Following the much hyped £50M transfer of a certain Fernando Torres to Chelsea this week bookmakers have been falling over themselves in a mad rush to offer prices on the Spaniard to do everything from get sent off to who will foul him first when he makes his debut for Chelsea against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday .
Whilst these markets are predominantly aimed at gaining some free PR and media space for the bookmakers some of the special offers can be decent value . For example Victor Chandler are offering to refund all losing correct score and First Goalscorer bets on the game if Torres scores at any time in the match . Rumours currently suggest that Torres will start against his old club on Sunday and Torres is best priced 5/4 to score at anytime in the game . There is therefore about a 45% chance that Victor Chandler will refund your bet if it is a loser .
Contrast this with Paddy Powers offer to refund losing bets on the same markets if Torres scores the last goal for either side . Torres is priced at odds of 4/1 to score the last goal and the odds on a refund here therefore are only about 20% .
Torres has scored 9 Premier League goals in 23 games this season for Liverpool and generally performs better in the big games . He is quite likely to get on the scoresheet on Sunday but Betfred’s offer of 20/1 for a Torres hat trick has no appeal .
Another bet to avoid is Torres to be Top Premier League scorer this season . Even at best odds of 25/1 with Victor Chandler , Torres is still shocking value . With a ten goal gap to make up on Dimitar Berbatov and a maximum 14 games to play it really is a minimum 100/1 chance .