There are only a few names synonymous with the sports betting and the gambling industry which still exist on the UK high street today, but one name which most certainly still reigns supreme is Coral.
The company was not even in existence in 1920, by 2020 Coral had grown to become one of the most instantly recognisable brands in the sphere. So how exactly did the name and famous white on blue logo come to such prominence?
As with many companies in the gambling industry – and indeed in other areas of business – Coral began life on a much smaller scale. In Coral’s case, the origins and subsequent growth of the company can be attributed to just one man; Joseph Kagarlitsky… but more on him later.
The scale of the business isn’t the only thing which has changed over this time. The nature of the company’s operations has also altered significantly over the years. Gone are the days of arduous credit betting and seedy back street operations, with Coral now one of the most modern and respected names in the betting world. Be it sports betting, bingo, or casino action which gets your gambling juices flowing, Coral can be counted upon for a top-level product and excellent service.
Thanks to the initiative of one Polish immigrant way back in the early 20th Century, Coral has enjoyed a century of growth, and here we chronicle the journey taken by one of the biggest players in the gambling game.
We begin with Mr Joseph Kagarlitski, born in Warsaw in 1904, although he considered himself a Russian as his father was from Kiev (presumably of Russian descent). A Jewish immigrant to the UK, Joseph changed his name to the snappier sounding Joe Coral (he could probably have been a funk drummer!) as he believed this would help in his pursuit of employment. Why Coral? No great meaning behind this it seems, with the choice allegedly being down to the fact that his sister was reading a book called Coral Island at the time.
Young Joe didn’t much take to school, often playing truant before leaving at 14, although that was common in those days. Originally finding employment working at both a lamp making and an advertising company, Joe’s flair for mathematics and love of betting soon sent him along a different path.
Taking his first steps in the industry as a bookie’s runner, it wasn’t long before Joe Coral began taking bets himself. Initially finding custom in and around the local billiard clubs, he soon began operating his own pitches at the Harringay and White City greyhound tracks – later expanding to Clapton and Walthamstow.
The greyhound pitches, in addition to running a speedway meeting at Harringay, represented the legitimate side of Joe’s operation. However, the murky – and illegal – world of street betting also seems to have made up a large part of Coral’s business in these early years. By 1930 Joe was said to employ up to 80 agents in order to collect bets on his behalf.
A combination of all of the above led to Joe Coral becoming known as one of the largest regional bookmakers in the country by the end of the 1930’s.
With the fairly rapid growth in trade, Coral was going to need a base of operations. The company’s first offices, which were largely concerned with its credit betting operations, were based in Stoke Newington in north London. By the end of the First World War though these had been relocated to London’s West End.
Already having some experience in the advertising business, Joe Coral wasn’t about to miss out on the opportunity to both build the name of his company and reach new customers through press advertisements.
It was permissible to advertise the postal credit betting service offered by the business in publications such as the Sporting Chronicle and the Sporting Life at this time, as no cash changed hands in postal betting – only cheques and postal orders.
1960 was the single biggest watershed moment in the history of gambling in Britain at the time and possibly even still today. It was in this year that the Betting and Gaming Act was passed. The most significant aspect of this act was the legalisation of off-course cash betting.
Initially opposed to the new legislation due to concerns about the type of customer it may attract, Joe Coral seemingly didn’t take too long to get over these misgivings and change his mind, as he opened his first high street betting shop in 1961, and by 1962 had 23 such establishments under the Coral umbrella.
With the high street betting shop section of the business now undergoing a period of substantial growth, the decision was taken to register Coral as a public limited company.
At around this time the company also really began to spread its wings in terms of branching out into other sectors, including the bingo hall, casino, and hotel markets.
The company further solidified its position in the British betting arena via a merger with Mark Lane bookmakers. The new company maintained the snappier Coral moniker but this early merger/takeover was a sign of things to come.
Coral has long been a supporter of the product which has proven to be such a significant driver to its success as a business. British horse racing provided a huge part of Coral’s income, especially in the early days, and the company sponsored numerous events throughout the year both on the flat and over jumps.
The longest running of these arrangements – and indeed now the longest running sponsorship agreement in the whole sport – is the firm’s association with Chepstow’s Welsh Grand National, which it first lent its support to in 1973.
Whilst the betting shop estate continued to grow – reaching approximately 650 shops by 1979 – Coral continued to show significant ambition in dipping its toe into other markets. In addition to casinos, bingo halls, and hotels, the Coral umbrella now also covered real estate, squash clubs, and Pontins holiday camps.
In order to greater reflect this more diverse portfolio, the decision was taken to change the name of the firm to the Coral Leisure Group.
1981 saw the growing firm catch the eye of one of Britain’s biggest and oldest brewing companies, with Bass Plc stepping in to acquire Coral for an unpublicised fee. Although now falling firmly under Bass’s ownership and management, the new owners opted to leave the recognisable Coral branding in place. Bass may have been the world’s oldest trademark but they knew the Coral name was right for betting.
The likes of the tote placepot and jackpot have long featured amongst the most popular types of horse racing bets in the UK, but had previously only been available either on track or in a Tote-owned betting shop. Recognising that it was failing to cash in on the popularity of these popular bets, 1992 saw Coral reach an agreement with the Tote allowing the older company to make Tote products available in their betting shops.
The next takeover in the Coral chronology almost came in 1998 as fellow betting giant Ladbrokes purchased the company for a headline grabbing £363m. This initial amalgamation of the companies was to prove something of a short-lived affair, however.
Running afoul of the monopolies and mergers commission, the new owners were forced to sell Coral almost immediately. Ladbrokes did retain 59 shops in Ireland and Jersey, but the rest of the business went to Morgan Grenfell Private Equity for £390million in 1999.
Looking to increase its presence in the online market, Coral opted to purchase the Gibraltar-based Eurobet for £7.1m just before the turn of the century, with the combination of Coral’s bookmaking expertise and Eurobet’s established product, which specialised in football betting, deemed to be a good fit.
In recognition of its recent acquisition, the company changed its name to Coral Eurobet in May 2000.
Yet another takeover came just two years late in September 2002. On this occasion it was of the management buyout variety, in a move backed by Charterhouse Development Capital.
2005 saw the biggest takeover yet, with the £2.18bn paid by Gala being a good indication as to just how much the company had grown since the late 1990s and the way the industry was heading.
Already a strong presence in the bricks and mortar bingo and casino markets, this seemed a logical move for Gala, and established the newly named Gala Coral Group as Britain’s biggest bingo operator, and third largest bookmaker.
The Eurobet branch of the business was also maintained, continuing as a separate entity to the main Coral operation.
Already having a long running arrangement with one of Britain’s major steeplechases in the form of the Welsh Grand National, 2007 saw Coral lend its support to Ayr’s Scottish version of the race for the first time.
2009 saw a major change in Coral’s media output, with the company moving its broadcasting operations to a brand new, purpose-built studio in Milton Keynes in order to support the launch of Coral TV, a new media product to be broadcast across the firm’s betting shop estate and online.
Coral pushed the boat out still further in 2010 ahead of the Football World Cup, with its latest media offering of the “Coral Dugout”. Bringing in big names such as Jeff Stelling and Graham Poll, the firm aimed to improve its depth of coverage ahead of one of the major sports betting events on the planet.
The pattern of improving the company’s facilities continued in 2011 as the Gala Coral group shelled out the huge sum of £1.45billion for the purchase of 30,793 square feet of new office space in Stratford City.
This year also marked a change in approach to the company’s online offering. Having previously operated a slightly scatter-gunned approach, the launch of Gala Interactive as the company’s online division saw the offering streamlined into three separate websites: Coral, Gala Bingo, and Gala Casino – in addition to the Italian-market-focussed Eurobet.it.
2012 saw the company cast off its land-based casino operation, with its 23 properties going to Rank for £205million, as as reported by the BBC at the time.
With product integration becoming one of the main focusses of the betting industry – due to the massive growth of online wagering – Coral was one of the early movers in making an effort to tie its various products together, with the 2015 launch of the Coral Connect Card. This meant that customers could now bet in a shop through their online and/or telephone accounts.
Providing a single wallet solution, the card enabled customers to make withdrawals from, and deposits to, their online account in shop, in addition to coming with a handy bet-tracking app and a range of perks and special offers.
Following the 2012 sale of the land-based casino branch of the business, further streamlining occurred via the sale of the 130 Gala Bingo clubs the business then owned to Caledonia Investments for £241m.
If at first you don’t succeed! Eight years after first falling under the ownership of Ladbrokes – albeit briefly – two of the giants of the British betting game finally joined forces proper in 2016. Crucially on this occasion the firms adhered to the advice of the monopolies and mergers commission before completing the deal – selling off in the region of 400 shops, mainly to Betfred and Stan James.
With all the legal boxes ticked, the deal was made official on 2nd November 2016, with the new company going by the name of Ladbrokes Coral Plc. Whilst now operating as one entity from a Plc perspective, the company did make the decision to maintain Ladbrokes and Coral as separate businesses from a user perspective, believing both were strong enough brands to thrive.
Seemingly never too far away from a takeover of some description, March 2018 saw the recently formed Ladbrokes Coral Group taken over by the betting and gaming giant GVC Holdings, in a deal reported to be worth a whopping £4bn.
More information on this latest takeover can be seen at the corporate GVC website. Already owning the likes of bwin, Sportingbet and partypoker, GVC Holdings are now undoubtedly one of the biggest players in the global betting market, although even further consolidation should not be ruled out in the future.
France play Uruguay on Friday in the World Cup quarter final and Coral have a great enhanced odds offer on one of their stars: Kylian Mbappe. New customers to Coral can claim odds of 33/1 on Mbappe scoring against Uruguay (in 90 minutes).
This is a great offer for punters who think the PSG man can add to the three goals he’s already scored at the Russia World Cup. Okay it’s only half as many as England’s main man Harry Kane, but with a brace against Argentina, you can’t rule out more from the 19 year old in this match.
33/1 Mbappe Offer Key Terms: 18+. New UK+IRE customers only. Certain deposit types and cash out excluded. Winning bets paid in cash at normal price. Enhanced odds paid in £5 free bets credited within 24 hours, valid for 4 days, stake not returned. Losing £5 free bet excludes Connect customers. T&Cs Apply.
The World Cup’s quarter-finals get under way on Friday, as Uruguay meet France in Nizhny Novgorod. The pair were the first to book their place in the last eight, but the journey ends here for one. Is it going to be Uruguay, chasing a first semi-final since 2010? Or can France hit their pre-tournament target of reaching the last four? The way that giants are falling, these two will be hugely confident if they can get a victory.
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
France are now flying high with Brazil in the favourites list, but do they have the quality to be up there? It’s hard to argue with the talent in their squad, but they are being rushed forward as contenders. Their 4-3 win over Argentina wasn’t exactly that impressive, as both sides showed defensive issues there. Meanwhile, going up against a wide open side is what France relish. Stepping up against better sides – such as Uruguay – is an entirely different matter for Les Bleus.
Uruguay have impressed in Russia this summer, and their last two wins have made them look like real contenders. They’ll be pushing for another appearance in the semis, after their run in South Africa eight years ago. Will they be able to complete that ambition with a victory this weekend?
France are missing Blaise Matuidi ahead of this clash, after he got booked against Argentina. He had just forced his way in to the side, giving France a settled team. However, Didier Deschamps is now back to the drawing board, which is bad for a manager who has massive issues settling on his side. He’s always looked a little tactically naïve, so this absence is a blow to the whole team.
Uruguay are trying to race back Edinson Cavani ahead of this game, after he went off against Portugal. After his two goals against the European champions, Uruguay won’t want to lose him. However, he’s not exactly sure if it was an injury or just a pain, so he could still feature on Friday.
France are heavy favourites for Friday’s clash, at 37/40 with BetVictor. However, we see Uruguay taking this game as one where they can keep things tight, and hit the French on the break. It worked against a solid Portugal side, and they should take advantage of a disorganised French outfit. We’re backing Uruguay on the Draw No Bet market in this one at 7/4 with Bet365. We also see a much tighter game than either of their last 16 clashes, so we’re going for a 1-0 victory for Uruguay at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
Harry Kane scored twice against Tunisia and bagged a hat-trick against Panama. After being rested against Belgium, Kane is back to face Colombia on Tuesday. If you think Kane will score against Colombia, join Coral and get enhanced odds of 50/1!
Coral’s odds for existing customers on Kane scoring are just 6/5. With this offer, a £1 bet will land you £50 of free bets. At the standard odds you’d need to bet £60 to land a £50 win!
On top of the, frankly crazy-generous odds, if Kane doesn’t score against Colombia you still get a £5 free bet! 50/1 on a 6/5 bet plus a 500% free bet insurance sounds like a tidy offer to us so get involved!
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You could opt for Coral’s regular welcome offer if you prefer. That gives you a £20 free bet for a £5 stake. However, we think this Kane promo is far better.
The risk is lower, with just £1 on the line. The free bets are not guaranteed of course but, if Kane does score, you get £50 of free bets, not £20. And even if he doesn’t you’ll still land a £5 freebie so you really don’t have much to lose … and £50 to gain!
Harry Kane is arguably the world’s best out and out striker. He was rated the world’s most valuable player by one study and it’s easy to see why given the weight of goals he scores.
So, if those stats don’t convince you, nothing will. Kane is a decent bet to score at the standard odds but at 50/1…what are you waiting for?
England host Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday in their final friendly before the World Cup. The home side are strong favourites to win, but even if they don't, new customers to Coral have a great chance to take advantage of a very tasty-looking betting offer: 33/1 goal offer that pays out at 33/1 if a goal is scored!
Coral normally offer new customers a bet £5, get £20 free bet (18+, Ts and Cs apply - see below) but with this deal you could land £33 in freebies. With only a £1 risk we reckon that’s a cracking promo. It gets better too because even if England v Italy doesn't see a goal scored, you’ll get a £5 free bet. What have you got to lose?
33/1 Goal Offer Key Terms - UK+IRE New Customers Only. Winning bets paid in cash based on the normal price on the Coral website. Enhanced odds paid in free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days. Losing £5 free bet excludes Coral Connect.
Bet £5, Get £20 in Free Bets Significant Terms: 18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with Cash Out. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply.
The key facts about this offer are detailed above. Claiming the promotion is easy and simple. Full Ts and Cs are shown at Coral ans to claim the offer just:
England are priced as the 1/3 favourites with most bookies to beat Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday. Really, unless something dramatic happens, England should indeed cruise to a relatively comfortable victory. But Gareth Southgate’s men should be wary of the visitors after their 3-0 triumph over Northern Ireland on Sunday. Add to that the likely rotation to be employed by Southgate and it might end up closer than the odds suggest.
One outcome we don’t expect to see in this one is a goalless draw. The bookies can’t see that either, with the correct score of 0-0 priced at odds of 12/1. We think there will be goals aplenty though and backing over 3.5 goals holds some appeal at odds of 2/1.
Of course, the best value bet for this match has to be the enhanced odds of 33/1 with Coral for there to be at least one goal scored in the game. Alas, we’ve already got betting accounts with Coral, but if you haven’t get over there today.
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid will be tasty and there are almost guaranteed to be bookings. However, join Coral and you can get odds of 25/1 on there being a yellow card in the game!
If there is a booking in this game at any point, your bet is a winner! That’s not 25/1 on there being JUST one booking, but 25/1 on any booking! As soon as the ref gets his card out, you’re a 25/1 winner! Note this promo is live from 9am on Wednesday 25th until kick-off later that day.
Key Terms - UK/IRE New Customers Only (18+). Winning bets paid in cash based on the normal price on Coral website. Enhanced odds paid in free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days. Losing £5 free bet excludes Coral Connect. Full terms and conditions available at Coral.
OK, now we’ve told you a little about this amazing promo here’s some more info on how to claim.
This is a brilliant offer for a whole host of reasons. Coral do have a normal £20 free bet (visit our Coral bet £5, get £20 post for Ts and Cs of this 18+ offer). However, with this 25/1 booking promotion, you can get an extra £5 of free bets and your risk is lower as you can only lose a quid!
What’s more, you can’t really lose at all. That’s because even if the match somehow ends without a booking, Coral still give you a £5 free bet!
This is a real glamour tie and many neutrals will wish this was the final. These rivals have huge Champions League pedigree and experience and have met in this competition numerous times.
Bayern are the big favourites to win on the night. The German champions are priced at odds of 21/20 with Betfair, with Real at 37/13 (Unibet) and the draw 29/10, also with Betfair. Many are sure to be tempted by the stalemate in what should be a close game. Bayern may feel 0-0 would be a decent result whilst Real would probably take a score draw.
The Spaniards are the favourites to make yet another Champions League final. Real are priced at 10/11 on the exchanges to progress, with Bayern evens at William Hill. We predict this will be a fascinating clash but it isn't often you can back Real at such long odds in a competition they love.
As such our betting tip for this one is simple - back Real to win. Odds of 37/13 are brilliant value and we just feel that their greater familiarity with HUGE games gives them the edge. Bayern have had things too easy in the Bundesliga so it is a big step for them to raise their level for this clash.
With Cristiano Ronaldo in such irresistible form we fancy the Portuguese ace to guide his troops to another huge Champions league win on Wednesday night.
Mind you, why bother with that? If you don’t have a Coral account, just get 25/1 on a yellow card instead!
Chelsea v Barcelona is a massive Champions League game on Tuesday night and Coral have an amazing 50/1 offer. If there is a goal - any goal at all - new customers who claim the offer will get paid out at enhanced odds of 50/1!
This is a sensational offer given the odds on the game ending 0-0 are a massive 30/1! Spurs are 1/8 favourites to win on the night and it's very hard to see the home side not winning easily.
As soon as there is ANY goal at all in this game Coral’s 50/1 offer will pay out!
Read on for more info on this fantastic enhanced odds promo or just hit the button to get involved! 18+, T&Cs Apply, please Gamble Responsibly.
Please note this is for new 18+ customers in UK and Rep of Ireland only and is valid from 8am 19th Feb 2018 until 7.45pm 20th Feb 2018
Coral show the full Ts and Cs on the offer page when you visit to claim these crazy odds. The most important info is below.
Coral have had amazing offers like this before and whilst they may sound too good to be true, fear not.
Coral are a huge, trustworthy firm. Paying out loads of free bets is a great way to get new customers to Coral. It also gives them plenty of free publicity.
Whether you stay and become a regular punter at Coral is up to you. However, you’d be mad to miss out on this 50/1 offer and the £50 of free bets sure to come your way!
For the full lowdown on this intriguing looking match, check out our Chelsea v Barcelona tips and preview article, but here is a summary of what we think will happen.
We think it will be a tight game - which, frankly, will be Chelsea best chance of avoiding a heavy defeat. Barcelona haven't been exactly all-conquering away from home in Europe this term and we think they might make hard work of things at Stamford Bridge. As such we're plumping for a draw, with 1-1 being our preferred correct score.
Monday Night Football sees Liverpool travel to Swansea. New Coral customers can cash in with this enhanced odds corner offer. 28/1 is a crazy price for there being at least one corner so join Coral and cash in.
Games without corners are about as rare as games without swearing, diving or spitting. Ah, the Beautiful Game. Anyway, enough cynicism, this is a beautiful offer for sure. Basically, as long as there is at least a single corner, you get paid at 28/1!
That should be enough info for most punters! Hit the button below to visit Coral and claim your 28/1 or read on for more info. Or, if you’re thinking further ahead than tonight, how about heading to our World Cup betting guide?
The small print and full Ts and Cs are available at Coral but here are the key eligibility criteria. You must be:
If you tick those three boxes then you’re more than likely good to go. The next things to be aware of are as follows:
We love a bullet point. Saves a lot of reading of rambling drivel like this. Anyway, that’s pretty much all you need to know.
This corner promo is more or less risk free because:
The last thing to be aware of – no bullet points needed – is that this 28/1 corner offer cannot be claimed alongside the £20 Coral free bet. If you prefer, you can opt for the Coral “Bet £5, get £20” free bet (18+, T&Cs Apply)
However, given you have to say a corner is almost certain, we think this 28/1 offer gives you greater value.
Liverpool are huge favourites for this one at odds of 1/3 (Ladbrokes). The draw is 5/1 with Betfred and the home win is priced at odds of 11/1 at Betfair.
There could be some value in backing the home side +0.5 at longish odds in our eyes. Liverpool have a tendency to slip up when you least expect it. The Swans are improving, have a decent recent record against the Reds and might be able to nick a draw here.
Our tip, however, is Liverpool to win and BTTS. That’s 2/1 at Coral and looks a great value bet given the Reds’ is poor defensive record away from home.
The Premier League is back and Coral have got a cracking 70/1 acca offer. Get enhanced odds on the Leicester, Chelsea, West Ham, City accumulator.
Coral’s regular, non-boosted odds on this Premier League fourfold are just under 7/1. That means this 70/1 promo gives you 10 times the standard odds. Three of the four legs of the acca are odds-on, with West Ham the biggest price at a shade over even money.
70/1 is clearly top notch value and is a brilliant bet to liven up Saturday’s Premier League action. If you don’t fancy this one, why not check out our World Cup offers and promos? Russia 2018 is less than five months away! Or we've also got a 70/1 acca offer at Betfair too! 18+, T&C Apply, please Gamble Responsibly.
The only dead certs are in the grave goes the old saying. And we certainly can’t file a 7/1 acca under “nailed on” but there is clearly a great chance this acca will indeed land. You can see the bets and odds for each leg below (prices from Coral, correct at time of writing):
That combines as 6.7/1 fourfold accumulator at Coral if you already have a Coral account. If you don’t, you can join Coral and claim this astonishing 70/1 offer. That undoubtedly makes for amazing value.
As you can see, three of the sides are odds-on. We have to think that City are a banker on home soil so really you can almost look at this as treble. West Ham are the biggest of the four selections in this acca but in all honesty we think they are a great bet at odds of more than evens.
The Hammers have been flying under David Moyes. They are up to 11th in the table, a point and two places above Bournemouth. They are unbeaten in six, won their last Premier League clash 4-1 (away from home) and drew the reverse fixture 3-3. Bournemouth’s last win on the road was at the start of November and they were dispatched 3-0 at League 1 Wigan in midweek.
As another old saying goes, football is a funny old game but we like the look of this acca and we LOVE the look of the enhanced odds of 70/1!
What’s more, you really don’t have anything to lose. If one of the four legs of this acca lets us down, Coral STILL give you a £5 free bet. You’re only risking a quid so we reckon that’s the icing on a tasty enhanced cake of acca goodness!
If you’re looking for a big acca offer this weekend, look no further. Coral’s 70/1 enhanced odds football accumulator offer is amazing value.
The combined odds on that acca are less than 8/1. That means you’ll be getting around NINE TIMES Coral’s standard odds. All four sides are clear favourites. City have got the hardest task with a trip to Anfield but even so, they look unstoppable this season.
However, at 70/1, compared to standard odds closer to 7/1, there is no doubt this acca offer gives you amazing value. For just a £1 stake you’ll have an interest in four of the biggest games of the weekend.With the Gunners priced at 7/10, Barcelona at 4/9 and Dortmund also at 4/9, the other three legs should be plain sailing. Of course, this is an acca and when you need all four legs to win, there is always a chance something won’t quite go to plan.
If you’re having doubts about this one, let us tell you two more things. Firstly, the maximum stake for the 70/1 offer is just £1. That means the worst thing that could happen is you lose a quid.
Second of all, you can’t really lose. That’s because if this 70/1 acca doesn’t come off, Coral still give you as £5 free bet! So you’ll land either a £70 win, or a 500% free bet. Now that has to sound good – because it is!
NB – Offer is new customers only, 18+, Ts and Cs apply, limited time offer valid 8am 12th January until 1.30pm 14th January
Please visit Coral for the full terms and conditions of this promotion. Below is a summary of the key points.
So, if 70/1 on four big favourites sounds like a tasty acca, click the button below to visit Coral.
This is the perfect promotion for those that like a regular bet through the week. Just keep betting as normal but now get a £5 free bet as reward in time for the weekend.
The Bet & Get Club is for new and existing customers. If you have a Coral account then read on for details of how to claim your £5 free bet. If you haven’t joined Coral yet then great news – you can claim £20 in free bets for a £5 bet! Hit the button below to cash in!
Important info: 18+. UK+IRE only. Time limits may apply. Opt-in required. Applies to 1+ bets totalling £25+ at odds of EVS or more settled before 23:59GMT on Thurs of offer week. Get £10 free bet (£5 online, £5 shop/Connect), must stake in full at odds of 1/2 or more on sports. Free bet valid until 23:59GMT on Sunday of offer week. No Cash-Out bets. Restrictions and T&Cs apply.
As with all of Coral’s many promotions, full terms and conditions are available at Coral. This promo, like Coral in general, is valid for those 18 and over only. Ok, that’s the legal stuff, now for the most important info regarding the Bet & Get Club.
Most weeks there is loads of midweek betting action to choose from. Be it in the Premier League, EFL Cup or Champions League. Of course you can also qualify by betting on horse racing or any other sport too.
If you place bets through the week anyway, you’d be mad to miss out on Bet and Get. Join Coral and claim the amazing 400% free bet AND get a £5 free bet every week for bets you are already placing!
Even if you don’t always place regular bets through the week this is a fantastic deal. Sky Bet (Sky Bet review and free bet) have a similar offer but with their £5 freebie, if you miss a week you have to bet more to get back in the club.
With Coral, you can pick and choose and only opt in to the free bet when you know you’ll be having a punt in the week.
Coral are undoubtedly one of the best football betting sites around. Great odds, a generous free bet when you join and loads of ongoing offers too. Get stuck in today and start claiming your weekly free bets though Bet and Get!
Important info: 18+. UK+IRE only. Time limits may apply. Opt-in required. Applies to 1+ bets totalling £25+ at odds of EVS or more settled before 23:59GMT on Thurs of offer week. Get £10 free bet (£5 online, £5 shop/Connect), must stake in full at odds of 1/2 or more on sports. Free bet valid until 23:59GMT on Sunday of offer week. No Cash-Out bets. Restrictions and T&Cs apply.
The Under 21 Euros get underway on Friday as Sweden face England! If you fancy the Young Lions to start with a win, join Coral and get 20/1 enhanced odds.
The U20s are the world champions and the U21s are sure to have been inspired by their younger group. England are priced at 4/5 to beat Sweden here and that looks a solid bet.
However, if you haven’t yet joined Coral, you can get more than 20 times those odds. The enhanced odds of 20/1 are only available to new Coral customers. In addition, the maximum bet is £1. But even so, this is a great chance to claim £20 in free bets with next to no risk.
This offer is as easy as 1, 2, 3! The full Ts and Cs are shown at Coral and as with all of Coral’s betting products, this promo is for those aged 18 and over.
Coral have loads of these enhanced odds offers and if you fancy a bet on Friday’s game, this is a great, low-risk way to spice things up. England are odds-in favourites and should have too much class for the Swedes.
20/1 is a huge price boost so tuck in. Even if England don’t do the business, you still get a £5 free bet so you can’t really lose!
Coral do also offer their regular welcome offer, which gives you a £20 free bet for a £5 qualifying stake. You can claim that if you prefer and if you want a 100% guaranteed £20 in free bets, that could be the way to go.
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Obviously, England might not win. However, even if they don’t, you still get a £5 free bet and so this enhanced odds U21 Euros promo is great value.
England are odds-on favourites so we reckon you’ve got a great chance of landing the £20 but the choice is yours.
Can England bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Scotland when they face France this week? Having played a qualifier, the Three Lions now face top class opposition in a friendly once again, which is their new pattern. Having lost 1-0 to Germany in the previous international window, can Gareth Southgate lead his side to a win over the Euro 2016 runners up?
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France come in to this clash as 10/11 favourites with Sky Bet, while England can be backed at 3/1 with Bet365. The draw is available at 9/4 with BetFred, so clearly the bookies aren’t that confident in England’s ability to get a result in Paris. England did record a 2-0 win at Wembley the last time these two sides met, but can they seal the first big scalp of Gareth Southgate’s reign with the senior side?
The French will be out to prove themselves over the next 12 months, as they look to make up for their Euro 2016 heartbreak in Russia. Defeat in their most decent qualifier has cast doubt over their spot at the World Cup, but they should rally in their last four games to wrap up top spot.
Les Bleus have been tested in their qualifying group, which is something England long for. They’ve been handed a straightforward task of making the World Cup, but it seems complacency is creeping in. They’ve not taken up a commanding position in the pool, especially after almost losing to Scotland last weekend. Despite their struggles, they’ve arranged this friendly to test themselves at the highest level before heading to Russia in 12 months’ time.
France may have lost in Sweden, but their home record is much more impressive. Not only did they go unbeaten in 90 minutes across their home European Championship last year, but they’ve managed to win seven of their last nine home international friendlies. They’ve won six of their eight non-competitive games since losing at England in 2015. Meanwhile, the Three Lions have one major away friendly win since 2009. That came in Germany in 2016, which was followed up with a defeat away to the world champions just three months ago. Everything points to a home win here, which seems like great value at 10/11 with Coral.
France have been winning at half-time in their last seven home friendly victories, which is a trend we see continuing this week. The French have plenty of attacking talent to start with up front, and we see Les Bleus getting an early advantage and putting England on the back foot. We think France to be winning at the end of each half is a brilliant value bet here, which is priced at 9/4 with Ladbrokes.
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Our favourite betting sites have gone enhanced odds crazy at the moment so there are loads of big odds available for this game.
The 888sport is great if you fancy an outsider, for example a correct score or FGS. 888 let you pick your own market and you get paid at three times the regular odds.
The maximum bet is £10 and you get cash for the published prices with free bets enhancing the winnings.
The big match on Sunday between Tottenham and Manchester United has an even bigger enhanced odds betting offer: new customers to Coral can get odds of 20/1 on there being at least one corner in the game!
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Spurs are most likely to be in a state of resignation when they face Man United in north London on Sunday. Their defeat last time out put paid to any realistic chance they had of pipping Chelsea to the title, and it will be interesting to see how they react here.
Of course, there is one big motivating factor for the home side: this will be their last Premier League game at White Hart Lane. This is sure to create a massive atmosphere, and with Man United putting everything towards their preparations for the Europa League final, we fancy Spurs will give the home fans something to sing about.
When the sides met at Old Trafford in December, Jose Mourinho’s men ran out 1-0 victors. We expect a much more open game here though, partly because Spurs will want to go out with a bang before leaving the ground that has been their home since 1899.
Add to that the fact that Mourinho is liable to rest some of his more important players with the Europa League final in mind, and we think the bookies are not too far off the mark with their odds of 8/11 for Tottenham to win the match.
The Red Devils haven’t won at White Hart Lane in the league since 2012, but they’ll certainly have a go as they still have hopes of finishing the top four. Therefore we fancy backing Tottenham to win but with both teams scoring at nice odds of 27/10 with Coral.
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Enhanced odds offers come in different shapes and sizes but for low risk punters, this is perfect. As we explained above, the absolute worst, worst case scenario is that you lose £1 and gain a £5 free bet.
However, if 100 years of football history is a decent guide, more than likely you’ll be sitting on a profit of £20 in free bets. The full terms and conditions of this limited time, 18+ offer, can be found at Coral. Below are the basics:
It’s a simple enough offer and Coral are a huge brand that you can trust. This is a great chance to land £20 in free bets with virtually no risk at all. Join Coral, claim this offer and enjoy the game as City and United battle it out!
For an easy, almost guaranteed win, this 20/1 promotion is impossible to beat. However, this is a huge game. Local pride and quite possibly a place in the Champions League are at stake. United can leapfrog City with a win and for such a massive clash, there are loads of offers.
Take a look at 888sport’s triple odds offer, for example. That gives you triple odds on any market in the match. Or how about Betfair’s 7/1 City or 16/1 United deal?
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The highlight of this weekend’s action is a clash between struggling Manchester City and a high flying Spurs side at the Etihad. And to mark the occasion, Coral have a cracking enhanced odds offer: 281 for a goal to be scored in the match!
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A huge clash like this isn’t what Pep Guardiola would have wanted at this stage, as he looks to restore confidence in his stuttering squad. Can they pull together and get their season back on track, or will they slip further off the pace here?
While Manchester City aren’t having the best time of things right now, they’re still strong favourites to see off Tottenham on Saturday evening. Coral price them at 21/20 to take the points here, with Tottenham out at 12/5 with SkyBet. BetVictor are offering the same price on these two to share the points, although Tottenham’s recent form probably has them expecting a victory here.
Tottenham have shot up to second place in the table, after an excellent run of form. Will they be able to continue that when they travel to the Etihad? City are bound to be desperate for a result, after slipping outside of the Champions League spots. However, they are only three points off Spurs. Their crisis could be over with a victory here, although that’s easier said than done.
Manchester City were awful at Everton last weekend, but we can’t see them being that bad again. Guardiola is likely to be hammering them on the training ground, which should make this a closer game. Hopefully he can tighten his team up, as we want to see a competitive clash, rather than another one sided rout.
Following the Everton game, and City’s recent form, there’s been a bit of an overreaction to Guardiola’s record both in England and before. Some are trying to downplay his excellent achievements in the game, and they’re forgetting about how good City looked earlier in the season. While there are certainly holes in their squad, the former Barca boss has proved that he can get this team playing.
Going in to this game, City do have a strong home record. They’ve averaged 2.1 points per game at the Etihad, losing just one of their 10 outings here. On the other hand, Tottenham aren’t exactly ruthless on the road. While they’re on a good winning run, they’ve drawn as many as they’ve won away from home. That’s what is putting us off backing them to win here.
We can’t see City pulling off a win here, so we’re going with a draw between these two. The hosts should be a lot more guarded at the back, and we can see them claiming a point, which is priced at 12/5 with Bet365. Given that 30% of Tottenham’s away games have finished 1-1, while 30% of the Citizen’s home games have seen the same score, a 1-1 draw here looks like an excellent bet at 13/2 with BetVictor.
One of the biggest games of the Premier League season arrives this weekend, as two of the top three clash at Old Trafford. Leaders Manchester City are the visitors in this crunch title clash, and they’ll be aiming for revenge after losing here to United last term. Both sides are out to prove their title credentials, but just who will come out on top on Sunday?
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Man City head in to this game without at least two established stars. Sergio Aguero and David Silva are both out, while Vincent Kompany faces a race to be fit in time for the derby. With City facing those kinds of problems, this does seem like the perfect time for United to strike, leapfrogging their rivals in the process.
Last week’s 3-0 win at Everton righted some of the wrongs of the Red Devil’s loss at the Emirates. They went down by the same scoreline just before the international break, which saw them slip behind the Gunners in the table. They won in such an impressive fashion last weekend that Gary Neville called it, “the perfect away performance.” Can they do something similar at home?
It’s hard to see United have to do much breaking down here, City are likely to come and attack, as they usually do at Old Trafford. The question is, just how much of a threat will they be without their two top attackers? Also, can Raheem Sterling prove himself in this game, after a hat-trick against Bournemouth last weekend? Manuel Pellegrini has a lot to sort out before making this short trip.
Louis Van Gaal got some things wrong in that Arsenal defeat, but the win at Everton was evidence of a side working to improve. They’ve certainly got better going forward, even though Anthony Martial’s goals are beginning to dry up. Hitting three at Goodison shows their lethal edge, especially with Rooney among the scorers once again. Because of that, we’re backing the home side to hit at least two goals in this match, priced at 5/4 with Coral.
United certainly do have the firepower to tip this match, especially if their midfield keeps on chipping in with goals. Van Gaal will be looking for a big win for his side, laying down a marker for their title challenge. After a couple of years of struggle and some big spending, his team look set to make a return to their usual role of title contenders. They may not end up going all the way this season, but they’re good enough to challenge and they’ll show that here. We’re backing a home win, priced at 13/8 with Sky Bet.
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