iBet: Bookies Hit For £20 Million As The Favourites Do The Business

Gareth Purnell

Premier League, To Make The Top Four

Lay Manchester United at 3.3 with Betfair

The decision to disallow Cheick Tiote’s goal for Newcastle against Manchester City is certainly the worst I have seen of its kind, and it was hardly surprising that Alan Pardew lost his rag somewhat. Pardew narrowly avoided an FA ban and now bookies have issued a bundle of specials on his behaviour for the rest of the campaign.

The fiery Newcastle boss was banned for two games in 2012 after shoving a linesman and Paddy Power have him at 7/2 that he’ll receive a ban at some point this season and 7/1 to be sent to the stands. Pardew can be backed at 100/1 to punch another manager, while he’s 25/1 to be shown on Match of the Day sliding on his knees after a goal is scored this season. “Given the reaction he had to the mild mannered and reserved Pellegrini, there is no telling what will kick off when he comes up against a more inflammatory opponent,” said a Paddy Power spokesman.

It was an amazing weekend for favourite backers on the football, and the victory for Arsenal over Aston Villa on Monday night was the icing on the cake. It meant that 26 of the 29 most popular teams on the coupon obliged, including all of the top seven in the Premier League. Ladbrokes reckons that over 250,000 its individual customers won on the football including one who picked up £30,000 for a £20 stake and another who pocketed £18,000 for a fiver. Ladbrokes’ Alex Donaghue reckons the weekend cost the UK bookmakers around £20 million.

The results see Manchester City the clear favourites to win the Premier League at 11/10 with Chelsea at 100/30, Arsenal at a best of 9/2 with BetVictor, Liverpool 9/1 (Paddy Power), Manchester United 40/1 and Everton and Spurs 80/1. At I bet we were firmly against Manchester United at the start of the season ( and everything we’ve seen so far has cemented that view. They may have won against Swansea, but Moyes’ men continue to look the weakest of those teams and in our view they are a lay to make the Top Four at 3.3 with Betfair.

We backed Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon D’Or at some fancy prices down from 8/1, but bookies think it will be back to business as usual next time around with Lionel Messi 6/4 favourite to regain the crown in 2014/15. Ronaldo is 100/30, Neymar 12/1, Luis Suarez 16/1, Diego Costa 20/1, Frank Ribery 25/1, Arjen Robben 40/1, Gareth Bale 50/1 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic 40/1.


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