Premier League Betting

Manchester City seem to have come out of the weekend as the big winners in the betting as they now are favourites on their own to be the champions this season.

City were basically neck and neck with Manchester United and Chelsea before a ball was kicked, but their 4-0 demolition of Newcastle United on Monday night seems to have gone down as the most impressive result of the weekend.

From what I seen of the three matches, they all looked like glorified training sessions for the big three. They all won at a canter, and none of them ever looked to be in top gear. I actually though Chelsea looked the most comfortable, but I think their opponents have to be taken into consideration, as Hull – Tigers, or City, or whatever they are – were the weakest of the three opponents.

Ironically enough, Manchester United looked to have the most difficult fixture away at Swansea, and despite winning it 4-1, they now find themselves as third favourites.

At the moment Bet365 have Manchester City at 2.75, Chelsea at 3.00, and Manchester United are 4.00.

For United to drop out to 3/1 third favourites on the back of an impressive 4-1 win at Swansea is surprising and a bit baffling. Then again, if the football gambling community are expecting Wayne Rooney to be sold to Chelsea, that could be a big factor in this price.

It’s difficult placing a league winner bet at the moment. No one knows who will be at Old Trafford at the end of the transfer window, and I believe the odds currently reflect that. The only team that looks to have definitely finished their business is Manchester City, and I see Chelsea only being interested in Rooney.

Another factor why United’s price is longer could be that punters aren’t too impressed with David Moyes (so far).

Moyes seems to have been setting himself up for a fall with his transfer activity. I can’t see what’s going on with the Cesc Fabregas move, all the signs are that Fabregas isn’t going to move, so it’s probably going to look like a second snub after he missed out on Thiago Alcantara who moved to Bayern Munich.

I believe Moyes could be leaving himself open for a right shoeing off the media if United stutter over the coming few weeks. Not only will he get a good kicking over form, but also on missing out on Alcantara and (probably) Fabregas, and his handling of the Rooney situation. Knowing the press, they already have their pens ready.

This is one of the reasons why I find the Fabregas pursuit strange. Surely Fabregas should have been sounded out already? If he hasn’t been, this is a big mistake by Moyes, and will make him look amateurish.

A lot of this sort of business is generally done behind closed doors. Players make it clear they wish to sign before bids are made, I’m not convinced that has been done with Fabregas, while I believe Rooney has made it clear he is happy to sign for Chelsea.

Then again, maybe Fabregas has been sounded out, and he has made it clear he wants to come to United. And Rooney may still be at Old Trafford at the end of the transfer window, and Moyes will have played a blinder. The next 11 days or so will tell us one way or another. And only then do I believe we will see a genuine price on Manchester United.

Confederations Cup – Group A Betting

The last round of fixtures in Group A of the Confederations Cup take place tonight, and with qualification already decided, it’s just final group formalities left to be played for.

Both games are kicking off simultaneously, with Brazil taking on Italy, and Mexico taking on Japan.

Starting with Brazil V Italy, and the bookmakers are pricing it up like this.

Brazil 1.57, Draw 3.75, Italy 6.50

Brazil only need a draw to top the group, and probably avoid Spain in the semi-finals. The Italians might want to try and win this one and avoid Spain, given what the Spanish did to them in the Euro 2012 final.

Brazil have looked a bit edgy so far in this tournament, and given the open brand of football Italy played against Japan, they might fancy going for it against Brazil tonight.

I know it’s not a must win game for either side, but the thought of facing Spain in the semi-finals must be daunting, and worth putting in a shift for tonight.

For anyone expecting another goal feast (like Japan V Italy) in this one, Over 2.5 Goals is 1.8, and Under 2.5 Goals is 2.00.

The other game in Group A sees just a matter of pride to be played for between Japan and Mexico. If they are bothered, the draw favours Mexico, as it will see Japan propping up the group.

Odds – Mexico 2.75, Draw 3.50, Japan 2.40

I thought Japan were excellent against Italy the other night, and should never have lost the match. Having said that, they did lose the match, and that was mainly down to not having the ‘know how’ to get the job done (something the Italians have in abundance).

Dead rubbers are always a risk when it comes to betting. Going on the form of the matches I’ve seen, it’s not hard to see why Japan start as favourite, buts that’s not to say this match will follow that theme. For an alternative bet here, Over 2.5 Goals is again 1.80, while Under 2.5 Goals is 2.00.

As ever, the Bet365 bore draw money back offer applies to both these games. This is where you get your money back on any pre-match bets on one of the Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast markets (not all three), if the match finishes 0-0.

The outright betting still sees Spain as favourites, despite the fact they haven’t yet qualified for the semi-finals, and Brazil have. This just further empathises Spain’s dominance.

Confederations Cup Betting

Spain – 2.20
Brazil – 2.37
Italy – 7.00
Uruguay – 15.00
Nigeria – 151.00

Latest Confederations Cup Betting

The second round of matches take place in Group B, in the FIFA Confederations Cup today.

The early kick-off is the mismatch between whoever Spain decide to put out against Tahiti, and the second match is a more interesting one between Uruguay and Nigeria.

Spain start off at an unbackable 1.002 against Tahiti tonight. To clarify that, if I was to put £100.00 on Spain tonight, I would win 20p. I had to look twice at that myself, as I wasn’t sure if it was 1/50, where I would have got £2.00 back on a £100.00 bet…. but it isn’t.

The match odds are, Spain 1.002, Draw 81.00, Tahiti 251.00.

There’s obviously no value there, so other markets could be the way to find a bet on this match.

The second match is far more of a contest, with Uruguay probably (depending on the Spain result) needing to avoid defeat to Nigeria to stay in the competition.

The match odds for this fixture are Nigeria 4.50, Draw 3.50, Uruguay 1.80.

The South Americans are heavy favourites here, and having seen how wasteful and slack Nigeria looked against Tahiti, that’s no real surprise.

Having said that, it’s hard to justify Uruguay being odds on after their pretty dismal performance against Spain at the weekend.

Again, the Bet365 0-0 bore draw refund is available on this match, giving you your money back on all pre-match Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast bets, if the match finishes 0-0. I can’t see it being an issue in the Spain game, although I thought it might have had a chance of coming into play in last night’s Italy match!

Onto the outright winner betting, and Japan and Mexico are now out of the tournament after yesterday’s defeats. Despite having already qualified, Brazil now find themselves as second favourites behind Spain on the back of their performance against Mexico.

Last night seen an entertaining match involving Italy, yes the Italians! Their 4-3 hard fought victory over Japan seen the Japanese exit the competition, but it has to be said that they look a fairly decent side who should have at least got a draw from yesterday’s contest.

Confederations Cup Betting

Spain – 2.25
Brazil – 2.37
Italy – 6.50
Uruguay – 17.00
Nigeria – 51.00
Tahiti – 25001.00

Confederations Cup Betting

The FIFA Confederations Cup gets under way in Brazil on Saturday, and thankfully gives us starved football gamblers something to bet on over the next two weeks.

The Confederations Cup is a two week tournament played every four years, in the year prior to the World Cup. It is hosted by the nation staging the World Cup, and is basically a dress rehearsal for the main event.

This year the eight competing nations are made up of Brazil, Spain, Italy, Uruguay, Mexico, Nigeria, Japan and Tahiti. Brazil qualify as hosts, Spain as world cup winners, and the other six are made up of the winners of their own Confederation tournaments (except for Italy, who qualify as European Championship runners-up, as Spain qualify through winning the world cup).

The opening fixture sees Brazil take on Japan. Brazil are 1.28, the draw is 5.25 and Japan are 11. The favourites to win the tournament are also Brazil, they are 2.40, with Spain their nearest rivals at 2.62.

A couple of the Bet365 promotions are applicable for Confederations Cup betting. The usual 0-0 bore draw refunds apply to all pre-match Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast bets. Basically, if you have a pre match bet on any of those markets, you will get your money back if it finishes 0-0.

The 100% bonus on your first mobile or tablet bet can also be used on the Confederations Cup. This is where Bet365 will match the first mobile or tablet bet, of both new or existing customers, up to a maximum of £50.00.

To claim your bonus, simply place a qualifying bet on your mobile or tablet of between £1.00 and £50.00, and you will then be entitled to a 100% bonus, up to a maximum of £50.00.

Once you have placed your qualifying bet, you will receive an email with your Offer Code to your registered email address. Alternatively, you can contact Bet365 and speak too one of their Customer Service advisers.

You then need to enter your Offer Code by entering the Members area on the site or through bet365 On The Move.

The Confederations Cup is live on the BBC.

Liverpool V Manchester United – Match Betting

The first of Sky Sports two Sunday Live Premier League games sees Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield.

Rafa Benitez is under pressure after 4 successive defeats, the latest of which came in the Champions League at home to Lyon (2-1) on Wednesday.

To make matters worse for Benitez, both Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are doubts for the game, as is Glenn Jonhson. The fact that Liverpool have looked lost without Gerrard and Torres this season shows a lack of strength in depth of the Liverpool squad, with Babbel, Voronin and Ngog in particular not able to fill the void left.

Steven Gerrard looked particularly annoyed when he went off injured against Lyon and his body language towards Benitez when shaking his hand spoke for itself as he barely looked at his manager suggesting his displeasure with Rafa, maybe Gerrard was asked to risk his injury against his wishes?

Manchester United who haven’t been in the greatest form themselves recently have a doubt over Wayne Rooney’s fitness, get the feeling that he will play though and that this is just another Ferguson so-called mind game.

This game has that stroke of irony about it with Michael Owen coming back to Anfield and he is in the position to deliver a knockout blow to Benitez.

Whatever the reasons why Owen left, be it that he was never going to stay and Liverpool had no option to sell him or Benitez didn’t rate him that highly and made it clear to Owen that he could leave.

The fact remains that Benitez has consistently been reluctant to praise or show any interest in Owen when questioned about would he like to re-sign him on the occasions he has been available in the past, indicating that he dosen’t rate him, therefore giving some substance to the theory that Rafa didn’t try that hard to keep him.

You can already see it coming can’t you, people think Owen is finished but when called upon in the big games Owen has a habit of delivering, like he did against Man City earlier this season. With online bookmakers (free bets are available to use for Matched Betting) Owen is a best price of 13/5 with Paddy Power to score during 90 minutes and heap more pressure on his former boss.

Be interesting to see what kind of reception Owen gets, on one hand he has been a good servant to the Reds, but on the other he could be seen as someone who was trying to run down his contract to leave, and the one thing that can’t be denied is that he is now playing for the Liverpool fans arch enemies.

If you are football trading pre match, Liverpool can be backed at 9/4 with Sky Bet, Manchester United are a best price of 6/4 with Bet365 (£200 Bet365 Free Bet available to new customers) and not surprisingly big Man Utd fans, Betfred.

Football Betting

The draw is 23/10 with Boylesports and Totesport.

Kick Off is at 2.00pm and it is live on Sky Sports 1.