Gambling in the United Kingdom is back on the rise (and then some) after most mainstream sports were halted for much of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mobilisation of online betting has seen betting figures soar in recent years; the UK’s gross gambling yield almost doubled from £8.4 billion in 2011 to £14.4 billion in 2018 (per Statista).
It’s important for punters to only bet what they can afford, now more than ever, which makes reliable tips a valuable commodity in the new landscape that’s emerged post-coronavirus. Like with anything in the internet age, Twitter is replete with accounts worth listening to and others to be avoided at all costs (literal, in this case), though these don’t exactly come with warning labels.
Here are a selection of the best to track as far as your wager wallet is concerned, many with track records of posting profits for their followers at no expense.
UK’s Top Sports Betting Tiwtter Influencers
Mark O’Haire (@MarkOHaire)
A betting analyst with great renown in the UK gambling market, Mark O’Haire frequently puts out thoughtful, in-depth content both via Twitter and his regular podcast appearances across a range of channels. Perhaps most notable among these are his usual sit-ins with Matchbook, where he shares his personal tips and temptations with other journalists and analysts in the industry.
O’Haire’s information is always well-researched and professional, pertaining to the Premier League and lower divisions of British football. This Twitter account won’t necessarily tell you which bets to put on, but the information provided will help you make healthier decisions.
Ben Coley (@BenColeyGolf)
If golf is your fix, Sporting Life editor Ben Coley is a must-follow when looking to decide which gems could emerge from the rough at any given tournament, big or small.
As well as being a terrific writer, producing engaging, easy-to-read content, the tips themselves don’t lie. His previews contribute outright winner, predictions, each-way bets and outsider picks at big odds, with a reliability that makes him one of the best in his field.
Coley routinely brings relevant statistics, course history, green variety and player form into his writing when forming predictions, and the fact he’s rarely afraid to play dark horses at larger odds can often lead to bigger returns.
The Winners Enclosure (@TWEnclosure)
Horse racing can often feel like the most soul-crushing of sports to bet on, which is why an account with some degree of accuracy can be crucial.
The Winners Enclosure can feel a little like an advertisement at times due to sponsorships with big-name bookmakers like William Hill and Bet365, but that also serves as some source of validity to their picks.
There’s a little something for every kind of bettor with The Winners Enclosure, which makes a habit of picking a variety of bets most days of the week, from each-way doubles to NAP coupons to dark horse predictions and long accumulators. It helps that the Twitter account links out to a Winners Enclosure website that posts more detailed analysis behind the tips, covering horse and jockey form, favorable ground and weather warnings.
Andy Robson Tips (@AndyRobsonTips)
Active as a tipster since February 2015, many UK punters with a knowledge of the scene might already have the name ‘Andy Robson’ stored in their database as an account with reputation.
The account has clocked up more than 350,000 followers and sticks almost exclusively to football picks, always accompanied by extensive research into each selection.
This includes Robson’s ‘cheat sheets’—either for specific matches or numerous games across a weekend—that break down player statistics, such as who is most likely to score, have shots on target or be carded. Moreover, referees statistics are tracked to predict whether an official is liable to hand out many cautions in any particular game.
A favourite among followers is the ‘train’,
On top of this free information, Andy Robson Tips also runs AndysBetClub.co.uk, a monthly subscription service that uses algorithms to form accumulators on your behalf.
The Bad Man Tipster (@TheBadManTips)
Probably the best example of a “working man’s” tipster account in regards to UK football fans, The Bad Man Tipster is represented as one man and his laptop. As such, there’s value to be had in the personal interaction he often has with his followers, as well as owning up when he feels there are no worthwhile bets to be placed (a good trait to see in a tipster).
Similar to our previous entry, this account has also taken to producing stats sheets for specific matchups termed ‘Bet Toolkits’, which also break down teams player-by-player to help form judgement in one’s wagers.
The Bad Man Tipster also posts his selections via his own website, often reminding his 220,000 followers or so to modify their bets as they fit and not necessarily follow his calls directly.