You may well think us mad for the mere suggestion that betting on Arsenal could be a good idea. You might feel it could only be wise if you were trying to lose money, or if you were some form of masochist. However, for us, betting on the football is part and parcel of the weekend.
There are, of course, loads of options when it comes to betting on football. Whether you want to back Wenger to still be manager in 2050, or want to bet on him to be the next boss sacked; whether you want to bet on the boys to win the FA Cup or the Europa League; or whether you want to bet on any one of the huge range of options for the next game. There is a bet and a market for all, with more choice than ever.
If you can’t bring yourself to bet on your own team, how about a bet against Spurs? Just back whoever that lot are playing to get the win and enjoy double the pleasure when our nearest and dearest rivals inevitably bottle it. Not only do you get to enjoy their defeat, you get a few extra quid in the pocket too.
As well as the plethora of different leagues and markets available, there are also loads of bookmakers to choose from, each offering a free bet or bonus when you join. It’s worth joining lots of different bookies too, because this way you get to see which you prefer. You can also take advantage of lots of free bets and, as an ongoing plus, you then have more options when it comes to placing your bets, which means you are likely to be able to find higher odds.
Many bookmakers now offer enhanced odds promotions to new customers instead of a free bet. These are usually on the big televised games so most weeks there is a fair chance the Gunners will be featured.
Sites such as Ladbrokes, Coral, 888sport and Betfair are just some of those that run these promotions. Third party sites often highlight these enhanced odds offers, bringing you the best promotions around from a range of betting sites.
For example, in a match where Arsenal are normally 4/6, you might find enhanced odds of 20/1! Before you get too excited you should note that often the maximum bet is just a quid and that winnings will be paid as free bets not straight cash. All such promotions will have certain terms and conditions attached but these will always be clearly shown and are usually easy enough to understand.
Even with the aforementioned terms and conditions, these offers are certainly a great way to spice up the game and they are very low risk given the maximum bet is just £1. Whether you want to make a few extra quid backing the best team in the world (sort of!), or you just find yourself watching a game that wouldn’t otherwise be hugely interesting, a small bet is certainly a great way to make things more interesting.
Now, excuse me whilst I just go and look for the odds on Arsenal to win the league…or maybe not!