Mourinho & Paddy Power top betting industry news recap
By Martin Green29 August 2018
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Paddy Power has paid out all bets on Man United boss Jose Mourinho being the first Premiership manager to leave his post this season. The Portuguese is under pressure after his side suffered a 3-0 drubbing at home to Tottenham on Monday night. He is the favourite to be the next manager axed, 10/11 with most bookmakers, but he gave a defiant press conference after the defeat and seemingly intends to stay. But Paddy Power, which paid out on Celtic winning the SPL title after just one game of the season, thinks his days are numbered. “It feels as though Jose Mourinho has been digging his own grave for the last few months and, already this season, his Manchester United career seems dead and buried,” said a spokesman. “I doubt there’d be much mourning, or a funeral, at Old Trafford if and when Mourinho is sacked – the only procession in Manchester this season is City’s to the title.” Read more on the Paddy Power blog.

The Paddy Power site also has details of a punter that turned a €20 stake into €3,334 in a trixie bet (three doubles and one treble). He went for over 6.5 goals in the games between North Carolina FC and Charlotte Independence, Richmond Kickers and Louisville City, and Charlestown Battery and the New York Red Bulls II. The middle game let him down, as it only finished 6-0 to Louisville City FC, but Charlestown Battery and the New York Red Bulls II played out a 4-4 draw and North Carolina FC won 6-2.

Ladbrokes has revealed that 84% of all bets on the upcoming heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have gone on Wilder to win. It is billed as the fight of the year after Wilder could not agree terms with fellow heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. A resurgent Fury, back from an extended absence dominated by depression and drug issues, stole a march and locked down a bout in Las Vegas against the American. But just 16% of punters reckon The Gypsy King can take Wilder down. It has responded by pushing Fury out to even money and dropping Wilder to 4/5. “Our traders clearly aren’t convinced with The Gypsy King and punters seem to think he’ll face the first defeat of his professional career later this year,” said Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati. Read more at Give Me Sport.

The advertising watchdog is investigating a number of bookmakers over claims they used “psychological tricks” to urge customers to place bets quickly during World Cup ads. The Advertising Standards Authority said it received 115 about gambling ads on TV during the month of the World Cup, an increase from 27 in the previous month. “Our new guidance introduced earlier this year restricts gambling ads that create an inappropriate sense of urgency, clamps down on ads that encourage repetitive play and provides more detail on vulnerable groups like problem gamblers that marketers need to work to protect,” said an ASA spokesman. “We’re currently assessing several ads that appeared during the World Cup to establish if any further action needs to be taken.” Read more at the Daily Mail.

Betway has signed a deal to sponsor newly promoted Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf. “It’s been a very busy summer at Betway,” said managing director Antony Werkman. “Following three deals with La Liga clubs in Spain and AS Roma in Italy, we’ve today strengthened our hand in the German market by partnering with Dusseldorf. It’s an exciting time for the club, having just been promoted to the Bundesliga, and we’re really pleased to have come on board as they look to build on last season’s success.”

In other news, Bet365 has been told to stop flying its helicopter over Stoke-on-Trent between 10pm and 8am or the council will take away its helipad, while in Portugal online sports betting revenue rose to €20.5 million during the three month period that included the World Cup, a significant increase on the same period in 2017.