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Cash Out: Man United show positive minutes don't always mean value

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"In beating West Brom at a canter at old Trafford you could only have maximised your profits at around £6, even though there was over 80 positive minutes."

Do You...Don't You? Cash Out is the unique Betfair tool that allows you to lock in a profit or minimise losses regardless of the final result. In a new regular column, Christian Crowther reviews where the optimum Cash Out profits were to be had from the weekend's Premier League action...

Unfortunately the footballing gods conspired against a bumper Cash Out opportunity from the weekend's Premier League matches.

Where those who foresaw Wigan and Everton comebacks could have locked in handsome profits last weekend, not one team who went behind this, could muster any such dividend-creating heroics.

Instead, this column will instead focus on some of the overall patterns emerging. 

There is plenty to observe, not least in casting a spotlight on the teams which are consistently producing positive minutes of Cash Out opportunity.

Our new graphics (displayed in the table below by clicking on individual teams) can now shed light (green and red in this case) on exactly where each team has offered positive minutes from previous matches and more importantly where the maximum value could have been obtained.

Take runaway leaders Manchester United for example. The Red Devils have understandably generated the most positive Cash Out minutes of any team in the league as their time spent in the ascendency in games clearly outweighs most other sides.

However, where positive sums can be harvested for long periods throughout the match (shown in green on the graph), the best value is not often extracted from routine wins.

Just compare United's actual maximum Cash Out value from two different games. 

In beating West Brom at a canter at old Trafford you could only have maximised your profits at around £6, even though there was over 80 positive minutes

Whereas during a fiercely contested game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane - which offered nearly as many positive minutes - punters could have locked-in at a much higher monetary value of around £35.

Those games of a more roller-coaster nature are the Cash Out punters' true ally.  Let's hope the next round of Premier League clashes throws up a bit more in the way of drama. 

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12 February 2013

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