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Betting odds change with player transfers
Brian Miller
Thu, Sep 04, 2008
The New Paper

THERE was a mini tsunami at the betting shops yesterday - and I wasn't the least bit surprised.

If anyone can think fast on their feet, it is the punter.

And yesterday, he was right up there with the early birds looking for any 'worms' which Singapore Pools might have missed when plotting their latest odds.

That, after the transfer window had slammed shut.

In short, punters were looking for something they could plunge into.

Most were keen to see Manchester United's numbers in the wake of Dimitar Berbatov's move to Old Trafford and Robinho's switch to Manchester City.

Well, had they beaten the gun and anticipated correctly that Berbatov would eventually join Man United, they could have hit the bookies for something like $3 on a championship ticket.

But, Pools were quicker on the draw and as of this morning, the numbers had already changed (see story right).

Indeed, the activity in the transfer market has also impacted other matches.

Right on top is the much-anticipated clash between Liverpool and Man United in next Saturday's early game.

Needless to say, Man United fans are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of Berbatov leading the charge against his old mate Robbie Keane and a Liverpool side looking destitute without Steven Gerrard and, maybe even, Fernando Torres.

With most interest swirling around that man Berbatov, what's going to happen to Tottenham?

From the betting standpoint, they've already been marginalised and are sixth favourites at $60 - up from a $40 starting price and down from fifth spot.

It seems the David Bentley factor hasn't done much to stabilise a lopsided boat which has been sinking since the sale of both Keane and the Bulgarian.

The only other bit of interest tossed up by the transfer saga involved Arsenal.

Loss

After yesterday, their price eased from $5 to $6.30 - much of it due to the loss of Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb and Philippe Senderos rather than the procurement of exciting youngster Samir Nasri and the reliable Mikael Silvestre.

All said, the moves we have seen will certainly serve to make the Premiership more exciting, not to mention an even more serious charge by English clubs for European honours.

However, and taking in the tone of the market and the transfers which have taken place, I must admit that while there were some intricate moves, plenty of nifty passing and pretty patterns played, no single player has been catapulted from a high domestic orbit to the international stratosphere.

In other words, through it all, one thing was confirmed.

Immortality is non-transferable.

 

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