It’s the first heavyweight clash of the Premier League season – and right on cue, Bet365 have decided to run an exclusive free bet offer.Place a pre-match bet on the Manchester United v Chelsea game and Bet365 will give you a free In-Play bet to the same stake during the big match.To qualify for your free In-Play bet, simply place a bet before kick-off, then once the game starts place another bet on any In-Play market.If your FIRST In-Play bet loses we will refund this stake, up to the same value as your largest pre-match bet (max £50).It’s the latest offer for new customers from the online gaming giants and one which has proved very popular with punters in the past. The chance to lock in some profit through in-play betting has never been so enhanced.The rapid rise of in-play betting has revolutionised the opportunities available to punters. When logging onto Bet365’s in-play betting engine, you’ll have over 70 In-Play markets to play with, including Next Goal, Match Goals, Total Corners, Half-Time Result and Full-Time Result.Chelsea and United have been involved in some heated exchanges.Where has all the money been going in the build-up to this clash, then?Simple: it’s been piling on Chelsea’s chances.Jose Mourinho’s men have been all the rage in the betting markets all week with Bet365’s price of 9/4 still proving popular with Chelsea backers.The Special One and Chelsea, back together after a messy divorce, look a potentially destructive combination at Old Trafford.United have suffered 14 Premier League defeats against Chelsea – more than against any other side – while Mourinho has lost just two of his seven competitive games as a manager at Old Trafford (W3 D2 L2).Stopping the threat of Robin van Persie will be high on Mourinho’s agenda and past trends suggest that the Dutchman struggles when the pressure is on him to deliver against Chelsea in front of his own fans.Despite being in sensational form and scoring nine goals in his last eight Premier League appearances, van Persie has never scored a goal in a home game against Chelsea.That’s nine games in the colours of Arsenal and United where the deadly Dutchman has struggled to find his shooting boots.Van Persie is 4/1 to score first with Bet365 and 21/20 to bag at any time but the focus from punting circles regarding goalscoring betting has been firmly on one of the three Chelsea midfield musketeers that Mourinho will deploy behind the striker.In the opening half against Hull City last weekend, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Kevin de Bruyne were unplayable at times. The Red Devils may decide to stick an extra defensive body in that area of the field in order to try and quell the threat; however, the prices on Hazard and Oscar to score look very appealing.The Belgian international is 4/1 to score at any time, while Oscar has been very well backed with Bet365 around the 7/2 mark.
And difficult because it’s no easy task to pull off this kind of team-building … The Giants undertook a dangerous and difficult mission after Sunday’s win over the Padres in San Diego:Mimic Pablo Sandoval’s sartorial “look” for the flight to Philadelphia.Dangerous because it remains an open question whether Sandoval, the team’s muse, Swiss army knife and emotional thermostat, actually has a “look.”Hey, the guy broke a belt while swinging a bat for the Red Sox a few years back, OK?
“The majority of Qantas customers will pay the same or less in fees than they do under the current system, and there’ll continue to be low-fee and fee-free options for customers who prefer not to pay with a credit card.” However, the new percentage fee structure means that people buying more expensive fares, such as international business class journeys and longer domestic trips, will pay more – in some cases substantially more.Qantas says its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar will announce its new credit and debit card fee structure “soon” – well in advance of the September 1 deadline laid down by the Reserve Bank of Australia in May.The Virgin Australia group, which includes low-cost carrier Tigerair, hasn’t yet announced its response to the new RBA rules, but it is expected to closely mirror the Qantas fees. Budget travellers appear to have had a small win, with Qantas becoming the first Australian airline to lower credit and debit card fees for ticket purchases, following the Australian government’s banning of credit card fee profiteering in February 2016.Qantas says a new percentage-based card payment fee will replace a flat fee of $A7 per booking from September 1 this year. The fee for payments made with a credit card, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners, will be 1.3 per cent, while the fee for payment using debit cards will be just 0.6 per cent. Qantas says that, for an average domestic return fare of $400, the credit card fee will be $5.20, compared with the current flat fee of $7. For an average international return fare of $2000, the fee will be $26, compared with the current flat fee of $30. The current debit card fees to be replaced by a 0.6 per cent charge are $10 for international travel and $2.50 for domestic fares. The airline says fees will be capped at $11 for domestic and trans-Tasman fares and $70 for international fares. “This gives passengers certainty about the maximum they’ll pay before they start booking and is in line with Qantas’ consistent position that it doesn’t profit from card payment fees,” Qantas says in a statement.
Lev PetukhovRussian service provider NTV+ has launched a new online TV offering, NTV+ Movie, providing a range of series and movies for a monthly subscription of RUB299 (€4.40).The broadcaster has made about 100 titles available at launch, with further content to be added. Weekly subscriptions are available for RUB99, while individual titles can be viewed for a one-off payment of RUB29, which the broadcaster said would enable viewers to evaluate the appeal of shows.The service will allow users to select series by genre. Content can be viewed on desktops and mobile devices as well as via a range of smart TV portals. Payment can be made via payment mechanisms via mobile phone for subscribers who take mobile services from MTS, Beeline and MegaFon, via credit card or through online payment services QIWI, Yandex Money or WebMoney.Speaking to Digital TV Europe and the Digital TV CEE conference in Budapest this week, NTV+ head of web projects Lev Petukhov said that the broadcaster hoped to use OTT and hybrid services – which will be available shortly via a new hybrid box developed in partnership with owned Gazprom Media’s technology arm – to build customer loyalty, but also to expand the company’s base and to increase ARPU where possible. He said that NTV+ also wants to make its services available to subscribers in multiple locations, for example to customers who view via satellite at their summer dachas but may not have access at home in city apartments and vice-versa.