Betting on football has never been more popular with punters. Despite the unpredictable nature of the game these days, I still enjoy betting on football and the season that ends shortly has been a profitable one for myself and many members of VG Tips.
Before each season begins I send to my lovely and loyal subscribers my pre-season football analysis and betting tips. I’ve just had a peep back at that e-mail sent to them in August of 2018 and I have to say that I am delighted with the outcome. My crystal ball worked well last summer.
While Leeds United let me down late on in the season, diligently snatching failure from what appeared at one stage of the season to be certain promotion, several other pre-season bets have already paid off.
That Manchester City won the Premier League (a 4/6 NAP) was no great surprise. The fact Liverpool ran them so very close was.
The bigger returns for me and members came via me tipping the Manchester City/Liverpool straight forecast at odds of 7/2. We’ve all been paid out on that August bet.
Mo Salah was my 11/2 pre-season tip to be the top goalscorer in the Premier League. He was. He tied on 22 goals with Liverpool colleague Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The player I tipped each way in that market, for which bookies were returning about the first four top scorers, was Sergio Aguero at odds of 15/2 and 7/1. Aguero finished one goal behind the aforementioned three, on twenty one goals. More returns from the bookie.
Huddersfield Town were my 5/4 NAP to be relegated from the Premier League. I collected on that bet weeks ago. I also tipped and backed them to finish bottom of the league at a nice price of 11/2. We knew we’d be collecting on that quite a while before the season finished.
As we did my August tip for Wolves to finish in the top half of the table in their first season back in the top flight. Wolves end the season in seventh position. Back in the summer I backed them to finish in the top half at odds of 11/10.
The Championship season ended with my 5/4 tip on Aston Villa to beat Derby County paying out on Bank Holiday Monday. They won 2-1. I’d also backed Villa to be promoted weeks ago at odds of 9/4. I only wish I had backed them to do so on March 1st. Then they sat 13th in the table after a terrible run of results. They were available at odds of 40/1 back then. Just prior to them going on a run of ten consecutive victories.
I’d already collected on the team they beat at Wembley as I had predicted Derby County would finish the season in the top six places. The odds on offer last August were 6/4 (NAP).
A profitable each way bet in the Championship was my 18/1 each way tip to members to back Neal Maupay to finish in the top four goalscorers in the league. Another winner! The ever reliable Maupay netted 25 goals, so ensuring he finished as third top scorer in the Championship. Nice one.
League 1 tips offered to members of VG Tips last August have also paid off. Barnsley to be promoted at 9/4 and Portsmouth to finish in the play off places at odds of 11/4.
In League 2, I tipped Lincoln City for promotion at 6/4. They won the league by six points. Mansfield, tipped at 9/4 to join Lincoln in League 1, let me down when losing their play off semi-final on a penalty shoot out. But you can’t win them all.
Along with members, I’ve been paid out not only on Barcelona winning La Liga (4/5 NAP), but I was especially pleased to collect at odds of 6/1 on the straight forecast for the top two in La Liga, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
A generous price I thought back in August of last year and so it proved. Real Madrid finished their poor season a full eight points behind their city rivals.
So that’s a summary of how the tips offered all those months ago have performed. My crystal ball did me proud and I have collected handsomely on bets placed before a ball was kicked. The ultimate example of how patience can be the best friend of a punter.