By Josh Powell | Betting in-running
You’ve probably see them around. They’re the people showing off the size of their wallet. Talking about the nice places they’ve been eating out. Ordering Peroni in the pub, even though they normally drink Carlsberg, because the extra 80p doesn’t matter anymore.
They’re the people who have been backing Yaya Toure to score anytime this season.
Punters who have been betting on the Ivorian are smug, and they have every right to be. The Manchester City midfielder has been in unstoppable form, scoring four goals in just six league games. But, it could be even better if they’d been backing him in-running.
- If you’d placed £10 on Yaya Toure to score first in every game this season, you would be up £30. That’s enough to take your other half to Nando’s for a main meal and two regular sides each. Plus unlimited refills on soft drinks. Woohoo.
- If you’d placed £10 on Yaya Toure to score anytime in every game this season you would be up £92.75. That’ll pay for three rounds for you and your four best mates at the pub.
- But if you’d been betting in running, and after each goal, bet on Yaya Toure to be the next scorer until he found the net, you’d be up £270. You could get a slap-up meal and a night on the lash or a cheap holiday for that cash. Suck it Nandos.
Betting in-running is easier and quicker than you might think. That little thing in your pocket isn’t just there for watching cat videos, stalking people’s holiday photos from 2010 or texting your mum. With the Paddy Power app you can place an in-running bet on the football in just a few clicks and cash in on goalscoring midfielders who aren’t usually the first names on the scoresheet.
- Four of Yaya Toure’s six league goals last season were not the first of the game
- And 75 per cent of his strikes this season have come after somebody else has already opened the scoring.
Football is more mental and unpredictable than a weekend going white water rafting with Mario Balotelli, Kerry Katona and Louis Walsh. Although you might have placed your bets before the game begins, betting in-running allows you to get involved again if things aren’t going to plan. Perfect if you’ve been backing Yaya Toure as the next goalscorer in-play and all without having to see Katona dicking around in a wetsuit.
- The same principle applies to midfielder Ross Barkley who has been the talk of Merseyside after some impressive performances this season for Everton
- On both occasions when he has found the onion bag this season, somebody else has already opened the scoring. Meaning if you put £10 on him every week to be the first goalscorer you would have lost £60
- If you had stuck a tenner on him every week to score at anytime you would be £45 up as he was 5/1 to find the onion bag against Norwich and 7/2 to score against Newcastle
- But, if you’d bet £10 on him every game to be the next goalscorer, in-running after the first goal, you’d be showing a profit of £220
It’s not just midfielders that betting in-running punters can rely on. Less than half of Christian Benteke’s goals last season were the first of the game and three of his four strikes this term have come after somebody else has opened the scoring.
This season you’d be £135 better off backing him with a tenner to be the next goalscorer in-running than backing him being the first goalscorer, and £137.20 better off than backing him to find the onion bag at anytime.
This weekend when you’re chilling out enjoying the early kick-off, whip out the mobile and have a dabble in-running. It might pay for the next couple of rounds, plus you could wipe that smug grin off the faces of the lads that backed the same player to score anytime. Suckers.