When it comes to football, betting the choice of markets and bookmakers is vast, and can be rather daunting. While odds rarely differ a lot between the major bookmakers, it’s worth comparing odds to make sure you get the best deal for your hard earned cash.
For example: punters who want to put a tenner on Man City forward Sergio Aguero to be the Premier League’s top scorer can get 11/8 odds on bet365, 5/4 on Ladbrokes, 11/10 on William Hill and 7/5 from PaddyPower. A payout from William Hill would return £21 while PaddyPower gives out £24. It’s not life changing amounts but every little helps!
The difference between the bookies on the Premier League outright winner is almost nothing, with 4/5 odds on City to win consistent across the board. In Europe there is a little more variation. William Hill offer the best odds on Barcelona claiming another La Liga title at 10/11, while Ladbrokes, bet365 and PaddyPower are all offering 11/10 on Real winning the Spanish league.
More ambitious punters who want to back current table toppers Villarreal can get 200/1 odds on William Hill and bet365. The yellow submarines are a strong side, while they lack the big names their team cohesion and style of play makes them a strong outsider.
Betting on an outright winner in the Bundesliga returns very little, due to Bayern’s total dominance of the league. However, the overall top scorer market offers some more potentially lucrative betting. Bet365 are offering in-form Robert Lewandowski at 1/3, compared to 1/4 odds on William Hill. The Bayern forward is currently the most potent striker in the world and has netted 15 times in his last 6 games.
He is closely followed in the Bundesliga top scorer charts by Dortmund ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon forward became the first player in Bundesliga history to score in each of his team’s opening six matches, and has 10 goals in total, 2 shy of Lewandowski. William Hill is offering the best odds on the Dortmund striker, at 5/1.
Bookies are also offering an interesting range of specials, which differ between each operator. Ladbrokes are giving punters a next England manager market. While a change of manager is a long way off for the Three Lions now is a good time to make the most of the uncertainty. Gary Neville and (strangely) Brendan Rodgers are the favourites at 7/1, followed closely by Alan Pardew (8/1). Big Sam and ‘arry Redknapp will be anguished to hear they are only 33/1 outsiders.
William Hill has a special market dedicated to Liverpool, presumably off the back of the Klopp signing. One of the more appealing options is betting on the first player to leave Liverpool in January. Considering the German’s brand of high speed, high-intensity football Liverpool’s more sluggish players could see their time in red ending as faster than a Klopp counter attack. Lucas Levia is the favourite to leave first at 5/1.
PaddyPower have capitalised on Brendan’s sacking to create a next permanent club market for the Northern Irishman. Oddly the two favourite destinations are Aston Villa (5/2) and Newcastle (4/1), however there have been rumours that he may be a candidate for the Valencia job, as Nuno Espírito Santo is failing to impress this season. Brendan would surely jump at the chance to work on his tan, and manage such a big club of course…