Long Shot Bets

Chairboys to Book their Seats for Wembley Final

The English Checkatrade Trophy gets very serious this week when the first semi-final between crisis club Coventry and Wycombe takes place at the former’s Ricoh Arena. Coventry is bottom of English League One when it began the 21st century in the English Premier League. Recently, well known Coventry supporter Richard Keys tweeted that the Sky Blues are without hope because of what is happening on and off the pitch and it is impossible to disagree with the television presenter. Coventry is a shambles from top to bottom and oblivion is infinitely more probable than a return to the English Premier League in the future. Russell Slade, who has been Coventry boss since just before Christmas,...

Wilder about Gene than Other In Memoriam Headliners

Betting on the last person to appear in the In Memoriam sequence during the Academy Awards may be a morbid betting proposition but one thinks that Bwin’s novelty market has more than the wrong favourite – it has the wrong favourites. Leonard Nimoy was the last person to feature in last year’s Academy Awards In Memoriam package and Bwin is tipping that another deceased star who found fame in science fiction will be this year’s feature tribute. Carrie Fisher, who died of cardiac arrest between Christmas and New Year, is Bwin’s Academy Awards In Memoriam false favourite. One is not doubting that Fisher was much loved in Hollywood but she did not receive a single Academy...

Cup Giant-killers at Risk of Suffering Trophy Giant-killing

On Tuesday night in the English FA Trophy second round, the premier cup competition exclusively for England’s non-league teams, one side’s players will feature in their biggest game of the season, whereas many of its opponent’s players will be five days out from the biggest game of their careers. The English FA Trophy second round replay between Sutton and Worthing will mean the world to the players representing the Rebels but one will forgive those men turning out for the Amber and Chocolates if they do not put in a shift when their next assignment is an English FA Cup fourth round clash against the tournament’s 1972 champion, Leeds. Worthing is available at odds of...

Saddle up with the ‘Turkish Messi’ in League One

Bristol Rovers is a false favourite for its English League One game at Walsall on Saturday and one is willing to bet that the Saddlers have turned a corner early this year. Sheffield United is odds on across the board to win English League One and escape the clutches of England’s third tier but last weekend the Blades lost to Walsall for the third time this season. Walsall smashed Sheffield United 4-1 at the Banks’s Stadium after previously beating the Blades twice at Bramall Lane – 2-1 in English League One action and 1-0 in the English Checkatrade Trophy. Sheffield United is English League One’s most likely champion and, while Walsall is a flawed team managed by an...

Sydney-born Konta to Master Melbourne at Open

The Australian Open’s men singles is stagnant from a futures betting perspective because of the dominance of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic but the women’s singles is ripe for a wager on one or more of the tournament outsiders. Serena Williams heads the Australian Open women’s singles betting but she is opposable even at odds greater than those with which we associate her. Williams did not compete beyond the US Open women’s singles semi-finals last year due to a series of serious injuries and she did not cover herself in glory when losing to Madison Brengle in Auckland last week. In short, Williams is too short for someone of her age who has not played well competitively...

Someone to Have an Early Bath on an Emotional Day

Emotions will be running high when Wolverhampton entertains Aston Villa in the English Championship on Saturday and one thinks that there are grounds for betting on a red card. Former England manager Graham Taylor died on Thursday and two of the teams that he led were Wolverhampton and Aston Villa so they are sure to mark the occasion. Taylor managed Wolverhampton and Aston Villa either side of his stint as the boss of England, a tenure that ended in bitter disappointment when the Three Lions failed to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Actually, Taylor coached Aston Villa twice, returning to the Villans in 2002 before retiring from the managerial game. Wolverhampton versus Aston Villa is...

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Punters should remember that it is often necessary to adapt their bankroll and betting strategy when it comes to these long shot bets. For instance, if you would normally bet $10 per punt, then on long shots you might wish to only bet a smaller amount, say $1 or $2. This is common practice and a sensible bankroll management strategy for long shots. For further guidance, see our piece on The Kelly Criterion for a better understanding on how much you should bet.

Sports commonly covered in the Long Shot Bets column include Football, Golf and Formula one, while it also often features entertainment bets among many other exotic markets. Our experts scour the history books and statistics to find you the best value hidden in the more obscure markets. We want to help you punish the sportsbooks for taking their eye off the ball by concentrating mainly on the more popular markets.



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