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Tenner Bet

At the risk of sounding like an email circular, this column is going to guarantee readers a no-lose bet this week.

But first a disclaimer: this is not a trick, nor have I been talked into an ambush marketing strategy. No, this is simply me pointing out to you the punter that there are some offers bookmakers make available that are just too good to ignore.

There is a new kid on the block for whom I have to thank the bods at Oddschecker.com for bringing to my attention. Bet Bright, Aston Villa's betting partner, have recently launched online and in an effort to promote brand awareness have been offering no-risk bets - in effect, losing stakes returned as cash.

At the start of the week these bets were £50 but clearly the uptake has been significant because Bet Bright have since lowered the total stake to £20. Nevertheless, that's still a bloody good offer and one I'm not going to ignore.

So, without further ado, here are the teams I will be betting on . . .


Just as last week, The Tenner Bet is sticking with three small-priced teams. I've been guilty of trying to wipe out the deficit in one blast in recent weeks instead of incrementally trying to turn things around, so a slow and steady method is preferred - not least because we could effectively return losses to zero if I do pick a winner.

There are two ways of looking at the free bet - go for something high paying without the risk of a loss or take something that is going to return a smaller win. I tend to think the latter strategy makes more sense since we can afford to increase stakes for one week alone.

Borussia Dortmund formed the first part of a successful treble last weekend and it is to the Bundesliga we return where Bayern Munich travel to a Bremen side who have won just one of their last eight. Contrast this with Bayern who have won 14 of 15 and conceded once in their last five and I'm quite happy to ignore the skinny price available about the champions.

Still in Germany and there is value to be had in Eintracht Frankfurt v Hoffenheim. At face value this looks too close to call with the sides 15th and 14th respectively in the division and, on closer examination, Frankfurt's home form (three draws and three defeats at home) is comparable to Hoffenheim's (one draw and three defeats) on the road.

But when measuring goals for and against it is clear that Hoffenheim are leakier than a dressing-room overseen by Andre Villas-Boas and Frankfurt might just be worth the point. Elsewhere, Napoli host an Udinese side that have lost seven of their last 11 games in Serie A whereas Rafa Benitez's team, despite an inconsistent start to the season, have now won four of five at home.


You'll need to open a new account with Bet Bright and a Bayern/Frankfurt/Napoli treble pays 3.07/1 which is almost a full point down on some of the more generously paying bookies but comes with the risk-free element.


A winner at last. But wasn't it typical that Robert Lewandowski's 90th-minute penalty during Dortmund's 3-1 victory over Mainz, while ensuring one leg of last week's treble, simultaneously did me out of a correct score of 2-1 at a price of 8/1? Nevertheless, the total is marginally before than before at -£74.70

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