8/1 on Man City OR 3/1 on Bayern Munich

The biggest clash of the second night of Champions League action sees the German League Champions take on the English League Champions, as Bayern Munich entertain Manchester City in the Allianz Arena in Germany.

Winner are offering a great new customer sign up offer on this fixture, as anybody opening a new account here can have the choice of an enhanced price of either 3/1 on Bayern Munich to win, OR 8/1 on Manchester City to win.

To qualify for this offer, you must deposit a minimum of £25.00 into your new Winner account, and the bet amount at the enhanced price has to be exactly £10.00.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm (UK time) and is live on Sky Sports, your bet at the enhanced price offer must be placed before kick-off. For more information check Winner’s terms and conditions.

This looks a good price enhancement to me. On one hand Munich at 3/1 (enhanced from 8/13) at home to anybody is a bloody good price, but at the same time Manchester City are one of the few sides in Europe who are capable of getting a win in Germany, so 8/1 (enhanced from 4/1) on them is also excellent value.

Paddy Power are also running a new accounts offer on tonight’s Champions League fixtures. Anybody opening a new Paddy Power account here can get an enhanced treble of 10/1 on Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Roma all to win tonight.

As ever there are the usual offers for existing customers tonight, with Coral’s enhanced multiples giving you 3/1 on Chelsea, Bayern and PSG all to win.

While bet365 will be running their usual 0-0 Bore Draw Insurance, 100% Euro Soccer Bonus, and £50.00 free bet on your first mobile or tablet bet for existing Sportsbook customers. If you haven’t already get a bet365 account, you can open one here and claim a £200.00 Welcome Bonus in the process.

Wayne Rooney Total Goals Betting

Wayne Rooney seems to be liking life under new coach Louis van Gaal, and there is even rumours that he could be the next Manchester United captain, with a lot having been made of his manager’s comments praising English style leadership.

The early indications when van Gaal was mooted as the new United boss, was that Rooney might be looking to exit, but that talk seems very distant now. So much so, that bet365 obviously expect Rooney to be around for the whole of the season, as they are running a goals spread book on him.

In this season’s Premier League matches, bet365 are offering 5/6 on Rooney to score Over 14.5 Goals (15 Goals or more), and they are also offering 5/6 on him scoring Under 14.5 Goals (14 Goals or less).

Last season seen Rooney score 17 league goals, and the season before seen him score 12, suggesting the spread is about right. A simple equation for me is – if Rooney has a good season, he easily reaches 15 PL goals. If he struggles and life under van Gaal isn’t too comfortable, he will probably fall short.

If you haven’t already got a bet365 account, you can open one here and claim a £200.00 Welcome Bonus. If you have already got one, you will probably be aware that they run a lot of offers for existing customers.

This season see the continuation of their 0-0 bore draw money back special, unlimited places on Each-Way first goalscorer bets, and their £50.00 Free Bet on your first bet placed by mobile or tablet.

More information on these offers can be found in the pages listed below…..

Bet365 – World Cup Penalty Payback

The knock-out stages of the World Cup start today, and now is the time to take advantage of bet365’s World Cup Penalty Payback offer – which is available to both new and existing bet365 customers.

This is a brand new offer brought to you by bet365 for the World Cup. If you have a bet on the outright winner of the World Cup, and that team gets knocked out in a penalty shoot-out, you will receive a refund on your losing bet.

If you’re not already a bet365 account holder, that okay. Simply open a bet365 account here (and receive a £200.00 Welcome Bonus in the process) and place a bet on any team/country in the ‘To Win Outright’ market for this year’s World Cup.

If the team you back is then eliminated on penalties, bet365 will refund your losing bet….. And as I already mentioned, existing bet365 customers can take advantage of this promotion.

Any England fans are well aware of how it feels to lose on penalties, and although England were obviously out before having the chance to lose on penalties this year, we don’t want it happening to our World Cup bets instead.

As this promotion is an in-play offer, it runs all the way to the end of the tournament, meaning you can even have a bet on the outright winner of the final (on 13th July), and if that team loses the final on penalties, you will still get your money back – even at that late stage.

As well as the penalty payback offer, any existing and new bet365 customers are also protected by bet365’s 0-0 bore draw refund. This is where you will get your money back on losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer and Anytime Goalscorer bets, if that match ends 0-0. This offer is available to both new and existing customers on any World Cup match.

And finally, any bet365 customers can also get unlimited each-way places on 1st goalscorer bets (it is usually 3 places). This means if you have the final goalscorer in a 3-3 draw, you will still get paid out on the each-way part of your bet.

Along with the £200.00 Welcome Bonus and a £50.00 free bet on your first mobile bet, the overall bet365 package is great value.

Each-way anytime goalscorers from Bet365

Each-way goalscorers are 1/3 of the odds with bet365. But you are basically getting the each-way bet as an anytime goalscorer – as bet365 offer the each-way part of the bet as unlimited places (ie, anytime goalscorer).

If you back a player to be first goalscorer in an each-way bet with bet365, instead of getting a 1/3 of the odds on that player scoring one of the first three goals (in the each-way part), you will get 1/3 of the odds on that player scoring anytime in the 90 minutes……. and this is where a bet on someone like Gary Cahill can be good value.

England are in a must win match tonight against Uruguay. And although I thought England played well against Italy in Manaus on Saturday night, I did think one area they could definitely improve in, was from set pieces.

England are a team who should be doing better in set piece situations. Against a Uruguay side tonight who didn’t cover themselves in defensive glory against Costa Rica on Saturday, I expect to see an improvement from England in set piece situations.

Leighton Baines doesn’t seem to have the same command and authority with England that he does with Everton when he is standing over a corner or a free kick, he seems to be a touch more tentative for England.

I expect that to change tonight as England must be seeing this as a vital area to be able to attack the Uruguayans from. The new mobile attacking England should be giving opponents something new to worry about, so this makes it all the more vital to also play to one of our major traditional strengths.

Teams will be looking to stifle the likes of Sterling and Barkley now, and hopefully will forget the set pieces.

If you think there may be a goal from a set piece though, as I do, then Gary Cahill comes into the equation. Cahill is 33/1 to be first goalscorer with bet365, which is 12/1 on him to also be an anytime goalscorer if you go with the each way bet.

Rickie Lambert is the only other England player who is as dangerous looking at set pieces, but I don’t envisage him playing tonight.

As well as getting unlimited each-way goalscorers from bet365, you will also get a welcome bonus package that includes a £200.00 sign up bonus, a £50.00 free bet on mobile or tablet, and football offers every week such as the 0-0 bore-draw money back special, and the 100% accumulator bonus.

During the World Cup, bet365 are also offering money back on any losing World Cup outright winner bets, if your team is eliminated on penalties.

Bet365 Free Bet For Existing Customers – Man City V Barcelona

Manchester City are taking on Barcelona in the Champions League at the Etihad tonight, and Bet365 are again running their very generous £50.00 in-running free bet (you can open a Bet365 account here).

The beauty of this free bet, is that it’s open to both new and existing customers… which is rare from online bookmakers these days.

To claim the maximum free bet amount of £50.00, you simply need to place a £50.00 bet on the Manchester City V Barcelona match, pre kick off.

Once you have done that, Bet365 will give you a free bet, in-play, to the same value.

For anybody not familiar with this, there is nothing in your Bet365 account telling you that you have a free bet, you simply get your money back if your first in-play bet loses. I have done this offer loads of times, and I have always had my refund within an hour or so of the match ending.

This free bet also represents an opportunity to make an easy £30.00-£35.00, using the matched betting method.

Simply place your qualifying bet (pre kick off) of £50.00 on Barcelona at 2.4, then lay Barcelona at 2.44-2.46 for £50.00 on Betfair, you will lose approximately £1.50 to £2.00 doing this (you can obviously use other bets if you wish, the choice is yours).

Then you will have a £50.00 free bet to use though.

Find a bet (preferably at half time, so a goal can’t be scored) with odds of around 4.5. Back it on Bet365 for £50.00, and then lay it on Betfair for around £38.00 at 4.6 or 4.7.This should give you around £35.00 profit.

Remember, the in-play bet example I have given is approximate figures. It is impossible for me to name a bet to place in-running at the moment, as I obviously don’t yet know what will be happening in the match.

If you look for a bet at around 4.5, and follow the figures above, you shouldn’t go too far wrong.

You will need a betting exchange account to do this bet, Betfair is probably the best betting exchange to use. You can open a Betfair account (and get another £50.00 free bet) here.

Can Manchester United be trusted at 1/3 tonight?

I don’t like betting on short priced favourites, and it would be a massive leap of faith to back a short priced favourite in the form of Manchester United at the moment.

United’s form has just been so patchy lately, no one was surprised by Chelsea’s dismantling off them at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and their home form has arguably been more worrying than their away form.

So priced up at 1/3 with Betfred at home to Sunderland tonight in the Capital One Cup looks a bit of a risky bet. In reality though this is probably United’s only realistic chance of any silverware this season, as I don’t think anybody really gives them much chance of any success in the Champions League.

Surely with a deficit from the 1st leg (they are 2-1 down for anybody just come back from Mars), they are going to beat Sunderland tonight? They just have too.

Will David Moyes risk either of, or maybe both of, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who both returned to training this week? Surely in the case of van Persie in the long run, he can’t take the chance, while with Rooney, he may just have to go for it?

Even if they get through tonight, the chances are they could well get embarrassed by Manchester City at Wembley, given City’s current form. In a perverse sort of way, it might be better for Moyes’ to fail tonight, than get hammered by City at Wembley. Imagine what that could do his tenure as manager?

Anyway, with or without Rooney and van Persie, most of the bookmakers have United at 1/3 for tonight. Sunderland have done well in this competition so far, and can’t be taken lightly, so for me there is probably just too much doubt – and therefore lack of value – to take United at 1/3.

A bit more value could be had if you think a win for United will be enough to send them through on aggregate (ie, they win 2-0 or 3-2), you can get 2/5 on United to qualify for the final with Bet365.

Don’t forget that Bet365 offer £200.00 in free bets to new sign ups, and if you are having a 90 minute bet on the match tonight, you can take advantage of the 0-0 bore draw refund, or maybe the 100% Euro Soccer Bonus if you are having an accumulator (more details off these offers can be found in the side bar to the right).