Friendly fixtures are games where the soccer betting punter can really go to town and bring home big payouts, as was the case with the game over the weekend between Ajax and Chelsea.
Friendly fixtures are games where the soccer betting punter can really go to town and bring home big payouts.
With just a couple of weeks to go until the kick-off of the domestic leagues around the world, make sure you head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the best in betting offers online and you will really see your money go far.
Chelsea were out-and-out favourites at $1.73 with Ladbrokes.com.au, but as friendlies provide an opportunity for managers to check out the depth of a squad or emerging talent, the favourites on paper often do not deliver.
Ajax were at $4 for the win, and despite the title of outsiders the Dutch side claimed the win, and quite convincingly with a 3-1 score line.
Chelsea keeper Petr Cech was out injured and so provided a perfect opportunity for up-and-comer Ross Turnbull to prove his worth for the 2009-10 double winning Blues side, but the 25-year-old may have dashed his chances after a devastating game.
Holland international keeper Maarten Stekelenburg sent a long kick into the English sides half which Turnbull failed to gain control of, and Siem De Jong, ever the professional, nudged the ball into the back of an empty net.
The win for the Dutch side will no doubt add to Martin Jol’s pros list when it comes to selecting whether or not to stay with the club, after speculation rife the coach is set for a move to the Premier League.
Still to come in pre-season friendlies for the English Champions are two German line ups with Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburg, before a friendly with arch rivals Manchester United prior to the kick off of the 2010-11 Premier League on the 11th of August.
So make sure you take advantage of the friendly fixture odds as it is a period where the underdog often delivers, so why not put a dollar or two down on the soccer betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au and see if you can reap the rewards!