Football betting is the new horse racing and the tablet the new turf accountant as a report published in ’The Guardian’ reveals a surge in on-line gambling. In particular, football betting is on the rise. The industry now takes an estimated £14 billion per a year from punters’ pockets across the UK.
The new rise has been blamed on fixed odds betting terminals, and football. Youngsters are more attracted to the glamourous football arena than the world of horse and dog racing. Ronaldo has replaced Red Rum for the new age punter. The mobile generation is making it easier still.
Cash-out and cash-in
With the new cash-out options, spread betting, first scorer and a plethora of home and away options on offer, and new ones added daily, addiction is inevitable for some.
There fixed odd betting terminals, that allow punters to spend in seconds. The ease of use has helped the rise of the on-line, pitch-side casinos. Boosting the industry, and allowing the football fan to enjoy the comfort of couch casinos.
Events like this weekend’s English FA Cup semi-finals will again spark a surge in football bets, even housewives will be enjoying the ease of an on-line flutter.
Tottenham Hotspur will face Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday. Chelsea will face Southampton on Sunday to decide the line up of the revered FA Cup final played later next month. For the latest odds on upcoming fixtures click here.
Will Kane be able to score?
North London side Tottenham are chasing their first FA Cup success in over 25 years, whilst Manchester United are looking to add to their fuller silverware collection. Spurs star Harry Kane will no doubt be the favourite to score the first goal.
It could be said, therefore, and has been, that Harry Kane and Tottenham have a slight advantage over Manchester United.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been playing their home games at Wembley all season, whilst their new stadium is completed. Thus United fans are claiming that Spurs have the home advantage.
A recent loss though to Manchester City, followed by a meagre draw gained at Brighton on Tuesday will have dampened the spirit of the Lillywhites.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to reinstate his ’special’ status, recent victory over the new Premier League Champions will not be enough to pacify club and fans.
This will affect the odds, and make the betting on this game no doubt fluctuate.
Will the Saints go marching to the final?
Sunday’s tie between Chelsea and Southampton would see a better return for the punters. Chelsea start favourites as Antonio Conte will be looking to secure silverware and save his job.
Last season’s Champions Chelsea have had a lukewarm season, and recent performances could see a surprise. Struggling Southampton as underdogs won’t feel the pressure like the West London giants. A joy to the bookmaker should they succeed.
Anyone can join in with easy football betting
Gone are the days when gamblers watched endless horse or dog races and meticulously studied form. Gone are the days when you had to race to your bookmaker to place your bet, it’s all just one click away.
With bets available on first to score, own goals, score predictions, there is an available bet all through the game. New cash-out options have increased the excitement of the football bet with its multitude of available combinations.
Tottenham are currently narrow favourites in their tie. The average odds are currently 11/5 Tottenham Win, Draw 23/10, Man. Utd. Win 5/4 (William Hill)
Chelsea are clearer favourites over Southampton, 1/2 for the win, 10/3 draw, with Southampton being given only a 6/1 chance of being finalists.
The attraction of the Premier League, the FA Cup, the European competitions and now the imminent World Cup, has made football gambling fun and fast. This year will thus see a further rise in on-line gambling, particularly in bets placed on ’The Beautiful Game’.