Advent Tips – December 13th

| December 13, 2010 | 6 Replies

What a match and what a night! It looked for all the world like Mark Williams was going to deny John Higgins at the last when he led the UK Championship final 9-5 but John came roaring back to take the title 10-9.

Sure, it resulted in a big winner for you and me (I tipped him at 10/1 on December 3rd) but the real winner last night was snooker. It was a match that had everything and provided a firm riposte to critics of the game. Snooker may not be as physically demanding as the majority of sports but the mental strain is extreme – I felt exhausted just watching it!

If you missed the match or if you just want to relive the best bits, you can check out some of the highlights here.

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December 13th

Back Manchester United to beat Arsenal at evens with Stan James and William HillWilliam Hill Sports

With our Christmas present fund receiving a timely boost yesterday, I was tempted to take the day off but this price just looks too good to resist.

Arsenal do not have a good recent record against fellow title challengers and while they may have beaten the ten men of Manchester City this season, they have also lost to Chelsea and Tottenham and were fortunate to draw 1-1 with ten man Liverpool on the opening weekend.

Cesc Fabregas is likely to miss out again tonight and that could prove crucial against a United side that have been patchy on their travels but rock solid at home this season (won seven, drawn one).

Like a cheap box of Christmas lights, Arsenal look attractive at first glance but when the pressure’s on they just can’t take the heat. Back Utd at evens.


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  1. Me says:

    Glad to see your tips have picked up Matt, although the 10/1 on Higgins was only available at 2 scummy bookmakers boylesports and sportingbet so accepted stakes would have been minimal and as he won it is goodbye to your account there. 9/1 generally available was still good though.

    Unfortunately I gave up backing your tips after the bad start so I have missed out on the winners but glad to see you are back on the right track now.

  2. Me numero dos... says:

    Nothing like gratitude is there?!

    Great shout with John Higgins, Matt. May have had to wait a few days for the payout but great odds and what a final! Good result on utd as well last night, nice and easy. Keep the winners coming! Thanks!

  3. petewins57 says:


    Fair play – I have to admit I didn’t follow the Man U tip last night as I couldn’t see it happening – my loss. I couldn’t quite get the odds either, which put me off a bit (but then I did check in here quite late).

    Just applied your Top Batsmen formula to the SA v India series, so looking forward to seeing how that pans out.

    What’s on the menu today?

  4. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Cheers everyone,

    ‘Me’ – it just goes to show that you have to take the long-term approach when it comes to betting.

    ‘Me numero dos’ – Thanks, I do tend to find that you can get some great value in the ante-post snooker markets. Ronnie O’Sullian’s odds tend to push out the others, which is great news for us as he very rarely wins the big events!

    Pete – Glad to hear you’ve picked up a copy of the Top Batsman System, I see no reason why it won’t continue to be very profitable.

    As for today’s tip, I have a Scotts/Irish double lined up but it may be posted a little late today, as I’m due at a Christmas lunch in the very near future.

    It shouldn’t be an issue though. The matches are both evening kick offs and I can’t see the odds changing in the next hour or two.

  5. Vince says:


    ‘Pure dead brilliant, by the way!’.
    Love reading your stuff and backing your winners!!
    A nubbie to all forms of gambling, I now have a new intrest in sports,
    Never thought I could ever make money like this.

    Your Avid fan


  6. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Hi Vince,

    Thanks for your kind words.

    It’s certainly possible to make money from sport’s betting but you have to remember a couple of things:

    1) Never gamble more than you can afford to lose – in sport, there is no such thing as a ‘certainty’.

    2) Losing runs can and do happen. You have to take the long-term approach in this game.

    Providing you remember those points and you stay disciplined it is very doable and it’s great fun to boot!

    And by the way… if you or any other newcomers have any questions about any aspect of betting, let me know via email or the website and I’ll try and provide you with an answer as soon as I can.

    It can get confusing at times and the more interactive this service is, the better for everyone!


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