Go Oriental With This Pair Of Weekend Football Bets

| November 5, 2010 | Reply

What’s the best thing to come out of China recently?

It’s not the Beijing Olympics – they weren’t bad but there’s something about an undercurrent of deceit and slave labour that sours a global sporting event.

It’s not the new Chinese down the road from me (so-so but the egg fried rice leaves something to be desired)…

And it’s certainly not the mountains of cheap, plastic rubbish that entice Christmas present buyers, only to fall apart seconds after they’re opened.

I’ll tell you what it is…

It’s the Asian Handicap.

Now, if you’ve never heard of the Asian Handicap, this isn’t some sort of politically incorrect term for a disadvantaged person…

This is a special kind of football bet that was devised not by the bookmaker, but by the sport’s bettor.

This means that me and you can get our hands on some real value – value that the bookmaker would rather not give us.

In fact, they’re so unhappy at its emergence that they often attempt to make it as difficult as possible to understand.

Fortunately, I’m here to explain all and provide you with two cracking bets for this weekend’s Premier League action…

Back Bolton (0) to beat Spurs at 6/5 with Paddy Power

And back Blackpool (+0.5) to beat Everton at 11/10 with Paddy Power or .

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Deciphering the Asian Handicap

Essentially the Asian Handicap is the same as a normal handicap bet but with added value for the bettor.

As well as +1, +2 etc, you can also back teams with an advantage or disadvantage of .25, .5 and .75.

And in an attempt to complicate matters further, bookmakers will often refer to .25 as 0, 0.5 and .75 as 0.5, 1.0…

So, when you see two numbers, the Asian figure is the middle ground.

The other crucial aspect of an Asian Handicap is that there is always a winner and a loser – unlike an outright match bet or normal handicap bet, there is no draw option.

For each handicap there are a number of different potential outcomes…

For the purposes of this Rant I will only go through those relevant to our bets but for a full list check out the Asian Handicap guide.

My first tip is Bolton (0) to beat Spurs…

If Bolton win, we win
If Bolton draw, we get our stake back
If Bolton lose, we lose

My second tip is Blackpool +0.5 to beat Everton…

If Blackpool win or draw, we win
If Blackpool lose, we lose

A pair of Lancashire hot pots

Right then, why Bolton and Blackpool?

Bolton have been a team re-born since the arrival of Owen Coyle and it’s hardly surprising given the previous incumbent was ginger whinger Gary Megson!

They’ve started this season strongly and up until Liverpool’s late winner last Sunday, were unbeaten at home.

One of those home results was a 2-2 draw against Manchester United and having taken the lead in that one with less than 25 minutes to go, they can feel aggrieved to have not claimed all three points.

Opponents Tottenham are coming off the back of an impressive but energy sapping victory over Inter Milan and could do without another tough away fixture.

Their record on the road last season was poor with just seven away wins and while they have improved to a certain extent this year, they’ve still dropped points at Man Utd, West Brom and West Ham (the Hammers only League win all season).

‘Arry is already without Defoe, Dawson, King, Corluka and Woodgate and after coming off with a tight hamstring on Tuesday, new signing Van Der Vaart may also miss out.

Over in Blackpool meanwhile, the Tangerines are on top of the world after a superb start to the season.

They currently sit ninth in the table (two points behind fifth placed Spurs) and have already defied many expectations by surpassing Derby County’s record low Premier League points tally.

Ian Holloway’s seriously barmy army notched up their first home win of the season on Monday and could well repeat the feat against goal shy Everton, who have scored just three on the road.

A home win or a draw will win our bet here and at odds of 11/10 on the Asian Handicap, it’s well worth a shout…

And, just to give you an idea of the additional value the Asian Handicap creates, a double chance bet on Blackpool and the draw is a general 10/11 shot.

My tip is to place these as two singles but you can also back them as a double if you’re feeling lucky.

Either way, back Bolton (0) on the Asian Handicap against Tottenham at 6/5 with Paddy Power

And back Blackpool (+0.5) on the Asian Handicap against Everton at 11/10 with Paddy Power or .

The very best of Ian Holloway

Everyone loves the West Country funny man, so as a Friday afternoon treat, here are some of his best bits.

• He may be a bit of a joker (as the end of this video confirms) but he also has a serious side too. Watch Holloway get heated on the Wayne Rooney debate here.

• Ian ‘Hoover’ Holloway? Check out his interpretation of a busy start to the season here.

• Holloway literally falls off his chair in this clip.

• Ollie DOESN’T advocate burglary:

“If you’re a burglar, it’s no good poncing about outside somebody’s house, looking good with your swag bag ready. Just get in there, burgle them and come out. I don’t advocate that obviously, it’s just an analogy.”

• And saving the best till last, this effort following an ‘ugly’ win over Chesterfield:

“To put it in gentleman’s terms if you’ve been out for a night and you’re looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they’re good looking and some weeks they’re not the best. Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She wasn’t the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let’s have a coffee”

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