Even since the line up for the new season of Dancing On Ice betting was announced, former Eastenders star Matt Lapinskas was installed as favourite. It seems as if the actor has a bit of an unfair advantage in the running for the competition, as the producers have clearly targeted someone who knows what he is doing. Right out of the blocks, Lapinskas looked supremely comfortable and talented in the dance routines on the ice. That is why Lapinskas is 11/10 favourite in 2013 Dancing On Ice betting at online bookmaker Bet365. So is there value beyond him? The answer has to be yes, because there may be a flaw in the producers plan. Lapinskas is so good that he doesn’t look as if he has room to get any better.
That could play to the strengths of other competitors were true value is in the market. Take Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle for example. She seems to be the only one to really be anywhere near to the level of Lapinskas. Naturally graceful and agile thanks to her background in artistic dance, on the ice she looks as if there is room for improvement and that could make her a stronger wager than Lapinskas. It is because of her progress through the competition producing growth that Tweddle could surpass the outright favourite. When you line up Lapinskas and Tweddle together, they are at the head of the field and perhaps everyone else is just making up the numbers.
However, there are a couple in the field who really could make a bit of splash because of the underdog factor. Former Wales rugby star Gareth Thomas for example came out in his first attempt with an incredibly tricky routine (probably the hardest of everyone else). While he came under fire from the judges, he wasn’t that bad. Trading at value of 6/1 with online bookmaker Bet365 Thomas looks the one most likely to usurp the two at the head of 2013 Dancing on Ice betting. Thomas has plenty of strength of course for lifting his partner and he should get more nimble as the competition progress. Here is a case of where real growth could happen and that will be noted more by the judges and the entire population of Wales above Lapinskas’s natural, consistent talent.
Olympic boxer Luke Campbell could go far, not only because of his looks and charm, but make a decent outside shot because of some decent ability on the ice. Again, the factor would be growth for him and anyone else in the competitive field, like Shayne Ward and Samia Ghadie. The competition really won’t get going under the wheat is separated from the chaff. Rank outsiders like Keith Chegwin, Joe Pasquale and Anthea Turner are all just making up the numbers, securing passage through to the final for the main contenders, as well as giving the chasing pack time to improve.
So while Lapinskas remains the outright favourite, Tweddle looks the stronger challenger with Gareth Thomas the best outside shot.
2013 Dancing on Ice Betting odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Matt Lapinskas 11/10, Beth Tweddle 9/4, Gareth Thomas 6/1, Shayne Ward 12/1, Samia Ghadie 14/1, Luke Capmbell 14/1, Oona King 66/1
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