Monday, 25 April 2011

Olympic Tickets Deadline

Its deadline day. Have you bought your tickets? Got your Visa card ready and placed your order?

What did you go for? Did you try and get the Usain Bolt 100m final? If so, how many people did the same thing? We reckon it will be millions, so the chance of getting that ticket is tiny.

But, if you tried to get tickets for early rounds of the Handball or Water Polo, we are pretty sure you will be lucky.

In fact most ball sports will have a good chance since the stadiums are large and there are plenty of rounds, so in the end there are plenty of tickets to be sold for those sports.

We cant wait to find out what the demand is for real, but today, sources at the Olympic organisers say that they have received millions of applications. Those insiders reckon that of course the high profile finals are over subscribed by millions.

So far not ant surprise, but what is interesting is that they also say that the cycling, and the diving are oversubscribed. Cycling is popular now since the last Olympics and the stadium only takes 3000, but Diving? That must be the Tom Daley effect.

We are sure that they will reach the 80% of tickets sold. What will be left are ball sports, and especially the football. Once the teams are known for those early rounds too, expect the rest to sell out too. We expect that there will be very few empty seats at any venues come 2012.

About the author: Connected is a sports fan, and a retailer of 12ft trampolines and wooden playhouses, and on Saturday applied for £3200 worth of tickets. He needs to keep the credit card empty come mid May.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Olympic Ticket Deadline

Applications for Olympic Tickets close at 23.59 on 26th April 2011. So, get planning and get in your bids on time. We advise you not to leave it until the last minute since its likely that the site will crash in the last few hours as a massive rush takes place.

And remember that you will potentially need ALL the money for all the tickets you apply for to be in your account in mid may, that's a full 5 weeks before you find out which tickets you have got. Be warned.

And whilst on the subject of the Olympics, we are already thinking about what to do when they are on. Do we shut the office and stop selling our 10ft Trampolines? Do we assume that no-one will be buying Giant Jenga games anyway? Or will they be buying more Giant Jengas as they plan Barbecue parties?

We have a projector now, so we can project the TV on to the wall, big screen style.

What is your office plan for the big event?

Champions League Betting

We said that we thought Barcelona would win the Champions League, and still do, but the odds are poor, so look for value elsewhere.

So, before the quarter finals, we advised: Bet on Manchester Utd at 8/1. Looks good now, we hope you took plenty. Current odds are 5/2.

We also advised a punt on a Spanish team to win at 1/2. Given that the final will certainly have one, and they will be favourites, looks a good bet too.

By the way, Barcelona were 6/5 before the quarter finals, and you can still get that now. So, the lesson is, if the odds are too poor, walk away.

For the final now, we hope you are on Manchester Utd at 8/1. We are and that makes balancing or covering bets good value. So, we now fancy Real Madrid at 7/2. Get on that at 7/2 and Manchester at 8/1 and you could be  a guaranteed winner. If you are not on Manchester , then Real look the value bet to us anyway.

But, one word of warning, we are not professional betting advisers, In fact our little consortium of experts spend our days advising on sales of Above Ground Pools and Trampolines, so be warned and don't bet more than you can afford to lose.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Bet on Champions League

On Tuesday we said:

1. Barcelona will most likley win the Champions League, but at 6/5 its poor odds
2. Look for value in the other half of the draw. That was Manchester Utd at 8/1
3. Real and Barcelona both look good, and 1/2 a Spanish team is good
4. Take 10/11 for only one team to score at Real Madrid


and the results?

1. Barcelona Look good still, but will have to beat Real. Still fancy them to win but at Even Money now, still poor odds.
2. Manchester Utd look the bet, now at 4/1. Hope you got on Tuesday at 8/1. We did
3. Still like the SPanish bet, but now 2/5
4. 4-0. That was a winner.

So, we fancy a Barcelona vs Manchester United final at Wembly, with us having £100 at 8/1 running.

But, remember that we still have full time jobs. We sell TP Trampolines and other outdoor toys like wooden sandpits to make a living. We are not advisors or full time gamblers. Be warned.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Champions League Betting

We love the Champions League. After the first league rounds which are there to provide a healthy income and let the little teams have a decent go at taking on the big boys, you get to the knockout big banana games.

Now, with 8 teams to go, its time to see the really big games.

So, who will win? Its hard to look beyond Barcelona, and at 6/5 best odds, seems fair to us, that in half of the time, the clear best team will win. But around half of the time, it doesn't work out that way and someone will surprise them.

So, for us, we expect Barcelona to win, but its not good odds. Lets go with the assumption that they will get knock3ed out at some point. Who else then?

Well, in the other half of the draw is Chelsea and Manchester United. With Man U at 8/1 and Chelsea at 13/2 best odds, Manchester seems the best bet. Why are Chelsea favoured over a Manchester team that is leading the premiership. Seems no logical reason to us, so we fancy Man Utd as a good value bet at 8/1. With 8 teams left in, one of them will win it. Manchester are a good team, and we reckon its good odds.

So, bet on Manchester Utd to win the competition at 8/1. Good odds.

Other good bets? A Spanish team to win is 1/2 with Victor Chandler. Its a bet on Barcelona, with a cover in case Real Madrid knock them out (or Tottenham I suppose) in the semis.

We also fancy 4/1 on a draw tonight between Spurs and Real Madrid. And, take 10/11 for only one team to score tonight. Tottenham are having scoring issues, and if they do score are likely to shut up shop. So, 0-1 to Spurs but more likely Spurs don't score looks a good bet.

And lastly, Ronaldo is brilliant against weaker opposition, but is he a choker on the biggest occasion? We think so. So, with Ronaldo at 5/2 favourite to be the Man of the Match, there is value to be had. We say, if you fancy Tottenham then bet both Lennon at 14/1 and Van der Vaart at 7/1 and you should be covered. If you fancy Real Madrid then look no further than  Ozil at 7/1.

But remember, Connected, the Author is a retailer, selling Trampoline Spares and Sandpits, so its just for fun, not business advice.