Back SPAL to Beat Bologna but Save on the Draw
SPAL v Bologna – 20th January – 14:00 BST It is back to the beginning in Italian Serie A this weekend as Round 20 is the reverse of the opening round, most of which took place in the third week of August. SPAL kicked off its Italian Serie A campaign with a 1-0 win at Bologna five months ago and, in light of the odds being traded on Sunday’s rematch between the teams, one thinks there is decent value in backing the White and Blues to do the double over the Red and Blues, albeit with the safety net that betting on the draw-no-bet market provides. Without a victory in any competition since October, one does understand why bookmakers think they can offer relatively long odds about SPAL...
The Gunners to Upset the King’s Road Blues at the Emirates
Arsenal v Chelsea – 19th January – 17:30 GMT In the recent past, a London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea would have been a clash between two title hopefuls, but in this era of Manchester City – who this season are locked in an arm-wrestle with Liverpool at the top of the table – things have changed. This Saturday’s teatime game is a clash between fourth and fifth, with the fifth-placed Gunners kicking off six points behind the Blues of the King’s Road. More significantly they begin the day 10 and 16 points respectively behind the leaders, Liverpool. This is very much a battle for Champions League places, with Arsenal currently sitting outside them and, instead, in the dreaded...
Atletico to Complete Its First Primera Division Double
Atletico Madrid v Huesca – 19th January – 17:30 BST The second phase of the Spanish Primera Division starts this weekend and the standout bet is Atletico Madrid to maintain its pursuit of Barcelona with an away victory over Huesca. No Spanish Primera Division side has lost fewer games this season than Atletico Madrid, which is second on the ladder with its 10-8-1 record. Unfortunately, Atletico has drawn too many matches to lead Barcelona in the Spanish Primera Division standings but three points should be its for the taking against a Huesca team that is destined for the drop into the second tier. Huesca is anchored to the foot of the Spanish Primera Division ladder with 11 points,...
Hammers to Heap More Misery on the Gunners
West Ham v Arsenal – 12th January – 15:00 GMT The FA Cup third round weekend was a welcome diversion for many, but the Premier League action returns with a bang on Saturday’s with the early kick-off being a sizzling London derby between West Ham and Arsenal. With both sides notable for their quality going forward, as opposed to their ability to defend, this clash at the London Stadium has all the ingredients of an entertaining one, with the smart money being on there being goals. They are however two hugely unpredictable teams, and both have seen their season’s fortunes fluctuate wildly. Arsenal, after losing their first two league games to top-six opposition, went on an incredible 22-match...
La Real to Build upon Really Big Madrid Upset
Sociedad v Espanyol – 14th January – 20:00 BST The Spanish Primera Division reaches its halfway point this weekend and the best bet on the card is Sociedad to back up its shock road defeat of Real Madrid last time out with a home victory over Espanyol in San Sebastian on Monday. Sociedad’s 2-0 Spanish Primera Division away win over Real Madrid snapped its four-game league losing streak and one is willing to bet on La Real kicking on from one of the upset results of the season. Sociedad is below Espanyol on the Spanish Primera Division ladder after 18 rounds but that is primarily because La Real have let down themselves on their home pitch, winning just one of their eight San...
Lampard’s Derby to Edge out Premier League Saints in FA Cup
Derby County v Southampton – 5th January – 15:00 GMT Back in the day the FA Cup was considered the glamour trophy. Okay, so to win the league title was always considered the more difficult of the two challenges, and very much the ‘bread and butter’ of the football season, but the FA Cup – with its giant killing and dreams of Wembley – was the one that really whetted the appetite. Third round day – also looking back – was considered by many to be “best day in the footballing calendar”; the day when the country’s elite could find themselves going toe-to-toe with teams six or seven tiers below them in the pyramid, on a pitch far removed from the manicured lawns...
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You can place a bet on any home win, away win or draw if you think you know how the result will go. However, this may not offer the most enticing odds. If you want the chance to win a bigger amount for a relatively small wager, you can try an accumulator. An accumulator means you need to back multiple results and they must all be correct in order to win. You can combine accumulators across multiple leagues and the odds quickly stack up.
A self-explanatory bet, but a very popular one. The correct score bet is exactly what it sounds like; you must accurately predict how many goals each team will score in the match. Ordinarily, this is capped at the regular 90-minute mark. So, if a cup game goes to extra time, the match will end as a draw for correct score purposes. These days, it is increasingly common to be able to bet on anytime score too, which offers lower odds but gives you less of a sweat in the final few minutes.
Personalised bets are a little quirky, but as customers become more familiar with them they are beginning to permeate the mainstream. You’ll find different names for this type of bet at different bookies. BetVictor call it ‘PriceItUp’, whilst Bet365 have labelled it a ‘Bet Builder’. The premise is that you combine different aspects of a match – such as the correct goal scorers, number of cards, or number of corners – and all must be correct in order to win. With just a few choices the odds can quickly scale into the thousands, so it’s an exciting way to bet, if not the most logical.
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As unglamorous as it sounds, backing the favourite can often be the way to go. If the Premier League champion is playing relegation fodder the odds of an upset might be very appealing, but the majority of the time you won’t reap the rewards. Instead, you can make a good living by placing significant wagers on what are perceived to be near-certainties. The downside here is that, in order to make a good return, you need to put a lot of money on the line – and one upset can destroy your bankroll. If you’re placing big bets, always have an exit strategy and choose a bookie which offers the chance to cash out if needed.
Football is a loyal sport, with lifelong fans and traditions. But when it comes to betting, kick loyalty to the curb. It’s important to bet logically and objectively, without succumbing to the common pitfall of backing the team you want to win, rather than the team you think will win. With that being said, it’s not a bad thing at all to bet on the team you support if you have an insight. Maybe you know a great player is due back from an injury. Or perhaps you’ve noticed a change in the style of play that others might have missed.
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