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12th September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Free Bets & Promotions
There is a big price boost running at online betting site Sky Bet for this weekend’s Premier League action. This is a great offer and something which they do weekly and you just need to sign up and be a Sky Bet customer to take advantage of the price boost which can bring you in some extra profit.
On offer this weekend is a Price Boost of 6/1 enhanced odds on Arsenal, Man City and Swansea all to win. That is up from the industry average of 9/2.
Arsenal have a winnable home match as they take on Stoke who haven’t managed to turn all of their summer signings into a win yet. Manchester City are out on the road, but the champions-elect are expected to make it five wins from five for the start of the season as they visit Crystal Palace.
Swansea, who beat Manchester United just before the international break will be looking to continue their strong start to the season and they face Watford who haven’t managed a shot on target in their last two games now in the top flight. With Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis going so well, the Swans are favourites for the win there.
Open a Sky Bet account and get a £20 free bet when you place your first bet of just £5. Then, with the Sky Bet Club you can get £5 every week when you bet a total of £25 too!
9th September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein from Jordan has confirmed that he will be competing in the FIFA Presidential Election to replace Sepp Blatter as the head of the world football’s governing body. The 39 year was in May’s voting where he took Blatter to a second round of votes before standing down in the contest.
Prince Ali joins UEFA President Michel Platini as oneof the confirmed candidates in the race to get the top job in world football. Prince Ali has been vocal in his criticism of both the way that FIFA was being ran and the philosophies of his opponent Michel Platini. The elections are due to be held on February 26th next year.
“This election should be about football, not personal ambition. We have come too far to walk away now,” Ali said.
“We must overcome deep-seated corruption but I was not brought up to walk away from a tough fight. This is about right and wrong.”
Platini remains strong 8/11 favourite to get the top job and he already has the support of one of the key votes from Asia which is likely to tip things in favour of the Frenchman. Former Fifa executive Chung Mong-joon of South Korea has also indicated that he will run in next year’s election, as has Liberian FA president Musa Bility. They are are 14/1 and 33/1 respectively.
Referring to May’s election, Ali who is 5/2 in Next FIFA President betting added: “I was the only person who dared to challenge Blatter, I ran because I believe that Fifa needs change.
“I had the courage when others feared. They didn’t have the guts to run, but I did.”
4th September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Free Bets & Promotions
There’s no action from the Premier League or Championship this weekend of course because of all the Euro 2016 qualifiers going on but there is still some good domestic action that you can get your teeth into and you can even enjoy a free bet as well thanks to a promotion from online betting site Skybet.
Sky Bet are the Football League sponsors and they are offering a £10 free in-play bet if you place a £25 pre-match single selection on any televised Football League game this weekend.
For a listed match you just need to opt in to the offer in the Skybet Sportsbook within the promotional period. Then customers must place a single bet of at least £25 on a pre-match market on the game which they have opted in to within the promotional period at odds of 1/2 or above.
From League One this weekend you have the Southend v Peterborough clash being shown live and this should be an interesting scrap with both struggling to pick up the pace this season. On Sunday Burton v Coventry is the live game which is action from up at the other end of the table, both starting the weekend inside the top five.
From League Two this weekend you have Sunday’s fixture of Bristol Rovers v Oxford to enjoy watching. Oxford start the weekend in fifth place, Rovers in seventh but both are on nine points after good starts. Rovers are 17/10 to take the home win, with Oxford at 2/1.
Open an account with online betting site Skybet and not only will you receive a free £10 bet but you will also qualify for their Sky Bet Club where each and every week you can earn yourself a free bet on your account just from doing your regular betting!
2nd September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Novelty Betting & Other Events Betting
The new cast of “celebrities’” have been released for the new season of Strictly Come Dancing and even though the list has been criticised for being the weakest lineup ever for the show, judge Bruno Tonioli has told people just to enjoy the show and embrace it for what it is.
Former pop star Peter Andre has immediately moved to the head of the market at a quote of 4/1 with bookmaker Skybet and his dancing background has to put him at a bit of an advantage going into the show. Closest to him in the Strictly Come Dancing betting market is Jay McGuiness of The Wanted who has admitted that he is going to need to work on smiling.
Strong early market contenders are Georgia May Foote who played Katy Armstrong in Coronation Street. She is trading at 7/1 quote along with former pop star and now chat show host Jamelia and actress Helen George. Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher is a 9/1 quote leaving the rest of the market at 12/1 bar. Bringing up the rear as outrider is BBC radio presenter Jeremy Vine at a 40/1 quote, with weather presenter Carol Kirkwood at 33/1.
2015 Strictly Come Dancing Betting Odds
Peter Andre 4/1, Jay McGuiness 11/2, Georgia May Foote 7/1, Helen George 7/1, Jamelia 7/1, Kirsty Gallacher 9/1, Anthony Ogogo 12/1, Daniel O’Donnell 14/1, Kellie Bright 16/1, Ainsley Harriott 22/1, Iwan Thomas 22/1, Anita Rani 22/1, Katie Derham 25/1, Carol Kirkwood 33/1, Jeremy Vine 40/1
10th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Arsenal have gone on the massive drift in the Sky Bet Premier League outright winner market. The Gunners were sunk in a shock 2-0 home defeat on Sunday against West Ham, a side who they had beaten in each of their last nine Premier League outings. It was indeed a shock result and one that took all the shine off Arsenal’s pre-season optimism.
The Gunners had been 9/2 pre-season to win the Premier League title, having received some strong backing after beating Chelsea in the Community Shield. After Chelsea had drawn their home opener against Swansea on Saturday evening, Arsenal were in to a price of 7/2.
However, Skybet decided to oppose the Gunners heavily by slapping a price of 11/2 on them to win the Premier League outright this season, the biggest prize on offer across the industry.
Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer said: “Arsenal were noticeably off the pace and while they’ll improve, giving Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and likely Manchester City an early advantage rates a disastrous way to begin the new season.
“There was real optimism pre-season, especially following the signing of Petr Cech, but his nightmare debut and Olivier Giroud’s performance are real concerns. We’re happy to lay them.”
Chelsea, who could only manage a home draw against Swansea after keeper Thibaut Courtois had been sent off, drifted to 9/4 Saturday evening, but were back into 15/8 in Premier League outright betting on Sunday. Manchester United are at 4/1, while all the major players left Liverpool untouched out at 28/1.
5th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Free Bets & Promotions
Online bookmaker Sky Bet have added some extra value to the Football League title races that will be happening in the 2015/16 season. Across the three tiers of the Football League (Championship, League 1 and League 2) there will be 72 teams scrapping it out for final positions across long, arduous season.
In the Championship, Middlesbrough are 5/1 favourites to win the crown this season, follow db y Derby who are 6/1 quotes. Hull, who suffered Premier League relegation last season, then come in at 10/1 to bounce back in style.
Sheffield United are 4/1 favourites at Skybet to walk off with the League 1 title, with Wigan behind their closest mark in the outright market at a price of 6/1. Down in League 2, the heavily-backed Portsmouth are trading as 10/3 favourites, holding off the backing that Luton at 6/1 have received in the market. The only other team under double figures in League 2 is Oxford at 9/1.
Sky Bet’s outright odds on the Football League titles now include each-way terms of four places thanks to a new offer from the bookmaker.
Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer said: “As proud sponsor of the Football League, we’re always looking to offer our customers something more, be it the chance to win their club £250,000 with the Transfer Fund or #requestabet.
“With this stand-out offer and an unrivalled range of markets ready to go for the new season, we’re confident that we’ve created the number one home for Football League punters.”
12th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Football League sponsors Sky Bet have handed over £250,000 prize money to Championship outfit Derby Country after supporter Richard Jones landed them the cash in the Sky Bet Transfer Fund. The competition ran by online betting site Sky Bet was drawn to a conclusion on the weekend live on Sky Sports and Jones saw his name pulled out of the hat.
All of the entrants to the competition were whittled down to the final ten for the live draw at random and then Derby were the final benefactors leaving the other nine finalists Peterborough, Carlisle, Ipswich, Cardiff, Rotherham, Coventry, Newport, Bolton and Southend empty handed.
Jones pocketed £5,000 for himself and Derby get the huge boost of cash which can either be spent on signing new players or on current wagers. Derby has already been busy this summer bringing in Darren Bent, Alex Pearce, Scott Carson, Chris Baird, Andreas Weimann and Tom Ince after just missing out on the Championship play-offs last term.
”We’re really pleased,” said Brandon Furse, head of ticketing, analytics and technology at Derby. ”We’re pleased for Rich Jones and we thank him for putting us forward.
“This money will certainly help. We’ve got a new football management team at Derby. This will certainly help to strengthen us and it could make a difference.
“We’ve been close the last couple of seasons and, who knows, this might just be the player that scores us that goal or saves that goal for us. We’ll put it to very, very good use.”
Derby is the second winners of the Sky Bet Transfer Fund, Nottingham Forest being the inaugural winners last December, who used the funds to get Chelsea’s Todd Kane and Aston Villa’s Gary Gardner on loan.
9th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
There has been a shock new name riding at the top of the Next Leicester manager market. Former Everton winger Predrag ‘Preki’ Radosavljevic has announced that he has accepted a coaching job in the UK, but he hasn’t announced just at which club that is. It’s a strange situation and with the Foxes actively on the hunt for a new boss after firing Nigel Pearson, bookmakers were quick to put two and two together and put him as 2/1 favourite at the head of the market.
The fact that the Foxes are the only Premier League side who don’t currently have a manager has been enough for bookmakers like Sky Bet to suspect that something is going on. The turnover in favourites in next Leicester manager betting market has been staggering. Sam Allardyce took early favouritism immediately after the Pearson sacking was announced and everyone from Jurgen Klopp (25/1) through Guus Hiddink and Neil Lennon have been touted as next managers at the King Power Stadium.
A new name on the block is former USA head coach Bob Bradley who has moved into 3/1 second favourite at Sky Bet for the Leicester role. There has been little to hint at anything happening there though. Only 4/1 quote Neil Lennon joins Radosavljevic in single figures, Guus Hiddink, after leaving the Holland job leads the rests of the pack at 10/1.
8th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The first winner of the Sky Bet Transfer Fund competition went to Nottingham Forest fan Shaun Lander last December, with the supporter winning a quarter of a million for his club. The Transfer Fund is back at Sky Bet and from over 100,000 entrants this time around, the final ten have randomly been drawn and are a massive step closer to winning the prize.
Sky Bet, who are the sponsors of the Football League, aim to help out one club financially by giving away cash. The winner of the Sky Bet Transfer Fund competition will win £5,000 for themselves and the quarter of a million for their nominated club.
Customers at Sky Bet were able to enter the Sky Bet £250,000 Transfer Fund competition by linking their Sky Bet account to their favourite Football League club. For every £1 bet placed thereafter they generated one transfer fund token towards the draw.
The final selection takes place from 1200 BST at the Sky Sports Studios on Friday July 10, are, and these are the ten (and their linked clubs) who are in the running:
- Richard Jones, Derby County
- David Ward, Peterborough United
- Dean Goddard, Carlisle United
- Spencer Todd, Ipswich Town
- Mr Mawani, Cardiff City
- Jason Cusworth, Rotherham United
- Sandeep Bharj, Coventry City
- Dan Ward, Newport County
- Conor Smyth, Bolton Wanderers
- Richard Milne, Southend United
The final draw will be hosted by top Sky Sports News HQ presenters Jim White and Natalie Sawyer.
White said: “It is going to be really exciting to see another fan win £250,000 for their Football League club.
“You can only imagine how the chairman, manager and players of the winning club are going to react when they hear the news!
“And the lucky winning fan collects £5,000. So we are going to have a room full of extremely happy people.”
Head of Sponsorship Edwin Martin said: “The £250,000 Transfer Fund has proven extremely popular with Football League fans up and down the country.
“Every fan who entered had a chance of making a huge difference to their club next season.”
The winning club will also be able to spend the £250,000 on players’ wages.
5th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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.”