BAFTA Film Awards Odds

The BAFTAs are the most important of all awards as far as the British film and television industry are concerned. Established in 1947, they run almost parallel to the Oscars but cover much more and shouldn’t, as they often are, be compared to the Academy Awards over in the US.

In 2018, the awards night itself will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on February 18 and with the nominations for categories already released, the anticipation is building. We also have a busy betting market up and running for 2018’s edition so let’s take a look at the options and see if we can pick out some winners.

Format

In the modern day the BAFTAs offers 25 different categories but like most awards of its kind, some of these are far more sought after than others. And, these are the categories that the bookmakers tend to focus on at the expense of many of the minor disciplines.

The big categories in question include Best Picture, Best Drama Series, Best Actor and Best Actress and Best Single Drama. These are the options that the bookmakers are embracing so let’s see who the odds setters have in the frame for the 2018 edition.

Best Picture

If you have read some of our previews for Oscars betting in 2018 then you may already be familiar with some of the names on the Best Picture list. The best that British cinema had to offer made it onto the list of Academy Awards nominees and naturally, these films feature very highly in the BAFTAs betting too.

The clear favourite in this category is the intriguingly named Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri which is an odds on shot and available at a current best price of 5/6 with Stan James and Bet365.

From there, we have a definite gap before we come to The Shape of Water at 7/2 with Stan James and Dunkirk, which was a favourite for best Oscars picture for some time and can be backed in this market at 4/1 with Paddy Power and Winner Sports.

The favourite of those three is a Black Comedy Crime Film and ‘Three Billboards’ has won a host of minor awards since being released towards the end of 2017. The film has already picked up the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival but perhaps more importantly, it has scooped Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes.

Completing this market are the remaining nominees, Call me by Your Name at best odds of 12/1 with Paddy Power and 188Bet and Darkest Hour at that same top price of 12/1 with BetFred but as far as the bookmakers are concerned, we have a clear winner.

Best Actor

Gary Oldman

Darkest Hour, a biopic on the life of Winston Churchill, is getting little interest as a film but its lead actor is heading markets of this kind all across the world. Gary Oldman returns a stunning performance as Churchill and he is currently at a short best price of 1/7 with William Hill to claim the Best Actor award at this year’s BAFTAs.

Behind Oldman we have a big gap to second favourite Daniel Day-Lewis who is available at best odds of 10/1 with Bet365 and Winner Sports for his role in Phantom Thread. Day-Lewis is appearing in his final film, having announced his retirement last year but while some are putting forward a ‘sympathy vote’ theory, it’s not one that is being backed up by the bookmakers.

Completing the nominees in this category are Timothee Chalamet for Call me by Your Name who is at 10/1 with Bet365, Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out at 20/1 with Paddy Power and Jamie Bell for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool who is at a distant top price of 40/1 with BetFred.

All of these performances have been met with critical acclaim but it’s hard to see past Gary Oldman here. Once again, he has claimed the Golden Globe equivalent and that’s a strong indicator so while there are many who would like to see Daniel Day-Lewis bow out with a prestigious award, that very short price of 1/7 on Oldman seems about right.

Best Actress

Frances McDormand

In this section, Frances McDormand takes a clear lead in the betting and can be backed at a best of 1/2 with Ladbrokes and Coral. McDormand takes the starring role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and this time the bookies have followed on and taken their favourite from the Best Picture category.

Of those that are following, Saoirse Ronan is on offer at a top price of 7/2 with Paddy Power for her role in Lady Bird while Sally Hawkins is at 9/2 with Winner Sports and William Hill for the Shape of Water.

One price that should fire the role of sports fans is the 14/1 from Ladbrokes and Paddy Power for Margot Robbie in I Tonya. This is the Ice Skating movie that illustrates the events involving Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan but while this is the most interesting movie for sports fans, it’s another category where the favourite should fly home.

Betting Options

Alongside the three categories that we have discussed, there are four additional sections that currently have betting markets attached to them. These are, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best British Film and Outstanding British Film. Obviously the last two sound very similar but there are distinctions so it pays to study the mechanics before making a bet.

While we have covered the BAFTAs extensively enough in this preview, these sections also carry some clear favourites but there is some potential for value if you want to move away from the top three and look at some of the sections where betting is less popular.

Verdict

Making a return in the BAFTAs betting markets doesn’t necessarily require an in-depth knowledge of the film and TV industries. The bookmakers have given us some indicators and we can also easily access the thoughts of specialist TV and Film critics.

Another key indicator can come from the Golden Globes and while this is a worldwide set of awards, anyone taking a major prize here stands a strong chance of doing the same at the British BAFTA’s. It doesn’t always follow that the actor or film involved will win twice but the Globes need to be researched if you want to make a profit.

Overall, the three categories that we’ve highlighted here don’t seem to carry a lot of value and we feel that they could all go with the favourites. Gary Oldman looks a racing certainty for Best Actor so if you like your profits to be small ones, you can take that 1/7 on offer from William Hill.

The biggest threat to the favourite could come in the Best Film section where Dunkirk seems to be overlooked. Could it be that ‘Three Billboards’ is fresher in the mind and has caught the imagination of the betting public?

Recency could be a factor in some cases but with Dunkirk being brought back into the collective conscience ahead of awards night, we feel that there may just be some value in backing this moving war film.

Best Bets For BAFTA’s 2018

Dunkirk to win Best Picture category at 4/1 with Paddy Power

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship: Can Dustin Johnson Claim his Second Win of 2018?

Traditionally, the Abu Dhabi Championship is the first event on the calendar to attract a strong field of golfers from both sides of the Atlantic. It’s sanctioned by the European Tour but with a prestigious trophy and a big prize fund up for grabs, we have our most competitive declaration of 2018 so far.

Much of the attention this week will be focused on Dustin Johnson who took the Sentry Tournament in emphatic style at the start of the year but there are plenty of challengers, including our defending champion Tommy Fleetwood.

Man to Beat

Dustin Johnson

As the world number one and a man who finished in a tie for second here a year ago, Dustin Johnson is an obvious favourite and starts at a top price of 5/1 with Coral and 188Bet among others.

Johnson’s clinical, eight stroke victory in the Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago shows that he is in no mood for a slow start to 2018 and if he is at the top of his game, the field won’t be able to live with him. However, there is a much bigger declaration in Abu Dhabi this week and plenty of players ready to take the crown if DJ has a dip in form.

Challengers

Second favourite with most bookies is Justin Rose and after another successful 12 months, the Englishman is on offer at a best of 8/1 with Sun Bets and Paddy Power. Rose has no great record at this event but after a second place in the US Masters and again in the overall Race to Dubai, he’s a strong option at that price.

Also at 8/1 with the majority of companies is Rory McIlroy although you can claim the Northern Irishman at a top price of 9/1 with Stan James. We all know that 2017 was a poor one by Rory’s very high standards but before you dismiss him completely, it’s worth noting that he has been a runner up here on four previous occasions so clearly likes the course and the event.

Behind the top three we then have a gap to Sweden’s Henrik Stenson at best odds of 18/1 with Paddy Power and then we reach the 20/1 mark where Paul Casey sits at that top price with SportingBet.

Stenson had an inconsistent year in 2017 while in contrast, Casey regularly appeared in the top ten without ever really threatening to add to his most recent trophy win – the KLM Open in 2014. Despite that space in the Casey trophy cabinet, we may well come back to him as a Top Ten tip.

Outsiders

Tyrell Hatton

Some will be surprised to see our defending champion, and the Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood in the outsiders list but the Englishman failed to recapture his early season form and clung on in the ‘Race’ in the face of a late Justin Rose challenge.

Fleetwood starts this week at a top price of 22/1 with Bet365 and 10Bet but we’ll see where his game is before considering a punt further down the line.

One man who provides more interest is Tyrell Hatton who enjoyed a good three rounds here in 2017 and went on to display much greater consistency across the 12 months. Hatton is available at best odds of 28/1 in the outright markets and could be a strong Each Way option at that price.

Other players who performed well on the European Tour in 2017 and will therefore have a chance this week if they carry that momentum forward include Matthew Fitzpatrick at 40/1 with Paddy Power and 188Bet, Kiradech Aphibarnrat at 50/1 with Bet365 and Sun Bets plus America’s Matt Kuchar who can be picked up at slightly shorter best odds of 35/1 with SportingBet.

Venue and Betting Indicators

The course at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club is a par 72 at 7,600 yards and in the early days of this competition, distance could be a factor. In 2018 however, with all players clattering it down the fairway and making a mockery of that kind of distance, power hitting becomes irrelevant.

That’s certainly the case here where we want to focus instead on GIR. Fleetwood ranked first for Greens in Regulation 12 months ago and that should be a key stat for identifying a winner.

Of course, we are at the start of the year and there is little form to go on in 2018 unless you get right behind Dustin Johnson and back the world number one to continue in the same fashion and claim his second win of 2018.

It’s tempting to go for the favourite but 5/1 is really too short for any golf tournament so we’ll look elsewhere. Justin Rose may well offer an option at 8/1 while we’ll wait to see how Rory fares before considering a punt in later events so we’re going to keep with an Each Way punt plus some Top Ten tips for this week.

If pushed for a winner then we would recommend Justin Rose but hopefully one or maybe even two of these suggestions will kickstart our golfing returns for 2018.

Best Bets for Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2018

  • Tyrrell Hatton Each Way at 28/1 with Stan James
  • Paul Casey for a Top Ten finish at 6/4 with Bet365
  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat for a Top Ten finish at 9/2 with Unibet

BetBright AUS Open Promotions

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100% Deposit Bonus up to £100

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Liverpool v Manchester City: Choice of Welcome Offers from 888Sport

There is no doubt as to which is the biggest game of the weekend in terms of Premier League action. So far, Manchester City have dominated domestically and are on course to become only the second team, other than Arsenal, to complete a Premier League season without losing a game.

They’ve overcome tough opposition already but on Sunday, City will arguably face their stiffest test of the season so far when they take on a Liverpool side who have run into a strong period of form.

It’s a fairly tight market that could be tough to call but with this choice of new customer deals from 888Sport, those punters that call correctly could be in line for a serious price boost.

Offer 1. Pick a Team and Get a Price Boost

The first offer involves picking a winner between the two teams and, in the event of a correct call, players will receive a great price boost. The offer quotes 16/1 for Liverpool and 11/1 for Manchester City so let’s firstly see how those figures compare with the standard betting.

Existing customers to 888 can currently get 41/20 on a Liverpool win while the best price in the open market is a little longer at 43/20 with MarathonBet. The same bookies currently have the best odds on a Manchester City win at 33/25 while existing 888Sport account holders get 6/5.

So, if you’ve made a choice, the next step is to sign up for a new account and you can head over via the link and complete the registration process. This should take up no more than two minutes of your time and then you will be taken to the cashier where a deposit of at least £10.00 is required.

The important point to remember here is that 888Sport will ask you for a Promo Code when making a deposit so be sure to type in the word 888ODDS when prompted to do so. Also, we recommend using a debit or credit card as certain eWallets are excluded.

Once you’ve taken care of those basic, but important steps, it’s time to make the bet so, pick between either Liverpool or Manchester City and take the fixed amount of £5.00 on the team of your choice. Watch the action unfold if you like as it’s televised live by Sky in the UK and if you are a winner, payment will be made as follows;

The first part of the win comes back in cash, based on 888Sport’s quoted market price at the point where the game kicks off. This will arrive shortly after the final whistle while the balance, up to whichever of the two price boosts is applicable comes back as free bet tokens.

These tokens will hit your account within 72 hours and you then have 7 days in which to use them before they expire.

Offer 2. £30.00 in Free Bets Plus a £10.00 Bonus

The second offer on the table is essentially an extension of 888Sport’s current welcome deal which promises £30.00 in free bets when you open an account and bet with £10.00. The difference here is that you can claim an extra £10.00 as a bonus to use on any available market for the Liverpool v Manchester City game.

Once again, the first step is to complete the registration process so, head across to the 888Sport site and enter some basic details to set up a new account. There is a different promo code this time so remember to input 10free when asked to do so.

When this is complete, deposit at least £10.00 into your new account using a debit or credit card and make a qualifying bet of £10.00 or more on an event with odds of 1/2 (1.50) or longer. When settled, 888 will release 3 x £10.00 free bet tokens which must be used within 7 days.

You will also receive that additional £10.00 bet for the Liverpool v Manchester City game. This could be staked on the result where, at the time of writing, 888Sport have City as favourites at 5/4, Liverpool are at 39/19 and the draw is at 27/10.

Alternatively, perhaps the anytime scorer market may appeal and here you could grab City’s Sergio Aguero at 19/17 or Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at 17/10. Those are just suggestions of course and you can stake that £10.00 bonus on any market that 888 have available for this game.

We also suggest that while we’ve given you full summaries of both offers, you check all terms and conditions which are published on 888Sport’s promotions page.

You can’t take both offers up but each of them has great benefits so it’s a good choice that could lead to some boosted profits at the end of the Liverpool v Manchester City game on Sunday.