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Most punters will be eyeing up the latest renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup of course on Friday, March 13th, but there are three races to come before that, just to whet your appetite ahead of the big feature race. It all kicks off with the JCB Triumph Hurdle at 13.30 from Cheltenham.

There is some good insurance on the JCB Triumph Hurdle as online betting site Sky Bet round off their week of Cheltenham first race promotions by focusing on the first offering of the day. If the favourite wins the race, then Skybet will refund your lost stake on any loser in the field.

Running as favourite in the Triumph Hurdle 2015 betting is Peace And Co, who has been holding on to favouritims at 5/2 ahead of a bit of a congested chasing back behind. Coming in at around the 8/1 mark with online bookmaker SkyBet are Hargam, Beltor, Top Notch and Petite Parisienne.

So some good first race special insurance to take for your JCB Triumph Hurdle betting. For new customers registering an account with Sky Bet, you can make your first wager of £5 and get £20 free! Simply make your FIRST bet a single or each way bet of £5 or more on any sports market at odds of evens or above and Skybet will give you a £20 free bet back.

12th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting


Sky Bet’s great week of Cheltenham Festival 2015 betting promotions continues into Thursday, as one again the popular bookmaker have opened up insurance on the opening race of the day.

This time, the focus is on the JLT Novices’ Chase where all eyes will be on young Willie Mullins’ novice Vautour, to see if he can capture the title that his ability and promise suggests he would. He hasn’t quite been on top of his game this season though and there are good challenges in the market for Ptit Zig, Valseur Lido and Apache Stronghold.

So 2/1 favourite in JLT Novices’ Chase betting Vautour is going to have to pull out the stops to land a win in this one.

If the favourite (most likely Vautour), wins the JLT Novices’ Chase, then you will get lost stakes refunded as a free bet on every other runner in the field.

Well worth snapping up the insurance and new customers registering an account with Skybet can get £5 and get £30 free! This welcome bonus offer applies to just your first bet.

12th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting


Day One of the Cheltenham Festival 2015 is done and dusted and so quickly it is on to Wednesday’s card. Up first at 1.30pm is the Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle where Outlander and Nichols Canyon have been scrapping it out at the head of the betting market at online bookmaker Skybet.

Outlander won his Leopardstown outing in January in a Grade 2 hurdle, and the Willie Mullins-trained charge has had plenty of support. But he hasn’t been able to shake off the attention of Nichols Canyon (also Mullins) who won a Bangor hurdle race in February, his third win of the season. Either can be taken up at a 7/2 quote with Skybet.

But those two haven’t had sole attention, because there has been decent money coming in for Windsor Park and Parlour Games as well, and even Vyta Du Roc has made significant market moves.

Get your money back as a free bet from online bookmkaer Sky Bet, if your selection in the 13.30 Neptune Novices’ Hurdle comes home second or third. In such a competitive field, that is some great insurance to be snapping up to kick off the day.

If you are a new customers needing to register, then take advantage of Skybet’s great welcome bonus offer where on your new account, you can bet £5 get £20! In the Skybet Club, you can also pick yourself up a free bet each and every week as a reward for your regular sports betting.

10th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting


Online betting site Skybet are celebrating each day of the Cheltenham Festival 2015 with a great promotion on the opening race of each day. It all starts off with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on Tuesday, March 10th at 1.30 pm.

The excitement is already building to a frenzy and the opening race of Day One and therefore the Cheltenham Festival 2015, is expected to be a duel between the hotly hyped Willie Mullins entrant Douvan and Nicky Henderson’s quietly understated stayer L’Ami Serge.

You can get your Cheltenham Festival 2015 betting off to a brilliant start by taking advantage of a Money Back Special at Skybet, which is open to all customers, new and existing.

Place a bet on the 13.30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and if your horse doesn’t win, then Skybet will refund win singles and the win part of each way singles on your FIRST bet placed on the race as a free bet up to £25 the same day!

This offer only applies to your FIRST BET placed on the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle between 09:00 Thursday 5th March and 13:30 Tuesday 10th March. Any subsequent bets on the same selection or additional selections will not qualify.

Skybet also offering First Race Specials on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and these offers are available now!

Wednesday: Money Back if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd in the 13.30 Neptune Novices’ Hurdle

Thursday: Money Back if the favourite wins the 13.30 JLT Novices’ Chase

Friday: Money Back if the favourite wins the 13.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle

10th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting


The Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle is the race that starts the Cheltenham Festival 2015 betting action from the Gloucestershire course. All focus on the race has been about Willie Mullins’ entrant Douvan, who has been backed into 6/4 favouritism with online betting site Sky Bet.

Douvan made the switch across the Channel from France to Ireland and under Mullins has shown some impressive form out of the game. Punters seem to have been convinced enough by him, to the point that he has taken some heavy backing. With only two other horses in the Supreme Novices Hurdle 2015 betting field in single figures, will Douvan have his own way?

His biggest challenger is going to be Nicky Henderson’s L’Ami Serge, who has taken the kind of spotlight that Douvan has, but has been equally as impressive. He also came across from France and he is under Nicky Henderson and with some impressive wins, three in a row heading to Cheltenham, he could have the speed and stamina to upset Douvan.

Place a minimum bet of £25 on 1.30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle and if your bet doesn’t win then online betting site Sky Bet will refund all win singles as fa free bet up to £25 the same day!

A fantastic promotion for Sky Bet customer and if you need to join up to take advantage o f this Supreme Novices Hurdle betting promotion, then open an account with the bookmaker, bet £5 and get a free £20 bet back!

10th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting


One of the big races of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival 2015 is the Stan James Champion Hurdle which goes off at 3.20pm from Prestbury Park. One of the star attractions of the Festival is going to be Faugheen, who is part of the impressive stock that trainer Willie Mullins is sending out.

Faugheen will be taking on challenges from The New One, Jezki and Hurricane Fly in the race, but it is the exciting impressive Faugheen who has grabbed all of the attention because he has such a high potential ceiling to reach. Look in twelve months time because he is going to get even better.

The New One is running at 4/1 behind him, with reigning champion Jezki, ridden by AP McCoy is a 5/1 quote to defend his title. That is against the regular odds of 11/10 on Faugheen to land the win in the Champion Hurdle 2015.

Customers at Skybet can take advantage of a good price boost of 5/4 up from the 11/10 quote on Faugheen to win the Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2015..


10th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


The Skybet Price Boost for this weekend again embraces an attractive looking enhanced odds treble on Saturday’s Premier League action. The popular promotion sees customers able to take advantage of a price boost from 4/1 up to 6/1 on Manchester United, Newcastle and Stoke all landing victories!

All three games are 3pm kick offs in the Barclays Premier League. Manchester United will be looking to extend their great home form this season, and put last weekend’s defeat at Swansea behind them, with an expected victory over Sunderland at Old Trafford.

Newcastle will look to bank a home three points as well as they take on the struggling Aston Villa at St James’ Park, while the treble is rounded out by Stoke, who will be expected to take down Hull with the Tigers having lost six of their last nine away games.

The Skybet enhanced odds offer is open to all customers and new customers who want to join in on the action can enjoy a free £20 bet just for placing their first £5 single wager on the new account.

27th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Europa League

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.

New customers registering an account with online bookmaker Skybet can take advantage of the bookie’s great Skybet Club. Just get £25 worth of bets down during the week and the bookmaker will give you back a free £5 bet to use. You can grab one of these free bets each and every week with the highly rated bookie!

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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26th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Europa League


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.

21st February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Sports Betting

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.

9th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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