Sports betting tips
UK Snooker clubs, like betting shops, have become considerably less seedy over the last decade and if the snooker industry can find a method of taking commercial advantage of the game’s television exposure and combining it with its high street success, the glory days of Taylor and Davis may not be that far away.
Prior to the latest snooker world championships however, such predictions may be a little premature as bookmakers have difficulty splitting the game’s ‘big two’, Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins, pricing them at 4/1 and 9/2 respectively. Punters scouring the internet for free sports betting tips may prefer Neil Robertson’s attractive 12/1 price or Mark Selby’s 15/2 odds, but for those who gain great comfort from their sports betting tips being relatively safe, supporting Higgins on an each-way basis looks a decent play.
Meanwhile, as the UK suffers from an excess of election promises, there is no clearer predictor of the outcome than the Conservative’s ‘win-only’ price. One bookmaker marks them at 1/10 to emerge as the party with the greatest number of seats in next month’s election, though they’re available at 888Sport at 1/7; Labour remain the 4/1 outsiders.
David Cameron appears set to lead his party to victory, but how many seats will he win? The most attractive price against the Conservatives securing between 325-349 constituencies is 9/4; as online sports betting tips go, it may not be the raciest, but it remains one of the most popular.
Of course, tips for sports betting tend to focus on higher-profile events than general elections and few can trump this weekend’s Chinese grand prix where five of the race’s last six winners are on show.
Rubens Barrichello, a winner in 2004, starts Sunday’s speedfest as a massive 100/1 outsider and as such, he’s one of the least likely sports betting tips punters will see over the next few days. Much the same can be said of comeback man Michael Schumacher, currently a 25/1 shot to score an improbable victory in Shanghai and another internet prediction it’s safe to discard.
This is not true of Lewis Hamilton who bagged the Chinese race in 2008 and is now 4/1 to secure victory on Sunday. Fernando Alonso (9/2), who won in 2005, has been well backed, though as sport betting tips have a habit of supporting favourites, this missive’s selection is Sebastian Vettel. Last year’s winner is 7/4 to claim back-to-back victories, one of those tips for sports betting it is safe to categorise as ‘having a very good chance’.
In other markets, Tiger Woods’ credible performance at last weekend’s US Masters has resulted in him being installed as 3/1 antepost favourite to win the US Open at Pebble Beach; Phil Mickelson is currently 8/1. It’s difficult to see Lee Westwood improving upon his second-place Masters finish at the US Open, but as he’s offered at 16/1, one of the best sports betting tips would be to back him on each-way terms.
Finally, with another ‘Grand National’ upon us, this time of the Scottish variety, it’s difficult to see 10/1 chance Gone to Lunch missing out on a top four finish. The horse never made it to Aintree, but should perform well at Ayr and punters prepared to back him each-way have every chance of congratulating themselves for making a sound selection from our list of sports betting tips.