Few cricket enthusiasts will be surprised to learn Australia are a best- priced 1-3 to win the Ashes series. Australia are also 8-11 for the first Test and it is hard to envisage anything other than a win for the hosts.
Bookmakers, wary of larcenous liberos, filching full-backs, and greedy goalkeepers conspiring to fix games, do not accept single bets on League matches that are not broadcast live on television.
But anyone wanting to place such a wager can get around this because the bookies, presumably thinking footballers lack the wit to manipulate an entire game, do allow punters to place half-time-full-time combination bets on single games.
In Saturday's The Price Is Right column in The Sweeper, punters were advised to place a pounds 5 single win bet on Roma at 8-5 (return pounds 13) to beat Juventus, a bet rendered void when Channel 4 switched from live coverage to highlights. Punters could have got around this by proportionally backing the half time-full time combinations of Roma-Roma (pounds 2.89 at 7-2), draw- Roma (pounds 2 at 11-2), and Juventus-Roma (45 pence at 28-1). For an additional investment of 34p (37p including tax), the same pounds 13 return would have been guaranteed.
C H S T
England 4-6 8-13 8-15 8-11
Draw 9-4 9-4 12-5 11-5
Czech Republic 7-2 4-1 9-2 10-3
C H L S T
Australia 1-3 2-9 1-4 1-4 1-4
Draw 4-1 9-2 4-1 9-2 9-2
England 5-1 7-1 7-1 7-1 13-2
Australia 4-6 8-11
Draw 7-4 7-4
England 11-2 5-1
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