You may recall that last week, we brought you a preview of the forthcoming Premier League season, which kicked off last weekend with some intriguing matches. In addition to giving you our tips for the eight games that took place on Matchday 1, we also gave you our tips for the Premier League title, Manchester City (then priced 4/5 but not 5/6 with bet365 after the first week of games).
With other leagues also getting underway over the next week or so, now is the time of the season when punters do look to place their To Win Outright bets on a number of top leagues and divisions across Europe and one thing to note here for punters is that if you are a customer at bet365 Sport, then you could qualify for another fine offer from the company based on these To Win Outright soccer bets.
This new offer is called the League Winner Early Payout offer and it is similar to the offer that the company ran last season.
League Winner Early Payout Offer
Get your bets paid out early if the team you back takes a lead of 10 points or more in their league with bet365.
Applies to bets on the To Win Outright market on selected leagues up to and including the 15th October 2020. Bet restrictions and T&Cs apply. New and eligible customers only.
How does this offer work?
All you need to do to qualify for this offer is log in to your bet365 account (if you are not yet a member, you can sign up with the latest bet365 Sport New Player Bonus to become one) and place a bet on the To Win Outright market for the league or divisional title in any of the following seven competitions:
- The Premier League
- The SkyBet Championship
- SkyBet League One
- SkyBet League Two
- Bundesliga (Germany)
- Serie A (Italy)
- La Liga (Spain)
You need to have made your bet on the market by the 15th October 2020 for your bet to qualify for the offer and provided that you do that, the bonus will be applied on any bet that triggers it automatically. That means, when a team goes 10 points or more clear in any of the seven divisions above, at any point of the season, then that team will be paid out as a winning bet on this bonus.
That is the case even if the team somehow manages to lose that lead and does not go on to win the league title.
Last season, punters that backed Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to win the league title were delighted when the Reds went ten points clear of the chasing teams on the 14th December 2019 which meant that the punters that had backed the Reds received their payout then, rather than waiting until the end of the season, which we know ended in July 2020 because of the delays.
Why would bookmakers offer this bet?
Early payouts have become very popular with punters in recent times and chiefly down to the misfortune of one big name in the UK betting industry. Fred Done, a bookmaking site owner and Manchester United fan, famously paid out early on Manchester United winning the league in 1998. Only to watch as Arsenal went on to pip the Red Devils to the title. After paying out all those that backed Arsenal to win, Mr Done’s exuberance had cost his company £500,000.
A salutary lesson perhaps but one that Mr Done did not heed as in the 2011-12 season, United opened up a five-point gap with just a few games to go and once again Mr Done paid out on his team winning the league early. However, Manchester City then pipped United to the title on goal difference on a dramatic final day of the season which cost the bookmaker even more losses.
Bookmakers therefore do have to be careful with this bonus, which is why the 10-point mark is a good one for them as teams generally don’t open up huge leads that often. However, it is also exciting to punters to think they could get paid out early or better still, even land a payout even if their team doesn’t go on to win the league after opening up a large gap.
What are the best options to back in terms of this offer?
In truth, I think it is hard to see any team in the four English divisions running away with the league as Liverpool did last season. That performance from Jurgen Klopp’s men was something of a freak as generally the league title is decided by a much closer margin than what proved to be 18 points by the end of the season.
Similarly, in the lower leagues of English professional soccer, teams are well matched across each of the three leagues and it is generally rare that one team dominates a division to that extent, particularly in League One and League Two when the differences between the teams at the top and bottom of the table can be very small indeed.
I also feel that the Spanish League is not the best bet although there is a chance that the more settled Real Madrid team, managed by Zinedine Zidane, could open up a gap over a Barcelona side very much in transition and under a new boss in Dutchman Ronald Koeman. With things not right at the Nou Camp, if they don’t start well, then there is a chance Real could perhaps open up a gap.
The best chances for me though are Juventus in Serie A and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Juventus have pretty much owned Serie A over the last decade and with Luis Suarez set to join from Barcelona to add to their ageing squad, I can see them being dominant in this league once again, although I do feel age is starting to count against a number of their squad at this point.
Bayern though are a much more enticing option. Hansi Muller’s young squad won the Bundesliga and the Champions League last season after winning 28 of their last 29 games and drawing the other. They were the best team in the world since January 2020 and proved it both domestically and in Europe and I think they of all teams have the best chance of seeing people that back them earn an early return on their cash.