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Welcome to your exclusive copy of Betfair EDGE, the magazine that tells you everything you need to know about the world’s best online betting exchange. We’re here to educate, entertain and inform, although I’d like to step up and apologise for something straight off the bat. One thing we can’t do is provide you with a list of cast-iron betting certainties. You see, in the world of sport sure things are as rare as tartan clouds. To prove it we’ve looked at ten markets that were successfully laid at 1.01. Rafael Nadal, Barcelona and a hapless horse racing commentator are the stars of the show – turn to page 25 to read these and other sporting shockers. Of course upsets might be frustrating when you’re on the wrong end of them, but freak results are what make watching – and betting on – sport
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LOOK, NO HANDS! Euro 2012 qualifier Republic of Ireland vs Armenia Tuesday 11 October
With Ireland needing a draw (priced at 4.0 prior to kick-off) to secure a place in the play-offs, controversy strikes in the 26th minute when the Armenian goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky is given a straight red for handling the ball outside his area. Replays show the ball hitting him in the chest.
To make matters worse for the Armenians the replays also clearly show the Republic of Ireland player Simon Cox handling in the same move before attempting to lob the oncoming Berezovsky. Berezovsky is distraught and has to be consoled as he leaves the field.
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1.30 What a difference two years makeâ€Ś This was the handball that robbed the Republic of Ireland of their place in the 2010 World Cup. After losing the first leg 1-0 at home, Ireland levelled the tie after 32 minutes at the Stade de France. Then, in the 103rd minute, Thierry Henry deliberately handled the ball before squaring for William Gallas to break Irish hearts. Despite calls for a replay from the Football Association of Ireland and top Irish politicians, the result stood.
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FRANKEL ON CLOUD NINE Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Saturday 15 October
Frankel pulls out another peerless display in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday 15 October, extending his unbeaten run to nine. Tom Queally has to hold him back in the early stages before letting him loose after the halfway point.
From that point itâ€™s no contest as Frankel strides to a majestic four-length victory over Excelebration, a horse that went off as second favourite at a massive 9.0. Frankel repaid punters who had the faith at a very slim 1.41.
Frankel might have gone off at a slim 1.41, but that's a 41% return on investment for a bet many considered a sure-thing You need to bet big to win on Frankel…
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England vs Australia
Sept 2005 – Ashes, fifth Test The finale of one of the best occasions in modern English sporting history. By drawing the fifth Test England won the Ashes for the first time since 1987. Total money placed: £37,782,512
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April 2011 – World Cup final The hosts beat the entertainers in Mumbai by six wickets but the set up couldn’t have been better, with the first all-Asian final and Tendulkar on 99 centuries. Total money placed: £31,221,616
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July 2009 – Ashes, first Test England won the first Test in the series by 115 runs before sending the Aussies home empty handed. Total money placed: £30,729,023
Roddick vs Federer
July 2009, Wimbledon final Roddick gave Federer the fright of his life in a sensational final that eventually saw Roddick go down 16-14 in the final set. Total money placed: £30,238,176
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Federer vs Nadal
July 2007, Wimbledon final Federer lost his cool, complaining to the umpire about Hawk-Eye during a fourth set that Nadal dominated. Nadal then missed two break points in the fifth set, as Federer took the trophy. Total money placed: £30,181,595 Put it down, you don’t know where it’s been
The number of months (and counting) the next Man United manager market has been open – the longest-running ever on Betfair. Current favourite (at the time of going to press) is Jose Mourinho at 4.6. David Moyes is at 14.5, with Joe Royle an outside shot at 1,000.
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He’s top of the golfing world and also the big money winner of 2011 – we talk to the man who always swings when he’s winning
SHOUT! Should Rooney be selected for the Euro 2012 squad even though he is suspended for the first group games? Sean Lester 24, sales
Definitely. We’ve got a squad so let’s use it. If we can get past the group stages we can unleash a fresh Rooney with a point to prove in the big games – what a weapon!
Donald is the man to beat at the moment
How does it feel to be world number one? A great honour. It will be a great story when I’m an old man, telling my grandkids that I was once the best golf player in the world.
Does the form you’ve been in give you some insight into what it was like for Tiger in his prime? It certainly raises your confidence. I have a long way to go to match Tiger – winning 80-plus tournaments and 14 majors is pretty amazing. But being in contention week in and week out, you start to expect it a little bit more, which I’m sure Tiger did in his prime.
What do you make of Tiger’s decline?
Golf is very mental and physical. When one of those goes, it becomes really tough. He has obviously struggled with some personal issues and injuries, and it’s hard to get that out of your mind at times. He took a long break from the game to try to change a few things and it hasn’t worked out. It’s given us all a chance, but I wouldn’t write him off just yet.
What does it feel like to have spectators shouting ‘Luuuuuke!’? Yeah, it’s pretty cool to have your own chant! I get great support when I’m in the UK and in Europe, but I understand that when I’m in the US I’m not going to get as much.
How do you think the public perceives you? I’m sure people see me as someone who keeps things to himself. I might be quiet, but there’s a lot of fire inside me, and hopefully people see that sometimes. Just ask my wife. Even if it’s just a game of tiddlywinks, I still don’t like losing!
What would give you more pleasure: being world number one or winning a major? Being world number one is self-satisfying. Winning a major makes you seem more accepted as a great player by your peers. I probably should have won one by now. I’m definitely getting closer.
33, marketing No – Capello will be better served having a full squad to choose from. Taking Rooney would just be rewarding his petulance.
39, barman I don’t see the point. I think it sends a terrible message out to whoever’s playing through the group games.
Jim Ladbury 37, designer Yes. It’s sad to say, but even though he was terrible at the last World Cup, without Rooney we’d lose our only truly world-class player.
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Five hurdlers to follow 1 RANJAAN
4 ITALIAN MASTER
This is a lovely threeyear-old. He’s a twice winner on the flat, once as a spring and once as a two-year-old. He ran really well in France in a six-mile listed hurdle before we bought him. We had him gelded and then we got him cantering because he was fresh. He’s a really willing jumper with smart flat form.
Although we didn’t win with Polisky over hurdles last year, he ran some good races, particularly at Ascot. We ran him at the back end of the season at Aintree in a graded novice hurdle. We were aiming high but we didn’t want to win what I call an ‘egg-and-spoon race’ at the back end of the season and lose his novice status.
This is a very interesting three-year-old. He’s a big and scopey horse who will obviously make a chaser one day. You’d never know he’s three the way he canters up the hill. I expect we’ll follow the same route we did with Sam Winner last year, by starting off with the Paddy Power meeting in November and going on from there.
Italian Master is in fairly decent form and is a lovely, strong and athletic horse. Six years ago we were parading Denman in the same scenario, having just won an Irish point-topoint. He's a lovely model, but you don’t know what you’ve got until they’ve run – we just dream he might be the next Denman.
Zarkandar is the star from last year. He won the Triumph Aintree Hurdles, and was unbeaten in three out of three races – an amazing horse really. Even when winning he was struggling a little bit with his breathing, but he had an operation in the summer and has done really well so we’re going to be aiming him towards a champion hurdle.
Five chasers to follow 1 MASTER MINDED
2 AL FEROF
3 CEDRE BLEU
5 SAM WINNER
Master Minded had been struggling with his breathing, but he had an operation and then won four out of five last season. He was an absolute revelation at Aintree over two-and-ahalf. The plan of attack this year is to try and beat Long Run in the King George. He looks great and has been doing lots of cantering.
Al Ferof did really well last year and ended up winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. He also did well this summer, and the plan now is to go novice chasing, start him off on a stiff two miles at Exeter and then see where we go – I suspect he’ll want further than two miles. He is a hugely exciting horse.
I fell in love with this four-year-old when I saw him run over hurdles last autumn. It was the first time he’d ever been on the track and he ran a race full of promise and ended up finishing third. I’ve had it in mind to get him ready for the Beginners’ Chase at the Hennessy meeting – he could be a really smart novice chaser.
This horse is virtually unbeaten, and was unlucky not to win his first point-to-point at Larkhill. Last season he had two runs – one at Chepstow where he went nicely – and then he won at Ascot. We decided not to give him another run because he’s not the most robust horse in the world, but I think he’s got a bright future.
This is another nice novice chaser. He was a juvenile hurdler last year and won at Cheltenham twice. It didn’t go to plan when we ran him in the really deep ground at Chepstow, but he ran an amazing race in the Triumph. We ran him over two-and-a-half at Aintree at the back end of the season. I’m convinced he’ll be a real smart staying two-miler.
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dumped! Betfair brings comedy relief to ex-Tevez fans on both sides of Manchester
or a player that used to give 110% on the field, Carlos Tevez’s stay in Manchester has come to a sad and ignoble end. After losing the support of one half of the city thanks to that infamous ‘Welcome to Manchester!’ poster, Tevez did for the rest when he allegedly refused to warm-up or come on as a sub for City against Bayern Munich in the Champions League group match on 27 September. Amid a flurry of legal action, Mancini said he was finished at City! Consequently Tevez was conspicuous by his absence when the two Manchester teams met in the crazy derby match on 23 October. Betfair made its presence
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by the Argentine striker’s name. We’re not sure if Tevez watched the game while sulking at home, but if he did he wouldn’t have enjoyed it. With Man City thrashing their neighbours 6-1, it’s obvious that another striker – even one of Tevez’s quality – is somewhat surplus to requirements at the Etihad.
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Alex Ferguson in the aftermath of the derby. A shock result no doubt, and one that got a ‘response’ a few days later when United beat Aldershot 3-0 in the Carling Cup. But was a kicking like this on the cards? Stats from 24 October show that United had actually conceded the most shots in the Premiership.
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Betfair’s Rugby Ambassador looks back at a fascinating World Cup and gives you his expert tips for the upcoming Six Nations For me, the highlight of the Rugby World Cup was the semi-final between New Zealand and Australia. So much was at stake, the tension in Eden Park was unbearable. Then the teams came out, the All Blacks looked focused, determined, and from the Haka onwards, there was only one winner. New Zealand produced the most emphatic performance of the tournament and one of the greatest ever in World Cup history. I expected them to destroy France in the final too but Les Bleus pulled off one of those rare, brilliant performances that are part of their mythology. New Zealand have been far and away the best team in world rugby for the last four years, and although they may have been second best in the final, they had in Graham Henry a coach who was prepared to be decisive and pull off Piri Weepu when he looked to be imploding on the big stage. No prizes for guessing who were the biggest disappointment? Where did it all go wrong for England? They looked withdrawn from the off. There were high points – Ben Youngs’ inspired try against Argentina and the way they hung in against Scotland – but, really, I’m clutching at straws. England were too rigid in their planning and much of the blame for that lies with the management. It will be fascinating to see where they go from here, but it looks likely that Martin Johnson will be given the opportunity to stay on. I’ve stood alongside the man and I know what an outstanding character he is. He was a great player and he might yet be a great coach. Clive Woodward was given a second chance after we failed in 1999, as was Graham Henry following New Zealand’s exit in 2007. Look what they both went on to achieve.
LES BLEUS TO TRIUMPH I loved playing in the Six Nations – few occasions in sport compare to watching the northern hemisphere’s finest compete in partisan atmospheres full of history and intensity. Even at this early stage, the markets demonstrate what a fertile betting ground the competition is.
Greenwood is backing the French to go one better at the 2012 Six Nations A look at the fixture list is essential when betting. Last year, I felt that Martin Johnson had built his England team into a force that were ready to win their first title for eight years. However, having stuck with the Red Rose through their first four fixtures, I laid the Grand Slam as I believed they would struggle to win their final game in Dublin. England are prominent in the market once again, fancied ahead of both Ireland and Wales, but I’m afraid that, at this point, I’m laying England to retain their title. Can Wales kick on from a World Cup that exceeded expectations? They could be in contention for the big one in four years but the truth is that, despite making excellent progress, they lost three matches against South Africa, France and Australia. That might sound harsh but thin margins mean everything in sport and betting. Wales have to go to Twickenham and Dublin this year so I won’t be backing them. France are deserved favourites. They got to the World Cup final at a time when they were practically without a coach, due to the antics of Marc Lièvremont. They boast a fabulous front five and have the best line-out jumpers in the world. They may have been lucky to beat Wales in the World Cup semi-final but they stole crucial, game-changing balls at the throws. I’m backing France to win but, similar to England last year, I will lay them off on the eve of their final match in Cardiff.
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No prizes for guessing who were the biggest disappointment at the World Cup? Where did it all go wrong for England?
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Edward Healey Sports Marketing My tip is to play the long-running markets. Trading the X Factor winner can be easy money, for example. If The X Factor’s not your thing, look at the Premier League winner’s market. If the current favourite has a hard run of games, lay them, and then back them again a few weeks later to make a profit whether they win the title or not. Top tip: Look to the long-running markets for easy profits
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Richard Hayward Welcome and Retention Manager The Rugby World Cup asked the question: how good are France really? Until the final they seemed to have fluked their way through, but then they proved their worth. Wales had the right mentality and should have been in the final. Ireland were a bit of a let-down for me, and England were a shambles – we got what we deserved.
Grant Baillie Head of Customer Value As the token Glasgow Rangers fan in the office, I will be leaving my outright SPL Winner bet well alone – I can’t see them letting a 12-point lead slip. For the rest of the season I’m going to lay every team they play against. Rangers might not win all the games they play, but I’m confident they’ll win or draw upwards of 80%. Top tip: Lay Glasgow Rangers’ opponents
Top tip: Wales to win the Six Nations
Joe Legge Poker and Gaming Manager Never be afraid of a short-priced favourite. A lot of people look at a price of 1.4 and think that there isn’t enough profit on a bet to justify backing something. Look at Frankel – such a great horse with amazing returns. His last starting price was 1.41 – where else can you find a 41% return on investment? Top tip: Look for the best in short-priced runners for easy profit
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Stars and Strikes Join us for a closer look at the new Betfair Mobile ad, where stars of the Manchester United team go bowling – with footballs!
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hey’re more used to kicking balls between the posts, but the Manchester United team proved adept at knocking over ten-pins with footballs in the new advert for Betfair Mobile. Betfair hired out a bowling alley, just around the corner from United’s training ground at Carrington. The players entered the fray at lunchtime after being put through their paces by Sir Alex Ferguson. Ashley Young, Patrice Evra and Dimitar Berbatov led the way, pinging balls down the lanes towards the skittles. Midfielder Darren Fletcher and goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard soon joined in, with the Dane taking the game into his own hands by throwing the footballs down the lane! It actually turned out to be quite a tricky task for the lads, with the weight of
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the balls resulting in some of the opening efforts ballooning high above the target. But, as you’d expect from top-level sportsmen, the players soon got the hang of things, and before long skittles were flying everywhere with things getting rather competitive. Ashley Young eventually came out on top, producing some amazing trick shots to knock down the final pins. A lot of hard work went into the day from everyone involved, but a lot of fun was had too. Check the video and website out to join the party.
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Ashley Young eventually came out on top, producing some amazing trick shots to knock down the final pins
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Firm but fair, or a dangerous tackle?
WAS THIS TACKLE A SENDING-OFF OFFENCE?
With 18 minutes played of the Rugby World Cup semi-final, Irish referee Alain Rolland showed Sam Warburton a red card for what he deemed a dangerous tackle. Was it the correct decision?
NO! SARA ORCHARD
Rugby presenter and qualified referee
Warburton’s club captain at the Cardiff Blues
If you read the letter of the law, there is nothing in it to do with ‘intent’. I’m sure that Sam Warburton is a really nice guy, but that is irrelevant. I don’t care if it was a World Cup semi-final either: you have to place someone down on the ground safely if you have taken the responsibility of lifting them into the air. If Vincent Clerc had broken his neck, we wouldn’t be having this debate. Sam Warburton dropped him. He knew he’d dropped him. And that is why I still have a lot of respect for Sam. He didn’t scream or shout, he accepted his punishment. I feel sorry for the referee, Alain Rolland, because he was doing his job, just the way he’d been told to do it. Generally, across rugby, when referees do not deal with a situation, that’s their fault. But Alain Rolland did a fantastic job that night. He did nothing wrong. The time in the match doesn’t matter either. What’s the difference between dumping someone and giving them the possibility of a broken neck in the first minute or the 79th? There is no excuse for putting someone’s life in danger, which is why we have these laws. You’ve got to think about all the children across the world watching that match. Sam Warburton is their hero but what sort of a message would it have sent out if he’d only got yellow?
I was disappointed for Sam Warburton. He’s an honest bloke, which obviously didn’t get taken into consideration. His tackle was worse than, say, slowing down a ball at a ruck or pulling someone down at a lineout, so in this instance the referee’s focus was that it was worse than a yellow so it must be a red. It was a good, hard hit. Sam Warburton is a specimen, so it was a powerful, strong, biggish guy against a quite explosive little guy. Sam hit him with a perfect tackle, the Odds for way we’re all taught to tackle, but the Wales to momentum just flipped him over. win before red card A lot of people have backed the ref, Alain Rolland, which is fine, but I still believe he should have just taken his time, Odds for Wales to spoken to his two touch judges and had win after a think about what he was doing. red card Instead, the red card came out instantly, which I don’t think was right. To say that not sending off Sam would have sent out the wrong message is rubbish. He didn’t finish Clerc off by driving him into the ground. I’m a parent and I’m all for safety, but perhaps I’m too old school. It’s a contact sport and we’re all a bit too PC these days.
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The sun might rise in the east and set in the west, but beyond that you need to be prepared for every possible eventuality. Take a deep breath and join us as we open the door to Room 1.01 – the place where there’s no such thing as a sure thing…
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Spartak Nalchik v FK Krasnodar Russian Premier League 24 July 2011 Market: FK Krasnodar – 1.01
However, Sociedad had other ideas, and a looping header just before the hour mark from Agirretxe gave them hope. Minutes later, an appalling ball from David Villa let Agirretxe in again and his shot was palmed onto the bar by defender Sergio Busquets before being buried by Griezmann. Following mass confusion, he was finally awarded the goal, which earned the home team a point.
Given that there are far more clubs than there are available trophies, football supporters are by their very nature an optimistic bunch. But even the most glass-half-full home fan at this fixture between two of Russia’s lesser-known clubs must have realistically thought that this wasn’t their day. With three minutes of normal time left, Spartak Nalchik found themselves 2-0 down against a solid Krasnodar outfit, and seemingly heading for a ruined weekend. However, no matter what the league, in football hope springs eternal, and those punters heading for the exits were stopped in their tracks by an 87th minute goal from young defender Aleksandr Kulikov. Surely a mere consolation? But Krasnodar were unnerved, Nalchick pushed forward, and redemption was theirs in the shape of attacking midfielder Roman Kontsedalov who sweetly struck the equaliser in the final minute for a dramatic 2-2 draw.
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Real Sociedad v Barcelona La Liga 10 September 2011 Market: Barcelona – 1.01
Despite the slew of best-team-ever plaudits, even the mighty Barcelona aren’t infallible. Lowly Real Sociedad appear to have something of an Indian sign over the Catalan giants, in so much as they are one of the few teams to actually beat them in recent seasons. Looking to rectify this aberration, Barca came to Sociedad not to praise them, but to bury them. They appeared to be on track early doors when two goals in barely a minute from Xavi and Fabregas set the champions on their way.
Warwick Racecourse 5f Handicap 3 October 2011 Market: Rios Girl – 1.01
Messi – a rare taste of defeat
A seemingly innocuous 13-runner sprint at Warwick descended into chaos when the commentator called the wrong horse in an expensive case of mistaken identity. The four-year-old Rios Girl was heavily backed in running due to the hapless commentator obliviously relaying news of its apparently pending success. In reality, after briefly disputing the lead, Rios Girl veered right, weakened, and drifted into an eventual tenth place. Meanwhile, the actual winner, the American horse Straboe, pressed throughout and held on gamely for a deserved, but sadly unheralded victory, at least from the commentator, who possibly should have gone to SpecSavers (or another reputable high street optician). He did apparently proffer an apology the best part of an hour later, which must have come as great consolation. Or as one punter remarked, ‘I suspect the backers had already topped themselves by then.’
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LAY THE FAVOURITE Anderlecht run wild over Liege
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Anderlecht v Standard Liege Belgian Pro League 16 October 2011 Market: Over 4.5 goals – 1.01 With both teams in decent form at the business end of the Belgian League, a tight encounter was expected in what nobody refers to as the E40 derby. This proved to be the case at half-time, with the teams separated only by Liverpool reject Milan Jovanovic’s 15th minute goal. Shunned by Kenny Dalglish despite a goal at Anfield in the League Cup defeat against Northampton Town, Jovanovic has since gone on to be described in Neighbours as ‘one of the greatest soccer players in the world’.
Back to the match, and with 70 minutes on the clock his goal increasingly looked like being the winner. However, a second from curtain-haired midfielder Guillame Gillet presaged a flurry of four in 13 minutes for the home side as Anderlecht went nap, romping to an incredible 5-0 victory. The home fans celebrated with Duvel, chips and mayo, as Liege sombrely made their way back down the E40.
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Sport may be unpredictable but sometimes it can be so one-sided that the result never looks in doubt. When an In-Play event is considered an almost dead-cert it gains the coveted 1.01 price on Betfair. This attracts two types of punter. The first are those who want a quick buck with little risk. Back £/€100 on a 1.01 runner and you earn an ‘easy’ £/€1 profit if it comes in. The more common bet though is to lay the heavy favourite for a small amount and pray that the sporting gods smile on you. Lay a 1.01 shot with just £/€100 liability and you could stand to collect a whopping £/€10,000 if the unexpected happens. As you’ll know by now, huge sporting upsets occur all the time. Choose your 1.01 shot correctly and you can be laughing all the way to the bank.
Haase v Nishikori Shanghai Masters 11 October 2011 Market: Haase to win – 1.01
You can’t get off to a better start than winning the first set 6-0
In tennis, you can’t get off to a better start than winning the first set 6-0, something that also tends to set the markets tumbling. Holland’s top ranked player Robin Haase did exactly that in the second round of the Shanghai Masters, setting up what would appear to be a comfortable passage to the next round. However, both he and the bookies were surprised to see Japan’s Kei Nishikori pick off the next set 7-5 to set up a decider. With the odds going up and down like a ball boy’s head, the final set went all the way before Nishikori completed the comeback by winning it on a tiebreak. The unfancied Nishikori pulled off a bigger shock in the next round by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, before finally succumbing to Andy Murray in the semi-final. Murray scowled a bit, which wasn’t actually a shock.
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Nadal took a big lead but collapsed
Nadal v Dodig
Rogers Cup 11 August 2011 Market: Nadal to win – 1.01
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Seasoned nose-tappers will tell you that there is no such thing as a dead cert, particularly in a points-based sport such as tennis. That said, Rafa Nadal one set up against the number 41 seed has to be considered reasonably safe ground. And the crab-armed Spaniard didn’t merely take the first set from his Croatian opponent; he demolished Ivan Dodig 6-1 inside 35 minutes and raced to a 3-1 lead in the second set. However, the plucky Croat then matched him shot for shot and improbably won the next two sets on tiebreak for a sensational victory. Shrewder punters may have factored in the fact that Rafa hadn’t played a competitive match for five weeks, but Dodig still deserves full credit for an epic fight-back. As for Rafa, he whined: ‘At the end of the match, probably I was a little bit unlucky, no?’ If you say so…
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Crystal Palace v Coventry City
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Npower Championship 25 August 2011 Market: Under 2.5 goals – 1.01 A poor start to the season from Coventry appeared to have been partially rectified when they entered the 90th minute with a precious one-nil lead away from home courtesy of a 48th minute strike from Scrabble favourite Lukas Jutkiewicz. However, with three points seemingly in the bag, and the small pocket of away fans already celebrating – not to mention a sizeable number of Palace already in the car park - the game was turned on its head by a pair of swiftly taken goals from Sean Scannell and Jermaine Easter, prompting scenes of jubilation from the home fans who hadn’t made the fundamental error of trying to beat the traffic. As Brian Clough pointed out, it really does only take a second to score a goal (build-up play notwithstanding) and it isn’t worth rushing home to catch a repeat of Casualty. Rule number one: never leave a football match early.
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As Brian Clough famously pointed out, it really does only take a second to score a goal
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Folkestone Racecourse 7f Handicap 17 August 2011 Market: Silverware – 1.01 A summer evening at Folkstone racecourse saw ten nags line up for the world non-renowned Inspection Services Handicap. While the favourite Sluggsy Morant never really got going, it rapidly became a two horse race between Silverware from the USA, and the Irish horse, Apollo D’negro. Neck and neck over the final half of the race, the lead changed a number of times, with both jockeys squeezing the best out of their respective mounts. As they bombed down the final furlong, you could practically throw a blanket over
them, the pair crossing the line with scarcely a flared nostril to separate them. Indeed, following a forensic inspection, the race was declared a dead heat. However, following a steward’s enquiry, Silverware’s rider, Pat Dobbs was found in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 for using his whip down the shoulder in the forehand position. Yeah, we spotted that too…
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Jubilation for the VVV Venlo players
Dodig celebrates his landmark victory over Nadal
Bordeaux v Montpellier French Ligue 1 1 October 2011 Market: Bordeaux – 1.01 Football pundits regularly remind us that it’s sometimes harder to play against ten men, particularly when they consist of ‘top, top players’. That theory was put to a stringent test in a league match between Bordeaux and Montpelier when the home side took the lead and then promptly had defender Marc Planus sent off. Facing 65 minutes with a one-man deficit, Bordeaux pressed home their ‘advantage’ by taking a two-goal lead early in the second half. Montpellier were forced to regroup, and took the initiative by having a man sent off themselves, with defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa receiving his marching orders for a second yellow with ten minutes left to play. This tactical masterstroke did the trick and an 88th minute penalty followed by a 90th minute equaliser from the enigmatically named Hilton secured a point for Montpellier. As a walrus-featured ex-striker used to remind us, football really is a funny old game.
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VVV Venlo v PSV Eindhoven Dutch Eredivisie 11 September 2011 PSV Eindhoven – 1.01 When Dutch masters PSV Eindhoven opened up a two-goal lead courtesy of a pair of long-range strikes, it appeared that they had came, seen and conquered relegation-threatened VVV Venlo. They clearly hadn’t reckoned with what must have been an inspirational half-time team talk from the Venlo manager, who sent his charges out with renewed vigour. He was instantly rewarded with an astonishing three-goal salvo in the space of five mad minutes, comprising a close range
header, a curled beauty from the edge of the box and an exceptional overhead kick, the unlikely turnaround sending the home supporters in the 10,000 crowd into dreamland. A 76th minute PSV equaliser restored some reality, and after having a man sent off, VVV eventually hung on for a draw. However, those incredible five minutes will live long in the memory of home supporters.
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2012 You can always rely on the Australian Open to brighten a miserable January. Leigh Walsh and Jamie Renton pick the winners so you don’t have to…
fter a stellar 2011 season for men’s tennis, all eyes will be on the big four of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer when play resumes Down Under in January. The Australian Open has produced its fair share of upsets over the last decade and the Melbourne Grand Slam has historically been more difficult to predict than the other three majors. Since 2001 players like Arnaud Clément, Rainer Schüttler, Marcos Baghdatis, Fernando González and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have made a mockery of the seedings by reaching the final and, while none of them
managed to get their hands on the coveted Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, they proved that anything is possible in the season’s Grand Slam curtain raiser. The players tend to be more relaxed but legs can be rusty, and the previous year’s form book doesn’t always offer accurate insight into how proceedings will play out. It’s clearly hard to look beyond the current fab four when predicting a winner. Djokovic, Nadal and Federer hold 30 Grand Slam titles between them and with Murray snapping at their heels the competition will be intense. Here’s a more in-depth look at the contenders, challengers and dark horses.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2012
POWER FOUR Novak Djokovic (SRB) Australian Open best: Won (2008, 2011) Boss of the 2011 season, picking up ten titles including three Grand Slams, the supremely confident Serb will be determined to continue his dominance next year. The defending champion has twice lifted the title in Melbourne, and assuming he doesn’t have a hangover from all that celebrating in 2011, he’s more than capable of a third triumph. His
consistency from the baseline and pace around the court make him a frightening proposition but it was his ability to save his best tennis for the big points that separated him from the pack this year. With only three losses on an otherwise unblemished record, many experts have declared the Serb’s year to be the best in the game’s history. A back injury halted the 24-year-old post US Open but when play returns at the start of 2012, a rejuvenated Djokovic will be in everyone’s line of vision. The question is, can he keep up this scintillating run of form?
Andy Murray (GBR) Australian Open best: Final (2010, 2011) After a season of admirable consistency, Murray returns to Melbourne seeking his third consecutive appearance in the Australian Open final. The feisty Scot’s best Grand Slam performances have come with hard courts underfoot and after leapfrogging Roger Federer in the world rankings for the first time he will be looking to end Britain’s well-publicised 75-year wait for a men’s Grand Slam title. Murray has proved himself to the tune of eight ATP Masters’ titles but question marks still remain over the Scot’s mental frailties over five sets against his biggest rivals in the Slams. But given his past record Down Under, could it be time for Murray to claim the prize his talent merits?
Roger Federer (SUI) Australian Open best: Won (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010) The Swiss maestro has reached at least the quarter-finals of the last 30 Grand Slams, so he’s nigh on certain to be there or thereabouts again as he bids for his first Grand Slam title in two years. Some may argue that Federer’s best days are behind him but does the 30-year-old have enough left in his tank to recapture his former glory? And after squandering two-set leads versus Tsonga at Wimbledon and again against Djokovic at Flushing Meadows, can the 16-time Grand Slam champ summon the killer extinct that has won him a record-breaking number of titles?
OUTSIDE SHOTS David Ferrer (ESP) Championship best: SF (2011)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) Championship best: F (2008)
Super-fit and bursting with terrier-like tenacity, the Spaniard proved he could perform on Melbourne’s brilliant blue hard courts last year with a career-best run to the semi-finals. The experienced 29-year-old has always struggled to convert against the very best, but he’s a definite danger man.
With powerful groundstrokes and outstanding athletic ability, special mention has to be given to the crowd-pleasing Frenchman who reached the Aussie Open final in 2008. The 26-year-old Tsonga is a man for the big stage and they don’t get much bigger than the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal (ESP) Australian Open best: Won (2009) Rafa has won just two of his 10 Grand Slam titles on a hard court, but the Melbourne Plexicushion – a slightly slower surface than the US Open DecoTurf – may provide an easier platform for his 11th major triumph than Flushing Meadows did in September. The 25-year-old Majorcan will be doubly determined for a repeat of his 2009 title after playing second fiddle to Djokovic over the past year. The Spaniard lost to his Serbian nemesis in no fewer than six finals in 2011 and Nadal will need to rid the Djokovic monkey from his back if he is to succeed on the Melbourne stage.
Juan Martín del Potro (ARG) Championship best: QF (2009) Nobody really knows what the towering Argentine is capable of post wrist-op, but while still blessed with that huge, god-given forehand, the 23-year-old will see Melbourne as a good opportunity to regain ground on the top four. Fans of the game will be hoping the popular del Potro can recapture his winning form.
Tomáš Berdych (CZE) Championship best: QF (2011) The 2010 Wimbledon finalist has maintained his place in the top ten over the past year without any spectacular results. The Czech’s best run down under was a quarter-final appearance last year but he is one of the few competitors able to draw on the confidence of breaking up the top four before on the Grand Slam stage.
The current market favours Djokovic, and that’s no surprise after his incredible 2011. There’s not a whole lot of value there though, especially when you look at the price of some of our outside tips.
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Game of two halves
They say the table never lies, but backing the team that's top of the Premiership at Christmas is a very risky betting strategy. Just ask Rafael Benítez and his Liverpool team from 2008… n 2008 Rafael Benítez predicted that, if Liverpool were still on top of the Premiership at Christmas, they’d have an ‘80% possibility’ of ending the season as champions. They were and they didn’t. Other teams have topped the table at Christmas and fallen away when the going gets tough and squads get exposed. One team however, just gets stronger as the buds start shooting and the sun starts to shine. No prizes for guessing who, but with Manchester City currently riding high, the 2.94 you can get on Manchester United to win the Premiership looks as tasty as roast turkey. If you really want to use the Christmas table to give you a solid bet, look to the bottom. Of the 19 teams that have propped up the league while tucking into their Christmas dinner, only one has gone on to make the great escape.
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Looking for a solid tip? Man United are invariably strong in the second half of the season. Seven of their 12 titles were won after another team topped the table at Christmas.
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AC Milan vs Liverpool
If ever there was an ultimate game of two halves, this was it. Two European giants, six goals and some incredible In-Play prices. Steve Hill on the final to beat all finals
iverpool nil, AC Milan two! And this final is over.’ With less than 40 minutes played in the 2005 European showpiece, Radio 5 Live’s Alan Green had already carried out the last rites on Liverpool’s Champions League challenge. And when Hernán Crespo scored an exquisite third on the stroke of half time, few would have had any truck with the Ulsterman’s verdict. However, following what must rank as the greatest European comeback of the modern era, an emotional Green
relayed the improbable news that ‘at a quarter to one in Istanbul, Liverpool are champions of Europe’. It is a match that will resonate down the years, with those that were there destined to inform their grandchildren of the minutiae ad nauseum. Indeed, that was the motivation expressed by native Scousers Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in a pre-match interview, both intent on adding to the legendary tales they had listened to as youngsters of Liverpool’s famous European conquests of the ’70s and ’80s. But neither could
1 min Paolo Maldini volleys AC Milan ahead after 50 seconds. It’s an incredible start for the Italians and Liverpool drift out to 10.0 to win on Betfair
44 mins Crespo scores AC Milan’s third goal – surely it’s all over? Liverpool are 360 to win and Betfair matches £2.5m on Milan at 1.01
have realistically predicted how fanciful their contribution to the Anfield mythology would be. Each played a key role in the comeback, with Gerrard’s emphatic header providing the catalyst, and Carragher proving a defensive titan.
FROM BAD TO WORSE And there were plenty of other Scousers there to see it, with an estimated 35,000 making the arduous trip. Liverpool fan Dan Davies was among them. ‘The Ataturk stadium was like a space-age apparition in a huge rubble-strewn
wasteland,’ he says. ‘With one bumpy track leading to it, coaches from the city centre were backed up for what seemed like miles. We got off and hacked across the scrub before cresting a rise and then seeing an amazing sight - a sea of red congregated around a festival stage behind the Liverpool end. It was biblical. Some Merseyside bands played as Liverpool fans emptied crates of beer before going inside.’ What they witnessed in the opening minute must have been a sobering experience. Liverpool actually kicked
54 mins Gerrard loops a header over Dida to give Liverpool hope at 3-1. The market responds and Liverpool’s In-Play price drops to 50. A few punters show interest
56 mins Šmicer drills home and the fans and punters start to believe. Liverpool trade between 11.0 and 25.0
off, although Djimi Traoré – playing as if his boots were on the wrong feet – quickly conceded possession, and then a free kick. Andrea Pirlo whipped it in, and an unmarked Paolo Maldini thundered a volley into the ground, which arced over the stranded Jerzy Dudek for a sensational opener. Despite rallying with a few long-range efforts, things went from bad to worse for the Reds when surprise starter Harry Kewell limped off after 22 minutes, to be replaced by Vladimír Šmicer, who prolonged the Australian’s agony by neglecting to have his match boots on. Approaching half-time with only a one-goal deficit, the match took a devastating swing courtesy of Hernán Crespo, ironically on loan from Chelsea, who Liverpool had vanquished in the semi-final. Andriy Shevchenko broke down the right, and crossed the ball for the Argentinian to sweep it in from the edge of the six-yard box, plummeting the red faction into despair.
JUST A GAME? 38 59 mins Alonso scores to equalise. Liverpool’s price drops to 4.0 and it’s not just the fans that are celebrating!
120 mins AC Milan remain the favourites for most of the match, but it’s Liverpool who go on to win in the penalty shootout
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Actor Stephen Graham (This Is England, Boardwalk Empire) recalls: ‘I phoned my Dad when we were 2-0 down and he said: “Don’t worry son, this is our cup.” I swear I was like: “F****** bastard! Look, we’re getting beat 2-0!” I was pole-axed, I couldn’t speak. I know they say it’s just a game, but that was pure pain.’ Graham’s expletives were still hanging in the air when Liverpool had a strong penalty appeal turned down, the ball hitting the elbow of a prostrate Alessandro Nesta. Within seconds Kaká delivered a sublime swerving pass that Crespo ran onto, dinking it over the onrushing Dudek and prompting ITV1’s Clive Tyldesley to gush: ‘Milan now playing football out of this world. Nobody can live with this.’ The half-time whistle sent the Milanese fans into the break in disbelieving jubilation, but the mood among the Liverpool fans that made up three sides of the ground couldn’t have been more different – a mix of emotions that threatened to overflow. ‘At half-time it was messy,’ says Dan Davies. ‘People were angry and wanted to go home. Some left, but not nearly as
many as reported. We all met behind one stand and, if I say so myself, a Churchillian rallying speech was delivered. “Believe” became the motto, although nobody had much faith. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” rose up amid the rancour. Pride was restored, solidarity restated, and suddenly anything seemed possible.’ Unsurprisingly, there was also despair in the dressing room, tinged with little more than hope. ‘At half-time I thought it was going to be impossible,’ says Gerrard. ‘We had a mountain to climb and I thought it was going to be tears and disappointment at the end.’ As the teams returned for the formality of the second half, Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti casually chewed on a piece of gum, his jaw flapping with conceited disdain. As Clive Tyldesley pointed out: ‘Not much for him to worry about.’ Liverpool took to the field with a three-man defence and a revamped midfield, and as legend will recall, the vociferous vocal support of the so-called ‘12th man’ – the supporters. That noise reached ear-splitting levels in the 53rd minute when John Arne Riise got a left wing cross in at the second attempt, Gerrard leapt like a salmoninfluenced gazelle and twisted his neck to direct the ball into the top corner past the diving Dida. ‘Hello,’ offered Tyldesley. ‘Hold on. This could be some ride. You never know with Liverpool…’ With smoke hanging in the air, and an extraordinary roar coming from the Liverpool fans, two minutes later it was bedlam. Hamann found Šmicer, who scudded a shot toward the bottom corner. Dida went down in instalments and gloved the ball into the net for 3-2. ‘Miracles are possible!’ barked Tyldesley. The miracle was complete only three minutes later when Gerrard surged into the box, only to be clipped for a penalty by bearded brute Rino Gattuso, who was lucky to escape a red card. Following arguably the strongest six minutes in European history, there was still a full hour to play as the match ground into somewhat inevitable extra time. Carragher went down with cramp on more than one occasion, but found his feet to save Liverpool time and again.
Highest matched price for Liverpool: 360
Lowest matched price for AC Milan: 1.01
Gerrard and co emulated the legendary Liver pool team of the late ’70s an d early ’80s
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3-0 3-1 3-2 3-3
IF YOU HAD THE FAITH, A £/€10 BET ON LIVERPOOL WOULD HAVE RETURNED…
Even Traoré upped his game with a crucial goal-line clearance. But with minutes to go in extra time it all appeared to be in vain when Shevchenko found himself at point blank range following a smart Dudek save. Even watching it several times now, it’s still hard to ascertain exactly what happened, the ball ricocheting at an unnatural angle off of some part of the keeper’s anatomy.
AC Milan vs Liverpool Goals
Total shots 9
On target 1
5 Possession %
Possession % 55
HARD DAY’S NIGHT
To penalties, and a feral Carragher can clearly be seen barking into the face of Dudek, urging him to invoke the spirit of Bruce Grobbelaar in ’84. He did exactly that, prancing along the line as Serginho ballooned the first over. Hamann made no mistake with Liverpool’s first: a stuttering run and drilled finish. Andrea Pirlo stepped up, Dudek stepped forward and palmed it away, despite being a yard off his line. A confident placing from sub Djibril Cissé, who had barely touched the ball in open play: 2-0 to Liverpool. Jon Dahl Tomasson, no mess, low and hard, a deafening silence, 2-1. Riise – left foot like a traction engine – uncharacteristically placed it and Dida saved at full stretch. Up stepped Kaká and confidently ignored Dudek’s wobbly leg routine to fire into the roof of the net for 2-2. Šmicer next, Tyldesley in full Alan Partridge mode: ‘Prayers being offered… to a higher force.’ No problem, 3-2. And Shevchenko must score… The rest is history, Dudek’s glove securing a fifth European Cup for Liverpool, condemning Milan to despair. An exhausting night for all involved, a breathless Tyldesley delivering his verdict: ‘Liverpool are champions of Europe again, the most extraordinary night of football has the most extraordinary finish. It’s going to be a hard day’s night in Liverpool.’
Total shots 14
16 On target
Goals AC Milan Maldini 1 Crespo 39 Crespo 44
Possession % 50
Liverpool win 6-5 on penalties
Liverpool Gerrard 54 Šmicer 56 Alonso 59
Penalties AC Milan Serginho ✖ Pirlo ✖ Tomasson ✔ Kaka ✔ Shevchenko ✖ Liverpool Hamann ✔ Cissé ✔ Riise ✖ Šmicer ✔
AC Milan still favourites despite shipping three goals in a row
HIGH ROLLERS We love winners at Betfair and if youâ€™re looking to celebrate a big result keep an eye out for the all-new Porsche 911, due to hit the streets at the end of 2011. Harry Metcalfe takes you for a spin
e need to get one thing straight before we go any further: this is a brand new 911. According to Porsche, this latest version of the über-Beetle (known internally as the 991) is 90% new, and after spending a day with both the car and the team that developed it, I reckon it represents a significant new chapter in the 911 saga. To give you a flavour, consider this: even on the most basic model of the new 911 (which goes on sale in December 2011), the red zone on the tachometer doesn’t begin until 7,800rpm – exactly where the rev-counter on the original 911 GT3 of 1999 turned scarlet. That’s a shocking number of engine revolutions in this age of mass tree-hugging and low-revving, turbocharged M-cars. The similarities with the iconic 996 GT3 don’t stop there either, as both cars share identical 0-62mph times of 4.8sec (equipped with the twin-clutch PDK gearbox, the base 3.4-litre Carrera drops that to just 4.6sec), and while the GT3 had 360bhp at 7,200rpm compared with
345bhp at 7,400rpm for the 3.4-litre 991, it loses the torque contest with 273lb ft verses 287lb ft, meaning on-road performance should be near identical. Even the kerb weights of the two cars are closer than you’d ever expect, the new Carrera weighing in at 1,380kg, down 45kg on the outgoing 997 version and only 30kg more than the stripped-out GT3, a difference that is easily accounted for by the plush front and rear seats, leather trim, satnav and climate control, all of which are standard on the new model. So what we’re looking at here is a new 911 where, as near as dammit, the base model matches the limited-edition GT3 of just over a decade ago in performance terms, yet is capable of averaging 34.5mpg and producing a mere 194g/km of CO2. Now there’s progress for you… So what are the big changes with the
The doors, front bonnet, wings and roof are all now aluminium
991? One of the most significant is the way Porsche has managed to shave the kerb weight by between 30 and 45 kilos, depending on model specification. That’s an impressive reduction, especially when you consider that the new 911 is longer than the model it replaces (by 56mm, with the wheelbase up 100mm). Delve into the detail and you’ll discover most of this reduction has come about from a big drop in the weight of the body shell, which is some 95kg lighter than the current 997’s. Not only does this weight reduction offer significant benefits in terms of efficiency and handling, it also bodes well for Porsche’s motorsport division and future GT3 and RS versions, which could weigh as little as 1,280kg in 991 form. To achieve this, steel has only been used in the 991’s body where its inherent extra strength is required. The doors, front bonnet, wings and roof are all now aluminium; even the plastic body parts have ‘thickness optimised’ walls to cut weight as much as possible. Look at the mechanical specification of the 991 and you stumble upon
PORSCHE 911 MIRRORS
For the 991, the door mirrors have moved from the window-corner position seen on previous 911s to the upper door in order to maximise airflow efficiency and reduce wind noise at speed.
NEW 911: THE KEY CHANGES
If you spec a sunroof, the ‘lid’ now slides out over the outer roof, rather than between the roof and headlining. This increases headroom and allows the panel to be bigger.
the most controversial change of all: the introduction of electro-mechanical steering. The engineers are keen to point out that the system has been developed from scratch by Porsche. Those who have driven the car say it’s as good as the hydraulic system that preceded it, but it seems a strange move when the fuel saving is only 0.1 litres per 100km. Other new tech includes PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control), an active roll reduction system that makes its 911 debut as an option on the 3.8-litre Carrera S. The PASM active suspension system has been upgraded too (and comes as standard on the Carrera S), with the introduction of wheel-height sensors for even better control. Finally, there’s Porsche’s torque vectoring system, PTV, which makes its way onto the Carrera S as standard or as an option on the basic. Another headline-grabbing component is the world’s first seven-speed H-pattern manual gearbox. Seventh is effectively an overdrive gear to maximise cruising fuel consumption, and it can’t be selected until you are already in fifth or higher. Porsche expects PDK to remain the most popular gearbox option, though. In fact, new R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz reckons the
The 991 is only 56mm longer than the 997, despite having a 100mm longer wheelbase. The front overhang has been shortened by 32mm and the rear overhang by 12mm. The new car is 7mm less tall but no wider, despite the 46mm (52mm on the ‘S’) increase in front track width.
enhanced version of the seven-speed twin-clutch system in the 991 is so good, it could sound the death knell for the manual gearbox in the 911. Hatz wanted there to be more ‘emotion’ in the 991, and the PDK gearbox in particular has received attention. Using the excellent DCT in the Ferrari 458 as inspiration, it now promises the ‘sportiness of a manual transmission’. New valves in the exhaust system have improved the soundtrack. Sport Chronoequipped cars have enhanced induction noise too, and there are more pops and crackles from the exhaust during gear changes than you’d ever expect. Add this new sonic onslaught to the 7,800rpm rev limit and lighter kerb weight, and the 991 looks set to be the most sporting ‘basic’ 911 of all time. And if you want further proof, then consider this: a 991 Carrera S (on standard tyres) has just lapped the Nürburgring in 7min 40sec, which is a second quicker than the ballistic 997 Turbo S. Amazing. Harry Metcalfe writes for EVO magazine
Over 50 per cent of the body is constructed from aluminium, including the doors, roof, wings and front bonnet. The result is a reduction in ‘body in white’ weight of 95kg – a remarkable achievement for what is a bigger 911 than before.
Specifications PORSCHE 911 CARRERA Engine Flat-six, 3,463cc Location Rear, longitudinal CO2 212g/km (194g/km with PDK) Power 345bhp @ 7,400rpm Torque 288lb ft @ 5600rpm Transmission Seven-speed manual gearbox (PDK optional), rear-wheel drive, PSM Front suspension MacPherson struts, coil springs, dampers, anti-roll bar Rear suspension Multi-link, coil springs, dampers, anti-roll bar Brakes Ventilated and cross-drilled discs, 330mm front and rear, ABS, EBD, BA Wheels 8.5 x 19in front, 11 x 19in rear Tyres 235/40 ZR19 front, 285/35 ZR19 rear Weight (kerb) 1380kg Power-to-weight 254bhp/ton 0-62mph 4.8sec (claimed, 4.6sec with PDK) Top speed 180mph (claimed, 178mph with PDK) Basic price £71,449
19in wheels are standard on the 3.4-litre Carrera, while the Carrera S gets 20s. Bigger wheels allow lower tyre pressures to be used for greater comfort. The 991’s tyres offer a 7 per cent reduction in rolling resistance, despite there being no reduction in performance.
The rear spoiler on the 991 extends to different heights and angles, depending on the car’s speed. The leading edge of the spoiler also features a ‘special pivoting kinetic mechanism’ to alter airflow over the blade. At top speed, the spoiler generates 88kg of downforce.
With a 7mm reduction in height, a wider track and a 100mm longer wheelbase, the new 911 has a much more streamlined look than the 997 version. The new longer, sleeker side windows make it look especially good in profile too.
All 991s will have seven gears – even those fitted with the H-pattern manual gearshift (a world first). The 7th gear is purely to maximise economy when cruising, and with PDK the engine will disengage when its power isn’t required in 7th, allowing the car to ‘sail’ (or coast) to save more fuel.
On both the 3.4 and 3.8 versions of the 991, the exhaust system gains active valves that optimise its acoustic performance. With the optional Sport Chrono pack, this is enhanced even further, meaning the new 911 should sound much more sporty than it did before.
The entry-level Carrera’s engine has been downsized to 3.4 litres (from 3.6) but power is up by 4bhp to 345bhp. The Carrera S remains a 3.8, with power rising from 380 to 394bhp.
PORSCHE 911 CARRERA S Engine Flat-six, 3,800cc Location Rear, longitudinal CO2 224g/km (205g/km with PDK) Power 394bhp @ 7,400rpm Torque 324lb ft @ 5,600rpm Transmission Seven-speed manual gearbox (PDK optional), rear-wheel drive, PSM Front suspension MacPherson struts, coil springs, PASM dampers, anti-roll bar Rear suspension Multi-link, coil springs, PASM dampers, anti-roll bar Brakes Ventilated and cross-drilled discs, 340mm front, 330mm rear, ABS, EBD Wheels 8.5 x 20in front, 11 x 20in rear Tyres 245/35 ZR20 front, 295/30 ZR20 rear Weight (kerb) 1,395kg Power-to-weight 287bhp/ton 0-62mph 4.5sec (claimed, 4.3sec with PDK) Top speed 189mph (claimed, 188mph with PDK) Basic price £81,242
The twin-clutch gearbox still comes with unintuitive push/pull shift controls on the wheel, although the vastly superior paddles are an option.
The 991 is still started with a key, despite some senior Porsche personnel wanting to fit a starter button. Keyless entry is now an option, though.
All 991s get stop/start as standard. PDK-equipped cars can also ‘sail’ (see right). Drivers can disable both functions by a button on the steering wheel.
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Bet with confidence etfair is different to your average high-street bookie. As well as backing a selection to win, you can lay bets. This gives you the ability to trade in and out of markets, hedging your bets to lock in a profit before an event has started, or even while it is In-Play. You can do this wherever you are thanks to Betfair Mobile. Betfair has a vast array of markets to bet on, ranging from horse racing and football, to specials such as the Eurovision Song Contest and The X Factor. Each market is unique. Some markets trade millions, others just a few thousand. Some have hundreds of runners, such as a golf outright winner market, whereas sports like tennis have just two in the match odds. Profits can be made everywhere, but you have to treat different markets accordingly. What works on one sport won’t necessarily work on another. That’s where we come in. Over the next 20 pages we aim to give you all the information you need to make informed betting choices.
46 Bluffer’s guide to laying Learn how and why you should lay a selection, and how to lock in risk-free profit
48 Focus on… cricket Professional tips for betting on Test, One Day and Twenty20 cricket
50 Go forth and multiply! How to win big from a relatively small outlay
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Bluffer’s guide to laying You don’t need to know who’s going to to win to make money – laying a market is sometimes the smartest way to bet What’s all this about laying bets then? That’s a new one on me.
And you can do this on Betfair? It’s one of the unique features of Betfair. If you’re fairly certain a horse is out of form, or outclassed in a race, you can simply lay that horse. In other words, you bet on it not winning. You can do this on every race, every day. Try doing it at a bookies and they will laugh at you, but on Betfair you can bet on whatever you want, however you want. Laying is the smart way to bet when you’re sure something is not going to win. Your other option is to bet on every other horse in the race. Not so smart.
But am I always risking more than I can win, then? Not at all. In fact one of the best ways to lay bets is when there is a market with a really short-priced favourite. Every punter out there loves to bet on favourites, and sometimes the odds become so short there is no value to be had. So be smart and take the other side. Take Kauto Star in the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup for example,
who went off at 1.92 and didn’t even finish the race. You could have risked £/€92 to win £/€100 in an 11 horse race.
What are the other advantages of laying? It gives you a chance to make a smart bet when you think one outcome is likely, but are not certain how it will end up. Take a football match. If you think Norwich will definitely not beat Arsenal, but you think they might sneak a draw then you can just lay Norwich to win. So long as they don’t win, you do.
Pick your moment to lay and lock in a profit
So laying is actually the simplest way of betting sometimes? Exactly. It’s not complicated at all. It’s just the smart way to bet when you don’t know what will win, but you do know what will lose. It’s also a really good way to hedge your bets when the match has started.
Say what, now? What is hedging my bets? ‘Hedging’ just means taking both sides of the bet. Let’s say, instead of laying Norwich to win in a match against Arsenal, you bet £/€50 on Arsenal at 1.65 to win and Arsenal have just gone 1-0 up.
No it’s not. In fact, you’ve done it already – every time you say to a mate, ‘I bet you can’t do that’, you’re laying a bet. Laying is simply betting against something happening by letting someone else bet against you. If you give your mate 2/1 odds they can’t do a standing backflip, you’ve just laid a bet. If he bets £/€10 and wins you pay him £/€20. If he loses you get £/€10.
The odds have fallen to 1.25 on Arsenal, but you are worried about the draw and want to lose your risk. All you need to do now is lay Arsenal at 1.25. If you lay a bet of £/€50 you only pay out £/€12.50 if you lose. Now you’ll pick up £/€20 profit if Arsenal win without any downside. Job done. If you’ve bet on a market at 1.65 you should be looking to get out before the market hits 1.1 – it’s just not worth taking a risk that your selection could come unstuck.
Field of dreams
Lay a favourite horse and you’re effectively on ‘the field’ – we show you how it’s done
Long Run is the clear favourite to win the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup but you don’t think he’s going to win – you don’t know which horse will win, you’re just sure Long Run won’t. The lay odds are in pink.
So should I just go out and lay all the 100/1 shots then because they’re never going to win? Unless you’re a pro gambler you should steer well clear of these types of bets, as you’re risking a ton of cash for very little reward. Why would you want to risk £/€20,000 just to win £/€200? Remember the trick with laying is to think of the bet in reverse. What are you willing (or can afford) to risk? If you’re comfortable betting £/€100 that Andy Murray won’t win Wimbledon and his odds are 11.0, then you should only offer a maximum bet of a tenner. In other words you will lay £/€10 at 11.0. If he wins you pay out £/€100. If he loses you get the tenner.
So the trick to laying is finding bets where you are sure someone is going to lose and laying that selection?
Kauto Star, at 1.92, was a great lay bet in the 2010 Gold Cup
Exactly. And remember, on Betfair you can bet on both sides of the market. So you can also bet on another selection to win in the same market – and the best bit is you can only lose once. Your liabilities will cancel each other out. Lock in a profit and you’ve mastered the art of laying.
Smarter Betting Don’t get caught up in the crowd, as laying the favourite is often a smart bet In the run up to Wimbledon 2011 there were some great bets for smart layers. Brit favourite Andy Murray was available at odds of 5.6 at one stage, which in retrospect seems like buying money. Even better, Roger Federer was available for around 2.5 so you only had to risk a little more than your stake on him failing to win the whole thing.
You lay Long Run for £/€100 at odds of 3.8. Your liability of £/€280 is taken out of your Betfair account. If Long Run doesn’t win the Gold Cup you win the backer’s £/€100 stake and your £/€280 liability is returned. If Long Run wins, you lose your £/€280.
Prior to the 2010 World Cup, England were third favourites to win the whole thing with ridiculous odds of 7.0 thanks to a nation of optimists. Betting against England in a World Cup is rarely likely to make a man poor, and this was no exception. The smart money was laying England. Were you alive the last time they actually won a trophy?
In the 2011 Derby the general public got a bit carried away (again) with the romance of the Queen’s horse winning, and Carlton House had odds as low as 2.6 in the run up to the big day. Betfair blog tipsters recommended it was a lay, and so it proved when it finished third. Keep an eye on the latest tips at betting.betfair.com for other smart lays like this.
■ Lay a selection if a horse/team is likely to lose, but you’re less certain who/if anyone will win ■ Always check your liability should you lose, although remember that Betfair won’t let you risk more money than you have in your account ■ Be very watchful of where you put the decimal point. If you want to lay a bet at 4.2 make sure it is just that, and not 42. Otherwise it will be a very expensive mistake should your selection win
Focus on... Ex pro-cricket player turned pro-gambler Iain Fletcher explains the basics of cricket betting and how you can look to lock in a profit
he shout ‘too much cricket!’ is heard as players are flown and flogged around the cricketing outposts of the world to satisfy their governing bodies and rapacious broadcast companies. But for you, the humble spectator and punter, there has never been a better time to enjoy the smorgasbord of live cricket. But where to start? Quite naturally, the differing formats of the game demand different betting strategies and, because playing conditions can vary greatly, location is also very important. It might sound like a lot of work, but a little research via cricinfo.com and a willingness to source recent statistics can lead to very profitable betting decisions.
Betting on TEST MATCHES There are two golden rules to follow if you want to start betting seriously on Test cricket. Firstly, you need to analyse the results of the previous three-to-five years in the host country, and work out the number of results and draws. This is a baseline for most of your following calculations. Those with a greater knowledge of cricket can refine these figures slightly by factoring in the opponents: for instance, Bangladesh are easier to beat in England than South Africa are. Next, you should analyse the results for each of the Test match grounds, and use these statistics to calculate percentages of victories by team batting first and batting second. This gives a baseline of what a specific venue offers. For example, England have played ten Test matches at Lord’s in the past five years; they have won five and drawn five. You can then use this analysis to make an informed bet. With England playing at Lord’s, you would be looking to lay the opposition either before the match or during the match, as the odds move and present good value.
Interestingly, batting first provided every winner. On eight occasions the team that won the toss elected to field as the pitch looked green or there was some cloud cover. Four times these teams lost and four times they drew – knowing that gives value. Immediately after the toss the price may swing depending on the decision but, armed with the knowledge you have, you will know such a move to be possibly false.
Location is absolutely critical when betting on cricket
Betting in-play During the match there will be specific events that you can target. England are very good bowling with the new ball and taking early wickets. However, there is a spell after the early shine and then the reverse-swing where the ball becomes soft and batting easier. This is around overs 55 to 80. During that time England will try to contain more and be less aggressive (unless they have the
England don’t lose many Tests at Lord’s
by early starts or late finishes – this means that, despite a heavy shower, little or no time may actually be lost to the game. That does not stop the draw coming in aggressively whenever the players leave the field. Gauge the extent of the weather but, often, laying the draw with the players absent offers a simple profit when the prices adjust on restart.
Betting on ONE-DAY CRICKET One-day cricket is perfect for traders as every ball offers myriad options for prices to swing wildly. Again, start with the baseline of statistics and be sure to account for whether the match is taking place during the day, or at night and under floodlights. This can dramatically affect the toss decision, as at some grounds batting under lights is difficult. Teams have different tempos when batting, and that affects the odds. India may not be so good against the new ball but accelerate with ease whenever they face spinners. The exact opposite happens with England, who are used to seam bowling but struggle to rotate the strike and lose wickets against spinners. The final one-day match in Kolkata in 2011 proved that, as they reached 129-0 and then were all out for 176 as the tweakers came on. From being favourites they lost inside ten overs.
Swings of fortune
opposition in real trouble) and batsmen can accumulate runs steadily. It is a natural part of the ebb and flow of a match. Being aware of that allows you to either close positions, or be contrary and back the batting side for a short-term profit. Weather is a vital part of cricket but, unless the rain is long and torrential, it can have less effect than most punters think. The ICC regulations allow for time lost to be made up on subsequent days
England have played ten Test matches at Lord’s in the past five years; they’ve won five and drawn five
What is noticeable in one-day cricket is the size of price swings for an event like a wicket. The actual price movement can often be too great, allowing the nimble to profit before the price resettles; this is especially true if a marquee batsman like Sachin Tendulkar or Kevin Pietersen is dismissed – the price not reflective of such events’ actual impact. Also, teams will specifically target a particular bowler. This can be obvious from previous matches or series. Knowing that can mean a short-term back of the batting side as they try to hit hard against one person. The key to one-day betting is understanding each side’s strengths and weaknesses at particular times and in
specific conditions. That is best demonstrated by England whitewashing India in England, and then two months later being whitewashed in India by the same team.
Betting on TWENTY20 This is the adrenalin junkie’s perfect betting sport. The volatility is extraordinary but you should adhere to the basics of the baseline statistics before attempting any trades. The game is so frenetic that big wins or losses can happen quickly, so stick to a simple plan. If the pitch is good, back the side batting first, hoping for a good start. Boundaries, like wickets, are points of emotion and create big price moves. However, understand that this strategy is a trading call. Some bowlers are hard to hit – like Lasith Malinga – so favour the bowling side when he is on. Again, this is a short-term trade, but one based on previous performances. And because the game is based on hitting, be sure to know the size of the boundaries. Big fields mean spinners will take wickets with catches in the deep. The same shot on a smaller field will see the ball in the stands, the crowd cheering and the price moving the opposite way.
Key facts These are the baseline stats that you should analyse before having a bet ■ Recent results: win and draw ratios ■ Result depending on the team batting first ■ Average scores, and highest and lowest scores ■ Nature of pitch (do spinners or seamers take most wickets?) ■ Weather forecast for the duration of the game ■ Team line-ups (two spinners? More batsmen?) ■ Recent form and results of both sides
Go forth and multiply! Betting on Betfair Multiples is a lot of fun, and with a bit of luck it could net you a fortune from a relatively small outlay – what are you waiting for?
here aren’t many easy ways to turn four quid into forty grand, unless you know a good magic-bean retailer, but that’s exactly what one canny customer did on Betfair, winning an amazing £46,674 from a single £4.25 bet. His secret? Betfair Multiples. Multiple bets, or accumulators as they are sometimes known, are one of the most exciting and entertaining ways to bet. Never mind slaving over stats to find the value in a 1.8 favourite that should be 1.7 – this is all about backing your judgement and putting yourself in line for a big payday if it comes off. The simplest multiple bet is a double, where you place a bet on two selections. If the first bet is a winner, your winnings and your initial stake are placed on the second selection. So if
10 on two horses with odds you bet £/€10 90, of 3.0 each you will get back £/€90, less any commission. This is because 20 in profit, your first horse paid out £/€20 10 which is added to your initial £/€10 30 bet on the second stake for a £/€30 £/€60 £/ horse. If this horse wins you get £/€60 30 stake for a in profit plus your new £/€30 total return of £/€90. Nice, eh? The more selections you add to your multiple the bigger your odds, and your potential payday. Adding just another two 3.0 horses to your double bet can 90 to over boost your payout from £/€90 £/€800. You can add up to eight different races or selections to your multiple bet. And you don’t have to place a simple accumulator bet on your eight selections either. You can mix up your selections as a series of five-fold, six-fold or seven-fold bets. This simply means that if any five of your eight
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You place a £/€10 bet on three horses in a race meeting at odds of 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0. You need all three horses to win for your bet to come in...
Your first horse wins at odds of 3.0 giving you £/€20 in winnings plus your initial stake back. This £/€30 then goes on your next horse...
Your second horse wins at odds of 4.0 paying you £/€120 for your £/€30 outlay. Your total stake is now £/€150, which all goes onto your third horse...
£/€750 Your third horse wins at odds of 5.0 paying you £/€600 to go with your £/€150 stake. Congratulations, you have just turned a tenner into £/€750!
selections wins, you’re a winner. The odds won’t be as good as a straight eight-fold multiple, but there is more chance of your bet landing.
average of all the selections you have made (see our guide to Dutching, below). What this means is, rather than worrying about varying payouts, you can focus on picking horses you think More horses, are likely to win and place a single bet more chances for maximum profits. You can Multiples are incredibly add as many selections as simple to place. Go to you like and it’s still only Winner’s circle multiples.betfair.com one bet – this could be or from the Betfair quite useful, for homepage click on example, if you think the ‘Sports’ that the high or ‘Horse Racing’ numbers will have tabs and then on an advantage in the One customer placed a £25 e/w treble on ‘Multiples’. You can Ayr Gold Cup. Lukey’s Luck, Lucky William and Lucky now click on the Multiples give you Lukey, plus three £10 doubles and a £50 bets you want to the chance to make double on the latter two horses. make and they will be a tidy profit from All his bets came in, netting added to the window to betting on a number of him a cool £21,285! your right. You can decide different selections in each if you want to place a single race, or they can give you a multiple bet or a series of doubles, bumper payday on a straight multiple. triples, quadruples and so on. And with Either way they are one of the most another simple click of a button, Betfair exciting and entertaining ways to bet, will calculate how much you could so get involved today. potentially win. If you want to increase your chances of winning, you can even bet on more than one selection in each race (or the win and the draw, for example, in ■ You can place Multiples on football). Betting on more than one a number of sports, including selection means that if either horse wins Premier League football, horse your multiple will keep ticking over. It racing, cricket, tennis and golf reduces your payout, but increases your odds of winning. ■ You can bet on more than one Betfair Multiples offer a far smarter selection in each event so that if way of betting than a traditional either one wins, so do you bookmaker if you are betting on more than one selection in a race. Rather than placing a series of increasingly ■ Try Betfair Multiples today complicated bets, Betfair simplifies at multiples.betfair.com things into one single bet by taking an
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Betfair’s unique value approach to Dutching explained One advantage Betfair has over other firms is the opportunity for Dutching selections. This means that you can back more than one horse in several races for just one total bet. The way this works is that the percentage chances of each individual selection winning are added together to create a combined price. This means that whichever of your selection wins, you win the same amount. Here’s how it works…
Race one Two selections: 6.0 and 3.0 Race two Three selections: 10.0, 5.0 and 10.0 Race three One selection: 2.0 and a non-runner A £/€10 treble will pay £/€100 with Betfair on the above selections, and it doesn’t
matter which of your horses win in any of the races – you collect the same amount of profit. You can also do this on sport multiples, such as score lines in football matches. By Dutching you can combine score predictions in each match and Betfair will calculate the odds for any of these occurring across all the matches. Not a lot of people know you can do this, but it’s a great strategy if you have an idea of what scores you think are likely but don’t want to restrict yourself to one in particular. www.gambleaware.com 18+
Betfair Mobile With browser access from any mobile device and official apps for iPhone, iPad and Android, isn’t it time you joined the mobile betting revolution?
imes have changed since the dark days of high-streetonly betting. When Betfair launched in June 2000, the unique world of exchange betting revolutionised the gambling industry, and this was turned on its head again when Betfair Mobile launched in 2007. You can now log in to your Betfair account to place back and lay bets, and bet In-Play when you’re away from your PC. You can also make withdrawals or deposits quickly and easily, and transfer between your wallets. Betfair Mobile is fast, secure and easy to use, ensuring that you never miss a market. As long as you’ve got internet connectivity and you’re located in a region that Betfair can be accessed from, you can bet on Betfair Mobile from your device by typing betfair.com into your mobile web browser. There are also official apps for iPhone and
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Download the official app by tapping on the App Store icon. Search for ‘Betfair’, click the ‘FREE’ icon and ‘INSTALL’ to download the app to your home screen. You can also go to betfair.com on your mobile browser and login directly using Betfair Touch.
Go to ‘Applications’ under the ‘Settings’ menu. Make sure the checkbox ‘Unknown Sources’ is checked and accept confirmation messages. Then go to betfair.com and tap the Download Betfair icon. You can also login directly at betfair.com using Betfair Touch.
To get Betfair on your Blackberry, go to betfair.com on your mobile or go to betfair. com/onmobile from any browser and enter your number to get a link via SMS. Select the option to download the app and follow the on-screen instructions.
iPad (direct download from the App Store), and Android handsets and tablets. If you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or Android device you can also access Betfair Racing with Timeform on your mobile. Just go to betfair.com and tap Racing Form. This HTML 5 web-based app offers exchange betting twinned with Timeform data and analysis on all win markets for British and Irish horse racing. In addition to full In-Play and back and lay functionality, you get access to detailed race cards for today’s and tomorrow’s cards, a comprehensive results service and Timeform star ratings, comments on each horse and race verdicts. What’s more, Betfair Mobile is constantly being updated with new features to make your mobile betting experience as cutting-edge as possible (see right).
Feature updates The official Betfair app is updated regularly with new features to keep your mobile betting experience on the cutting edge. The latest update was for the iPhone, and v2.4 makes it even easier to place a bet. ■ You can update your app direct through the App Store. When you launch the new app you’ll see icons for all of the major sports, with shortcuts to your current bets and account details at the bottom. ■ You can click on any of these icons to see the full range of markets, or swipe the screen to see all of the current in-play markets for football, horse-racing and tennis, with the latest scores. As you can see below,
the in-play markets are listed chronologically, with upcoming markets underneath. Click on any of these and you’ll go straight to the market where you can place back or lay bets. ■ The Betfair app works in both orientations. In classic portrait mode you get the current back and lay prices. If you turn your device horizontally you can see the full depth of the market with the very latest moving prices as you place your bets. ■ The icons at the bottom enable you to access recently viewed markets and your current bets. You can also access your account which lets you make deposits and withdrawals quickly and easily, as well as transferring money between your main and Australian wallets.
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From £399 (€489) apple.com/uk If you’re looking to access Betfair’s markets wherever you are, you won’t find a better mobile experience. The 9.7inch screen is beautifully responsive, the visuals crisp and clear, and importantly it’s thinner, lighter and cheaper than its predecessor. Battery life – all important if you’re out and about – has been improved, although you won’t get the promised ten hours if you’re relying on a 3G connection.
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smarter punting Timeform has been picking winners since 1949 and thanks to Betfair you can access its amazing independent data for free every day
ood data is the key to making winning bets. While it’s fun to back a hunch, the people who consistently win are those who analyse the key data of a horse race. And nobody does it better than Timeform. What’s more, Timeform’s amazing data is now available free to Betfair customers. There is an amazing amount of data to study, including a searchable database of 10,000 horses, 20,000 jockeys and 5,000 trainers. But the best bit is the form guides for every single race. Each race contains a full guide, including detailed form guides for every horse, as well as comments on the race and a Timeform 1-2-3 tipping guide. Timeform has been analysing key horse racing data to pick winners since 1949
Easy as 1-2-3
Timeform’s tips are based on their brilliant rating system, which they have been operating since 1949. This is an in-depth statistical analysis of each horse that gives you an unbiased view of just how good they are. You can benefit from this by seeing Timeform’s tips for the top three horses in every single race for free every day on every race. There are also guides to the course to give you that extra betting edge, and info on the top performing jockeys and trainers. It’s all the information you need to make informed, smart bets and it’s absolutely free. And if you’re off to the races, or not near a computer, don’t worry as you can print off Timeform racecards before you go.
After the race The benefits of Timeform don’t just end once the race starts. Timeform Radio also brings you lively race commentary and live trackside updates. Whether it’s Cheltenham Gold Cup day or an afternoon on the all-weather at Lingfield, these experts have their ears to the ground and their eyes on the action so their insight puts you in a strong position to place informed bets. And once the race is over you can check out the full results service with detailed information on every UK, Irish, Australian and New Zealand race. It’s a mountain of information at your fingertips so head to Timeform today and start making your best bets ever.
Finding the Profit On betting.betfair.com you can find a huge amount of tips and strategy – here are two columns which deliver solid value for racing punters
Follow The Money: Insider tips by the Betfair team based on market moves
US Timeform Smartplay: Detailed write-ups from the Timeform team on US racing (UK and Irish TimeForm tips are also available) To find these and other tips head to betting.betfair.com and click on ‘Horse Racing’ then ‘Tipping’
Timeform 1-2-3 tipping guides and full course info enable you make informed bets
With in-depth analysis of horses, jockeys, and trainers Timeform can turn you into a winner
The in-depth statistical analysis of each horse gives you an unbiased view of just how good they are
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The men who know Betfair’s Ambassadors are experts in their field and they know their respective sports inside out – check their advice every week at betting.betfair.com and start that winning streak… etfair doesn’t just provide the best exchange markets for you to back and lay on. We also provide you with tips, tricks and betting strategies from the experts. If you know your sport you’ll recognise the Betfair Ambassadors. They’ve all performed at the very top of their games and they’re here to share their secrets with you. Lee Dixon was an integral member of Arsenal’s fabled back-four under George Graham. He played more than 450 games for the Gunners winning four league titles, three FA Cups and the UEFA Cup in 1994. He was also capped 22 times for England. His best long-term bet? Man United for the Premiership. Michael Vaughan was a stylish opening batsman who will be best remembered for captaining England to Ashes success in 2005 – the first victory over Australia since 1986/87. Vaughan appeared in 82 Tests, finishing with just
under 6,000 runs at an average of 41.44. Vaughan’s best long-term bet: England to win the 2013 Ashes without losing a Test. Will Greenwood scored 31 tries in 55 appearances for England between 1997 and 2004. He was a key player in the 2003 World Cup winning campaign and ended the tournament as joint-top try scorer. He was selected for three British Lions tours and won domestic honours with Harlequins and Leicester. His best long-term bet? Clermont to win the 2012 Heineken Cup at 15.0. A relatively successful jump jockey with 133 wins, Paul Nicholls has made his mark off the track, becoming the leading National Hunt trainer of his generation. He has trained more than 1,500 winners, won four Gold Cups and has been crowned British jump racing Champion Trainer six times in a row. He says you should look out for Big Buck’s in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
Paul Nicholls: in the hot seat
Betfair’s Horse Racing Ambassador answers your questions What are the top three horses you have ever trained? Sam Gibson Firstly, there’s Kauto Star. He’s won multiple Grade Ones from two miles to three miles plus, and he was the first horse to regain a Gold Cup crown after losing it. I don’t think I could have had a better horse over the years, he’s just pure magic. Then there’s Denman. Again, like Kauto, Denman achieved so much against the odds. Finally I’ve got to say Big Buck’s – he’s just a superstar, pure and simple. What’s been your career defining moment? Danny McCormick Cheltenham 1999, when I trained the winners of the Queen Mother (Call Equiname), the Arkle (Flagship Uberalles) and the Gold Cup (See More Business). That really put us on the map. At this stage of the season who would be your sure winner for Cheltenham? Joe Everett I’m sure something smart is going to emerge this season to go up against him, but if he is sound Big Buck’s – you’ll need to be something special to beat him. What has been your biggest underachiever? Leslie Burt Big Fella Thanks. He just never lived up to our expectations.
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he ability to back and lay selections is what sets Betfair apart from traditional bookmakers. Exchange Games bring the power of Betfair’s exchange to the gaming world. That means that you can back and lay hands of poker and blackjack, or spins of the roulette table in real time. It’s a truly unique casino experience and one that’s running 24/7, so you can get a game and bet against other players whenever you want. If you understand the basics of each game, and the concepts of backing and laying, the games are extremely easy to play. Let’s take Exchange Blackjack as an example. Four automated players are battling against the dealer to see who can get closest to 21. Each player plays a perfect game using Betfair Games
Perfect Strategy, and there are up to seven rounds of betting allowing you to back or lay each player as the action progresses. The first round is blind, and the next round shows you the players’ cards and one of the dealer’s. Depending on the hands, the prices for each selection will change, enabling you to back and lay, or trade out of existing positions. You can even profit from the house by backing the dealer to win or tie all hands. Other popular Exchange Games include Hold’em, Omaha Hi, Baccarat and Bullseye Roulette (see right for a full tutorial on this exciting casino variation). If you want to know how to play the other Exchange Games, you can find a description and rules in the right half of the screen, or by clicking the ‘?’ icon in Card Derby Racing.
How to play…Bullseye Roulette
If you’re a fan of Casino Roulette, you’ll love this exchange-based variation – we show you how to hit the bullseye Roulette is probably the world’s most popular casino game. The sound of the ball gliding round the wheel and the clank when it hits the numbered slots fills every casino floor, and the excitement of seeing the ball nestle in your number is hard to beat. Bullseye Roulette adds an exciting twist to the game with Betfair’s unique
back and lay system enabling you to trade in and out of numbers as the game progresses and the prices change. As with Casino Roulette you can back any number of selections, but if you’re the person who never seems to hit your numbers, you can elect to lay selections instead.
You can place bets through the Board View just like classic roulette by selecting the back or lay chips and placing them on your selections. You can also use the List View to see a traditional Betfair exchange market, and back and lay selections as you would a standard sports bet. So, you could back the 1st dozen at odds of around 2.96 or
lay at around 3.05. The green circle that progresses on the roulette wheel lets you know how long you’ve got to finish your bets before the wheel is spun, freezing the betting action.
Once the blind bet round has ended, eight balls are dropped in succession. The slot that each ball lands on converts the adjacent slots into its colour and value. For example, if a ball lands on red 16, black 24 and black 33 will become red 16, and black 24 and black 33 will be eliminated. If a pocket has already been changed the same rule applies – all original values or converted pockets will be taken over by the
value and colour of the pocket that this current ball has landed on, including the adjacent pockets. This way a certain number and colour can become very dominant on the wheel and the prices adjusted accordingly.
After the first round you can bet again or trade out of existing positions before the second round. In the second round five balls are dropped and these expand pockets and eliminate numbers in the same way as the first round. After another round of betting the third round drops three balls. You can then bet again before the final two balls are dropped in the fourth
round, making 18 balls in total. The selections left keep getting narrower, and when the 18th ball is dropped there will be just two pockets left to define the winning number.
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Double trouble In the following race at Exeter, top-class hurdler and exciting Novice Chaser Menorah was looking like a comfortable winner coming up to the second last, trading at 1.06 In-Play. Following behind him were Paul Nicholls’ battling Sam Winner and further back trading at 1,000 was Shammick Boy. Menorah hit the fence and unseated his jockey and suddenly Sam Winner just had one fence to jump and was now trading at 1.09. He fell badly after hitting the last fence leaving Shammick Boy to walk to the finish line. It’s not every day you get to pick a 1,000 (999/1) winner, but it proves that
Kevin O’Brien’s heroics set Ireland up for an astonishing victory over England
n Betfair you can place bets right up to the final whistle or until the winning horse passes the post – even after, if it’s a photo finish. Betting In-Play enables you to see how a game is unfolding as a result of the line-ups, conditions and tactics before you bet. Before an event starts, the betting markets are usually all fairly similar. Betfair will generally offer the best odds, but it’s unlikely you’ll find 10/1 in one shop for a horse trading elsewhere at 2/1. Once a market goes In-Play, though, everything changes. Individual punters declare their hands with their own opinions – sometimes they are right, but sometimes horribly wrong. Here are three real-life examples… Just recently at the Haldon Gold Cup meeting at Exeter we saw carnage In-Play from late fallers. In the big race of the day Medermit was looking like the winner coming up to the second last and was odds on with Cornas just battling behind him. Cheltenham winner Captain Chris touched 700 at this stage In-Play but then he started a burst up to the final fence. He almost overtook Medermit as they approached the last and went as low as 1.11 In-Play. After jumping the final obstacle Captain Chris unseated his rider and Medermit who had drifted to 13.0 beat off the rest of the challengers to win. As you can see, each fence brings up an In-Play impact.
Betting In-Play is a very exciting form of betting, with constantly fluctuating – and occasionally extremely profitable odds
Before an event starts the markets are similar, but once it goes In-Play, everything changes when you’re betting In-Play, the race isn’t over until it’s over! Finally, 2011 delivered one of the biggest cricketing upsets of all time, when minnows Ireland chased down 327 to defeat England. England traded at 1.01 early in the match and continued that way for several hours, with over £2.7 million matched at the minimum price.
With 111 runs for five wickets gone in the run chase, Ireland weren’t guaranteed to get within 200 runs of England’s target, but Kevin O’Brien had other ideas. A flurry of fours and sixes set the record for the fastest century ever at the Cricket World Cup, giving his team an astonishing victory. The moral? Betting In-Play can be a lot of fun and extremely profitable.
To bet on In-Play markets now, go to inplay.betfair.com
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If you want to know more about Betfair head for the Help & Learning Zone etfair isn’t like a traditional bookmaker and there are some elements of the betting exchange that can be tricky to grasp at first. Hopefully you’ll have learned a lot from the tips and tutorials included in this mag, but if you need a refresher or there’s something you’re still not sure about, check out the Betfair Help & Learning Zone. The Zone contains a wide range of videos and FAQs for everyone, no-matter what your level. Whether you’re just starting out on Betfair, want to improve your betting technique, or discover new strategies to use on the exchange, you’ll find something to suit.
New tutorial videos are regularly added to the Zone
Get answers to your questions, or just settle back and watch the video tutorials on offer at the Help & Learning Zone
There are lots of videos on various topics. Just click to play them, settle back and learn more about Betfair while you watch. There’s an explanation of the concepts of ‘backing’ and ‘laying’ – fundamental elements of the Betfair exchange to get you started – or you can watch videos about how to achieve a Green Book, or the free bet technique – advanced concepts that can help you bet better. Remember, Betfair welcomes
winners, and our video collection is designed to give you all the information you need to win and get real pleasure from your betting. Each video has been carefully crafted to be both compelling and informative. We want you to be as well versed as possible, without feeling like you’re back at school. After watching a video you’ll be ready to flex your betting muscles and make the best of what Betfair has to offer. We are currently building up our video collection and will soon be launching new videos about asking for a price and the concept of value. Keep checking for new releases.
FAQs The Betfair Help & Learning Zone contains an extensive database of FAQs, that we are constantly adding to. These are easily searchable and allow you to quickly access information on everything from general questions about your account, to more complex betting strategies. We’ve pulled out some of the most popular FAQs for you on the homepage but you can also search for topics. This allows you to search across all the Betfair products so, for example, if your question is about Betfair Poker, you can simply choose Poker from the dropdown menu.
Betfair’s Help & Learning Zone can help you bet for the better. Increasing your knowledge about Betfair and its products ensures you make the most out of the UK’s number one betting exchange.
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Betfair glossary Don’t know your Green Books from your Back Bets? Learn the lingo here…
ACCUMULATOR ABOUT TO JUMP A race that is about to start.
A multiple selection of bets where a backer needs all the selections to win to have a winning bet. The most common accumulators (or accas) are in football. Backing a Premiership Arsenal/Chelsea/ Liverpool acca would require all three teams to win.
A form of football betting which is very popular in Asia. The handicap means that one team receives a virtual head start, effectively leading the game by a differing amount or amounts before the start.
APPLICATION PROGRAMMERS INTERFACE (API)
The API is a way of accessing Betfair without using the normal interface, allowing members to build their own applications to access Betfair. For more information on the API, please see our Developers Program website, bdp.betfair.com.
BETFAIR POINTS ODDS
Points that you earn every time you place a bet on Betfair. The more you bet, the more you accumulate, however strictly speaking, it is calculated on your net profit or loss on each market. These are used to determine your Discount Rate, which reduces the amount of Commission you pay on winning markets.
BET The action of betting an eventuality will win.
In some markets there is a small time delay present from placing a bet to it being matched. This is to protect our users, as all pictures and reports have some delay from the actual live event. Without the delay one customer could be ahead of everyone else.
FAVOURITE The lowest priced selection in a market, indicating opinion believes it is most likely to win the event.
Betting on more than one selection within that market to win (see page 51).
COMMISSION Betfair charges a commission on your net winnings on a market, so you only pay if you are successful. If you have a net loss on a market you do not pay commission.
Betfair has a very active forum that allows you to exchange ideas, gossip, chat and betting-related information with other users.
DRIFTING A selection price is lengthening, i.e the odds of it winning are getting bigger.
Markets where one team is given an artificial head start over the other, levelling the playing field. For example, England may be given a 9.5 point handicap against Wales in a rugby match, expressed as England -9.5 points. The idea of handicaps is that betting prices (odds) should be around even money.
A Green Book is when all the figures in a Betfair market are green, meaning that no matter what the outcome, you are going to win. See page 28 for more.
A percentage rate that reduces the commission you pay at Betfair. Your Discount Rate is determined by the number of Betfair Points you accrue.
Odds on Betfair are displayed in decimal (as opposed to fractional) odds. Odds of 4/1 would be displayed as 5.0. To quickly calculate your return on a bet, simply multiply your stake by your odds. £/€100 at 2.50 would therefore return £/€250 (this includes your stake).
BET This is when you have asked for a price bigger than the odds available on Betfair. Your bet will be unmatched until someone comes and matches it. If the bet isn’t matched then it will not stand. The same can happen if you attempt to lay a bet at odds shorter than those available. If no one takes that bet then it will remain unmatched.
HALF TIME FULL TIME A bet that predicts the situation of a match at both half-time (HT) and full-time (FT). To win the bet, both predictions must be correct. So, DrawEverton would require the match to be drawn at half-time with an Everton victory after 90 minutes.
HEDGING Hedge your bets is a common expression but not everyone understands the principle. Hedging is designed to minimise your exposure in a bet. Hedging can be done either to a positive position or a negative on Betfair. For example, if you’ve bet on Chelsea at 11.0 to win the Premiership and they’re doing well, you can lay them at shorter odds, locking in a profit. If they’re playing badly you can lay them at longer odds and get some of your stake back.
MARKET The market is where you place a bet on an event. Any event, such as a soccer match, may have a number of different markets: for example, Match Odds, Handicap and First Goalscorer markets.
HELP & LEARNING ZONE A video and FAQ zone to show you how to use aspects of Betfair that you need more help with – see page 61.
This is an option that you can select before the start of an event. When it goes In-Play your bet remains rather than being cancelled. The reason for selecting this could be that you want to back a team at a certain price but can’t get matched before the event. However, you’re happy to back them In-Play even with the odds lengthening. Using Keep bets also means your bet will not be cancelled even when one of the teams score.
The act of making a bet on something you don’t expect to win. So in a horse race that has ten runners, you decide to lay a horse at odds of 5.0 for £/€10. If the horse wins the race you have a liability or risk of £/€40. If any of the other horses win you win the “Backers” stake of £10. You’re effectively on the rest of the field.
LIABILITY This is the amount of money that you can lose if your bet loses.
SHORTENING This is when the odds of a selection are getting smaller, usually meaning that more people are betting on it, or something has happened which means that it is now more likely to win.
Usually used for horse and greyhounds, “They’re off” means the event has started.
SELF-EXCLUSION IN-PLAY This allows you to take a break from Refers to betting on an event that has already started – see page 60.
ARBITRAGE This is where you back a selection higher than you can lay on Betfair. Placing the bet and laying at Betfair enables you to profit whatever the outcome.
gambling, blocking access from your entire Betfair account for a minimum of six months.
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Sometimes not all of the bet you ask for is available by the time you submit the bet. The My Bets tab will display two parts – a matched and an unmatched portion of your bet. The unmatched part of the bet can then be amended or cancelled until it is matched.
Experts can help you make a bet by giving informed advice on a market selection they think is likely to win or lose. You can find some of the best in the business at Betfair’s free tipping site, betting.betfair.com.
This stands for Know Your Customer. You may have already come into contact with this since registering with Betfair. It is a set of checks that we are legally required to perform to check you are who you say you are.
Refer a friend and you’ll both receive a bonus! Log onto your account, and find your unique referral id. Your friend just enters this on the registration page.
This stands for Starting Price. Bets placed at SP are settled at Betfair’s SP, which, unlike other bookmakers, is calculated by balancing all SP bets and exchange bets at the time the event starts.
LIQUIDITY Liquidity refers to how much money is in the market and available to bet.
REDUCTION FACTOR For our horse racing markets we guard against possible non-runners with a system of Reduction Factors. Each horse is allocated a Reduction Factor, based on its likely chance of winning the race. If a horse is a non-runner, the Reduction Factor will be applied to the prices of all matched bets. This is to ensure that layers are not unfairly exposed to large liabilities when the chances of other horses winning have improved. The Reduction Factors are designed to be fair to backers and layers.
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ATHLETICS LONDON PRIDE 27 July-12 August
2012 Olympics London, various venues Whether this becomes a legendary Olympics really depends on the one superstar everyone wants to see: Usain Bolt. If he can stay fit, the smart money says he does the 100m and 200m double. UK athletes to watch out for next year are Jessica Ennis (heptathlon), Tom Daley (diving), Ben Ainslee (sailing, Finn class) and Sir Chris Hoy (cycling, keirin).
Team GB won 19 gold medals in Beijing in 2008, and 19 or under is the current favourite at Betfair. If you’re feeling brave (and patriotic) we think our current batch of sporting stars have got a good shot at sneaking into the next bracket at 4.8.
FOOTBALL EUROS 8 June-1 July 2012
2012 European Championship
Poland and Ukraine, various venues Can Spain continue their dominance of world football by claiming an unprecedented third title in four years? With only Germany – and possibly the Netherlands – looking primed to stop the likes of Xavi, Villa and Iniesta, you’d need to be brave or stupid to bet against them.
In what is generally a weakish field, a good outside pick is newly resurgent France, who provide decent laying options. Expect Robin van Persie to make a claim for the Golden Boot.
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5 May 2012 FA Cup final Wembley, London
30 December 2011 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, US Mixed martial arts might not be to everyone’s taste, but the match-ups can be fantastic. Look out for the return of powerhouse Brock Lesnar on 30 December as he attempts to re-establish himself in the heavyweight division. If he’s evens or above then you should look to get your money on the monster who’s got every chance of finishing on top.
9 May 2012 UEFA Europa League final National Arena, Bucharest, Romania
Premiership Key Dates 12 December 2011 Chelsea v Manchester City (8pm)
19 May 2012 Champions League final Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
31 August 2012 UEFA Super Cup Stade Louis II, Monaco
22 January 2012 Arsenal v Manchester United (4pm) 4 February 2012 Chelsea v Manchester United (3pm) 7 April 2012 Arsenal v Manchester City (3pm) 28 April 2012 Manchester City v Manchester United (3pm) 13 May 2012 Full final day of Premiership fixtures
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GOLF 30 Nov4 Dec 2011 AEGON Tennis Masters Royal Albert Hall, London 16-29 Jan 2012 Australian Open Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
27 MayJun 10 2012 French Open Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
25 Jun-8 Jul 2012 Wimbledon Wimbledon, London
27 Aug-9 Sep 2012 US Open Flushing Meadow, New York, US
5-8 Apr 2012 Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, US
14-17 Jun 2012 Olympic Club, California, US
BRITISH OPEN 19-22 Jul 2012 Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lytham, UK
Dec 2011-Feb 2012 India tour of Australia Various venues
Mar-Apr 2012 England tour of Sri Lanka Various venues
Jan 2012-Feb 2012 Pakistan vs England UAE, various venues
May-Jun 2012 West Indies tour of England Various venues
Feb-Mar 2012 Australia Tri Series Australia, various venues
Jun-Jul 2012 Australia tour of England Various venues
Mar-Apr 2012 India vs Pakistan India, various venues
Jul-Sep 2012 South Africa tour of England Various venues
9-12 Aug 2012 The Ocean Course, South Carolina, US
RYDER CUP 25-30 Sep 2012 Medinah Country Club, Illinois, US
The 2010 winner, Long Run, went on to win the Gold Cup and he’s a fierce favourite again for this Boxing
Day classic. Look out for Master Minded though, currently second favourite on antepost. Paul Nicholls has tipped him up as one to watch (see page 12), and he looks like he might have what it takes to move up to the three miles at Kempton. Kauto Star is going to struggle and that’s reflected in his price.
16-18 Nov 2011 F1: United States Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americas, Austin, US
15 Dec 20112 Jan 2012
Darts: World Championship Alexandra Palace, London
Phil Taylor didn’t have the best start to 2011, but he’s bounced back. Can he go on to win his 16th World Championship though? He’s 2.3 to do it and, although it’s usually crazy to bet against him, it might be worth taking the field and hoping his power has waned.
4 Feb-17 Mar 2012 Rugby: Six Nations
Various venues (see page 16 for Will Greenwood’s tips)
HORSE RACING 26 Dec 2011 King George VI Chase Kempton
26 Dec 2011 Hennessy Gold Cup Newbury 13-16 Mar 2012 Cheltenham Festival Cheltenham 14 Apr 2012 Grand National Aintree 1 Jun 2012 The Derby Epsom 19-23 Jun 2012 Royal Ascot Ascot 24 November, 2012 Betfair Chase Haydock
After the drama of the Rugby World Cup, France have rightly been installed as favourites for the 2012 Six Nations, with Wales a decent shout at current odds of 4.0.
5 Feb 2012
American Football: Superbowl XLVI Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana, US
21 Apr-7 May 2012 Snooker: World Championship Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
6-8 Jul 2012
F1: British Grand Prix Silverstone
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Everything you need to know about the world of sport UNBELIEVABLE
● Refusing to play? Outrageous – Tevez is now a rank outsider to be the Premiership’s top scorer. You can get him at 180 if you think another Premiership team will pick him up.
● Is the tide turning in Manchester? City’s 6-1 thrashing of United saw them installed as evens favourites to win the Premiership at the start of November.
● The start of the season was testing for Arsène Wenger, but a 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge marked his 500th win as Arsenal manager and brought their odds for a top four finish down to 2.94.
● Catching a bus to claim third place in a marathon? We don’t know whether to laugh at Rob Sloan, or with him.
● Warren Gatland found himself in hot water after admitting that he considered cheating after Sam Warburton’s red card (see page 19).
● Wales were unlucky not to get to the Rugby World Cup Final after Warburton’s red card. They’re now a juicy 4.0 for the Six Nations.
● F1 returns to America for the first time since 2007 when Austin hosts in 2012. In 2013 New York will boast a second race through the streets of New Jersey.
● The racing world breathed a sigh of relief in October as controversial new whip rules were refined, averting a proposed strike.
● The world’s best Test side was always going to suffer in India… And so it proved as England endured a 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series, a score that was suggested by Betfair tipsters at 10.0. ● France lost off the field as well as on at the Rugby World Cup final when they were fined £2,500 for disrespecting the Haka before kick-off. Still, Les Bleus are favourites to win the 2012 Six Nations at 3.15.
● David Beckham has put himself forward for the GB Olympics football team.. The Olympics is definitely our best shot for footy glory in 2012.
● England qualify for Euro 2012, with the usual hiccups along the way. Let’s cheer them all the way to the quarter-finals. (Or back them at 11.5 to triumph!)
● We’d got used to the idea of the Hammers in the Olympic Stadium – now it’s going to cost us an extra £60m to decide who gets it next.
● Some people think it’s stupid to bet on underevens propositions. Frankel has proved them wrong eight times in a row.
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