Long Shot Bets

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...

Big Sam’s Old Club to Benefit From His FA Cup Record

Crystal Palace has hired Sam Allardyce to keep it in the English Premier League and, with the Eagles having reached last term’s English FA Cup final, one wonders if they will be all that bothered about this season’s 136th edition. Allardyce says that he is a traditionalist who loves the English FA Cup but only once in the last seven terms has he managed a team that has made it past the third round – two seasons ago when West Ham progressed to the fifth round, although the Irons did require an 113th-minute equaliser and penalties to knock out their third round opponent, Everton. Crystal Palace is odds on across the board to qualify for the English FA Cup fourth round at the...

Konta Could Win the Heart of Her Adopted Nation

Men have won each of the last 10 editions of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award so it is about time that a woman received one of the top honours in British sport. If you fancy a female BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award candidate then you can source huge odds and, with the ceremony 11 and a half months away, one is willing to have a speculative punt on one such lady. That lady is Johanna Konta, who could become the first female BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award winner since Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall – then known as Zara Phillips – topped the public vote in 2006. Konta is the United Kingdom’s highest ranked female tennis player...

Visitors to Call Shots in National League Derby Rematch

The English National League believes in making life as easy as possible for teams and their fans, hence why it programs local derbies for the Christmas and New Year period. English National League supporters love short trips at this busy time of year and punters love the head-to-head form references that its schedule produces. For example, local rivals Aldershot and Woking clashed in English National League action on Boxing Day and the reverse fixture will take place at the home of the latter on New Year’s Day. Aldershot ended 2016 on a high, thrashing Woking 4-0 in their English National League match on Boxing Day. Former Woking striker Scott Rendell scored a first-half hat-trick and...

Long Shot Bets is the dedicated home on SBO for the long shot or outsider bets. This section is devoted to those punters who want to go straight for the big score. All our expert’s Long Shot Bets are +ev and at a lot higher odds than the typical tips we offer. Our team take time to delve deep into the statistics to bring to you the best of the big-value bets that sportsbooks often have hiding in their markets.

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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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