The Premier League spread betting preview
Some expert advice for the weekend’s activities from Sporting Index
In case you hadn’t noticed, all the cool kids are making their ritual viewing of Soccer Saturday a little more interesting with the help of spread betting. Our friends at Sporting Index are the go-to-guys for this money making art, and they have kindly provided previews of two of this weekend’s big clashes…
Stoke/ Manchester Utd
The Red Devils follow their derby triumph with a trip to the Britannia Stadium, where the Potters lost just four games last season. The comparisons drawn between Stoke’s home and Burnley’s Turf Moor are extremely welcome to sellers of United’s win index spread, as the Clarets, of course, defeated United there earlier in the season. Spread punters who followed the progress of Tony Pulis’s first top-flight season will remember, however, that United were one of the several clubs to leave the Britannia with three points, thanks only to a late Carlos Tevez goal. Chelsea are the only other member of the Big Four to play there so far this season and also required a last gasp winner. Buyers of the time of the last match goal will hope for a similar spread make-up on Saturday.
Due to their demolition jobs on Everton, Portsmouth and Wigan, Arsenal have reportedly helped Sporting Index spread punters to pocket £500,000 already this season. Wenger’s charges will make the short trip across London to Craven Cottage, where buyers of the Gunners’ supremacy spread will hope that Fulham feel the full force of Arsenal’s flowing-football wrecking ball. Since the Cottagers moved back into the top flight the teams have met on sixteen occasions, and, unsurprisingly to buyers of Arsenal’s win index spread, the north Londoners have won 12 times. Though more encouragingly for sellers of the visitors’ spread, Fulham have won two of the last three Gunners matches they have hosted.
Spread punters who regularly like a wager on the player goal markets may be surprised to see Thomas Vermaelen leading Van Persie, Eduardo and Fabregas as Arsenal’s current top scorer. Buyers of his goal minutes spread against the Roy Hodgson’s side will hope for more from the classy Belgian who bagged a brace for a 74 minute make-up against Wigan. For other interesting football spread bets plenty of Sporting Index punters love to play the bookings index markets. Interestingly, the three most recent head-to-heads have produced just two bookings but before punters rush to sell the spread perhaps they would be wise to consider the three prior matches. They averaged a bookings index spread make-up of 75, including a match at Craven Cottage three years ago which saw nine yellow cards and an early bath for Philippe Senderos.