Printing Money With Gavin Horsfall

I have the great pleasure of introducing a guest blog by a betting enthusiast (his words not mine!).

This is kindly written by Gavin Horsfall, he is a loyal Coventry City fan, who when not at the Ricoh Arena, will be found in betting shops around the Midlands drinking free coffee and reading the Racing Post.

Take it away Gavin…

With 2010 less than a month old, it’s a perfect time to look ahead to what could be a great sporting year. The usual assortment of top class action is this year supplemented by Europe hosting a potentially ‘Tiger-Less’ USA in the Ryder Cup,  England’s bid to retain the Ashes in Australia and of course the small matter of a football tournament in South Africa.

Your sofa is going to become your best friend over the next 12 months and while you’re there you might as well try to earn some money.

For the ‘average’ football fan, the World Cup starts on June 11. For the over-excitable, ‘can’t sleep let alone breathe without football’ fan, it has already started.

The lead up to the tournament will have many experts telling you England are poor value to win it (best priced 6/1) and they’re probably right, but a World Cup comes round once every 4 years, and if you can’t indulge your patriotism in your punting once in a while, rather than betting becomes a chore.

England’s progress may be halted by Spain in a possible semi final encounter.  At 9/2, Spain is hardly an original choice, but their squad is full of quality and players who know how to win a major tournament. At larger prices don’t be surprised, if the USA springs a surprise or two.

They could benefit from England’s notoriously slow start to major tournaments and are value to win Group C at 5/1. With many of their team plying their trade on European soil they are an under-rated side and at 80/1 provide some real interest. 

While the marketing team for the PGA tour may be dreading a Tiger-free season, it’s refreshing to look ahead to the golfing year without the presence of the greatest golfer ever. No one can doubt the talent of Woods, but who wants to see 4/6 shots winning British Opens?

Even if Tiger does take part this year, we should still be looking elsewhere for major winners. A potential winner could be Ross Fisher (pictured above). The Englishman doesn’t have the fan base of a McIlroy, Poulter or Harrington, which is good news for punters looking to back the current European Open Champion.

Fisher led all 4 majors at one stage last year as well as winning the World Match play in November and looks by far the most likely European winner of a major in 2010.

I would rather be with Fisher, at 9/1 to win a major, than some of his European counterparts at much shorter prices. Should he win a major then you would look ever so clever, by taking the 100/1 for him to win Sports Personality of the Year as well.

It’s going to be a fantastic year of sport with plenty of choice as to where to place your hard-earned cash. England are 11/8 to retain the ashes in Australia.

Nothing much could happen for those prices to change before December so you may want to hold fire just now and if you like your sport played in the cold you might also like Germany at 6/5 to top the Winter Olympic Medal table. Our German friends excel in almost all disciplines and will be the team to beat in early February.

Feel free to check out my betting blog at and whatever your sport, I hope you fill your betting boots throughout the year.

Thanks, Gavin

P.s. For the betting fans among you, I shall be offering a weekly tip on Gaffers Sports Blog, so check my tips out at and will post these every Saturday for your betting pleasure!

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