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Rugby Betting Guide

With rugby growing in popularity every day, more and more markets are opening on the different aspects of the game, which means there is no better time than to sit down and watch a game of rugby, while enjoying the thrill of beating the bookie and taking home some well-deserved cash – take heed of these few tips to maximise your potential when betting on rugby games.

Play-offs pay off

Although there is a greater emphasis on International rugby, club rugby has its time and place and presents plenty of opportunities to place a bet and of course, win a few along the way. The Premiership Play-offs are one of the great spectacles in sport and give the team that finish 4th in the league the chance to become overall champions, how many other sports can say that? As with all knock-out style competitions the play-offs give a greater chance of the underdog succeeding and knocking out the favourite over two legs so don’t go for the obvious team here and make sure you check who has the momentum going into the semi-finals and finals. There is a good chance to win here, so take your time and make your choice.

Use all the markets out there

They great shame about rugby at the moment is that there are relatively few major teams, especially international teams, to bet on. Twenty teams may be competing in the World Cup later this year, but in truth there are small handful of teams actually capable of winning it. This is where they newly created markets start to work in your favour.  

For example, when New Zealand take on Canada in October there is little point in backing the All Blacks, the best side in the world, against minnows Canada for the win. Instead, eye up the “how many points scored” markets or how many tries Canada will concede – the disparity between the very good sides and lesser sides is larger than most spots, which means bets in markets like this make much more sense than straight forward win/lose bets.

Forwards are the way forward

They say in rugby that it is not the feet and meters that make the difference but the inches and centimetres, and it is that approach that benefits anyone looking to bet on rugby. In a hard fought game the team with the most dominant pack will often come out on top as they begin to gain possession through line-outs, scrums and rucks. So avoid the fleet-footed backs demonstrating their running skills and back the boys who make the hard-earned territory.  A strong pack is the cornerstone to success in rugby, so make sure you have the best on your side rather than against you!

 

Formula 1 Betting Guide

If adrenaline, speed and action are your thing, chances are you are already a Formula 1 nut, and if you are passionate about the fastest sport in the world, chances are you like to place a bet or two.

If that’s the case then you have come to the right place as we go over some of the key areas that are worth looking at before betting on Formula 1.

Study the form

Unlike most sports which almost wholly down to the skill of the individual – be it in an individual or team sport - Formula 1 has some many different factors than can contribute to a driver taking the chequered flag on race day. He must have the quickest car and the best pit crew before he can even get anywhere near the front of the grid – and that is what you can take advantage of. There are plenty of formula 1 blogs out there for you to take advantage of their technical knowledge can be your weapon against the bookie! Technical information is often the downfall for most looking to bet on formula 1, so with the likes of BBC Sport offering good straight-forward, easy to understand information, a check around the web could pay dividends.

Know your tracks

The greatest influence behind the raw speed of the car is the characteristics of the circuit. Do your research, find out who the track suits and why, you will be surprised at the different factors that can affect the outcome of a race. Turkey, for example is known for being tough on tyres so keep your ear to the ground on sites like planetf1 and Autosport offer unrivalled coverage in the build up to a race, so pay attention to what those guys have to say and reap the rewards of their knowledge, especially on the different circuits.

Podium finishes pay off

This season in particular, the top step of the podium looks likely to e permanently filled by Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. While the pair continue to maintain their monopoly of pole position, have a look further down the field for a better return on your odds. Ferrari Mercedes and McLaren are all locked in a duel for the scraps Red Bull leave behind, while Renault have already secured two podium finishes this year and could be in with a real shout of making an impact.

The 2011 season has already caused a stir after a series of new rules were introduced to increase the amount of over-taking manoeuvres, meaning the sport is a more open contest than ever – so back a lesser name that has looked good in practice or qualifying , get a better return than ever, and watch your man charge up the field.

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