Finale To Season Sparks £15million Betting Bonanza!
William Hill are predicting a massive betting bonanza in what will be an epic finale to the football season. Saturday sees the Champions League Final, Championship Playoff Final and the William Hill Scottish Cup Final and football fans will be looking forward to having their last punts of what has been a fantastic season at home and abroad.
Chelsea take on Bayern Munich on the German side's home turf and are underdogs to lift Europe's biggest trophy. Given the home advantage, Hills are expecting a comfortable victory for Bayern and make them 4/5 to win in 90 minutes and 2/5 to lift the trophy. Chelsea are 7/2 to win in 90 minutes and 15/8 to lift the trophy.
"Chelsea had a bit of luck, a bit of quality and a lot of guts in their victory Barca last time out and we think they will need more of the same in order to get anything out of this game," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.
Hills are predicting that around £10million will be wagered industry wide on the game which would make it one of the largest turnover matches in history.
Arjen Robben is going to coming up against his former club and William Hill make him the 5/1 favourite to be named Man of the Match in the Champions League Final, ahead of his teammates, Mario Gomez at 6/1 and Frank Ribery at 7/1. Those three players are clearly Bayern's danger men and Hills are offering 12/1 that all three of them score on Saturday evening.
"Chelsea successfully subdued the triple threat of Messi, Xavi and Iniesta in their last Champions League match although Bayern Munich offer a completely different and some would say more potent threat," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.
Chelsea had to rely on a bit of luck to grab the draw they needed in the Nou Camp and Leo Messi missed a penalty as Chelsea inched into the final. Hills are offering 20/1 that Bayern Munich are awarded a penalty in 90 minutes and miss it.
Didier Drogba was on fine form against Barcelona and he will need to be at his best to help Chelsea lift the trophy. He is 8/1 to open the scoring in the match and the same price to win man of the match. Despite the massive influence that he has had in his time at Chelsea, he s just 8/11 to have left the club by the start of next season (Even money to still be there).
"Drogba has been a fantastic servant to Chelsea and there would be no better way for him to sign off than put in a performance that helped Chelsea lift the trophy," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.
Championship Play-Off Final
Blackpool are taking on West Ham in the Championship playoff final and Hills make the Hammers the 19/20 favourites to win the match in 90 minutes and 8/13 to win promotion. Blackpool are quite big priced outsiders and are 14/5 to win the match in 90 minutes, although are only 5/4 to win promotion.
"There will be a lot of people who will be saying that the Champions League Final will be the showpiece event on Saturday, but given the way that both sides play, the match in Munich may have competition," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.
With both sides favouring attack to defence, there is the chance that there could be a few goals and Hills are offering 4/1 that four or more goals are scored and West Ham win in normal time.
Some might say that Big Sam Needs a win in order to keep hold of his job and Hills go 13/8 that he is no longer West Ham boss on the first day of next season (4/9 he is still there).
William Hill Scottish Cup
The William Hill Scottish Cup reaches its climax on Saturday and the tournament sponsors make Hearts the favourites to lift the trophy in a match that is expected to attract up to £2 million turnover industry wide. The Jambos are 4/7 to win the tournament outright and 6/5 to so in 90 minutes. Hibs are 11/8 to win the trophy and 2/1 to do so in 90 minutes, with the draw also 2/1. Of the £2 million expected to be wagered, Hills predict that 3/4 of that will be from north of the border as Scottish football fans embrace the last match of the season.
"These three games are fully expected to draw in at least £15 million industry wide between them as football fans ready themselves for one last hurrah this season," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly
William Hill Champions League Prices:
90 minutes: 4/5 Bayern Munich; 7/2 Chelsea; 5/2 Draw
To lift the trophy: 2/5 Bayern Munich; 15/8 Chelsea
Man of the match: 5/1 Arjen Robben; 6/1 Mario Gomez; 7/1 Frank Ribery; 8/1 Didier Drogba; 8/1 Bastian Schweinsteiger; 9/1 Juan Mata; 11/1 Fernando Torres; 11/1 Frank Lampard; 12/1 Petr Cech; 14/1 Thonmas Muller; 16/1 BAR
Ribery, Robben & Gomez to all score: 12/1
Bayern to miss a penalty in 90 minutes: 20/1
Drogba to be at Chelsea on the first day of next season: 1/1 yes; 8/11 no
90 minutes winner: 14/5 Blackpool; 19/20 West Ham; 5/2 Draw
Win promotion: 5/4 Blackpool; 8/13 West Ham