According to a report in the Telegraph, the secret to Manchester United’s recent success is the thrill of “proving people wrong”. This is apparently what defender Phil Jones believes to have inspired Louis van Gaal’s side to take a grip of their possible qualifying spot for next year’s Champions league. After their comfortable win at Anfield on Sunday against Liverpool, they now have a 5 point lead on them in the league, leaving ManU in a comfortable position.
We here at Betting Gods reported on the fact that Liverpool were fancied as favourites going into the match, although as we mentioned, rarely does an encounter between these two teams ever go to plan. Had we known about how inspired ManU were in laying their critics to rest, then we may have reported differently. This Fervour certainly shone through in Juan Mata who scored both of Manchester United’s goals! On the other hand, had the general consensus been that Manchester were favourites to win, then possibly they wouldn’t have been as inspired to as Phil Jones suggests. So if you want Manchester to win, remember to bet against.
One of the odds that we reported on that most definitely did not materialise was Steven Gerrard being the last goal scorer @ 10/1 (Paddy Power). Like we said already, rarely does anything go to plan when these two sides face-off, but I doubt anyone could have predicted Steven Gerrard getting sent off 38 seconds after coming on for stamping Herrera. Frustration would seem to have got the better of him.
Manchester United Casino
There was an interesting piece of news that came out this week about Manchester United, the Premiership club and bwin are to launch the ‘bwin Manchester United Casino’ app. This app has been specially developed by bwin. Users will be able to play in a realistic 3D casino environment, that has an Old Trafford backdrop, and will even be welcomed to the casino lobby, by likenesses of United players, complete with voiceovers which guide them through the game.
It will be interesting to see how popular this game becomes. Making a game that can only appeal to Manchester United fans might be a bit limiting in terms of the number of people that it would appeal too. Moreover, all the special in-game features mentioned above might turn out to be a bit of a gimmick. People may find it fun at first, but the novelty may soon ware off. Compared with a more standard mobile gaming option like Fortune Frenzy for example, where a simple mix of slots, blackjack, and roulette games running on the Probability network does the trick for quick bet, and does limit its target audience to just ManU fans, bwin may find their app not very profitable. Particularly when you consider that the game can only be played in the UK.
It will be interesting to see how successful this app becomes, and whether other clubs might decide to do something similar.