Matched Betting: Old Firm, Manchester derby and Chelsea vs Swansea results in profitable weekend

Matched Betting: Old Firm, Manchester derby and Chelsea vs Swansea results in profitable weekend

Welcome to the first of our Matched Betting diary entries, partnered with Here you can track our attempts to make at least £500 every month by extracting the bonuses and incentives made available by all our favourite bookmakers. If you would like to join us in our attempts, you can do just that by signing up free here.

How did we do this weekend?

The weekend festivities kicked off with Celtic versus Rangers in the Old Firm derby at mid-day. With 118 Bet offering a maximum £50 free bet refund for all losing bets if a red card was shown to either team in the Old Firm Derby or Manchester Derby matches, we were quick to take an early position of profit.

A £35 matched bet on a Rangers victory ensured a successful start to the weekend, as the Rs fell to a 5-1 defeat against their fierce rivals and Philippe Senderos was sent off after a handball led to a second yellow card. Thanks to the former Arsenal man’s dismissal and defeat for Mark Warburton’s visitors, we landed a £35 stake not returned (SNR) free bet, which we turned into a risk free £33.35 profit on the 3pm Premier League fixtures.


The £30 and £25 free sign-up offers with DafaBet and 118 Bet, respectively, provided the opportunity to further boost our earnings on Saturday. Having previously unlocked the promotions offered by the two sites, by matching our bets in mid-week fixtures, we used the evening kick-off between Liverpool and Leicester (backing a draw) to boost the day’s profit by a further £39.54.

The reigning champion’s visit to Anfield also provided the opportunity to unlock a £5 free bet with Poker Stars, by matching a £10 free bet for a loss of just £0.80. We have already capitalised on this offer, with the SNR free bet being matched for guaranteed a £3.32 return upon the conclusion of LA Galaxy’s upcoming tie with Orlando City.


On Sunday, Paddy Power’s ‘Losing at Half-time’ offer brought further joy. A pre-match matched bet on Swansea – for an initial £5.65 loss – unlocked this £25 free stake, with the Welsh outfit going in 1-0 down at the break. A matched bet on Bayern Munich’s Champions League tie with Rustov, using the free bet acquired, will see this returned for a £15.50 profit.

Paddy Power then provided the goods again, offering a free £25 bet if your first goal scorer selection failed to net first, but scored later on in the match. Naturally we opted for Diego Costa, who went on two score the first and last goals of the match as Chelsea missed out on three points. However, with our bet winning, we were ineligible for advertised free stake.

Finally, a £20 in-play matched bet with Ladbrokes at the half way stage of Swansea’s evening draw with Chelsea unlocked a further £10 SNR free bet to be used in this evening’s clash between Sunderland and Everton – a stake that should result in a further £7.00 (minimum) profit. A figure that will take the weekend total to just under £100.

In addition to this, Sky Bet’s 2nd place Horse Racing offer provided us with a free £25 bet on Saturday (thanks to Thunder Snow finishing runner up in Friday’s Doncaster 14:00), which we were able to turn into £20.91 profit, by placing a matched bet on Golden Valentine for Saturday’s 15.10 race at Chantilly.

Total Weekend Profit = £113.17

To a beginner, matched betting can seem extremely complicated, but in truth, it couldn’t be easier. If you are new to the concept, you can read our Easy Introduction to Matched Betting.

If you are interested in earning an extra £500 per month and have fun doing it, and want to give matched betting a try. Once you understand the basics, we’re pretty sure you’ll be happy with the results.


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They offer a subscription to their service which is £14.99 per month, but you can trial 2 offers for free, to see if you like it. In our opinion you will make far more that the cost of the subscription so it offers really good value. Reviews so far have been positive from their members and you can check them out here. They also offer video step by step tutorials to get you up and running in no time.

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