Matched Betting: Small gains after Watford victory over Manchester United and mid-week European action

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Thursday European Action

Following a successful evening of matched betting on Wednesday (which you can read all about, here), we had £40 worth of free bets to play with ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League action. With the expectancy of extracting a cash profit of around 80%, in this case around £32.00, we did the following:

Stan James – Thanks to our correct handicap punt on Manchester City’s match the evening before, a £25 free bet on Stan James got the afternoon off to a flyer. To impatient to wait for the football, we locked in an early £22.42 profit on the horses, placing a matched bet on American Hustle in the 15:05 at Ayr.

Leo Vegas – A £10 free bet with Leo Vegas saw us add to this total further. By matching a draw between Belgian outfit Anderlecht and their Thursday night opponents, Qabala, we were able to lock in a guaranteed £7.15 profit. The game finished 3-1 in favour of the former, but we won the same amount, regardless.

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Tony Bet – A £5 free bet unlocked the evening before provided a final boost towards our target on Thursday, as we placed a matched bet on Villarreal versus Zurich, for a guaranteed £4.32 win.

Boyle Sports – Following a day of profit, we thought we would have a cheeky punt on Boyle Sports’ cross bar promotion, in which all losing bets are refunded if the cross bar is struck during ninety minutes of your selected match. We opted to back a draw between Feyenoord and Manchester United for an initial loss of £1.87. Unfortunately, our selection was incorrect (as planned), but none of the players on show were kind enough to hit the crossbar.

Total Thursday Profit: £32.02

Friday Night Football

Chelsea welcomed Liverpool to Stamford Bridge for the second Friday Night Football of the 2016/17 Premier League season, providing further opportunity to boost our coffers. Unfortunately, we were way off with our predictions of how the night would pan out. As such, only small gains were made ahead of the weekend – mostly in the form of free bets.

As we attempted qualifying bets for three separate offers, we experienced a small losses of £1.42 on Coral, £0.23 on BetVictor and £2.28 on 188Bet – a total loss of £3.93. Nonetheless, had results/events gone in our favour, this could just as easily have been a return worth £100 in free bets – potential for profit of around £80.

Ladbrokes – Of course, we were quick to take advantage of Ladbrokes’ £5 free bet promotion. By backing an Arsenal victory over Hull (the day after), for an initial loss of just £0.07, we unlocked a free £5 free bet – we went on to place a matched bet on Hold Court to win Sunday’s 16:10 race at Uttoxeter, returning a profit of £4.10.

Sky Bet – In order to qualify for Sky Bet’s £5 bet club, we ended the evening with a £25 matched bet on Sunday’s La Liga tie between Osasuna and Celta Vigo, for a loss of just £0.6. This means that on Monday, we will be credited with a free bet of £5, which will be turned in for a profit of around £3.50+.

Total Friday Profit: £0.10 + £5 in free bets

Super Sunday

Due to editorial duties, matched betting was set aside on Saturday. Nonetheless, an abundance of Premier League games on Sunday (four to be precise) allowed us to make up for any potential profit missed the day before.

Manchester United’s lunch time clash with Watford provided us with the first opportunity to line our pockets. Taking advantage of Paddy Power’s ‘Losing at half-time’ promotion. By backing Manchester United, for an initial loss of £0.19, the strategy here was to hope the Red Devils were losing at half-time (in order to unlock a free £25 bet), and of course, they were.

At half-time, we took advantage of Ladbrokes’ in-play promotion (in which a £20 in-play bet during Watford vs Manchester United would unlock a £10 free bet for evening clash between Tottenham and Sunderland). Placing a matched bet on BTTS, for an initial loss of £1.85.

We would go on to use this bet, backing Moussa Sissoko to be first goal scorer at White Hart Lane, for a guaranteed £8.90 profit – winnings we would receive regardless of whether the Frenchman hit the back of the net first, or not.

In the late Sunday kick-off, we also took a punt on Sun Bets’ ‘Double Winnings’ offer, in which you can net double winnings on all first, last or anytime goalscorer bets if your selection scores two or more goals. We opted for Harry Kane, who opened the scoring for Tottenham. However, his failure to score a second saw us make a small loss of £1.60.

To end the weekend, we locked in an additional £16.85 profit thanks to our £25 free bet earned earlier in the day with Paddy Power. Placing a matched bet on Schalke’s Bundesliga clash against Koln in mid-week, we will in for a further £16.85 profit upon the conclusion of this tie on Wednesday.

Total Sunday profit: £22.11

Total Article Profit: 54.23 + £5 in free bets

Total Monthly Profit: £292.67 + £5 in free bets

How does matched betting work?

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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