It's been a while since I've seen some of the crazy draw odds which we readily associate with Serie B in Italy, well they're back and this time it is courtesy of Shakhtar Donetsk & Juventus. As things stand a draw between the two sides will see both teams go through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, with the added bonus of knocking out the current holders Chelsea in the progress. A few football pundits talked about how a draw was likely between Shakthar and Juventus, but I personally hopef it wouldn't be quite this transparent.
The market didn't even form at normal prices which for a game like this you would expect to see something around 3.60/3.70. It formed at around 2.20 and has slowly but surely come in as the kick off draws closer. It's a tricky one to decide if it is worth laying the draw on because we've seen apparent draw fixes in the past end up with one side winning, which I always see as the ‘fixers' sending out misinformation to get people to lump the draw whilst they're betting on the actual winner at an inflated price.
I intend to monitor the prices and decide whether to enter close to kick-off, laying Juventus could be an option but we'll have to see. Chelsea fans seeing these odds are certain to have long faces!
Good luck to all gambling and trading, Steve