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White Christmas odds cut as snowfall hits the UK

Novelty Betting & Other Events Betting
It is hard not to have avoided the snowfall across the UK on the weekend and that snow bomb has seen the chances of there being a White Christmas trimmed down to 5/6 odds at Ladbrokes. A Ladbrokes spokesman, Alex Apati said "The snow is falling thick and fast and plenty will fancy it to stick around for the rest of the year, so we've been left with no option but to slash odds of exactly that happening.” The operator has cut the odds of the UK seeing snow somewhere (anywhere) each day in the run up to Christmas and those odds have been slashed from 100/1 down to 50/1. The definition of a White Christmas us just seeing a snowflake, a single snowflake fall on a designated place in a city. That has happened 38 times in the last 54 years, however, when it comes to there being a proper full on covering of snow over the ground, that has only happened four times in the last 51 years. Ladbrokes also have a market available allowing punters to back options of which airports will see snow on Christmas Day. Aberdeen 7/4 Edinburgh 2/1 Glasgow 2/1 Newcastle 5/2 Leeds-Bradford 3/1 Manchester 3/1 Belfast 7/2 Birmingham 4/1 Bristol 4/1 Cardiff 4/1 Dublin 4/1 Liverpool 4/1 London Heathrow 4/1 Betfair are watching the snowfall up and down the country closely and announced that the odds are bound to fall further if the freezing weather continues its march across the UK. Betfair spokeswoman Katie Baylis said: “With widespread snow across the country today and some of the coldest weather we’ve seen this year, the question on everyone’s lips is will we see the same come Christmas Day. “A couple of weeks from the 25th and we have Dundee and Glasgow at 15/8 and 2/1 for a White Christmas, with Manchester at 9/4 and London now at 5/2 for snow on the big day. “We are monitoring those long-range forecasts very closely and if this icy weather sticks around then those odds are sure to shorten dramatically.”

Betfair White Christmas Odds

Dundee 15/8 Glasgow 2/1 Manchester 9/4 London 5/2 Belfast 5/1 Birmingham 5/1 Cardiff 6/1  
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Betfair Chase 2017 Betting Preview & Tips

Horse Racing Betting
Will there be a big sentimental occasion playing itself out in the Betfair Chase on Saturday at Haydock? Grade 1 legend Cue Card is bidding for his fourth title to emulate the success that the great Kauto Star had in the Merseyside showdown. Can Cue Card really roll back the years and hold off the challenges of a strong field, even though Gold Cup winner Sizing John isn’t around? Cue Card is now eleven years old and punters have still been backing him to pull off another success despite having completed just two of his last three races. He was up against Bristol de Mai at the Charlie Hall Chase at Weatherby recently and took a fall there. The Haydock track is expected to be a little heavier this time around as well and that won’t work in his favour. With Sizing John then having been pulled from the feature race because of workload and conditions, it is Bristol de Mai who is heading up the field as the 11/8 favourite. He was the winner of that Charlie Hall Chase and he looks to be the one to beat on the weekend. This is still a step up in class for him though.

£1 Million Treble

This is the first leg of a challenge to bring home a £1 million prize. If any horse can go out this season and win the Betfair Chase, the King George and the Cheltenham Gold Cup there is a million pound prize waiting for them. However, that, of course, is going to be a hugely difficult task for anyone to pull off. That’s a lot of pressure to handle and to get over the different challenges that each of the races will bring on their day. It’s unlikely that anyone would get the job done. Even less so if Cue Card wins this one on Saturday. Cue Card had been 5/1 last week but was drawn into a price of 10/3 with Ladbrokes as the week went on.

Betfair Champion Chase Odds

Bristol De Mai 6/4, Cue Card 7/4, Outlander 5/1, Tea For Two 10/1, Traffic Fluide 28/1, Shantou Flyer 66/1. Bristol De Mai's success at Wetherby at the start of November saw him home by a length and a half over Blaklion in similar conditions to what the runners will be facing on Saturday. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has talked up Bristol de Mai chances because of the conditions and he should be the one to excel if the going gets heavy and this turns into a slog. He has course history as well because Bristol De Mai have won twice before at Haydock. The classy Sizing John is out then after Jessica Harrington has been worried that he had just done too much over the season in having collected the Irish Gold Cup, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup last year. The softer conditions wouldn’t have been in his favour either so it was expected that he may get pulled at final declarations and that leaves just the six runners in the field. The best outsider shot is the aptly named Outlander who is fit enough to battle his way into the picture. He produced a great fight back to get a win on the board at Down Royal in his last run. He is not the most consistent of runners but he has Jack Kennedy in the saddle who ran him to two wins in three rides last season and he is a multiple Grade 1 winner. Coming out of the Gordon Elliott yard, he is a battler in a good reduced field that could well get up there enough to make a run at the title. The Betfair Chase will be going over a slightly altered course this year as a little additional length has been added (about a furlong). The adjustment has been made to give the stairs more of a chance ahead of the first bend to get themselves settled in. The final fence will be in action three times this year. Betting Tip: Cue Card is ageing, has fallen a couple of times recently and has a new jocking in Harry Cobden. It would be epic, eye-watering day if he pulled it off for his fourth win in the Betfair Chase. More likely is that Bristol de Mai is going to handle the conditions far better than he is going to and the money is better on him. Outlander makes a decent charge for the race as well and is value is 5/2 at Ladbrokes in the without Bristol De Mai market for the big race.
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How can I request my own bet from bookmakers?

Bookmaker News
Bookmakers have started to put a fair bit of control into the hands of punters thanks to online betting opportunities. No longer do punters just have to go and settle for what is on offer in a sportsbook with a bookmaker, instead, now, punters are able to go and create a bet of their own liking and then simply go and ask for that wager to be priced up. It is nice to be able to go and call the shots to some degree if you think you can strike it rich. This increasingly popular new feature of being able to request a bet is allowing punters to get as creative as they like for their online betting. The ability to create a bet is largely focused on football matches and from stats involved in them such as the number of corners, both teams to score and how many assists a named player in a match will make. You can throw things like this together, and as many as you want, into a single bet.

How to request a bet

The one thing that all of the different request a bet features across different bookmakers have in common is that you will have to go and hit up Twitter to request a price. Each bookmaker is naturally running a different hashtag for their request a bet feature so all that you would do is look for the specific hashtag and which handle to Tweet it to and just send it off. Generally what happens is that the bookmaker will then reply to your Tweet along with a link where you can go directly and place the bet.

Coral #YourCall

Coral are one of the purveyors of this and their version is called #Yourcall. On all Premier League, Championship, Champions League, La Liga and Serie A matches you can create a bet from the following markets: Match result, Both Teams To Score, Total Match Goals, Total Match Corners and Total Match Booking Points, plus you have the options based on named players in the match as well, such as shots, tackles, assists and a player to be carded. Coral also offer the feature on NBA Basketball matches including Money Line, Total Points, assists, rebounds, 3-point goals, blocked shots and steals.

Ladbrokes #GetAPrice

Ladbrokes also run a version of being able to request a bet. So there you can combine your own Match and Play Stats markets. You can pick your bet from a from a whole host of stats like assists, passes, shots, shots on target and tackles, or any combination. The Ladbrokes #GetAprice is available every week on all Premier League, Championship, La Liga, Serie A and Champions League matches. Basically, if you can’t find a market that you want, you can ask Ladbrokes to create it for you.

Paddy Power #AskPaddyPower

If you can think of a market that Paddy Power haven’t listed on their site then you can go and ask them to price it up for you. With Paddy Power whatever you can think up pretty much flies as they state that they will offer you up a price on virtually anything. So even if you think you have a crazy old creation going on, the chances are that Paddy Power will take a look at it and offer you something. Just Tweet them and find out!

William Hill #YourOdds

William Hill are another of the major online bookmakers to offer punters the chance to request a price on a wager of your creation. Again you can simply go and ask the bookmaker to price something up for you. There is a list of sports that William Hill have listed that will be covered by the #YourOdds feature, such as football and horse racing, but even if you are thinking outside of the list then there really is no harm in just asking anyway.

Back Bets Created By Others

What you will notice at bookmakers, such as at William Hill there are even dedicated sections for the special markets that punters have created already. So if you are lacking the time to go and create one of your own then you browse through other bets that have already been requested by and matched for punters and just strike a bet as you would on a regular sports betting market and make the most of those!
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Ronald Koeman 4/7 favourite in Next Manager to go Betting

Premier League Betting
Everton’s season failed to get any better over the weekend as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat at Goodison Park against Burnley. That was another dismal outing from the Toffees this season and now boss Ronald Koeman is the shortest priced option at 4/7 in the Ladbrokes Next Premier League Manager to go market. Koeman has received the dreaded vote of confidence from owner Farhad Moshiri and that probably means that he will be out of a job soon. The defeat against Burnley came after a home 2-2 draw against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League last Thursday, so now they are back in the dumps again. The early talk of a replacement has seen former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini as the 2/1 favourite at Ladbrokes to be the Next Everton Manager. He has tumbled a long way from 10/1 to 2/1 as the most likely man to take over while Frank de Boer, who had that ill fated short stint at Crystal Palace this season, is a 4/1 punt to take over the Merseyside hot seat. Ronald Koeman is a 5/1 option to move from Southampton up to Merseyside to take over while the club getting David Moyes back is a 6/1 shot. A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “The names at the head of the betting indicate this is a sought-after post and following a sustained run of money, Pellegrini is the latest favourite for the Goodison hotseat.” With the odds on Koeman tumbling now, the only one who will be feeling a bit better about that is West Ham boss Slaven Bilic who has been under some pressure. He is now out on the drift at 11/2 after the Irons took a victory over Swansea a well on the week. Ladbrokes spokesperson Jessica Bridge said: “As far as punters are concerned it’s a case of when and not if Koeman’s given his marching orders.”

Premier League sack race Odds

Ronald Koeman 4/7 Slaven Bilic 11/2 Craig Shakespeare 8/1 Roy Hodgson 12/1 Paul Clement 16/1
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WTA China Open Winner Odds & Preview

Tennis Betting
There is another big step on the Road to Singapore and the WTA Finals this week as the WTA China Open is contested in Beijing. There is a big competitive field out, but sadly British interest was ended early as Johanna Konta lost in the first round against Monica Niculescu. Well, she didn’t lose, she was dismantled by the Romanian who landed her first-ever win over a top 10 player. There were some surprise results around in Wuhan last week with scrappy French youngster Caroline Garcia taking the teht title. It means that the race to end the year as World No 1 is wide open. Garbine Muguruza leads the way still (but retired from her first round match in this tournament against Barbora Strycova), but now Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova are all within sight. So this is another big competitive tournament and the usual suspects are at the head of the market, starting with joint favourites Pliskova and Svitolina who are 8/1 at Ladbrokes to go on and claim the title this week. Along with the race for number one spot, there are two places left for the Singapore WTA Finals this season. Starting this week in seventh is Jelena Ostapenko, the French Open champion getting a great win over Muguruza in the quarter finals of Wuhan. So there is a lot going on in this one and a good look at the draw is going to be all important and the bottom half of the draw is the one where things are a little bit tougher. That's because Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko, Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sharapova are all squished into it. So there's going to be an epic battle for someone to reach the final from there. It leaves things a little wider open perhaps in the top half which suits Svitolina. Karolina Pliskova 8/1, Petra Kvitova 8/1, Elina Svitolina 8/1, Caroline Wozniacki 13/2, Maria Sharapova 10/1, Simona Halep 10/1, Elena Ostapenko 16/1, Ashleigh Barty 18/1, Coco Vandeweghe 18/1, bar 20/1

Karolina Pliskova

Was stopped in the quarter finals of Wuhan last week by Ashleigh Barty and never looked really that comfortable or threatening in the tournament before that. Not carrying the greatest of form anymore since her run to the quarters at the US Open. She hasn’t looked close to getting a title on the board since then. Last year she got to the round of sixteen in Beijing where she was stopped by Johanna Konta. Hasn’t quite been at her best and in a tough quarter, maybe worth a miss.

Petra Kvitova

A risky one as Kvitova could be on for a showdown as early as the round of sixteen against Caroline Wozniacki who has been in decent form lately. That’s tough match to get through and Coco Vandeweghe could be waiting in the quarters. Not the easiest of sections for Kvitova and aside from a decent crack at the US Open hasn’t really been in the mix for a title lately.

Elina Svitolina

Svitolina won in Toronto at the Rogers Cup recently but followed that up with some disappointing runs in Cincinnati and the US Open. Skipped on Wuhan so should be fresh to make a run in this one. She has a decent draw ahead of her as well. Wuhan winner Caroline Garcia is in there but Garcia’s win last week probably took an emotional toll and Svitolina would be favoured. She has a nice draw in front of her and really should be a lock for the semi finals.

Caroline Wozniacki

The Dane has been in great form lately but surprisingly slipped last week in the second round of Wuhan against Maria Sakkari who made that surprising run to the semi finals. That will have been a dent in Wozniacki's recent form, but she has, by and large, looked positive down the back stretch of the season. She could have that clash with Kvitova early but should be competitive in the top section of the first half.

Maria Sharapova

The Russian is just going to be a dangerous floater in the draw, but she is squashed down in the really competitive bottom half of the draw and there would be a really tough path ahead. What’s interesting is that she could meet Halep in the round of sixteen, a rematch from the US Open first round which Sharapova won. Still not back 100% match sharp and on point tactically and worth a pass.

Simona Halep

One of the contenders for the world number one spot at the end of the year, so you would imagine that she would be up for this challenge. Unfortunately for the Romanian, her form is not going to give anyone confidence. Following her loss in the final of Cincinnati, she has made a first round exit at the US Open and in Wuhan last week. The pressure looks to be getting to her again and a potential early clash with Sharapova isn’t going to be easy and that will be on her mind as a distraction.

Elena Ostapenko

The youngster, who won the French Open this season is going to be worth a flutter. She is carrying a bit more form than those around her and at 16/1 with Ladbrokes has to be value. She got to the semi finals last week in Wuhan beating Garbine Muguruza along the way and she is on the outskirts of making it into the WTA Finals so needs to keep some momentum going. There is a decent enough draw for her here with only Pliskova potentially stopping her from getting another semi final berth this week.

Predictions

Ostapenko who has a bit of momentum behind her as well as a comfortable draw, looks a decent wager this week in Wuhan. So too does the fresh legs of Elina Svitolina who like Ostapenko has a comfortable looking draw in the less congested top half of the tournament looks some decent value to back this week.
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David Haye v Tony Bellew Boxing Odds – December 17th, 2017

Sports Betting
Back in March, David Haye stepped into the ring against Tony Bellew as a firm favourite. Punters had backed him well to go and do the business, but he failed. Part of that was down to injury and part of it was down to clearly underestimating his opponent a bit. Haye picked up an Achilles problem half way through the fight and was ultimately stopped in the 11th in what proved to be a shock result. So the card produced an upset on the night and now the two have announced that they will go at it again in a rematch on December 17th. The Hayemaker has been taking the lion's share of early betting to get things right this time around and Ladbrokes have him at 1/3 to win the bout. That leaves Bellew as 9/4 underdog for the fight. After the fight, Haye split with trainer Shane McGuigan to go on to team up with renowned Cuban coach Ismael Salas, a trainer of multiple world champions. But there will be questions about whether or not he will be able to go full force on his Achilles for the fight, despite having been in full training for the last six months. That and the new partnership will raise plenty of discussions. Haye will of course know his opponent better and the Hayemaker was probably surprised at how good of a tactical fight Bellew produced against him earlier in the year. There’s no way to tell if the Hayemaker would have gone on to beat Bellew, but there were signs in the fight that his opponent was counter punching his way to a decent result. Both were responsible for some ugly pre-fight stuff which needs to be toned down a bit ahead of the bout and there's probably no love lost between these two. So this could be a pretty tight fight between the two with both having something to prove. There is quote of 28/1 at Ladbrokes on the draw. Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Injury obviously cost Haye first time around, and although he may have underestimated Bellew somewhat, both bookies and punters are in agreement he’ll be back with a bang on December 17th.”

David Haye v Tony Bellew Winner Odds

David Haye – 1/3 Tony Bellew – 9/4 Draw or TD – 28/1
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Jamie Peacock 1/2 to beat Rio Ferdinand in the ring

Sports Betting
Former Rugby League star Jamie Peacock has called out Rio Ferdinand to take him on inside the boxing ring. Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has been backed by betting operator Betfair to take up a professional boxing career. This week Rio was posting training videos and getting a lot of stick back from social media followers about his soft hitting. So Peacock went on Twitter, posted a picture of himself inside a ring and challenged Ferdinand to a duel. He called it for the spring of 2018 and for the proceeds, targeting £250k to go to charity. Ladbrokes immediately priced up 39-year-old Peacock at 1/2 to take the win in the bout against the former England man, with Ferdinand trading as a 6/4 shot. Ladbrokes are offering 100/1 on Ferdinand to win a World Title, while it’s 7/1 for the 38-year-old to fight on an Anthony Joshua card. World Champion Joshua, a friend of Rio's has offered to spar with Ferdinand. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Two legends of Leeds could lock horns in the ring next year, and right now the odds favour the hard man of rugby league over the fairy footballer.”

Jamie Peacock v Rio Ferdinand Fight Result

Jamie Peacock – 1/2 Rio Ferdinand – 6/4
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Ladbrokes offer Double winnings on the Sheffield derby

Ladbrokes
The Steel City derby on Sunday from the Championship should be a humdinger. Both sides have made positive strides in the new season and it is the Blades, who were promoted from League One last season who are holding a two point lead over the Owls in the standings. But Sheffield Wednesday have home advantage and they are unbeaten in their last seven matches in the Championship. Get double winnings at Ladbrokes for Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United if your team wins and scored 3 or more goals! T&C’s Apply, 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly. See details directly at the Ladbrokes website. Place a minimum stake of £5 Single bet on the win-draw-win market on Sheffield Wednesday V Sheffield United and if your team wins and scores 3 or more goals, Ladbrokes will double your winnings, stake excluded, in the form of a free bet up to £50. The offer is open to both new and existing customers at Ladbrokes and it applies to only the first single bet placed on the qualifying market. Bets placed on the Draw (WDW) or Draw no bet market WILL NOT be included in this offer. The promotion will be open through to kick off on sunday. Bets placed with Free Bets do not count towards the offer. Bets that have been cashed out do not count.
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Ladbrokes offer Bet & Get on West Ham v Spurs

Ladbrokes
The Premier League weekend starts off with West Ham v Spurs on Saturday lunchtime for a London derby and then it will round off in the evening as Liverpool make a trip back to the King Power to face Leicester after their midweek Carabao Cup clash. So there are two great games in prospect there and you can pick up a free £5 in-play bet for both of those live games thanks to the Ladbrokes Bet & Get offer. Bet £10 or more pre-match on West Ham v Tottenham (minimum odds of 1/3) to qualify for this offer. You will then receive 2 x £5 free bets to use IN-PLAY on West Ham v Tottenham and Leicester v Liverpool. T&C’s Apply, 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly. See details directly at the Ladbrokes website. The offer, which is open to both new and existing customers at Ladbrokes will close at 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 23rd which is when the kick off between West Ham v Spurs happens. The qualifying bet must be placed prior to kickoff of the West Ham v Tottenham match. Bets placed IN-PLAY will not count towards the offer. One £5 free bet will be credited to your account at the start of each match and cashout will not be available on this offer. Each free bet will only be valid IN-PLAY for the match it is issued for and will expire once the match has finished.
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Champions League of Darts 2017 Winner Odds & Preview

Darts Betting
The Champions League of Darts gets its second outing as the PDC event will go off from September 16th-17th at the Motorsport Arena in Cardiff. Last year in the inaugural event, Phil Taylor claimed the title as he took down rival Michael van Gerwen in the final and it was a pretty convincing 11-5 win at that as well. So will Phil “The Power” Taylor be able to successfully defend his title? Taylor, because he is the reigning champion gets an automatic place at the event and he will be joined in Cardiff by the other seven from the top eight ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit at the end of the 2017 World Matchplay. Taylor won that World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens back in July against Peter Wright, beating Van Gerwen along the way in the quarter finals. Group A: Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld Group B: Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall, Mensur Suljovic It shows that even though the titles aren’t coming his way as thick and as fast as they used to, he can still not be written off. There will be another big coming together between Taylor and Van Gerwen as they are together in Group A for this tournament. The eight contestants for the Champions League of Darts 2017 are split into two round robin groups and the top two from each group goes through to the semi finals for a straight knockout. Michael van Gerwen heads up the Champions League of Darts outright betting at a price of 5/6 with Ladbrokes and he will be keen to get back into action in this televised event after missing the Australian Masters recently because of the birth of his first child. He warmed up with some pretty hot scoring at the Dutch Darts masters recently including a 107 average against Kyle Andersen. Mighty Mike, therefore, is the man to beat and he is trading at 5/6 with Ladbrokes which is going to have huge appeal in what is an eight-man field. You have a quote of 8/11 Van Gerwen v The Field for this one. The main challenge to him in the betting odds is Gary Anderson at 9/2 but he hasn't managed to get a major on the board this year though and that is despite the Scotsman having been to at least the semi final of six televised events this season. He has admitted that his big priority this year now is the World Championship which starts in December. Phil Taylor is a 6/1 shot to retain his title at the Champions League of Darts and with his retirement pending at the end of the season, then he will have his backers to get another title on the board before he goes. Peter “Snakebite” Wright is the only other man in single figures heading into the tournament in Cardiff at a price of 6/1 level with Taylor, but Wright's form has been all over the place. With the draw laid out as it is, if MVG and Taylor get through Group A and go their separate ways in the semi final, whoever they meet they will be expected to meet up for the final once more. It’s set up nicely here for a repeat of that. However, Taylor’s form this year has been pretty poor and his flourish at the World Matchplay, his favourite tournament doesn’t really disguise his lack of form this season. So Taylor is worth opposing fully in this one and therefore Raymond van Barneveld to qualify from Group A with Ladbrokes at 12/5 is a fantastic price to consider. That offers a little value elsewhere other than just backing Michael van Gerwen to go out and do what he does, that is winning titles.
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