A Goal-Fest at Anfield and A Thiem Fight Back in the US Open Delights Bookies
A seven-goal thriller on Merseyside on Saturday, foiled all but the most adventurous of punters in the biggest Premier League game. Dominic Thiem’s fightback to clinch his first US Open were all good news for bookies, we recap these and other stories in our sports betting roundup.
Premier League Classic Proves Difficult to Predict
Football fans are often an opportunistic bunch, betting on what they would like to happen, rather than what is likely to happen. Much to the delight of bookmaker’s, as these longshots, are a good source of revenue. We doubt even the most’ glass half full’ supporter would have predicted the scoreline of 4-3 in Saturday’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Leeds United. The Yorkshire team, returning to the top-flight for the first time in 16 years fought back three times to equalise against the reigning champions, a late penalty won the three points for Liverpool, but Leeds thrilled neutrals with their never say die attitude and attacking football.
While few are likely to have backed the correct score, some Liverpool fans are likely to have backed Mo Salah in the multi-scorer market. The Egyptian started his quest for the Golden Boot spectacularly, becoming became the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick on the first day of a league season since John Aldridge against Charlton in 1988-89. An emerging market for football betting is red-card betting, simply betting if a player will be sent off or not. Sunday’s French Ligue 1 game between Marseille and PSG providing a goldmine for bettors as an astonishing five players received their marching orders, including the world’s most expensive player, Neymar. A late brawl saw Marseille’s Jordan Amavi and Dario Benedetto and PSG’s Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa shown red cards, the referee later consulted VAR and sent Neymar off for a punch into the head of defender Alvaro Gonzalez.
Neymar said after the game that his only regret was only punching Gonzalez in the head, the € 222 man said he wished he had “smashed him in the face” instead. The player stated a racial incident was the reason for the punch.
Thiem Fightback Thrills Bookmakers
Bookmakers have already enjoyed a profitable US Open with the shock disqualification of heavily-backed Novak Djokovic. They also will have had a wry smile when Alexander Zverev failed to take advantage of a two-set lead in the US Open final.
25-year-old Zverev had been heavily backed to win his first Grand Slam title, mainly due to his opponent, second-seed Dominic Thiem, often failing to take his chance in finals. The 27-year-old had lost his previous three major finals and looked set for more heartache. No player had won a Grand Slam title from two sets down since 2004. In that match, Argentine Gaston Gaudio took the French Open, the last time the feat was done in an American Open was in 1949. But that was exactly what Thiem did, securing a 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8-6) win.
Yarde Wins Battle of Britain Clash With Spelman
Anthony Yard became the first fighter to stop compatriot Dec Spelman in their light-heavyweight clash at York Hall. Spelman was backed well by punters, the Scunthorpe man had lost his last two bouts by decision, but had not been knocked out in a fight before in his 20 previous fights.
Yard had only lost once before; Sergey Kovalev knocked him out in a WBO title fight in August 2019. He won his comeback fight but started the slower of the two fighters with Spelman catching him with a crisp right hand in the first round on Saturday.
The right-hand did most of the damage for Yard, his opponent’s nose bloodied in the third round. The punishment continued throughout the fight, the referee, Michael Alexander, finally calling time on the fight after a knockdown in the sixth. Making an intriguing fight with fellow Brit, Joshua Buatsi, more likely.
Galileo Chrome Win Good News for Some Punters
Those who backed Galileo Chrome @16/1 in St Leger at Doncaster were laughing all the way to the bank. The winner of the first British Classic of the year was so heavily backed, the starting price was just 4/1. This win for jockey Tom Marquand is all the more surprising, as the original jockey Shane Crosse tested positive for Covid-19, and Marquand was a late replacement and only learnt about the ride on Friday.
Of course, an original 16/1 shot winner, meant that the favourite was beaten, a windfall for the bookies. So it proved with Berkshire Rocco and Pyledriver, who had been very well backed in the past fortnight, back in third.
Betway’s Chad Yeomans (part of the Kindred Group), said of the results for the book: “Whilst the winner was not completely unsupported, confidence in the favourite was rock solid and we came out well ahead there too, in what overall was a great set of results for Kindred.”