Review: May 2009
Now then, when was the last time you backed a 40/1 winner? Actually, if you follow the blog or the excellent Festival Trends guides, you might have backed a couple lately. But when was the last time you backed a 40/1 winner on the football?
I have to say I canâ€™t remember if Iâ€™ve EVER done that, and itâ€™s my own fault. You see, like I say, I get a number of systems, newsletters and such like sent to me, and one of the best is a monthly letter that I receive in the post, called The Insider.
Itâ€™s packed full of ante-post advice for the big sporting events, as well as some of the more novelty stuff (that Gavin seems to love, but which totally switches me off!)
Well, the point is I read it from cover to cover each month, and have followed them in on a number of occasions. Butâ€¦ I didnâ€™t follow their February advice to back Werder Bremen to win the UEFA Cup (or whatever its called now). They advised backing the titanic Teutonics at 40/1 ew. Fast forward three months, and next Wednesday sees the final of said cup competition with said Germans taking on dangerous Ukrainians, Shakhtar Donetsk.
If Iâ€™d taken the advice, like so many readers did, Iâ€™d be sitting on a guaranteed 20/1 payout just for reaching the final. And given that Bremen are now 10/11, Iâ€™d also have all sorts of hedging opportunities to ponder.
Ifâ€¦. Well, I didnâ€™t and Iâ€™m a bit annoyed.
Butâ€¦ I did follow The Insiderâ€™s advice in the snooker (a sport I used to follow but lost track of, and now know little about), in the March issue. They said John Higgins and Shaun Murphy were the ones to be on each way at 16/1 both. Well, blow me if they didnâ€™t contest the final, meaning not just a nice 16/1 winner, but also two nice 8/1 place payouts. Itâ€™s the first win Iâ€™ve had on snooker for yonks.
It neednâ€™t have been, because they also tipped up Higgins to win the Grand Prix event at 14â€™s. Personally, Iâ€™ll only ever think about betting on the main event in snooker these days. Itâ€™s a bit like Cheltenham in that you know that all the players go there gunning for the title, and nothing else.
Just flicking through the back issues, I also note - but didnâ€™t back - the following tidy winners:
- Chester to be relegated at 6/1 (I couldnâ€™t back that because I already wanted it to happen, to save my beloved Bournemouth from the drop!)
- Barcelona to win the Champions League at 6/1 (now 8/11 or thereabouts) - I backed Lyon, dâ€™oh!
- Ronaldo to be top Premier scorer at 12/1 (now a best priced 2/5). I backed Darren Bent - why didnâ€™t you play him, Harry?!!
Plus some novelty nonsense on the Baftaâ€™s and the Britâ€™s, whatever they are! (I have a telly, which is for watching horse racing, football, other sport, The Simpsons and Family Guy. Nothing else!)
Of course, a problem with a monthly ante-post newsletter is that sometimes things change during the month, or - worse - some cracking value comes up that has gone by the time the next letter goes to press. Well, the beauty of The Insider is that they also send me an email at least once a week with other value bets to follow, like match betting on tennis or snooker or golf or football orâ€¦ it goes on. I reckon thatâ€™s a very cool service for keeping me and other punters informed of opportunities as they happen.
The reason Iâ€™m telling you this is because Iâ€™ve spoken to the editor over at Oxfordshire Press (the company that prints The Insider). I told him that I really liked his letter, and I thought some of my readers would too, and could he do anything for them.
Iâ€™d like to say he was reluctant and I had to twist his arm, practically beg him, etc., etc. But the truth is I didnâ€™t have to do any of that, because he came up with a fantastic offer that gobsmacked me.
The Insider normally costs Â£129 a year (about a tenner a month, and pretty reasonable at that). But the guy there said heâ€™d be happy to offer you:
55% off (more than half)
the first issue free - no money will be taken for a month, so you can cancel at any time and pay nothing
a further three month money-back guarantee!
So, you can trial it with zero risk for one issue, then you pay less than half for the year, BUT if you donâ€™t like it any time in the following three months, you can get a full refund.
The Insider comes from the same legitimate, straight talking â€™stableâ€™ as Nick Pullenâ€™s excellent Horse Racing Focus e-letter that I know so many of you enjoy.
And the reason that Iâ€™ve put up this gushing recommendation is predominantly because itâ€™s an offer thatâ€™s hard to refuse. You have total control and get to try before you buy. Top stuff!
Hereâ€™s the link - go sign up and enjoy the May edition which is just out:
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do (if you donâ€™t, you know what to do!).