ENGLISH FOOTBALL BETTING
Written by: Nigel Ridgway (21-12-2005)
FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS LOT…
A buffet-style Boxing Day feast awaits us with a full league programme
guaranteed to tempt even the most jaded palettes. Of course, with so many
games to choose from, it would be easy to get carried way on a tide of port
and brandy, so we need to be selective. And, like a box of chocolates, the
Premiership has something for everyone, with several home ‘bankers’, and a
few games that require a little more chewing over.
A lazy punt would be to combine the likes of Chelsea (1/5), Man United
(2/9), Tottenham (1/2) and Arsenal (8/11) in accumulators and, with our
Premiership Accumulator Bonus, you can at least be assured of getting some
additional value (up to 60% more). A $50 four-fold on the big three will
return you just under $200 at the current prices, and that includes a
bet365 bonus of 5%. If you’re happy to place singles, you might even beat
those prices when the games go In-Play, especially on the likes of Chelsea,
who’ve made a habit of winning their games late on. All but Spurs are live
on TV, which means we’ll be offering up to 14 Live markets.
BACK CHELSEA AT EVENS!...
However, at the short prices on offer, you’re just as likely to collect by
backing them to win by a couple of goals or more on our Asian Handicap.
This form of betting consistently throws up some excellent value,
particularly as we bet to just 102%, and you’re going to get more back than
by having just a straight win bet. Taking United as an example, a bet on
them at 1.90 (10/11) will cop if they win the game by three goals or more.
If they win by only two clear goals, you’re still going to win (half your
stake times the price, with the other half returned). The same applies to
Chelsea (Evens), and you’ve got to fancy them to score well against Fulham.
This might be a local derby, but the Blues are on a different planet.
Asian Handicap Picks: United (-1.75) @ 1.90 / Chelsea (-1.75) @ 2.00 at BET 365
LIVERPOOL V NEWCASTLE – 4/6 REDS TO SPOIL OWEN’S RETURN…
Boxing Day, 3.00 ko, live on Sky Prem Plus…
As far as entertainment goes, the game at Anfield looks the pick of the
programme and, with the all the hype surrounding the return of Michael
Owen, we’re serving up a host of specials to mark the occasion. The Reds
are favourites to win the game at 4/6, but the best bet could be on the
‘Total Goals’ instead. The Liverpool defence is proving to be impenetrable
right now while, despite their strike force of Owen and Shearer, the
Newcastle attack is producing only average results (Newcastle 9/2, Draw
Live Game Pick: ‘Under’ 2.5 Goals @ 4/6 – Bet Live In-Play at BET 365
CROUCH TO OUTSCORE OWEN @ 5/2…
That also makes our 5/2 on Crouch to outscore Owen look attractive, which
would have been unthinkable a couple weeks ago. The pair are 5/1 and 13/2
respectively to score the first goal in the game and, remember, if they
don’t score first, but go on to score the last goal in the game instead,
we’ll give you your money back. Of course, the rumour about Owen returning
to Anfield for good next summer refuses to go away and, if you believe
he’ll be pulling on a red shirt at the beginning of next season, you’ll be
accommodated at 6/1 here at bet365.
Michael Owen Specials (Must start for bets to stand):
1st goal 13/2
Score anytime 7/4
Score 2 or more 9
Hat trick 50
Sent off 66
Goal Match Bet
WOLVES TO DRAW COMFORT AT 21/10…
In the Championship, the top two teams both face potentially tricky Boxing
Day ties, and we can cash in by backing the draw in each instance. Reading
are romping away from the pack, but they could come unstuck against draw
specialists Wolves, who are a hard side to score against. Only Sheffield
United have conceded fewer goals at home this season. The Blades are short
of strikers due to injuries, and could be kept in check by a resurgent
Norwich side who’ve won back-to-back games and look to be on the upgrade. A
double on the two draws pays out $102.30 for a tenner.
Boxing Day Championship Picks: Wolves & Sheffield United to Draw @ 21/10 &
23/10 respectively at BET 365