Old books joined by newcomers for this week's bonuses

By Martin Green09 December 2018
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The Champions League returns this week and BetBright has a first goalscorer insurance offer that looks pretty attractive. If the player you bet on to score first fails to do so, but scores the second goal in the game, you get your money back. That looks like a good option when wagering on prolific forwards such as Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane and Neymar, who will all take centre stage this week as their teams fight for survival in Europe’s premier competition. The odds on first goalscorer markets are typically so long that you can afford to back a few contenders to break the deadlock and you will still make a profit if any of them comes in.

A new bookmaker called MoPlay is giving away £30 in free bets when you wager £10. The mobile betting site was launched this summer, powered by experienced software provider SBTech. It is aimed at millennial punters and it has already tied up sponsorship deals with Premiership teams Man Utd and Watford. The offer is appealing as you only need to wager on a market where the odds are 1/2 (1.50) and that unlocks two free £15 bets. Some bookmakers make you wager at odds of evens (2.00) or greater in order to earn the bonus bets, whereas 1/2 gives you a much greater chance of keeping hold of your money and making a profit.

Ladbrokes in giving away £20 in free bets in a similarly appealing offer. You need to stake only £5 to unlock the free bets, and once again the minimum price to wager at is 1/2 as opposed to evens. Once you have placed your qualifying bet, you will be given four free £5 bets. These bets are valid for seven days and, as is always the case with these offers, the stakes will not be returned if your bonus bets turn out to be winners, but you will keep hold of all the profits.

Sky Bet will give you £10 to play around with and you do not need to deposit any of your own cash to claim it. Simply create an account with Sky Bet and get £10 free bet, no deposit required, in an offer for new customers only. Any free bet offers when no deposit is required are always worth looking out for, as you have absolutely nothing to lose by taking part. Sporting Index will give you £100 to play with in a no deposit offer, while Spreadex will give you £20 in free bets. Spread betting is becoming increasingly popular as a high-octane alternative to fixed-odds betting, as it offers the potential to make huge profits, but you can also suffer heavy losses, so you should tread carefully.

Sportingbet will give you your money back if one selection in your accumulator lets you down. That should be tempting for all those football fans that have seen their accas fall apart when one favourite ends up suffering a shock defeat. It is valid on bets worth between £5 and £20, and you must make five or more selections in the acca to qualify. Your money will be refunded as a free bet if one leg fails to come in. Ladbrokes has a similar offer but is valid only up to £10, and the total odds of the acca must be worth 3/1 or more on your five-plus selections.