Ukrainian Fixed Matches
FREE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS 26.05.2023
Soligorsk – Belshina
Odds: 1.30 FT: 7:3 WON
Ukrainian Fixed Matches
Match-fixing remains a problem in Ukrainian football, as the large number of bets placed on a March friendly illustrated. However, both politicians and football administrators are making a concerted effort to clean up the problem through Parliamentary legislation and partnership with bookmakers. Vadim Furmanov explains the problem and examines the solution.
On 27 March, Chornomorets Odessa hosted Olimpik Donetsk at their training base for a friendly during the international break. The match, which ended 4-0 in favor of the home side, was not televised and drew only about 100 fans. Under normal circumstances, a match like this would have been forgotten immediately.
But, as it turned out, the circumstances were anything but normal. It soon emerged that over US$200,000 had been placed on the outcome of the match. The Ukrainian Derby between Shakhtar and Dynamo in late April, in comparison, drew approximately $100,000 in bets.
Legacy of match-fixing in Ukrainian
Match-fixing is not a new phenomenon in Ukrainian football. As Futbolgrad has examined in the past, the legendary Ukrainian manager Valeriy Lobanovskyi is known to have set up an entire system of ‘agreed-upon” matches that guaranteed his Dynamo Kiev side valuable points on the road. In the 1990s, Dynamo was disqualified from the UEFA Champions League for attempting to bribe a Spanish referee before a match against Greek side Panathinaikos.
More recently, Metalist Kharkiv was kicked out of the Champions League in 2013 for an alleged fixed match with Karpaty Lviv that took place in 2008. All of the foregoing instances of match-fixing by Ukrainian teams were intended to achieve a favourable result. These matches were arranged for sporting rather than for monetary purposes.
Sure Asia Fixed Matches
FREE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS 23.05.2023
Al Ahly – Enppi
Odds: 1.50 FT: 2:0 WON
Valladolid – Barcelona
Odds: 1.30 FT: 3:1 LOSE
What exactly is an Asia Fixed Matches?
As the name suggests, it is a type of betting market that originates from the Asian continent. Popular with football events, the Asian handicap betting market seeks to level the playing ground of two opponents whose strength or weakness may be perceived on different factors.
Therefore, depending on the ability of each team, the perceived favourite team is assigned a virtual negative goal handicap while the underdog is assigned a positive goal handicap before kickoff. Contrary to the 1×2 market, here the possibility of a draw is eliminated.
To get a better grip on this concept, let us look at an example. Manchester City -1.5, Bournemouth +1.5; this means that Bournemouth starts with an advantage of 1.5 goals over Manchester City. If you bet on City, you win the bet if they win the match by 2 or more goals. You lose if Bournemouth wins or in the event of a tie.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ASIAN HANDICAPS FOR SURE BETS?
Most punters, especially beginners, consider the Asian handicap somewhat intricate than other betting markets such as the typical 1×2 strategy. However, once you get the wind of it, it is quite intriguing and easy to navigate. Seasoned punters consider the Asian handicap a sure bet as opposed to the usual two-way style of betting. Additionally, the winnings profitable and economically efficient, here’s why.
Unlike other betting options where it’s either a win or a loss, with Asian handicap, it is possible to win regardless of whether the team a punter favoured has lost the contest. This depends on the handicap lines a punter selects to wager on. The fun does not end there, additionally; a player’s stake may be refunded especially if the match ends in a tie or what is considered as a half win/lose. The risk of a loss is greatly reduced contrary to the traditional betting markets.
As mentioned earlier, the eradication of the chances of a draw therefore the betting odds are increased as a result of lower betting margins which increases profitability. Asian handicap betting can also be used in in-play events thus increasing the profitability of a punter’s winnings.