Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen welcomes Bayern Munich
The German Bundesliga starts on Friday in the second half of the season. The top match on Match Day 18 will take place on Friday when Bayer Leverkusen plays against Bayern Munich. Bayern Munich, who is 11 points ahead of FC Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga table, are the big favorites in this game. On Saturday, another top match of the 18th game day follows when RB Leipzig plays against FC Schalke 04. Both teams then play for the 2nd place in the championship. On Sunday, this will be followed by the third top match of this interesting game day: Borussia Dortmund vs. VFL Wolfsburg. All fixtures at a glance:
- ⇒ Bayer Leverkusen – FC Bayern Munich
Saturday, 13th January 2018 at 14:30 GMT
- ⇒ Eintracht Frankfurt – SC Freiburg
- ⇒ FC Augsburg – Hamburg SV
- ⇒ Hannover – Mainz 05
- ⇒ Werder Bremen – 1899 Hoffenheim
- ⇒ VfB Stuttgart – Hertha Berlin
- ⇒ RB Leipzig – FC Schalke 04
Sunday, 14th January 2018 at 14:30 GMT
- ⇒ 1.FC Köln – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Sunday, 14th January 2018 at 17:00 GMT
- ⇒ Borussia Dortmund – VFL Wolfsburg
Facts for the second half of the season in the German Bundesliga
The chances for Bayer 04 Leverkusen against FC Bayern München are not bad in the opening match: on the second half of the season Munich scored “only” 1.7 points per game on average (calculated at three points per win). In the other Bundesliga games Bayern are at a points average of 2.0 per game.
That seems to be a clear matter: Clear thing? Dortmund has won all of the last five Bundesliga duels against Wolfsburg, scored 18 goals in these five duels. You want to bet on it? Check odds at Leo Vegas Sports!
Schalke is undefeated before the match against RB Leipzig on Match Day 18 for eleven Bundesliga games (five wins, six draws); Within one season, this is the longest series for Schalke04 in just under eleven years.
Mario Gomez back at home VFB Stuttgart
Mario Gomez has returned to Stuttgart. The 32-year-old striker signed a contract until 2020. Gomez was trained in the VfB youth and celebrated 2007 with Stuttgart winning the German championship. In his first time at VfB he scored 63 goals in 121 Bundesliga games. Alone in his last Stuttgart season (2008/09) he was successful 24 times. On his return in the VfB dress he plays against the Hertha BSC. All matches of the 1st and 2nd Division of the German Bundesliga, the Premier League and more can also be found at Leo Vegas Sports. The popular sportsbook portal is clear and convinces with good functionality. Join today and get two 100% profit boost in the row on your first bets!
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Paddy Power Betfair joins the UK Government’s call
Until now, most UK bookmakers have been opposed to the UK Government’s plan to crack down on fixed odds betting terminals. One major UK bookie has decided to break ranks with the rest, and side with the government, though: Paddy Power Betfair!
The UK Government’s plans
The UK Government has long held plans to radically alter the fixed odds betting terminal industry in the UK. Anti-gamblers have referred to fixed odds betting terminals as the “crack cocaine of gambling”. The machines currently allow players to place maximum bets of £100 a pop, and the government wants to adjust that to £20 a game. Even then, most bookies have decided that £20 is too little to be worthwhile for them, and have estimated that as many as 9,000 bookies could be other leading UK bookies.
Paddy Power Betfair betrays the pack
Just because Paddy Power Betfair has decided to join the UK Government on the stance doesn’t make them betrayers of the pack. However, Paddy Power Betfair have urged the government to go further, and cap the maximum stake at £10 per game. Whilst it certainly makes Paddy Power Betfair sound noble, there is something players should know about their move.
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Betfred disappears from the horse racing industry
One of the United Kingdom’s most famous bookmakers is set to remove itself from the horse-racing industry, following a series of rows. Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, it seemed impossible early in the spring that Betfred would part ways with an industry that has helped it make its name, but that appears to be the case just six months later, as we move into autumn.
How the mighty have fallen
Betfred will effectively end all forms of sponsorship with the horse racing industry, as well as close its trackside betting windows. The move comes after the founder Fred Done said that the company would pull their association with horse racing, due to it being broken. Their current deal is scheduled to end in July 2018, and Betfred has no plans to renew it. As many as 49 out of 51 trackside betting shops will cease to operate, and Betfred will pull out of sponsorship deals for over 600 races, worth £6 million. The company will continue to sponsor Ascot (a new deal was signed just this year) and Chelmsford, as the latter is owned by the company.
Whinging and whining
The radical move comes following a breakdown between UK racing stakeholders and UK bookmakers. Betfred won the rights to offer tote betting back in 2011, but the rapid deterioration of relations, and the UK racing stakeholders decision to host their own totes have been the final straw. Financial arguments over racing levies, larger shares of revenue return and a UK Government imposed 10% charge on race betting revenue are also believed to have played a part.
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Mobile casino gaming covers losses at Ladbrokes Coral
When leading UK bookies Ladbrokes and Coral got together, everybody predicted that the gigantic company would absorb most of the sports betting markets in the UK. That just hasn’t been the reality, though, as the figures show this week. The company has announced a 6% drop in revenue for the first half of 2017, with the official reason being cited as a drop in high-street revenue, courtesy of mobile gaming.
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Old high-street bookies are in for a slow death at Ladbrokes Coral
Mobile casino gaming may be the death of the Ladbrokes Coral’s high-street business, but that same mobile casino gaming crowd are also contributing to the huge rise in funds for the company in the digital world. With the popularity of online betting on the rise like never before, it seems the old high-street bookies are in for a slow death. Even rival bookies William Hill has reported a 2% drop in revenue. The situation is far worse for William Hill, as they do not have the online resources and revenue to cover their losses.
Many believe that the bid to reduce the fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) stakes could very kill off the high-street bookie once and for all. Whilst that is further bad news for William Hill, Ladbrokes Coral may disappear under new ownership. A second bid from GVC was received last week, to the tune of £3.6 billion. Once again, Ladbrokes Coral have rejected the offer, which makes sense given the terrific year they are having, once you overlook the drop in high-street revenue. As long as they hold a significant share of the mobile casino market in the UK, the future is rosy for Ladbrokes Coral.
LeoVegas Sportsbook set for a derby draw in the League Cup
LeoVegas Sportsbook, one of the UK’s more popular online sportsbook websites is set to see two of their sponsored football sides do battle in the English Football League’s Carabao Cup in the next round. The League Cup (as it is more commonly known) has thrown up some sizzling ties in the past, but now Norwich City and Brentford – who are both sponsored by LeoVegas Sportsbooks – will now go head to head.
It really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that two LeoVegas sponsored football teams have ended up facing each other. Online sportsbooks in the UK are snapping up football sponsorship deals left, right and centre. It was only a matter of time before two eventually locked horns in a competitive cup competition. After all, most of these sportsbooks meet in domestic league structures throughout the season.
Norwich vs. Brentford
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New Welcome Bonus for Bet365 Players
The Premier League returned to action last weekend, and to celebrate, one of the UK’s most loved online sportsbooks has just showcased a new welcome bonus for players. Bet365 has already been receiving a lot of coverage with streaming of live matches, and now they are going one step further to cater to footy fans in the digital age.
A new offer from Bet365 Sports
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Of course, like all sportsbook bonuses and promos, there are a few terms and conditions which sports fans may wish to consider before deciding to snap up this offer with open arms. Firstly, players are going to need to check the deposit method they use to claim the offer. Neteller and Skrill deposits are not valid for the offer, so VISA and MasterCard, PayPal and other e-wallets seem to be the way to go. Players also need to claim the welcome bonus offer within 90 days of registering for an account, or it will no longer be valid. That’s pithily stuff considering the value for money you could get with this offer, though.
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Record Summer for women’s sports at Betfair
Leading online sportsbook, Betfair has announced a record summer for betting on women’s sports. The popularity of women’s sports, in particular women’s football, has been on the rise over the last couple of years, so much so that Betfair sportsbook has been able to announce that 50,000 customers have been trading on major sporting events.
One of the most popular sporting bets in women’s sport at Betfair has been the UEFA Women’s European Championship. Prior to the England Lionesses’’ defeat to hosts Holland, over £30m had been wagered on women’s football matches at the tournament. A cool £6m of that had been staked by fans of the Lionesses alone, with a hefty £2.5m of that take on England’s top-quality victory of France in the quarter-finals. Prior to their elimination at the hands of the Dutch, Betfair were privately hoping that the final of the women’s competition might actually see the record created at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup broken by fans of the England women’s national team.
Women’s Cricket World Cup also very popular
Football isn’t the only big spending women’s sport over at Betfair right now, though. The women’s cricket world cup has also attracted quite a lot of attention. Last weekend, over £40m was traded when England defeated India to win the final.
Speaking about the impressive summer for women’s sports at the sportsbook, Betfair spokesperson, Katie Baylis, commented that “It really has been a huge summer for women’s sport”, and that “we have certainly seen unprecedented interest when it comes to betting on those events.”
With both events now over, many are predicting a slight lull in the takings of women’s sports. The national women’s football league in England just doesn’t gather the same kind of attention as the Premier League, which returns to action this weekend. Don’t feel bad for Betfair, though; they will certainly be making a killing from the opening weekend of the domestic men’s football league. New Customers Only. 18+. T&Cs Apply