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After a trying season with Manchester United under Louis van Gaal, striker Robin van Persie looks to be on the brink of a move to Turkey. Online betting site Skybet suspended betting on Van Persie making a move to Fenerbahce on Sunday, the striker having been backed heavily at ridiculously short odds of 1/10 that the move was going to be made to the Turkish club. This was in reaction to reports in The Guardian that the Dutchman had already agreed a four year contract.

Van Persie’s agent Kees Vos has been in Istanbul for two days, adding fuel to the fire that he is negotiating a deal. Van Persie is set to learn his fate at Manchester United next week when he sits down with the club, but is a move to Fenerbahce imminent. It was suggested by The Guardian that the two clubs only had left the issue of settling on a fee for the player.

Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer said: “We already held Fenerbahce as clear favourites to sign Van Persie but recent media reports seem to have sparked more intense interest, with the one-sided nature of the money forcing us to pull the market.

“Van Persie has been odds-on to leave Manchester United since the transfer window re-opened and it now looks like his destination has been settled.”

5th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Football News

Neil Lennon has raced to the head of the next Leicester manager betting market, despite the man reporting that he hasn’t even been contacted by the club yet. Varying reports are stating that he wants the job and that Leicester are looking at bringing him in to replace Nigel Pearson.

Lennon is an 11/10 shot at online bookmaker Sky Bet to get the job with the Foxes, leaving the early market leader Sam Allardyce trailing in his wake bank now at a price of 6/1. Lennon has links of course to Leicester, spending four years as a player with them and the former Celtic boss has yet to test himself in a managerial capacity in the English Premier League.

Leicester head to pre-season training on Wednesday, so the club is going to have to move fast, temporarily putting assistants Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh at the helm. One other name which has been touted around a fair bit is Steve Cotterill. The Bristol City boss has managed in the Midlands three times in his career (Stoke, Notts County and Nottingham Forest) and he led the Robins to an impressive League One Championship and Johnstone’ Paint Trophy double last season.

Cotterill was originally a 33/1 shot but as the early market attracted a flurry of bets, he was in as short as 2/1 with some bookmakers, but now with the Lennon connections with Leicester, Cotterill is back as third favourite at a quote of 10/1 with online bookmaker Sky Bet. Sean Dyche is at a 14/1 quote, a couple of marks longer than Roberto Di Matteo and Esteban Cambiasso at 12/1. Guus Hiddink, who just quit the Netherlands job is a 20/1 quote.

2nd July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Football Betting

Morgan Schneiderlin turned up for the first day of training with Southampton, even though it is rumoured that he will be a Manchester United player very soon. The speculation and betting on his move to Old Trafford grew so much on Monday, that online betting site Sky Bet had to suspend betting on the transfer.

Schneiderlin, who produced an impressive season for the Saints last term, was being hunted by Arsenal, but they seem to have dropped interest in the Frenchman. The links of Schneiderlin to Old Trafford are that Louis van Gaal has apparently agreed on a £24million fee to capture him and the deal will be done on Wednesday.

Sky Bet wrote: ‘We have suspended betting on Morgan Schneiderlin joining Manchester United after laying significant business as short as 1/12 on the Southampton player signing for the Old Trafford club.’

The 25-year-old would be United’s second signing of the transfer window, after Memphis Depay was confirmed in May.

Sergio Ramos is a 5/6 quote to join Manchester United as well as United have reportedly fired off a £28.6m bid for the Real Madrid defender. The rumours here are that Ramos had told the Spanish giants that he want to move to Old Trafford, despite having two years left on his contract at the Bernabeu.

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


It should be a pretty exciting and fascinating opening to the 2015 Royal Ascot, as there is a great card lining up in the Queen Anne Stakes which gets underway at 2:30 pm. This is the curtain-raiser to the festival and punters always like to get themselves off to a winning start for a festival and this looks as if it will be a solid battle between four challengers at the head of the market.

Solow has held steady as 6/4 favourite with online betting site Skybet for the Queen Anne Stakes and has looked impressive having been dialled back to a mile. While he has been holding favouritism, he is likely to come under some heavy challenges by Able Friend and Night of Thunder in particular in the race. Hong Kong’s Able Friend has a good turn of foot, but not always around the turns. So the fact that the Queen Anne Stakes is a straight race will suit him perfectly and is looking some good value at a quote of 2/1.

Last year’s 2,000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder has received some heavy backing, to the point of being cut into a price of 4/1 with Skybet for the race. That Guineas win saw him beat out Kingman and Australia) and shouldn’t have any issues in the straight mile of the Queen Anne Stakes. The only other runner in the field in single figures is Toormore who is back at an 8/1 quote with Skybet.

Place an outright bet on the Queen Anne Stakes and if your horse loses, then online bookmaker Sky Bet will refund your lost stake as a free bet! So if your horse does no’t win, the bookmaker will refund win singles and the win part of each way singles on your FIRST BET as a free bet up to £25 the same day! Free bets will expire after 2 days of credit so don’t forget to use them.

16th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Euro 2016 Betting

Thanks to Gareth Bale, marking his 50th cap with a goal, Wales took a huge win over Belgium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. The 1-0 win wasn’t big on the scoreline, but in terms of importance for Wales in trying to reach France 2016 it was. The victory over the Red Devils saw Wales take command at the top of Euro 2016 qualification Group B, now holding a three-point lead over Belgium.

It was hero Bale who bagged his fifth goal of the qualifiers, who struck in the 25th minute of the game, and the Welsh had to dig in to protect that valuable goal against some intense pressure from the visiting Belgians, who were boasting big game players like Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke. The win for Wales puts them five points clear of third-placed Israel, and the home nation now look a sure shot to be in next summer’s finals.

Wales are 11/10 second favourites to win Group B behind the 10/11 quote on Belgium at online betting site Skybet. No-one else is going to get in the picture to win the group, and Wales are now 1/16 odds on to qualify for Euro 2016.

Wales have four qualification matches left now, two of them at home against Israel and Andorra while they hit the road for trips to Cyprus and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Friday night’s victory saw Wales extend their unbeaten Euro 2016 qualification record to W4 D2 L0.

Online bookmaker Bet Victor are offering a quote of 9/4 on all 4 home nations (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland) all to qualify for the finals and 33/1 that England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all make it.

13th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting


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

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