Australian Open plays big role in Bookmaker bonuses of the week

By Martin Green13 January 2019
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Novak Djokovic

The Australian Open begins this week and world number one Novak Djokovic is the 11/10 favourite to lift the famous trophy. He roared back to form in 2018 and won the final two Grand Slams of the year, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, to reassert his dominance over the sport. Roger Federer won this tournament for the last two years, but that coincided with an elbow injury to Djokovic. The Swiss is now 37 years old, Rafa Nadal is a clay court specialist and Andy Murray is on the brink of retirement, while the younger generation has always flattered to deceive at Grand Slams, so Djokovic’s path to victory looks pretty clear. Bet Victor is offering boosted odds of 30/1 on Djokovic to win the Australian Open, which looks like a tempting offer. You have to deposit £5 into a new account to qualify, and your stake is capped at £1, but if successful you will have £30 in free bets to play around with.

888 Sport also is offering intriguing promotions on the Australian Open and it has taken a slightly different tack. You can take boosted odds of 10/1 on Djokovic winning the Australian Open at 888 Sport, but you can stake £5 on that outcome. It means you would get £50 in free bets to use if successful, but you must deposit £10 to qualify. If you think third favourite Nadal can beat him to the title, you can take odds of 55/1 on the Spaniard, which would result in £275 in free bets. Or if you think Murray will enjoy a fairy-tale finish to his career, 888 Sport is offering boosted odds of 150/1 on the Scot in this bonus offer.

Man City play Wolves on Monday night and the impetus is on them to win the game after title rivals Liverpool beat Brighton 1-0 at the weekend. That left Pep Guardiola’s men seven points behind in the title race, although they have a game in hand and they badly need to beat newly promoted Wolves at home. They drew earlier in the season, but they have the firepower to rip Nuno Espirito Santo’s men apart on Monday night and they should be able to seize victory, with odds of just 2/11 available on them doing so. But Betfair is offering 25/1 on Man City to beat Wolves in an offer for new customers. The same deal applies: maximum stake £1, winnings paid in free bets. Alternatively Bet Victor is offering 30/1 on Man City to beat Wolves.

Sticking with Bet Victor, it has boosted odds of 30/1 on Manny Pacquiao to beat Adrien Broner within the distance at the weekend. The Pac Man has won six of his last eight bouts and he is the 1/3 favourite to secure victory in this one against an inconsistent opponent. For more value, you can get even money on him to win via a decision or 12/5 on him winning within the distance. However, be warned: Broner has never been knocked out and, at 40 years old, Pacquiao may not be able to end that record, so this promotion looks a little risky.

Sky Bet is still running a £10 free bet with no deposit required offer, which is a really attractive proposition for anyone new to betting. It allows you to place a £10 wager on a sporting event and, if unsuccessful, it will refund you in cash, so you can withdraw it and not be down in any way.