Betting Blog: 3 Bets for the Week Ahead

October 10, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ All,Darts,Other,Snooker

Darts Betting: Whitlock’s is this Week’s Darts Value


There’s a European Tour Darts event in Hildesheim, Germany this weekend.  It is televised live by some online bookmakers but does not have any mainstream TV broadcast outlet.

Heading the betting in the 48 player field is Michael van Gerwen of course at 8/15. Given the quality of his opponents, which includes Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith, Benito van de Pas, Jelle Klassen and Simon Whitlock, and also considering the short-game format, it is well worth opposing the favourite here.  

However, identifying a worthy winner ahead of MVG is very difficult.  At the prices Simon Whitlock is certainly worth a small investment.  The Australian had a great run in the World Grand Prix last week and was actually the last player to beat MVG (in a Dublin players championship just prior to the Grand Prix).  The Australian is 40/1 with bet365 and that’s a decent each-way price.

The next televised darting event is the European Championship which starts on October 28th from Hasselt, Belgium.  It will go out on ITV as do three other darts tournaments during November.  That’s a particularly busy darting month with Sky Sports also broadcasting the popular Grand Slam Of Darts.

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Reality TV Betting: Lone Group Should Get a Good Run at X Factor


The X-Factor has already lost two acts from it’s live televised stages with mentor Louis Walsh seeing his ‘Bratavio’ eliminated and ‘Brooks Way’ being axed from the show by producers before they were due to appear on stage.

So the Irishman is already down to one act, ‘5 After Midnight’, who are top-priced 9/2 with Betfred in the outright X Factor betting.  We think this is a far betting proposition as X Factor officials will be desperate to keep all mentors with a vested interest for as long as possible.  Added to that they will be keen to keep novelty act ‘Honey G’ in the shake-up for a few weeks more.  She is, after all, good for viewing figures.  

Resultantly some truly talented acts are likely to fall before the spotlight is turned on either ‘Honey G’ or ‘5 After Midnight’.  With that in mind we believe the three-piece boy band will shorten in price making them ‘back to lay’ material at the very least.

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Snooker Betting: Consistency the English Open Key


The snooker betting season is getting into top gear and the game is also finally starting to offer up some consistency.  For most of the past two years finals have been made up of at least one unconsidered player but with last week’s European Masters featuring Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan in the semi-final stages, there is clear indication the cream is rising to the top once more.  

Trump won that competition beating off O’Sullivan in a final frame shootout and those two head the snooker betting in this week’s English Open in Manchester (live on Eurosport).

However, we much prefer Ding Junhui who did not contest that tournament but did win the previous two competitions he contested:  The Six-Red World Championship and the Shanghai Masters. In doing so he looked every part as good as he did during the 2013/14 season when winning five of the ten ranking tournaments that he played.

Given a 4-0 opening round win against Mitchell Mann, dropping just one point in two frames, he surely looks a great proposition for outright English Open glory at 9/1 with Betfred.

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