wins as favourites, and the trend looked as if it was going to continue as West Ham opened Sunday with a home win over Hull.
West Ham were half of Skybet’s Super Sunday Price Boost, so the bookmaker was staring down the barrel of an even bigger payout, as punters taking the 3/1 enhanced odds on a West Ham/Man City Double were hoping for the best.
West Ham’s 3-0 victory of Hull landed one punter a 14-fold acca which turned a £5 stake into over £80,000, but the bookie breathed a sigh of relief as Man City couldn’t come through for their backers. Basically Arsenal saved Skybet thanks to a brilliant away-day performance which saw them win 2-0 at the etihad.
Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer said: “Since Manchester City went off as 3/4 favourites to beat Arsenal, we feared things were only going to get worse for our books.
“Thankfully, the result went in our favour as we clawed back some of the deficit and salvaged a little bit of pride in the process.
Arsenal’s away day joy had wider implications in terms of the title race, with Chelsea now five points clear and 2/9. City are 9/2 at online bookmaker Skybet in what’s still considered a two-team battle, with the Gunners quoted as 80/1 fourth-favourites.
18th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Three times the bridesmaid, so to speak for Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Britain’s number one has been to the showcase match in Melbourne on three of the last five editions of the opening Grand Slam of the season, but has yet to convert. Still, that’s not a bad track record to go into the 2015 Australian Open betting for punters to consider.
Big question. Is Murray backable?
Well, given how strongly came on at the back end of last season, Murray may be worth a punt, even an each way wager at a quote of 10/1 on Murray to win the Australian Open at online betting site Sky Bet is tempting. It’s coverage that would have paid off in three of the last five editions, as stated above. But can Murray go one better and land the big prize itself?
First, let’s take a look at his draw. Murray only entered the draw as 6th seed, largely on the back of missing a big chunk of last season and dropping down the world rankings. That has lumped him into the same quarter as Roger Federer, but that realistically is a genuine quarter final line up. The rest of the quarter really doesn’t look as if it holds a potential spanner in the works to stop that clash happening. Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin look the best dark horse candidates in the quarter.
But this is a Grand Slam where you expect the cream to rise to the top. Murray is 7/4 to win the fourth quarter in Australian Open tennis betting behind Federer’s 4/5 supremacy in the market. Three times Murray ran into Federer last season, and three times the Brit came out on the losing end, including a quarter final defeat in last season’s Australian Open. But Murray wasn’t himself for most of last season, it has to be stated, and Murray did beat Federer in the 2013 Australian Open semi finals.
But winning the tournament is two big steps ahead of topping the quarter. That is all looking far ahead, and if you look no further than who will win the fourth quarter at the Australian Open, then Murray piques interest. There is almost a quiet, focused intensity about him as he heads to Melbourne, apparently under no illusion about the task which lies ahead.
Landing the title in having to go past Grigor Dimitrov, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic may be a bridge too far. A place in the final four? Not so much.
He looked relaxed enough at the Hopman Cup and there doesn’t appear to be any injury issues surrounding Murray in his build up to make a run at the semi finals. The disruption last season of the comings and goings of his backroom staff are behind him, and the way he destroyed Rafael Nadal in Abu Dhabi will have raised an eyebrow or two.
Online betting site Skybet have launched an enhanced odds special on Murray reaching the final of the 2015 Australian Open. They have boosted the price to 9/2 from 11/4 for Murray to reach the final again this year.
18th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Two more Premier League matches to come on Sunday to get your betting teeth into. After another thrilling Saturday in the English top flight, the attention turns to West Ham v Hull followed by the massive clash at the Etihad between Man City v Arsenal. Should be a pretty interesting afternoon.
Both the Hammers and the Citizens are home bankers by the looks of the odds that online betting site Skybet are putting out, but there is no need to settle for the odds-on quotes for both West Ham and Man City to win their home matches, not with Sky Bet’s enhanced odds double to light things up.
The Hammers are quoted at 8/11 to beat the Tigers, and they look a strong bet. West Ham have have won five and lost just one of the last eight league meetings with Hull City, have won their last five home matches against the Tigers and have lost just one of their last nine matches played at Upton Park this season. No reason to desert them in favour of the out-of-form Hull.
Manchester City are 4/5 to beat the Gunners, and what more incentive will Manuel Pellegrini’s men need than having seen Chelsea deliver one of the best performances of the season on Saturday, with Mourinho’s men cruising to a 5-0 away win at Swansea. City have to muster up a response and take the game to the Gunners. A repeat of the six goal haul that they took against Arsene Wenger’s men in last season’s corresponding fixture would go down well.
If West Ham and Man City both win their Sunday fixtures, then by backing the Sky Bet price boost, you can be paid out at an enhanced odds value of 3/1