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Leicester City win English Premier League

May 3rd, 2016

Leicester City started the season as 5000-1 outsiders and have ended the season as league champions with two games to spare.

It was the first time since Nottingham Forest in 1978 that a team in England won the top division for the first time, and with money increasingly dominating the top of the game it seemed unlikely that ANY club would do it for the foreseeable future.

Hindsight shows that the bookmakers were probably a little bit lax to start The Foxes at 5000-1 after the arrival of a new big spending owner who splashed out 83m on 23 new players, and ignoring their end to last season when they won 7 of the last nine fixtures – but no-one expected the unsung Leicester City side to last at the top of the table all season.

Should we have been surprised though?

Looking at the other big leagues in Europe, they had all had “first-time” winners over the last 25 years- two of them in the last decade.

– Italy celebrated Sampdoria winning in 1991
– Spain had Deportivo La Coruna in 2000
– Germany saw Wolfsburg win in 2009
– France witnessed Montpellier succeed in 2012

So yes it was a long shot, but perhaps not quite as long as those 5000-1 odds the bookmakers offered, and I suspect that we will see a little more thought put into those league winning odds at the start of the 2016-17 season in August!
 

 

Stake-back Betting a major bonus at BetFred Bookmaker

December 3rd, 2010

It is surprising how often bookmaker specials are a load of Cr#p. We’ve found that that is not the case at Betfred – this popular online sportsbook has recently had to pay out big bucks several weeks running to punters who took advantage of it’s “Money Back Specials” or “Cash Back Offers”.

…And while we are confident Betfred won’t be bleeding cash as the result of the payouts, it certainly leaves a losing punter with a far better feeling to at least get their stake back.

Click to visit Betfred BookmakerHere’s the special offers on this weekend’s games at Betfred Bookmaker (weather dependent as it looks like many won’t play!!):

Ipswich Town v Swansea City Cashback  –  Saturday 12:45
If JK Scotland scores the last goal of the game, Fred will refund all losing First and Last Goalscorers, Correct score and Scorecast bets up to £200.

Millwall v Scunthorpe Utd Cashback  –  Saturday LIVE on Sky Sports 2, 17:20
If Steve Morison scores the last goal of the game, Fred will refund all losing First and Last Goalscorers, Correct score and Scorecast bets up to £200.

AC Milan v Brescia Cashback  –  Saturday LIVE on ESPN, 19:45
If the match ends in a goalless draw, Fred will refund all losing First and Last Goal Scorers, Correct Score and Scorecast bets up to £200.

West Brom v Newcastle Utd Special Offer  –  Sunday LIVE on Sky Sports 1, 13:30
Double Delight: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score again, Betfred will double your first goalscorer price.
Hat-trick Heaven: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score a hat-trick, Betfred will treble your first goalscorer price.

Sunderland v West Ham Utd Special Offer  –  Sunday LIVE on Sky Sports 1, 16:00
Double Delight: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score again, Betfred will double your first goalscorer price.
Hat-trick Heaven: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score a hat-trick, Betfred will treble your first goalscorer price.

Nurnberg v Dortmund Cashback  –  Sunday LIVE on ESPN, 16:30
If the match ends a 1:1 draw, Fred will refund all losing correct score and double result bets up to £200.

Catania v Juventus Cashback  –  Sunday LIVE on ESPN, 19:45
If the match ends in a goalless draw, Fred will refund all losing First and Last Goal Scorers, Correct Score and Scorecast bets up to £200.

Napoli v Palermo Cashback  –  Monday LIVE on ESPN, 19:45
If the match ends in a goalless draw, Fred will refund all losing First and Last Goal Scorers, Correct Score and Scorecast bets up to £200.

Liverpool V Aston Villa Special Offer  –  Monday LIVE on Sky Sports 1, 20:00
Double Delight: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score again, Betfred will double your first goalscorer price.
Hat-trick Heaven: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score a hat-trick, Betfred will treble your first goalscorer price.

>>Daily register of bookmaker money back special bets 

Paddy Power has Chelsea as favourites to win 2010/11 EPL title

July 14th, 2010

The latest English Premier League 2010/11 Outright Betting odds from Paddy Power have Chelsea as favourites to defend the title that they won last season.

Manchester United are second favourites despite a very quiet close season so far, and it’s the spending power of cross-town rivals Manchester City that has pushed the “citizens” into third spot despite only finishing 5th last season.

Arsenal are fourth favourites at 8.00 (7/1) with the bookmakers obviously still doubtful as to where the playing future of captain Cesc Fabregas lies, and as I think that Fabregas will be at Arsenal for this season at least – this price appeals.

Liverpool are in 5th after the departure of manager Rafa Benitez and the appointment of Roy Hodgson at a price of 13.00 (12/1) and that could represent a useful wager if Hodgson can hold on to his key players in Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

Tottenham are not fancied at all this season, despite finishing 4th last season, with Spurs dropping to 6th in favourtism, with the general thinking that the inaugural season in the Champions League might distract the North London side from domestic duties.

Full list of odds of the top eight teams from 2009/10 – with their position and points from last season in brackets.

2.62 Chelsea  (Champions in 2009/10 with 86 points)
3.25 Man Utd (Runners-up – 85 points)
6.00 Man City (5th place – 67 points)
8.00 Arsenal  (3rd place – 75 points)
13.00 Liverpool (7th place – 63 points)
34.00 Tottenham (4th place – 70 points)
34.00 Aston Villa (6th place – 64 points)
201.00 Everton  (8th place – 61 points)

Check out all the betting odds at Paddy Power

England are out of the World Cup – but you can still bet on them!

June 29th, 2010

With England’s latest World Cup failures heading home from another humiliating exit from the Beautiful Game’s top event, Paddy Power are betting on who amongst the manager and players are likely to be put out to pasture.

Who is going to jump from the England Set-up? :
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First and foremost manager Fabio Capello future looks doomed with the odds at just 1/2 (1.50) that Capello has left the post by the time of England’s next match against Hungary on August 11th. Its 6/4 Capello survives.

In a likely clear out of an ageing squad Paddy Power is also taking bets on who will officially announce their retirement from international football before England’s next match against Hungary on August 11th.

35 year old David Beckham, never shy of an impeccably timed media announcement, is the shortest price to call it a day at 4/9 (1.44) followed by 39 year old keeper David James at 4/7. (1.63) Other big names being tipped to retire include Rio Ferdinand and John Terry at 6/1 with Steven Gerrard 10/1.

Finally – a summary of the winning results in the England World cup betting specials at Paddy Power :

Winning Pre-tournament England Bets At The World Cup :
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5/2 England knocked out in the last 16
5/1 Germany to be the team who knocks out England
7/1 England to score none-five goals in the tournament
7/1 Rooney to score no goals at the World Cup
5/4 Gerrard to score one goal at the World Cup
11/8 Defoe to score one goal at the World Cup
20/1 “Bobby Moore” to be the England v Germany first Commentary Cliché used

Perhaps you’d rather forget about the football ?
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Or if you’d rather put the football fiasco behind you altogether … anyone for tennis?

Paddy Power Sports Betting

England’s World Cup chances fade according to bookies.

June 1st, 2010

England’s World Cup odds have drifted to 7/1 from 6/1 with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power following their lacklustre performance against Japan yesterday – with England needing two late own-goals to scrape a 2-1 victory.

England are now joint third best with Argentina behind tournament favourites Spain at 4/1 and Brazil at 5/1.

World Cup Latest Outright Winner Odds

4/1 Spain,
5/1 Brazil,
7/1 Argentina,
7/1 England (From 6/1)
10/1 Holland,
14/1 Italy,
14/1 Germany,
18/1 France

Wayne Rooney is expected to be England’s star man and is a very likely 8/13 to bag 3 or more goals in the tournament and 11/1 third best in the betting to finish top tournament goalscorer behind Spain’s David Villa and Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

 World Cup Golden Boot Latest

8/1 Villa (Spain),
10/1 Messi (Argentina),
11/1 Rooney (England),
12/1 Fabiano (Brazil),
13/1 Torres (Spain),
16/1 Van Persie (Holland),
18/1 Higuain (Argentina),
20/1 Ronaldo (Portugal)

English Premier League – End of Season 2009/10 bets

March 15th, 2010

There are just 8-9 games to go in the Premier League, and the markets are hotting up in the race for the title, and relegation betting as well, with additional markets for finishing in the top four and earning a Champions League spot. 

PREMIER LEAGUE WINNER
Manchester United and Chelsea are now joint favourites for the Premier League title with European firm Interwetten offering prices of 2.60 for each of the two clubs to win the league.

London club, Arsenal are 3rd favourite at 3.75 at Victor Chandler, as the only other viable option for the title now.

TOP FOUR BETTING
Meanwhile Manchester City are 2.70 favourites to finish fourth this season, despite their 1-1 draw at Sunderland on Sunday.

Spurs, who are currently two points ahead of City in fourth place, are 3.25 having defeated Blackburn 3-1 on Saturday while Liverpool are 3.50 and Aston Villa are 5.00

(all top four prices taken from Irish bookmaker Paddy Power)

RELEGATION BETTING
At the bottom of the Portsmouth are certainties for relegation and unbackable, while Burnley are almost certain to join them priced at a top 1.22 at Betfred, following a 2-1 home defeat against fellow strugglers Wolves.

Hull City are fancied as the 3rd side to go down (odds 1.62 at Bet365) while Wolves have now skipped out to 3.25 (also at Bet365).

Wigan Athletic were thumped 0-4 by Bolton Wanderers and are 7.50 at Canbet for the drop, while West Ham are another option – at 7.00 (Bet365)

What is the Gooners Guide to Football Gambling ?

November 28th, 2009

GoonersGuide.com provides independant gambling reviews, sports betting tips, previews, and bookmaker odds for club and international games played in Europe.

There are sections for English Premier League, Italian Serie A, UEFA Champions League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga.

US sports are covered with NFL Football and College Football picks online as well.

Football Stake Back Betting Offers: 23-24 May, 2009

May 22nd, 2009

Here’s this weekend’s round up of sportsbook stake back betting offers on the English Premier League Football. Get three options on your bets: win, lose or cash back. Great stuff! 

Click to visit top Irish bookie PaddyPower.comLate, Late Show!!

Barcelona v Man Utd  –  Champions League Final – Rome  –  Wed 27th May 7.45pm
If there is a goal scored after 85 minutes in normal time, Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match. Max Refund €300/£200 per customer

Click to visit top rating bookmaker Bet365.comBore Draw

Place a pre-match correct score, double result or scorecast bet on ANY FOOTBALL MATCH and Bet365 will refund losing stakes if the match finishes 0-0.

Click to visit popular Globet bookmakerCorrect Score Cashback

Place a correct score bet on any match in one of the major leagues*. If there are 6 goals or more in the match and your bet loses, Globet will refund your stake up to a maximum of 250 Euros. *Major Leagues include Italian Serie A, English Premier, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Champions League and UEFA Cup matches.

Click to visit Canbet SportsbookPremier League Second Chance Specials

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur  – Sunday, 24 May
If your bet loses and either side comes back from 2-nil down to win the match, Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only).  Maximum bonus is £50 (€65)…enter the promotional code: EPL24MAY1

Hull City v Manchester United   – Sunday, 24 May
If your bet loses and Hull City scores the last goal of the match, Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only).  Maximum bonus is £50 (€65)…enter the promotional code: EPL24MAY2

Click to visit BetFred.com online bookmakerThey Think It’s All Oba

Aston Villa v Newcastle  –  Sunday 24th May
If Obafemi Martins scores the last goal of the game, BetFred will refund all losing win single first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets as a free bet.  Maximum refund is £100 (or your currency equivalent) per customer.

Click to visit BetFred.com online bookmakerChild’s Play

Hull v Man Utd  –  Sunday 24th May
If Federico Macheda or Danny Welbeck score the last goal of the game, BetFred will refund all losing win single first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets as a free bet. Maximum refund is £100 (or your currency equivalent) per customer.

Click to visit Victor Chandler bookmakerDon’t Pay the Penalty…

This weekend’s Play-Off Finals
If the match goes to a Penalty Shoot-out Victor Chandler will refund all losing Correct Score and First Goalscorer bets as a free bet! Max refund £100/100€ per person per match. Does not include in-running bets. Free bets credited within 48 hours. 

Click to visit Victor Chandler bookmakerThe Late Late Show …

Applies to all Sunday’s Premier League matches
If there is an Injury Time goal in any Premier League match Victor Chandler will refund all losing Correct Score and First Goalscorer bets on that match as a free bet! Max free bet £100/100€ per person per match. Free bets credited Monday 25th May. Does not include in-running bets. Injury time means any goal scored after 90 mins.  

Stake Back Betting Offers on Champions League Bets

February 24th, 2009

Sportsbook betting specialsHere’s the latest round-up of stake-back betting promotions at the top online sportsbooks for European and UK sports betting. Win, Lose – or get your stake back!

 

Click for Irish Bookie BoyleSports.comTuesday’s Champions Cashback

If Ronaldo Scores The Last Goal of the Inter Milan v Man United Game, Boylesports Will Refund ALL Losing Single Bets In ALL MARKETS Of ALL 4 Of Tuesday’s Champions League Matches! Max refund EUR300 or currency equivalent. (Applies to pre-match betting only).

Click for Irish Bookie BoyleSports.comWednesday’s Champions Cashback

If Torres scores the last goal of the Real Madrid v Liverpool game BoyleSports will refund ALL losing single bets in ALL markets on ALL FOUR of Wedneday’s Champions League games. Max refund EUR300 or currency equivalent. (Applies to pre-match betting only).

Click to visit PaddyPower.com sportsbookThe Special One?

Inter Milan v Man Utd  –  Tues 7.45pm ITV/RTE2. Ireland
Money-Back Special: If Ronaldo scores the last goal in this match Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match. Max Refund €300/£200 per customer.  If Ronaldo takes no part in match special will revert to last goal from outside box. Own goals do not count.

Click to go to BetFred.com bookmaker

All Champions League Matchs involving British sides

BetFred will refund your total stake as a free bet on any Champions League game involving a British side if… – You place a scorecast bet and you only get one half of your selection correct… OR – You place a first goalscorer bet and your selection doesn’t score first but scores last.

Maximum refund is £100 (or your currency equivalent) per customer. Own goals do not count. Applies to all Champions League games involving Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Celtic only

Click to visit top Uk bookie Ladbrokes.comLast Chance Saloon Refund

Place a bet on the 1st goal scorer, or last goal scorer markets for any of the below games and if the selected player for that game scores the last goal Ladbrokes will refund all losing 1st goal scorer or last goal scorer bets for that game.

Arsenal vs Roma  –  Robin van Persie 
Atletico Madrid vs Porto  –  Diego Forlan
Inter Milan vs Man Utd  –  Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Lyon vs Barcelona  –  Samuel Eto’o
 
Goals scored in extra time or penalty shoot outs do not apply. Total refunds per customer up to a maximum of £250. Bet must be placed before kick off to qualify, bets in play will not be valid for the offer

Clikc to visit Bet365 online sportsbookBet365 Bore Draw Offer

Place a pre-match correct score, double result or scorecast bet on ANY FOOTBALL MATCH and Bet365 will refund losing stakes if the match finishes 0-0.

English Premier League Sportsbook Betting Specials: Feb 21-22

February 19th, 2009

Here’s the latest round up of sportsbook money back special betting promotions at top rating online bookmakers. They all cover EPL matches playing February 21 and 22nd, 2009. 

Click to visit popular Irish bookie PaddyPower.comAnother Early Payout! 

Man Utd v Blackburn  Sat. 5.30pm Live on Setanta
Money-Back Special: If a goal is scored in the first ten minutes of the game, Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st /last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match. Max Refund E300/£200 per customer. Does not apply to customers whose language of registration is Spanish.

Click to visit Bet Fred BookmakerGift of the Gab

Aston Villa v Chelsea  –  Saturday 21st February
If Gabriel Agbonlahor scores the last goal against Chelsea, BetFred will refund all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast bets as a free bet. Maximum refund is £100 (or your currency equivalent) per customer. Own goals do not count. 

Click to visit Bet Fred BookmakerEverything Must Jo

Newcastle v Everton  –  Sunday 22nd February
If Jo scores the last goal against Newcastle on Sunday, BetFred will refund all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets as a free bet. Maximum refund is £100 (or your currency equivalent) per customer. Own goals do not count.

Click to go to Canbet online sportsbookAston Villa v Chelsea – Saturday, 21 February

If your bet loses and a penalty kick (a direct free kick from the penalty mark) is awarded during the first half of this match, Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only).  Maximum bonus is £50 (€65)…enter the promotional code: EPL21FEB

Click to go to Canbet online sportsbookLiverpool v Manchester City – Sunday, 22 February

If your bet loses and any player scores a hatrick (3 goals) in this match, Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only).  Maximum bonus is £50 (€65)…enter the promotional code: EPL22FEB

Click to visit popular bookie Globet SportsCorrect Score Cashback

Place a correct score bet on any match in one of the major leagues*. If there are 6 goals or more in the match and your bet loses, Globet will refund your stake up to a maximum of 250 Euros.  *Major Leagues include Italian Serie A, English Premier, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Champions League and UEFA Cup matches.

Click to visit Bet365 BookmakerBet365 Bore Draw Offer

Place a pre-match correct score, double result or scorecast bet on ANY FOOTBALL MATCH and Bet365 will refund losing stakes if the match finishes 0-0.

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