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Eurovision 2018 Latest Odds and Preview

Novelty Betting & Other Events Betting
A record 43 countries will be taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from Armenia to the Ukraine. All of the contestants are from countries who are members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). If the weight of money is an indicator then ISRAEL (15/8 with BetVictor) is already well on the way to a fourth victory in the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon this weekend. That would make it the joint sixth most successful country ever in the competition - not bad for a country that isn't even in Europe! Australia is also prominent in the betting (a best 12/1) and you can't get much further away from Europe than Sydney! Israel's last winner was Dana International in 1998 but there are very high hopes for Netta and her song 'Toy' this year and bookmakers have been on the retreat since the turn of the year. While it's unfair to say that the versatile 25-year-old has been backed to the exclusion of all others, it would be a shock of seismic proportions if Israel didn't qualify comfortably from the first semi-final and wow the audience in the final itself at the Altice Arena. Following their maiden success last year, PORTUGAL is staging the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time this year but it's not beyond the realms of possibility that home fans will be celebrating another strong showing from Claudia Pascoal. The 100/1 available with Betfred is quite an enticement as we've heard a lot worse than Claudia's song 'O Jardim' and she'll be backed on stage by the vocals of creator and producer Isaura - the hosts are one of only six countries guaranteed a final spot. France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom are the others but none of that quintet currently feature among the top half-dozen in the betting. French duo Madame Monsieur have been the most popular with punters but are still available at 20/1 with Betfred and their entry 'Mercy' only reached number three in the French charts. It does sound a little dated but could give FRANCE their best result for many years. Eurovision is the musical version of Marmite - you either love it of you hate it! Voting is often political or geographical and the best song doesn't always get the votes it deserves. That said, Portugal's entry last year was head and shoulders above the majority and there have been other deserving winners in recent years, including Norway in 2009 and Sweden in 2015. IRELAND have not won Eurovision since 1996 but are still the country with most victories. Ryan O'Shaughnessy's 'Together' is a hark back to the days of Johnny Logan but is not expected to figure among the front-runners at 300/1 with Sportingbet. If the Irish entry has a retro theme, similar accusations can be levelled against the UK entry 'Storm'. Is SuRie trying to resurrect the ghost of Katrina and The Waves? It was a clear-cut winner of the UK heat but I find it repetitive and boring and I suspect many of the European juries will think the same. It's available at a general 125/1 and, to be honest, should be at least double those odds to win Eurovision 2018. RUSSIA is being shunned by most of Europe at present but is back in the Eurovision fold after they were refused permission to compete in Ukraine last year. However, it is unlikely that disabled artiste Julie Samoylova will elicit much sympathy and ' I Won't Break' is available at 150/1. If there is a dark horse in this year's competition it could be AUSTRIA as Cesar Sampson has a solid Eurovision pedigree and 'Nobody But You' is the product of a team of writers who have worked with Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend so they know how to put a son together.  Austria can be backed at a general 66/1 while manufactured band Equinox have been backed in recent days to give BULGARIA their first-ever win (now a best 7/1).

Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Current Best Odds

Israel 15/8, Bulgaria 7/1, Czech Republic 8/1, Australia 12/1, Estonia 13/1, France 20/1, Norway and Sweden 25/1, Belgium 33/1, Greece and Spain 40/1, Italy and Finland 50/1, Austria and Netherlands 66/1, Belarus 80/1, Cyprus, Denmark, Portugal, Germany, Lithuania, Armenia and Ukraine 100/1, Russia, Moldova, Latvia, Azerbaijan and United Kingdom 150/1, Macedonia, Hungary, Serbia, Georgia and Malta 250/1, 300/1 and Upwards Others (Odds correct at 10.30am on April 23)

2018 Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship Odds – Horse Racing

Horse Racing Betting
The 2018 Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship runs this year from May 5 to October 20. I must say, I'm not a fan of partitioning off sections of any bona fide full season for purposes of awarding titles. It's like saying we're not going to count the August of a Premier League season, or matches played in May. I can see the sense in having separate championships for the All-Weather and Turf seasons in the UK but the Flat season proper started with the Lincoln in March and ends with the November Handicap at Doncaster in, funnily enough, November. Why jockeys', and trainers' for that matter, hard work for 10 weeks of the year should count for nought in statistical terms seems grossly unfair, especially for those not tied to big stables or backed by wealthy owners. However, that didn't prevent Silvestre De Sousa from being crowned champion jockey again in 2017, two years after he first won the title. The Brazilian is a freelance nowadays but has refuted claims that he may not have the hunger for a third title bid. Hunger is a phenomenon not uncommon to jockeys in general but it doesn't reapply to De Sousa. His natural weight is around 8st, the minimum for riding on the Flat, and fasting has never been a major part of his regime. The 37-year-old was briefly retained jockey for Godolphin but that proved an unfruitful alliance. He's rediscovered his desire for race-riding since severing connections and will again get plenty of rides this season from old mentor Mark Johnston so it is understandable why bookmakers have installed him as their odds-on favourite to retain his title (1/2 with Betway). To be honest, his only serious rival looks to be Andrea Atzeni (a best 7/1). Born in Sardinia, Atzeni has become the man for the big occasion. Now attached to the Newmarket stables of Roger Varian, he also gets plenty of outside rides. He's 10 years younger than De Sousa and 2018 probably represents his best chance yet to become champion jockey, though only if he applies himself to finding rides up and down the country. There are other more well-known names in the betting to become 2018 Stobart Flat Jockey Champion but Jim Crowley is going to be claimed by his retainer Hamdan al-Maktoum on most occasions and the 2016 champion is 10/1 with Betway to regain his crown. Ryan Moore (a general 14/1) will again divide his time between Ireland and the UK riding for Ballydoyle while William Buick (20/1 with William Hill) is rarely seen riding in the colours of any owner apart from Godolphin, who pick and choose carefully where they send their horses and also employ James Doyle (40/1 with Betway) on a full-time basis.

2018 Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship Best Odds

Silvestre De Sousa 1/2, Andrea Atzeni 7/1, Jim Crowley 11/1, Ryan Moore, William Buick and Danny Tudhope 20/1, Oisin Murphy 25/1, Adam Kirby 33/1, James Doyle and Luke Morris 50/1, Paul Hanagan, Joe Fanning and Pat Cosgrave 66/1, Fran Berry, Josephine Gordon, David Egan, Frankie Dettori, PJ McDonald, Jamie Spencer and Kieran Shoemark 100/1


Aintree Festival and Grand National Special Offers – Horse Racing Bets

Horse Racing Betting
If your bookmaker is not offering non runner-no bet on Saturday's Randox Health Grand National, my advice would be to go elsewhere. The going for the start of the Aintree meeting has reverted to soft, good to soft in places after further rain on Merseyside. That could lead to a fresh raft of withdrawals from Saturday's big race and give fresh hope to connections of those horses formerly thought likely to miss out via the ballot system, which only has room for the top 40 in the handicap at the final 48-hour declaration stage. There has been a call this week to bring forward the final declarations to five days for the Grand National and thus increase the excitement and give the public more time to study the final field and place their bets. However, with non runner-no bet, there is no danger of losing stakes so the argument from a betting angle doesn't really hold water. Betway are offering a free bet the same as your stake if your selection loses on the first race of ITV coverage on any day at Aintree, though only on singles as long as you stake between £2 and £10. Unibet are guaranteeing best odds if you take a price about your selection after 10.00am on the day of the race but that applies in general and not just to Aintree this week. Elsewhere, 888sport probably have the most attractive offer for new customers. As long as at least £10 is staked and the customer applies 'Profit Boost Ticket' to his single or accumulator, the bookmaker will pay treble the odds on the Grand National winner and pay the extra in cash into the account. No doubt we'll be getting a multitude of special bets on the big race when the final field is announced on Thursday morning but wagering on winning distances, number of finishers or the fate of lady jockeys Bryony Frost, Katie Walsh and Rachael Blackmore are very much niche markets which are generally undeserving of big stakes.

Betway 4 To Score Prediction Competition

Testing your powers of prediction can be an exciting thing to look forward to every week, especially when you are standing with a chance of winning a share of a big prize pot each week and free entry as well. That is exactly what is on offer at Betway through their 4 To Score promotion which simply asks you to predict which team will score first in each of the top four leagues in England. The competition focuses on a Saturday’s action every week (3 pm kick offs) and the total prize pot for each round is £25,000. Each customer at Betway will get one free entry each week to make their predictions with and the four eligible leagues are the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two. There is a caveat to that, as sometimes the leagues in question will change, for example on FA Cup weekends where there are no Premier League and Championship fixtures.

The Prediction

You will be picking four teams, one from each of the four divisions for the given round of the Betway 4 To Score Prediction Competition. You will then need each of those four teams to score the first goal in their respective division for that round of action to win.

Terms and Conditions.

There is just one entry per account holder per week and the entries must be confirmed before the kick off in the first eligible match each Saturday. An entry cannot be cancelled or edited once it has been submitted. The first scoring team is based on the minute of the match and if there is an occasion where two or more teams from the same league score in the same minute then both teams will be deemed as winners. An example of a minute for the promotion is 03:00 to 03:59. You are looking at the time of a goal being scored, not the time of day to count for the promotion. So a team scoring after five minutes in a 5.30 pm kick off beats a team scoring after 10 minutes in a 3.00 pm kick off. Betway uses the BBC for goal timings. If there are two or more players correctly predicting the first team to score in all divisions, then the prize is split equally between them and if there happens to be no correct predictions for a week, then the prize won’t roll over for the next round.

15 minutes for a £25,000 win for Betway punter

A punter at Betway had a blinder of weekend recently, after some random selections in the operator‚Äôs ‚Äė4 to Score‚Äô game landed them a ¬£25,000 win. The punter, John Bolton, 32, from Llanharan, South Wales ended up with the picks of Plymouth, Morecambe, Eastlight and Brackley in the competition. With all four of them scoring within 15 minutes of kick off in their games, it landed the huge prize¬†for the punter who said: ‚ÄúI‚Äôve played 4 to Score a few times this season and the closest I‚Äôve been is two correct selections, but I really enjoy playing the game. ‚ÄúFor me it‚Äôs life-changing.‚ÄĚ Betway 4 to Score competition is where players predict which side will be the first one to score in the 3pm kick offs in England‚Äôs top four leagues The Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two. There is a ¬£25k prize up for grabs for anyone who can correctly predict it. But last weekend was FA Cup action and that meant a chance in the leagues on offer in the Betway 4 to Score promotion, namely League One, League Two, National League and National League North. Betway Alan Alger, said: ‚ÄúWhat a fantastic start to 2018 for John. Just 15 minutes into Saturday afternoon‚Äôs football and he has scooped an incredible ¬£25,000. ‚ÄúWe wish him all the best for his upcoming holiday and his house hunting when he comes back from America.‚ÄĚ

All-Weather Championships Day Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 30

Horse Racing Betting
There was a time, not long ago, when betting shop staff and many associated with the betting and horse race industries could count on three days off in the year. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day remain sacrosanct in the UK, for the time being at least, but Good Friday was just too much of an opportunity for bookmakers to resist for long. They won their battle with the Christian faith and now Finals Day of the All-Weather Championships has become a permanent fixture. Staged at Lingfield, the spiritual home of all-weather racing in England, there are six championship races worth in excess of £1 million. The six races have attracted 62 top-class entries, including runners from Ireland and France, and 14 line up for the apprentice handicap which gets everything under way. The best is saved to last, however, with the Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championship, worth £124,5000 to the winner, ending proceedings. Run over 1m2f, this year's feature surprisingly includes only one who contested the race 12 months ago. Battalion finished sixth but it's difficult to envisage Jamie Osborne's eight-year-old faring any better this time and bookmakers agree with 10Bet pricing him up at 33/1.

Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championship Best Odds

Master The World 7/2, Victory Bond and Mr Owen 4/1, Utmost 13/2, Star Archer 9/1, Abe Lincoln and Petite Jack 14/1, Battle Of Marathon and Pactolus 20/1, Battalion 33/1 The form of several leading contenders is closely intertwined. Master The World beat Utmost, Petite Jack and Battalion in the Listed Churchill Stakes over the course and distance back in November. Utmost then beat Victory Bond, Battle Of Marathon and Petite Jack in the Winter Derby Trial last month. Master The World was beaten narrowly by MR OWEN in the Winter Derby itself but awarded the race in the stewards' room after the first-past-the-post veered under pressure in the closing stages and caused interference. Now that he's proved he stays 1m2f, David Simcock's six-year-old can finally come of age and land the big prize and has to be the value at 4/1 with 10Bet given he's old rival, who isn't as well drawn, is half a point shorter. The Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes is, as you would expect by its name, the longest race on the card. It features smart stayers like Mark Johnston's grey Watersmeet, who is seeking a four-timer, and Ralph Beckett's mare Mountain Bell while Maxime Guyon has travelled over to ride French raider Funny Kid. But it might be worth siding with the classy RED VERDON, who steps up from a 1m4f but would not be running in this if Ed Dunlop didn't believe he'd stay - the 10/3 with 10Bet is too big to resist. 

Manchester City Trophy Multiples Betting Odds

Football Betting
After their tense battle in midweek against Leicester in the quarter finals of the EFL Cup, Manchester City continues to fire on all fronts this season. Some bookmakers have already paid out on them winning the Premier League title and they are around the 1/33 across the board at other bookmakers to capture the title. But just how much further than that could they go? A double? A treble? A quadruple? They look in pretty good shape to go and make an assault on all of the competitions that they are going for. They are the 3/1 outright favourite to win the UEFA Champions League this season, the 5/1 outright favourites in the FA Cup despite being drawn against Premier League opponents Burnley in the third round, plus after receiving a semi final draw in the EFL Cup against Bristol City, they are not too surprisingly the odds on favourites to win the League Cup as well. Betway have great markets open for Manchester City Trophy Multiples who you can make a wager on what you think that the Citizens will get in their hands this season. For example, they are an 8/11 price to get the Premier League and the EFL Cup titles this season and given their strong position in the domestic top flight, that really has to be the banker of any bet on Manchester City winning multiple pieces of silverware. The Citizens are 5/1 to get the Premier League and the FA Cup double this season, but really the one that they want more than anything, besides the Premier League title, is going to be the UEFA Champions League. The Citizens are 14/5 to win the Premier League and the Champions League this season while they are a 19/2 price to just land the domestic treble.

Man City Trophy Multiples betting odds

Premier League/EFL Cup 8/11 Premier League/Champions League 14/5 Premier League/FA Cup 5/1 Champions League/EFL Cup 6/1 FA Cup/EFL Cup 9/1 Premier League/EFL Cup/FA Cup 19/2 Champions League/FA Cup 20/1 Premier League/Champions League, FA Cup 22/1 Premier League/Champions League/FA Cup/EFL Cup 33/1 Manchester City have suffered just the one defeat all season across all competitions and that was a dead rubber on match day six of the UEFA Champions league out at Shakhtar Donetsk. City’s David Silva has been backed into 13/2 in the PFA Player of the Year award, with Kevin De Bruyne 8/13 odds on favourite at Betway.

Betway agree new three year deal for UK Championship snooker

The current sponsor of the UK Snooker Championship, Betway have dedicated themselves to producing further support of the sport. They will be keeping the prestigious tournament in its sponsorship portfolio as the operator has agreed on a new three-year deal and that continues their huge support of the sport. Forming part of the sports Triple Crown, alongside the Masters and World Championship, this latest partnership continues the initial two year ¬£850,000 deal agreed two years ago. Barry Hearn, World Snooker Chairman, said: ‚ÄúWe are delighted to welcome Betway on board for at least another three years, especially as they are such a fantastic team to work with. ‚ÄúThis year we celebrate 40 years of the UK Championship and remember the iconic moments that this marvellous tournament has produced. Last year we saw an incredible final between Mark Selby and Ronnie O‚ÄôSullivan which proved the remarkable skill of the players at the top level. Betway CEO Anthony Werkman, added: ‚ÄúThe Betway UK Championship is a fantastic event to be involved with and we‚Äôre really happy to be extending our partnership for a further three years. ‚ÄúContinuing our sponsorship in snooker, and particularly with a top level event like the Betway UK Championship, is really important as we look to build on the strong growth we have achieved in recent years.‚ÄĚ Betway are also current¬†sponsor of the Grand national Festival at Aintree and they are the principal sponsors of Premier League side West Ham as well.

Snooker Betway UK Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Snooker Betting
The UK Championship begins on November 28th and runs through to December 10th. This is the eleventh ranking event of the 2017/18 snooker season and going back to defend his title at the Barbican Centre in York is Mark Selby. The winner of the tournament this year will collect £170,000. It is a massive 128 man field stepping out in action for the UK Championship and at the head of the market, it is Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan who are joint 4/1 at sponsors Betway. Snooker UK Championships 2017 Infographic It was a showdown between Selby and O'Sullivan in last year’s final and it was another great battle between the two of them. Selby had won six of the eight afternoon frames to race out to a big lead, but as expected, O’Sullivan came out blazing and fought his way back into contention, but was edged out 10-7 in the end. That was Selby's second UK Championship title, denying O’Sullivan his sixth title at the event.

UK Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds

Mark Selby 4/1, Ronnie O'Sullivan 4/1, Judd Trump 6/1, Ding Junhui 9/1, John Higgins 10/1, Neil Robertson 16/1, Shaun Murphy 22/1, Barry Hawkins 25/1, Marco Fu 25/1, Kyren Wilson 33/1, Mark Allen 33/1, bar 40/1

UK Championship Snooker 2017 Seedings

Each of the top eight seeds for the Betway UK Championship draw will each going into a different section of the draw. As top seed, Selby goes at the very top of the draw in section one and second seed Ding Junhui goes at the very bottom of the draw so the top seeds would stay apart until the final. The full top eight seedings in order are Mark Selby, Ding Junhui, Judd Trump, John Higgins, Shaun Murphy, Mark Allen, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Marco Fu.

The Draw

So the set up for the draw in terms of which seeds could potentially fall against another in the knockout stages is all important to have a look at. In the top half of the draw, there is Mark Selby in the first section, Marco Fu in the second section, Shaun Murphy in the third second and John Higgins in the fourth section. So that isn’t a bad prospect for Mark Selby at all. It means that if he were to get through this quarter, his quarter final tie could be against no-one ranked higher than Marco Fu. Third seed Judd Trump has to be happy with his draw in the top section of the bottom half of the draw, but it all does leave the prospect of a quarter final showdown between O’Sullivan and Fu and the winner of that could have to meet Trump in the semis.

Mark Selby

So Selby has been here before and won it. History is a little bit against him though as no player since Stephen Hendy back in 1996 has managed to successfully defend a UK Championship title. That does show how hard it is. But then Selby does go into the event on the back of decent form having won the Haining Open and the International Championship recently. While he doesn’t have anyone higher than 16th seed Mark Williams in his section of the draw, there could be a tricky quarter final ahead through against Marco Fu (former finalist) or perhaps Neil Robertson (former winner). Just the fact that the title is so hard to defend, may deter punters.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan could become the joint-most successful player ever in the history of the UK Championship by winning his sixth title. Only Steve Davis has done that before. O’Sullivan’s last title at the event was just back in 2014 and he was back in the final last year where he just came up short. But with a win at the English Open and a run to the final of the Champion of Champions (losing to Shaun Murphy) and another final under his belt at the Shanghai Masters, he does appear to be dialled in and will have appeal as a 4/1 shot at Betway.

Judd Trump

With a run to the final of the Shanghai Masters, Trump gave his form a nice boost which could put him back in contention for a decent challenge at the Barbican. Trump has hit a ranking win this season with a win at the European Masters last month and on top of that, he has a pretty decent track record at the UK Championship as well with a title in 2011 and a runners up spot in 2014 to O’Sullivan. Looking at the bottom half of the draw, you think, if not O’Sullivan, then probably Trump.

Ding Junhui

The 2005 and 2009 champion won the World Open back in September for his big ranking win of the season. He only made it back to the Last 32 in last season’s UK Championship challenge where he was stopped by Welshman Jamie Jones, just the when the draw was wide, wide open for him. He wasn't at the recent Champion of Champions nor the Shanghai Masters. It may be too tall of an ask for him to go all the way and has the tougher quarter where Trump and O'Sullivan oppose him.

John Higgins

Scotsman John Higgins won’t be counted out of this one at all by anyone who is lining up again him in the draw. He will be happy that he is avoiding O'Sullivan by going in the opposite half of the draw to him and that’s because Higgins has fallen to a loss against The Rocket at the Champion of Champions and the Shanghai Masters in his last two tournaments. The draw that Higgins has it pretty straightforward and it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him in the last sixteen and then the highest seed that he could meet in the quarter is 5th seed, Shaun Murphy. The three time winner is in with a chance.

Other contenders

Neil Robertson is a dangerous floater in section two and he could be down for a scrap with Marco Fu to get himself out of that section. But there is a potential quarter final clash against reigning champion Selby down the line. Robertson's is 10/3 second favourite at Betway to win the 1st Quarter behind Selby at 6/5. Shaun Murphy (semi finalist last year) gave himself a confidence boost by winning the Champion of Champions tournament over O’Sullivan recently and is a good price to challenge in section three where Kyren Wilson is a big threat and they will be the strongest opposition to Higgins, who is the 13/8 2nd quarter favourite winner option.

UK Championship Snooker Predictions

We are skipping Selby just because of how tricky it has proven for winners to defend their title at the UK Championship. Ronnie O'Sullivan given the form that he has carried recently is actually looking a decent shot to go and win the event. Higgins was a quarter finalist last season at the UK Championship and with a good run in Shanghai during the build up, the Scot may be a decent each way punt to get to the finish line, the same of Shaun Murphy who went well at the Barbican last year and just got that Champion of Champions title under his bet.

Scotland v Samoa Rugby Betting Odds & Preview – 11th November, 2017

Rugby Betting
Scotland start their Autumn Series of Internationals with a Test against Samoa at Murrayfield on Saturday. Darryl Marfo has been handed his debut for the match, coming into the scrum and the Scots will at least get a chance to look at some options here because they have a lengthy injury list including Fraser Brown and Ross Ford. They are also missing three loose-head props and the likes of Greig Laidlaw, Richie Gray and Duncan Taylor. So Head Coach Gregor Townsend has to shuffle the pack and look to see what kind of depth that he has available. It's not an ideal situation for Townsend who is taking charge of Scotland for the first time. There will be nine Glasgow players in the starting eleven. Scotland battled against Samoa in a World Cup classic back in 2015 with the Scots edging a 36-33 victory. Scotland have won eight, drawn one and lost one of their previous ten matches against Samoa. Samoa’s only win over Scotland came back in June 2013 in Durban. Scotland have played eight matches during 2018 and they have won five of them, the losses coming against France and England in the Six Nations and a defeat against Fiji back in June. There was a famous win for the Scots over Australia in Sydney before that defeat against Fiji. Samoa are a powerful side and they have a lot of running in their backs and that will be a big threat to the Scots. Samoa haven't been as busy as Scotland have been in 2017 having played just the four matches and losing all of them against New Zealand, Wales, Tonga and Fiji. The match against Wales was only a narrow 19-17 loss for them though back in June. There is a +22 handicap on Samoa at even money with Betway which they could cover. Each of the last five games between these two have been a lot closer than that. They have all finished with a ten points or less winning margin for the victory so there have been some tighter games. Samoa are a quote of 10/1 to win at Murrayfield with the much-changed Scots in at a price of 1/33 odds on with Betway.