Manchester City host Barcelona in a mouth-watering Champions League clash at The Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night and Freebets.com look at the pick of money back offers available on the televised match.
Both sides are embroiled in domestic battles for Premier League and La Liga glory respectively and there has been talk of Manchester City winning the quadruple which would top the achievements of Barcelona who won a famous treble in 2009 under Pep Guardiola. Manchester City put a recent dip in results behind them when dumping Chelsea out of the FA Cup at the weekend, while Barca’s 6-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano moved them back to the top of the Primera Liga on goal-difference.
The Champions League game will be shown live on ITV 1 at 7.45pm and is sure to appeal to both professional and casual football punters with pre-match and in-play betting available online.
We’ve taken a look at what’s on offer at leading online bookmakers and give you an evaluation of the best money back offers on the Manchester City v Barcelona match. There’s a diversity of offers and ultimately the best money back offer will depend on which market you intend to play. We have broken down the offer details to help you make a smart choice on where to place your bet.
Betfair Sportsbook Cashback Extra; choice of three cashback options for losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer and Anytime Goalscorer bets. Free bet refund up to £25 max on the following options:
> Both teams to score and Barcelona win
> Goal scored inside first 10 minutes
> Match ends in a draw
VERDICT: Both teams to score and Barcelona win is the pick of the refund triggers here with around 26.5% chance of being activated, while the game to end as a draw comes in closely behind with 24.5% chance of occurring. A goal scored in the first 10 minutes is the least likely of the triggers. This is the best money back offer for First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer and Anytime Goalscorer bets. Go to Betfair Sportsbook, new customers receive up to £50 free bet
Betvictor Game of the Day: refund Correct Score, Anytime Scorer, First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Scorecast and Half Time/Full Time bets if there is a penalty scored during the game. Free bet refund up to £25 max.
At odds of around 10/3 to occur, this offer rates highly in terms of probability and is therefore the best money back offer for Correct Score, Scorecast and Half-Time/Full-Time markets. Go to Betvictor, new customer receive up to £25 free bet
Paddy Power Champions League Special; refund losing stakes on First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecasts if Lionel Messi scores first. Full cash refund up to £100.
VERDICT: Messi is available to back as First Goalscorer at odds of roughly 7/2 with most firms, making this offer just less likely than Betvictor’s. It’s still an attractive offer for anyone betting on the respective markets and becomes even more compelling as Paddy Power will refund your stake as real cash up to £100, making it among the best money back offers for First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecasts on the Manchester City v Barcelona game. Go to Paddy Power, new customers can claim up to £250 in free bets.
Ladbrokes if Messi Scores First; refund losing stakes on Correct Score, First Goalscorer and Scorecast markets if Lionel Messi scores the first goal. Free bet refund up to £25 max
VERDICT: Betfair Sportsbook is best offer for First Goalscorer bets. As mentioned in the Paddy Power verdict, there is a slightly better chance of getting a refund on the remaining markets using Betvictor’s promotion. Also Paddy Power will refund cash as opposed to a free bet making this offer less appealing. Go to Ladbrokes, new customers receive up to £50 free bet
bet365 Bore Draw; refund losing stakes on First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Anytime Goalscorer, Correct Score, Scorecast and Half-Time/Full-Time bets if the match ends 0-0. Full cash refund.
VERDICT: There appears to be little chance of this one finishing 0-0 at a general 14/1 with most bookies. It offers a degree of insurance and the positives are there’s no limit on stakes and refunds are cash so can be withdrawn straight back to your bank account. While some way behind other promotions in terms of likelihood, the cash refund means this still rates as a useful money back offer for pre-match Half-Time/Full-Time, Scorecast and Anytime Scorer markets. Go to bet365, new customers get up to £200 free bets.
888Sport 88th Minute Special: refund on To Win (90 minutes), Last Goalscorer and Correct Score bets if a goal scored from the 88th minute until the end of normal time results in a losing bet.
VERDICT: This refund trigger is a bit of a long shot, but is the only offer to cater for Match Odds bettors so is best if you intend to play that market. Go to 888Sport, new customers receive up to £88 in free bets.
Betfred 1-A-Piece; refund losing stakes on Correct Score bets if match ends 1-1. Free bet refund up to £50 max.
VERDICT: 1-1 is the most common draw result and at odds of around 11/2 may be a more fancied result for this particular game as it’s more likely than 0-0. But it is not as likely as a penalty being scored, so Betvictor remains the best money back offer for Correct Score markets. Go to Betfred, new customers receive up to £25 free bet.
William Hill Bore Draw; refund losing stakes on Correct Score and Double Results bets if match ends 0-0. Free bet refund up to £50 max.
VERDICT: We’ve given the nod to Betvictor for best money back offer on Correct Score and Double Result (aka Half-Time/Full-Time) markets because the refund trigger is more likely to be activated. Go to William Hill, new customers receive up to £25 free bet
William Hill Goalscorer Second Chance; refund losing stakes on First Goalscorer bets if selection scores second. Free bet refund up to £50.
VERDICT: This is quite an attractive consolation offer if you fancy a few goals in the game and is dependent on your First Goalscorer selection. The odds of your player to score first are roughly the same as the odds for them to score second, but even backing Lionel Messi at a general 7/2 for example does not make this offer’s refund trigger more likely than Betfair’s. Go to William Hill, new customers receive up to £25 free bet.
Betinternet 0-0 Money Back Offer: refund losing stakes on Correct Score, Exact Total Goals, Winning Margin, First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Anytime Scorer, To Score 2 or More and To Score 3 or More bets if the game ends 0-0. Free bet refund up to £50 max.
VERDICT: This is the only offer to issue refunds on Winning Margin, Exact Total Goals, To Score 2 or More and To Score 3 or More markets, and is therefore best offer for those markets on this match. Go to Betinternet, new customers receive up to £25 free bet.
Winner Champions League Fireworks: refund losing First Goalscorer and Correct Score bets if either team scores four or more goals. Free bet refund up to £25 max.
VERDICT: While not beyond the realms of possibility, there is a fairly slim chance of getting a refund using this offer and other firms are preferred when betting on the respective markets. Go to Winner, new customers receive up to £50 free bet.
Unibet Champions League Injury Time Insurance: refund losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Half-Time/Full-Time bets if a goal is scored in second-half injury time. Free bet refund up to £80 max.
VERDICT: With only an outside chance of this offer being activated, it is best to look at some of the other promotions when betting on the respective markets. Go to Unibet, new customers receive up to £25 free bet