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Boylesports

With a confirmed deal between Liverpool and Barcelona for the sale of Luis Suarez, naturally the bookmakers were sparked into life to offer some interesting markets. The sale of Suarez will add around £75 million to Liverpool’s spending coffers over the summer, but they will probably be happy to get the striker off their books, because controversy just seems to follow him everywhere.

His latest of course was the bite on the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, which resulted in a four month ban for Suarez from all footballing activities. That didn’t prevent a move to Barcelona from happening though, although he won’t be able to train or even go to the Nou Camp before his ban is up. Suarez was banned for a bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic back in April of 2013.

You can add in the controversy between him and Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, a controversial FA Cup handball against Mansfield and making gestures at the Fulham faithful, then the departure of the 2013/14 Premier League Golden Boot winner won’t be met with much sadness on Merseyside.

Barcelona now have to deal with him and they are hoping to get his ban reduced as well. Suarez will form a deadly attack alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp. Online betting site Boylesports offered odds of 14/1 that Suarez would be banned for biting in La Liga next season. During the World Cup, a punter in Norway won 2,000 Euros after backing Suarez to bite during the 2014 World Cup.

Sky Bet are offering odds of 3/1 on Liverpool and Barcelona to meet at any stage during next season’s Champions League, and 9/2 that they will be drawn against each other in the group stage. You can also fetch odds of 11/2 on Suarez scoring against Liverpool next season. Barcelona themselves are running as second favourites at 6/5 to win La Liga next season, behind of course, Real Madrid at even money.

Just when Suarez’s debut for Barcelona will be, remains a mystery, but Sky Bet are offering odds of 8/11 on him to score on his debut with the Catalans, and a long shot of 12/1 that his debut will be an El Clasico match.


13th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Sports Betting

It is Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer betting in the final of Wimbledon and what a clash it should be. World number two Djokovic is back in the final for the third time in four years, and he will be looking to turn around his fortunes in the final since his only victory at SW19 in 2011. This is a big moment for Djokovic as he is looking to land his first Grand Slam title since the 2013 Australian Open.

Even with Djokovic having lost in his last three major finals he is running as strong 4/7 favourite to take the win over Federer. The Swiss superstar rolled back the years and confirmed that he still has what it takes to be master of the grass, as he goes in search of his eighth Grand Slam title. Federer last took the title back in 2012 when he beat Andy Murray.

With Federer cruising through to the final, having dropped just the one set along the way in his quarter final match against Stan Wawrinka, he is going to have some backing. As for Novak Djokovic he has shown some frailties in his game, but some great resilience as well. He had to come from 2-1 down in the quarter finals against Marin Cilic, and had to dig deep in an epic four set battle with Grigor Dimitrov in the semi’s.

He may not get away with throwing away a lead in the final against Roger Federer though. The head to head between the two stands at 18-16 in favour of the Swiss star and Federer has won two of the three meetings between them this season. They met in the semi final of Wimbledon back in 202 and Federer took the win in four sets.

Online betting site Skybet have a huge promotion running this weekend, where you can get afree bet to celebrate a massive weekend of sporting action. Place a £10 bet on F1, Cycling or Tennis between Friday July 4th and Sunday July 6th at Skybet and the bookmaker will be automatically credit your account with a free £5 bet to use on the World Cup.


4th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Skybet

It is a big weekend of sporting action, with the World Cup ongoing, as well as the closing action from Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix. The Tour de France also gets underway this weekend, with Britain’s Chris Froome the outright favourite.

So there is a tremendous amount of betting opportunities to come for punters and at online betting site Skybet, you can get yourself a free bet to celebrate the big weekend with.

This is great offer from the bookmaker and all that you have to do is enter the promo code SPORT in your Skybet account and then place a £10 bet on Tennis, F1 or Cycling from Friday July 4th up until midnight on Sunday 6th July and you immediately get credited with a free £5 bet to use on the World Cup?


4th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Sports Betting

Will the prior experience of Petra Kvitova winning Wimbledon give her the edge in this year’s final against first timer Eugenie Bouchard? Kvitova, the 2011 Champion went up against her fellow countrywoman and friend Lucie Safarova in the semi finals, and after a battling first set, in which Safarova in her first Grand Slam semi, refused to get shaken off. But once Kvitova had squeaked out the first set, then it was plain sailing for Kvitova in the second, dropping just the one game.

At the end of the day, it was the experience which told for Kvitova, so how much will that be a factor in the final for Petra Kvitova v Eugenie Bouchard betting? Young Canadian Eugenie Bouchard has made a rapid rise from winning the Wimbledon Juniors Title just two years ago, as she is now on the brink of landing the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles. Bouchard, who had made it to the semi finals of both the Australian Open and the French Open this season, finally broke through to her first Grand Slam final with a semi final win over number three seed Simona Halep.

The early stages of Bouchard’s match against Halep looked as if it was going to be tight, but after Romanian Halep turned her ankle in the first set, it was unlikely that she was going to last. The big trait of Bouchard’s game was aggression and once she had broken the resistance of Halep in the first set, she was able to pull away with relative ease.

It is aggression which will be Bouchard’s best weapon against Kvitova, the latter playing with a more composed and patient style. There were signs that Bouchard was getting afffected by pressure in the semi’s, as she was struggling to land her first serves. With Kvitova taking the 2011 Wimbledon title over Maria Sharapova, that should be a precious experience for her to carry into Saturday’s final. Bouchard’s experience of lifting the Junior title will pale into comparison of the atmosphere and hot bed of pressure that she will be in on Centre Court on Saturday.

Petra Kvitova is running as 8/11 favourite because of that experience on her side, with Bouchard not a bad priced underdog at all trading at 6/5.

Online betting site Skybet have a big promotion running for a big weekend of sporting action. Place a £10 bet on Tennis, F1 or Cycling between Friday and Sunday and Skybet will give you a free £5 bet to use on football!


4th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Bookmaker News

One of Sky Bet’s most popular bets is their Super 6 Jackpot. The premise is simple, where punters get to select six correct score predictions. In the first five years of the game’s launch, it had only been won twice, but in the last twelve months, the jackpot has gone three times now.

There were eight punters sweating on the result of Argentina v Switzerland at the World Cup, as they were still in with the chance of picking up the jackpot after predicting the full time (90 minutes) scores of Brazil 1 Chile 1, Costa Rica 1 Greece 1, Holland 2 Mexico 1, France 2 Nigeria 0 and Germany 0 Algeria 0.

The Sky Bet Super 6 Jackpot is free to play and is has grown tremendously in popularity in the last season alone. There was a £1 million jackpot round put up by Sky Bet back in October of last year and that produced the highest peak of entrants, closing in on 740,000.

With the Argentina v Switzerland game 0-0 at the end of 90 minutes, it left just one of the eight punters picking up the £100,000 jackpot on the Super 6. It could have been far worse for Sky Bet because the player could have covered up their correct score predictions with an accumulator which would have fetched odds of 331397/1.

Super 6’s Joe Mirtaheri said: “We’ve been left licking our wounds once again after a remarkable third win, as another player celebrates conquering a challenge which some considered virtually impossible.

“However, it’s great for the game and we just hope it will encourage more football fans to have a go, starting with the first weekend of the Sky Bet Football League season on August 9.”


1st July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Skybet

Nigeria kick off against France in their second round clash in the 2014 World Cup as pretty heavy underdogs. The odds on Nigeria to win against France have the Super Eagles out as heavy 6/1 underdogs at Skybet. That’s not too surprisingly perhaps, as Nigeria have won just one of their last eleven World Cup matches.

It has been a real mixed bag of results for the Super Eagles at the World Cup, who were only third favourites to make it out of their group which contained Argentina, Bosnia and Iran. A disappointing draw against Iran was followed with a narrow win over Bosnia, before falling at the hands of the Lionel Messi show against Argentina.

But Nigeria have scored in all but one of their previous ten World Cup matches against European sides, so they have a big trend going there, and they did bag themselves a couple against Argentina which would have given them some great confidence. They are looking to be just the fourth African side ever to make it to the quarter finals.

So they have already come through their group trial as underdogs, so can they take it a step further and beat France? The 6/1 odds on Nigeria to win against France which are available at online betting site Skybet, an offer which is great value, are tempting to have a shot at. After all, Nigeria did win the only previous meeting between them, a 1-0 victory in France back in 2009.

They don’t have the strike power that France have, no-one is going to argue that, but with the likes of Emmanuel Emenike and Peter Odemwingie, they have players who can finish chances if they fall their way. It is important for the Super Eagles to play with pace and power going forward, to really trouble the French defence.

If you fancy the African underdogs to have their day, then snap up the fantastic odds of 6/1 on Nigeria to win at Skybet. The bookmaker is also running a great promotion for this match, where they will refund lost bets on select markets if France fail to win the game in 90 minutes.

 


29th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Skybet

There is a great World Cup 2014 betting promotion running at online betting site Skybet. Brazil seem to have everything necessary to go and land football’s biggest prize in the summer. They have a star forward in Neymar, a great crop of fearless youngsters in the team and of course, the massive home support.

Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is back to lead Brazil, and he will be hoping that his exciting crop of players can land him his second World Cup as manager of the nation.

Brazil are expected to get pretty close to the title with home advantage on their side, and they have held steady in the betting markets as 3/1 favourites to lift the trophy in Rio de Janeiro on July 13th.

Place a £5 bet on the outright World Cup market at online betting site Skybet (before the tournament begins), and if Brazil do win, then your lost stake on the market will be refunded as a free bet. The free bet will come back to your account the day after the final.

The maximum refund will be £25. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Sky Bet website.

With the ante post outright winner market having seen Argentina and Germany inseparable as second favourites, there has finally been some movement, with the South Americans edging ahead at 9/2, with Germany steady at 5/1. Reigning world champions Spain can be backed at 6/1, while England can be backed at 28/1.

Head of trading Paul Wiggins said: “There’s something special about the World Cup being held in Brazil for the first time in more than 40 years and we’re looking to really get punters excited about what’s going to be a great festival of football this summer.

“We’ve already got a plethora of markets available on the tournament with more to come before the big kick-off next month.”

 


26th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Skybet

Louis van Gaal has been confirmed as new Manchester United boss, so what do the bookmakers think of his installation at Old Trafford? Online betting site Skybet have priced up Van Gaal at 11/8 to guide United to a piece of silverware in his first season in charge at the club.

There is a big summer ahead of course for Manchester United, who have a big transfer purse and need to badly overhaul their squad. While the appointment of Van Gaal has been announced, the Dutchman won’t take over until after the World Cup, where he is coaching Holland. So don’t expect the United spending spree to start until after that.

They look to be in the hunt for Seamus Coleman, Toni Kroos and Luke Shaw during the summer, all favourites to move to Old Trafford with SkyBet.

With David Moyes not lasting a full season in charge in his attempt to follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson, it is expected that the experienced Dutchman is going to be given more time than his predecessor, as Sky Bet are offering long odds of 3/1 that he won’t be in charge at the end of next season.

Manchester United are running at 11/2 to win the 2014/15 Premier League Title, and are up at 4/7 to land a top four finish which would see them back in the Champions League.

Paul Wiggins, Sky Bet’s Head of Football, said: “We’ve cut United’s title odds next season from as long as 7/1 during the end of Moyes’ reign to 11/2 when it became clear that van Gaal would be appointed, with the Dutchman odds-on for the post since shortly after we opened the market.

“Given van Gaal’s impressive CV, we’d have probably only shortened United’s outright odds further if Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola had been appointed.”


20th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Skybet

Online betting site Skybet have moved Liverpool’s odds of winning the Premier League this season from 10/3 all the way out to 8/1 after the Reds capitulated at Selhurst Park on Monday evening. What a difference a week or so makes.

Before their home defeat against Chelsea, Liverpool were running as 1/6 odds on favourites to take the title this season. That loss though was tremendously costly as it swung ascendancy back to Manchester City, who beat Everton on the weekend.

So all that Liverpool could do on Monday evening was go to Crystal Palace and pick up three points to force Man City into winning their remaining two games. After racing out to a 3-0 lead after an hour, the Reds looked to be well in control, but then one of the biggest turnarounds of the season happened in a dramatic finish.

While they were running at 3-0 up, Skybet had Liverpool at 11/4 in-play to return to the top of the table. But the Eagles fought back, scoring three goals in the last eleven minutes to give the home side a share of the spoils, and to leave Liverpool’s title dreams in tatters. The Reds did return to the top of the pile, a point ahead of Man City, but with just one game remaining for the season, against Man City’s two.

It was a devastating blow for Liverpool’s title ambitions, as Brendan Rodgers was dismayed at how his defence fell apart again the Eagles, who had only scored two goals in their previous five home matches in the top flight.

Manchester City take on Aston Villa on Wednesday and could move back to the top with simply a draw because of a far superior goal difference to that of the Reds.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis had his odds cut to 8/13 to be named LMA Manager of the Year, replacing Brendan Rodgers (7/2) as favourite for the honour.

Paul Wiggins, Sky Bet’s Head of Football, said: “Liverpool fans will not enjoy the sight of the revised outright market as their odds are more than doubled.

“We saw a fair few bets on Palace to snatch a draw at triple-figure odds and we can only assume it was Liverpool fans fearing the worst, so at least they have some financial consolation for a result which will be tough to stomach.”


6th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Jose Mourinho

It was a massive defensive effort by Chelsea at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night, earning a 0-0 away draw in their UEFA Champions League semi final match up with Atletico Madrid. Looking ahead to odds for next week’s return leg on Wednesday 30th, Chelsea are trading as 5/4 favourites to win the game on home turf with online betting site Skybet.

It was a big performance at the back, notably from John Terry, who went off injured after accidentally having his foot trodden on by team mate David Luiz. The Blues also lost keeper Petr Cech early, who had to be replaced by Mark Schwarzer. With Atletico throwing long English balls into the box, it played into the hands of the Chelsea defence.

The Blues don’t give up a lot on home soil and now they are taking slight favouritism for the match at Stamford Bridge, with the draw at 9/4 and Atletico Madrid to win at 5/2.

How much of a different match will we see?

Chelsea were an attacking non-entity out in Spain, so you imagine that they will have to show a little more adventurous. Although in doing that, will they play more into the hands of the Spaniards, who are pushing for La Liga title, so are no slouches remember. If Chelsea open up, they could leave themselves prone to the likes of Diego Costa finding more space to work in.

But the spirit is clearly there in the Chelsea side, a good response after Mourinho lost his unbeaten Premier League home record with the Stamford Bridge side on the weekend, losing 2-1 against Sunderland. In having to deal with injuries and suspensions, the spirit and organisation that Chelsea sowed at the back was reminiscent of their run to becoming UEFA Champions League winners back in 2012, beating all the odds with decidedly average (and mostly defensive) performances.

Did Atletico miss their big chance on home soil?

They didn’t look that likely to break Chelsea down to be honest, and with the Blues being a strong home side, the Spaniards will have their work cut out. But Diego Simeone’s men always have the threat of landing a deadly away goal. In the To Qualify market, bookmakers are holding firm with Atletico Madrid as 8/11 favourites, with Chelsea at Even Money to move through.

In the outright winner market in UEFA Champions League betting, Chelsea are still outside shots at a price of 4/1, jointly alongside Atletico Madrid, because the winner of the tie will have to face either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in the final.


23rd April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News










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