Archive for September, 2017

Sports you didn’t realise you could bet on

While most people know you can place a wager on a lot of things, such as the U.S presidency for instance, gambling has always focused more on sports. Whether you’re talking to a bookmaker or looking to do some betting online, it’s likely you’ll focus on the more popular things like football, rugby, or maybe some horse racing.

You might be thinking of horseracing here but equestrian events are different. Rather than racing the horse at speed about a track, it’s about riding it with dressage and perfectly composed jumps. It’s more likea dog show, like Crufts, than the pitched atmosphere of the Grand National. You can still put money down if you’ve got a good feeling about certain horse and rider pairs, though the betting is a little less frantic and doesn’t tend to use the Tote.

On the list of unconventional sports you can bet on, fishing is likely to be at the top of most people’s lists. Yes, even a relaxing afternoon at the lake can be bet on. It is mostly the big events like Fish-o-Mania but you can bet on all sorts of things like the weight of the winning fish, who the winning angler will be and more!

Originating in Ireland, hurling has a strong following worldwide for people interested in more unique games, it’s seen by some as being one of the most technically challenging games out there. With a ball that has to be bouncing on the end of a stick and a full-length pitch, hurling is fun to play!

Somewhat more obscure, kabbadi is an Indian game that you may not have heard of. It’s essentially a game of tag with teams of five and a full contact method of tag-backs. Each team send a single player in to ‘tag’ an opponent without being floored. It’s a little hard to explain, but kabaddi is also something you can bet on, though as with all the sports we’ve mentioned, you might want to make sure you know what’s what before putting some money down.

Professional Wrestling
While billing itself as ‘sports entertainment’ rather than a full-on sport, you can indeed bet on pro wrestling! Of course, the result of a match is decided long in advance so it’s not really in the hands of fate, but you can still be surprised by an outcome and have a little fun putting your money where your mouth is by backing your favourite stars.

The Japanese heavyweight national sport is also something you can bet on, similar to boxing and MMA. With several major competitions every year and a strong stable of sumo wrestlers, if you know a bit about the sport it can be a great choice for a more esoteric one to bet on!

Yep, you can even bet on competitive surfing. Though it’ll mostly be major events like the Rip Curl Pro and the Billabong Pipeline Masters that open the books, once a competition starts you can start putting money on who’s going to perform best and win the whole thing!

Bale to Stay and Fire Real to Greater Glory

When Gareth Bale first swapped the surroundings of North London and annual outings in the Europa League for the chance of greater success in Madrid, the decision reaped instant rewards. Bale was an injured bystander when former club Spurs won their last trophy in 2008 but by the end of the 2013/14 campaign, the Welshman had helped his new club Real win two major competitions.

The Copa Del Rey was secured and Bale was instrumental in his side’s Champions League triumph, scoring the winner in extra time as Real Madrid beat cross-city rivals Atletico in the final.

Bale is Back

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Despite all the success in terms of medals, injuries have played a significant part in Bale’s time in Spain and supporters of the winger will have been encouraged by his recent performance against Real Sociedad, scoring his second of the new campaign in a 3-1 victory.

Real are a better team with Gareth Bale in their side and Zinedine Zidane’s men found themselves as an even money shot for the title in bet365’s La Liga betting markets in the wake of that win; it’s now even possible to claim a free bet to make that stake. However, even when he is scoring, reports of a return to the Premier League in England are never far away.


Bale” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by ahmedta

Far from being a fan’s favourite as he was with Tottenham, Bale has been jeered by certain sections of the Real Madrid support in recent weeks. Reports of a rift with Cristiano Ronaldo appeared almost as soon as the Welshman arrived in Spain and regardless of the truth behind those rumours, they will only continue to fuel stories linking the player with a return to England.

Real’s official stance on the subject is unclear but a number of respected pundits, including Guillem Balague, have questioned why Gareth Bale would want to leave such a successful club. Manchester United are on their way back under Jose Mourinho and look like genuine Premier League title contenders for the first time since Alex Ferguson left the club. Then there is the question of Spurs, a team that are now competing for the Champions League places and a club with whom Bale may consider he has unfinished business. But they aren’t Real Madrid, a team that is at the pinnacle of world football and far more likely to win the Champions League rather than just make up the numbers.


Gareth Bale” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Jan S0L0

Ultimately the decision over leaving the Bernabeu may not be down to the player and it’s likely that the club will decide when Gareth Bale’s time in Madrid is up. As impressive as the Welshman may be, he isn’t Cristiano Ronaldo who is regarded as something of a God by Madrid fans and has the scoring record to make him indispensable.

That decision is for the future but for now, Real Madrid are a more potent force with a fit and firing Bale included in their ranks. They are only marginal outsiders for the La Liga title in 2017/18 but what little value there is in this market, lies with Zidane’s men right now.

Top Tips For The 2017/18 Champions League

The premier European club competition, the Champions League, is back underway which means there is plenty of top-class football to look forward to until the final on May 26 in Kiev. The tournament is also a great opportunity to find a few winners if you like betting on the Champions League. Here are some tips for the 2017/18 renewal of the competition.

Real Madrid to win the tournament – 4/1

SPORF via Twitter

Real Madrid have dominated this competition for the past two season as they lifted the trophy in 2016 in Milan, while earlier this year they became the first team to retain their title. Going into the 2017/18 campaign, Real still look to be the best side in Europe. Their second half performance against Juventus in the 2017 Champions League final was as good as it gets in club football. They blew a very good defensive football team away in a breath-taking display. PSG are many people’s tip this season after they spent £400 million the summer on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The French club may well dominate Ligue 1 with some big scorelines each week; however, they still don’t look to be anywhere near the standard of the champions. Therefore at 4/1, Zinedine Zidane’s team appear to be great value to make it a hat-trick of consecutive wins. Real Madrid have also been a popular Oddschecker football tip in La Liga this season where they are odds-on to defend their league championship.

Neymar to be the top goalscorer – 16/1

Squawka Football via Twitter

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the top goalscorer charts in the Champions League over the last couple of decades and rightfully both men are at the top end of the betting this year again. If you fancy taking a chance at a bigger price this season, Neymar could be a good bet at 16/1 to break their stronghold. The Brazilian is going to be the leading man at PSG and as long as they have a deep run into the latter stages of the tournament, he should be challenging in the scoring charts. PSG have been drawn with Anderlecht and Celtic and often the player who is the top scorer in the Champions League, gains the majority of their goals from the group stages. It hard to see PSG going all the way just yet in Europe, however, they broke the world record on Neymar to put them in serious contention so they can expect the Brazil international to give them something in return for their Euros.

The latest round of Champions League games take place on September 26, while the opening knockout games begin on February 13.

Premier League – start of the season


All fans of football matches are really satisfied with the start of the English Premier League season 2017/2018. Although, that the season began weeks ago, we can say that it is more exciting to date. Let’s see standing at Leader for the first time is not Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool or Arsenal, but Manchester United. This Manchester Grand had started well with 3 wins in 3 games and hinted at the goals he had set for himself, namely the champions’ title. Leader of the team is one of the best coaches in recent years – Jose Mourinho. The team has been almost always in top 3 at the Sir Alex Ferguson years, but after his retirement we saw Manchester losing form and quite often in the middle of the table, which was not typical of such a grand. Time will tell, if the Red Devils will be able to qualify for the title with one of the best strikers like Ibrahimovic and Pogba.

An interesting development in the Premier League is observed at the moment when Manchester United leader and second Liverpool was followed by third – Huddersfield. They just has just been promoted this year. The team stood up strongly for the season and moved away class players to pose a threat to most of the league’s teams. Recently Huddersfield moved through opposed goalkeeper Robert Green of Leeds. Whether this is going to be the big surprise of the season is yet to be understood, but the start is definitely impressive.

Last season, the champion was Chelsea, and this year they will try to repeat their success, but at the moment, their start is not as good as they like to be. For 3 games played, the blue have 5 points in their assets. They are in 6th place, after 2 wins and one loss.

Let’s see what happens at the bottom of the table. In general, the heavily populated Tottenham in recent years is now in 9th place and Everton with Wayne Rooney is just 12th in moment standing. However, it is quite early in the season and it is likely that the ranking will be changed. We will look forward to the development of the fights in this interesting championship – the English Premier League.