We’ve assembled some cracking bets for the festive period, including darts, horse racing and football
Aside from eating a lot of food, drinking plenty of alcohol and smiling politely at distant relatives, the Christmas period also involves a sack load of sport.
Therefore, we’ve marked your card for the upcoming festive period by outlining the bets that can win you some cash in between watching Jurassic Park and eating a whole box of Celebrations. To get that extra stocking filler however, don’t forget to check out bookies.com’s free-bets section and you might fancy picking up a welcome bonus from Bet365 before the Boxing Day fixtures.
Michael van Gerwen to win the World Darts Championship @ 11/10 with bet365
MVG is the king of darts and his 2015 has been exceptional, especially the second half of the year. Will anyone live with the Dutchman at Alexandra Palace? We consider this an unlikely prospect and are more than happy to double our money on Mighty Mike.
Stoke to beat Manchester United on Boxing Day @ 21/10 with Paddy Power
The Potters have already beaten Manchester City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium this season. They raise their game against the big boys, with United looking at sixes and sevens after a recent Champions League exit.
Cogry to win Welsh National @ 8/1 bet365
Nigel Twiston-Davies has won the Welsh National twice before and he looks to have the ideal candidate for this year’s renewal in Cogry. The six-year-old has just about the perfect profile – a lightly-raced chaser with no stamina issues and a course victory to his name – and he had an ideal prep when a staying-on fourth in a competitive chase at Cheltenham on his reappearance.
Anita Rani to be top woman in Strictly Come Dancing @ 11/4 with William Hill
Rani has been the show’s big success. She’s had no previous dance training, yet finds herself in the last five and should be final-bound. The Countryfile presenter has avoided the dreaded dance-off along the way and seems to have the beating of Georgia-May Foote and Katie Derham.
Silviniaco Conti to win King George @ 9/1 with Ladbrokes
We recommend an each-way bet on Silviniaco continuing his great record in this race. Although the Paul Nicholls charge seems to struggle at Cheltenham, he has much better races at Kempton Park and it’s easy enough to see him running a big race on Boxing Day. He’s won this race twice before.