Competitive sport in the UK has been given the green light to restart this week. It will be strictly behind closed doors so unfortunately so fans will be able to attend but we can finally start enjoying live sport again.
Horse Racing was the first spors to return with Newcastle providing a full racing card for us to enjoy on 1st June. We have already seen an increase in the number of racing offers now that UK racing is back. Hopefully, as more venues start to host racing and things get back to up to speed we will see even more great matched betting offers to help celebrate this return to live-action. We saw a bumper day of offers on Friday as ITV Racing made its long awaited return, there were 22 offers on horses alone on Friday.
In Snooker the Championship League got underway with star names including world champion Judd Trump, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson all taking part. Even better the action is being broadcast free-to-air on ITV4.
There is a little longer to wait for Formula One fans but plans are in place for this season to start on July 5th in Austria. There will be 2 Grad Prix races in England this year and all being well events will take place August 2 and 9 at Silverstone.
The Premier League
Of course, the Premier League is the big one for many sports fans and is particularly important for matched betting, so we were delighted to find out that it will return on June 17th and this season can be concluded.
In even better news Sky Sports have announced that they will show 25 games completely free to air. The BBC has also secured the right to show 4 matches meaning fans can get 29 matches completely free between now and the end of the season. This is the first time since the Premier League began in 1992 that matches will have been shown on free to air television. Sky will show 64 live matches in total.
The Home Advantage
Bookies may be in for a challenge in the coming weeks when they come to set their match odds. So far there have been 27 games played behind closed doors in the Bundesliga and that has resulted in only 5 home wins. This is a 25% drop from what we normally see suggesting that without fans, the home advantage is severely diminished.
Artificial Crowd Noise
It has been suggested that artificial crowd noise could be pumped into stadiums to help create an atmosphere to help the players stay focused and provide a more familiar feel to everyone watching at home. We don’t expect this to be used for Premier League football games but it has been used to good effect in the National Rugby League in Australia. UK Rugby stadiums are also expected to use it when they return to action but currently, no date has been set for the return of UK Rugby.
So, what does all this mean for matched betting? Well we are expecting a great increase in the number of offers as bookmakers look to tempt people back. We could be in for a bumper few weeks so it is definitely an exciting time to be a matched bettor. We have already seen some new offers come in for the return of UK horse racing and with 29 live Premier League matches set to come over the next few weeks we could be looking at a very profitable period indeed.