Welcome to The Daft Punt, our new fortnightly betting column. Thomas Rooney, a professional sports writer who blogs about football betting, will give you a run-down of the flutters the straight-laced betting sites didn’t tell you about. It’s a bit of fun, but it doesn’t mean you can’t make some money out of it!
As much fun as it is betting on certain teams to win, or the first goalscorer though, why not delve further into the world of football betting? This doesn’t mean spend more money. It just means making your betting a little bit more imaginative. For example, I once stuck a couple of quid on Arsenal to win the first corner in a game against Manchester City. I don’t think I have ever been so happy to see Robin van Persie have a shot deflected wide of the post!
So, with this in mind – what are the most interesting bets you could put on this weekend? Let’s take a look.
1. Everton to have a player sent-off at Old Trafford. I fancy this one – how about Phil Neville to go lunging in on his brother Gary and being given his marching orders? Place £5 on this to win £16.50.
2. Hull to win both halves against West Brom. Phil Brown’s side may not be in the best form right now, but this is a huge game and Jimmy Bullard could inspire them. Place £5 on this to win £33.00.
3. Carlton Cole to be top English scorer in the Premier League. This bet isn’t just relevant to this weekend, but why not have something to follow until the end of the season? Cole is just one goal behind current leading Englishman Gabriel Agbonlahor and is in fine form. Place £5 on this to win £57.50.
4. First goal in Fulham v Portsmouth game to be in last ten minutes. I love this type of bet. Both Pompey and Fulham are prone to conceding late goals, so why not place some money on the first coming beyond the 81st minute? Place £5 on this to win 67.50.
5. Swansea City to win promotion to the Premier League. Again, this isn’t exclusive to this weekend, but the Welsh club are in excellent form right now and should they make the play-offs, I really fancy them. Place £5 on this to win £32.
All good fun isn’t it? By all means stick with your accumulators this weekend, but why not try a few more bets like the five above? It makes everything even more exciting than usual!
When Jeff Stelling reveals that the deadlock has been broken at Craven Cottage in the 84th minute, I know that I’m going to be jumping up and down!
Make sure you cast an eye over the latest football odds before this weekend’s football. Good luck with it all and let me know how you get on, how much money you won and what event you celebrated like a mad man when you normally wouldn’t have batted an eyelid!