Number Crunching - England's World Cup chances, FeedConstruct and Love Island

Number Crunching - England's World Cup chances, FeedConstruct and Love Island

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Posted by Michael Lawson
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Breaking down all the week's news into a set of easy to manage figures.

14/1 - The price given by Ladbrokes for England to win the World Cup. Despite not being favourites, they are by far the best-backed side in the outright market and - Germany aside - are twice as popular as any other country at this stage. Brazil are next, slightly ahead of France and Belgium, but it's Gareth Southgate's men who are the standout side in the popularity charts.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Expectation might be low as far as the odds concerned, but punters clearly think the value is with England this year."

120+ - The number of snooker events that FeedConstruct will stream each month, after the sports data provider added the popular parlour game to its list of in-house streamed sport types. With upwards of 120 monthly events, the firm hopes the offering will generate a lot of interest in the UK and in the chinese gaming market, where snooker’s popularity continues to grow at a rapid rate.

Commenting on the development, David Hakobyan, Director of Sport Studio at FeedConstruct said: “Snooker is a region-specific game. With almost every major tournament organized either in China or the UK, it still is a pastime game for many and an exciting event to follow and bet on.

15% - The percentage that remote gambling services in the Australian Capital Territory will be charged, after the local government moved to implement a point-of-consumption (POC) tax.

The government of the territory, which overseas legislation for Canberra, has confirmed that it will move to implement its POC tax charge by the beginning of 2019. The new policy will charge betting operators a 15% tax on net betting revenues generated from consumers, and all remote gambling operators were warned that they must abide by the new tax mandate, regardless of which Australian jurisdiction they are licensed in.

40,000 - The amount of greyhound races screened on Vermantia’s Ultimate Live Greyhound Channel. The company strengthened its presence in Africa this week, expanding racing partnerships with up-and-coming operator Fortune Bets. The Nigerian firm will now have access to all the benefits offered by Vermantia’s extensive greyhound channel.

90% - The increase in ‘pre-event wagers’ placed by Paddy Power customers for this year’s edition of ITV2’s Love Island. The show kicked off earlier this week.

Amy Jones, a member of Paddys’ PR team, said: “With Love Island, bookmakers have no idea who the stars of the show will turn out to be.

“In Russia 2018, while we don’t totally know, there will always be some recurring names and teams who pop up (Germany, I’m looking at you!). So, we generally have a better grasp on who has the better players and is more likely to win.

“At the moment, the Islanders entering the villa are totally anonymous to us, bar Danny Dyer’s daughter Dani Dyer (that is her name!), and that makes it tougher to predict who will win the eventual crown.

“Furthermore, Love Island is on for double the amount of time of the WC, so it’s more likely that things can change!

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