Biggest Spread Betting Make Ups | Aug 2020
August's Biggest Spread Betting Make Ups
The sporting action came in thick and fast throughout August and our traders busied themselves by making thousands of predictions on the results. Punters could then pit their wits against our market compilers by either buying or selling on spread quotes across a wide range of sports. Some of our predictions proved remarkably clairvoyant, but others were wide of the mark. These are the greatest sports spread betting make ups we experienced during August:
Bayern Wipe the Floor with Barcelona
Bayern Munich v Barcelona - Total Goals Spread: 3.45-3.65
Bayern Munich went into their Champions League quarter-final clash with Barcelona as the slight favourites after enjoying a strong run of results. Robert Lewandowski was scoring goals for fun, and a supporting cast featuring the likes of Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller was on fire. However, you can never write off Barca’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, so we pitched the Total Goals Index at 3.45-3.65 in the football spread betting.
It was 1-1 within seven minutes after Muller fired in the opener for Bayern Munich and then a sliced own-goal from David Alaba put Barca back on level terms. Croatian forward Ivan Perisic then scored from a tight angle to put the German champions 2-1 up, and a fine strike from Gnabry sparked despair for Barcelona fans and jubilation for anyone that bought at 3.65. Muller grabbed a second goal four minutes later, putting Bayern 4-1 up and leaving anyone that bought at 3.65 in 1.35 units of profit.
Suarez gave Barcelona a glimmer of hope when he turned his man and drilled the ball into the bottom corner 12 minutes after the break. However, Joshua Kimmich restored Bayern’s three goal advantage when he turned in a cross following Alphonso Davies’ phenomenal run. Barca’s players then threw in the towel, allowing Bayern to plunder three late goals and make the score 8-2. Anyone that bought at 3.65 earned 6.35 units of profit, while anyone that sold at 3.45 would have lost 6.55 units.
Coutinho Rubs Salt Into Barca’s Wounds
Bayern Munich v Barcelona - Total Goal Minutes Spread: 182-192
Barcelona signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in a €160 million deal back in January 2018. It was a club record fee and fans hoped Coutinho would take the team to the next level. However, the management struggled to integrate the mercurial Brazilian into the team, and he was deemed surplus to requirements. Barca eventually loaned out to Bayern Munich for the 2019/20 campaign, and he may have had a point to prove when he came off the bench to face his parent club in the second half of their Champions League quarter-final showdown.
Coutinho wasted little time in teeing up Lewandowski to make it 6-2 to Bayern Munich in the 82nd minute. He then banged in two goals, the first in the 85th minute and the second in the 89th minute, to put the gloss on Bayern’s victory. He was probably given a lukewarm reception when he reported for pre-season training at Barcelona after winning the Champions League with Bayern.
We pitched the Total Goal Minutes Index at 182-192, but that late salvo from Coutinho ensured the final result was 466, which is 274 above the pre-match buy price. We also quoted Shirt Numbers at 48-52, and the result was 183, as Muller wears number 25, Gnabry wears 22 and Alaba wears number 27. Our Match Performance spread was pitched at 107-112, and the result was 225, so this game certainly caught our traders by surprise.
An Epic Partnership from Crawley and Buttler
Zak Crawley 1st Innings Runs Spread: 30-35
Jos Buttler 1st Innings Runs Spread: 40-45
A record-breaking 359-run partnership between Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler helped England surge to 583/8d against a hapless Pakistan attack on 21 August. The dynamic duo linked up with the innings delicately poised at 127/4 on day one of the third Test at the Rose Bowl. They quickly found a rhythm and made mincemeat out of Pakistan’s bowlers with thoroughly commanding play at the crease. Crawley helped himself to a career-changing knock of 267. It was a remarkable performance from an inexperienced 22-year-old, and it suggests he has a great future ahead of him.
Buttler occupied the crease for more than 300 balls and ended a two-year wait for his second Test century. He ended up with 152 as they racked up England’s highest ever fifth wicket partnership. Before the match, we offered a Total Runs quote of just 30-35 on Crawley in the cricket spread betting. Buttler was priced at 40-45, so both men vastly exceeded expectations with their knocks. Total England Runs for the first innings was pitched at 312-325 and the result ended up at 583. It could have been higher had England not declared. However, the decision could not prevent the match ending in a draw due to the rain that has plagued international cricket since it resumed this summer.
Biggest Ever Favourites Index Make Up at Chester
Chester Favourites Spread: 95-99
We offer a popular Favourites Index betting option on race meetings. This allows you to predict how well the favourites will perform, with 25 points awarded to each favourite that wins, 10 points for a favourite finishing second and 5 points for a favourite finishing third. We offered a quote of 95-99 on the card at Chester on 20 August, so you could buy at 99 if you thought the favourites would flourish, or sell at 95 if you thought they would flop.
There were nine races in total, and the favourite won eight of them in a remarkable sequence of events. Even money favourite Iconic Queen got the ball rolling when she prevailed in the School Of Hard Knocks EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes at the start of the event. Broken Spear, the 16/5 favourite, could only finish second to Orvar in the second race of the day, but then seven favourites in a row all stormed to victory: Revich, Spanish Mission, Spright, Barbill, Lihou, Bossipop, and finally Future Investment in the last race of the evening. The final result in the market was therefore 210, which was far higher than the upper limit of 99 that we quoted. This was also the biggest make up the favourites spread had ever settled at, at any meeting.