Love Island Betting: Tommy Fury is a softie, but you can tell him

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It's time for another summer of Love Island

'Are You Ready For Love' plays as the opening credits roll. For those wishing to fill their summer with flirty bants, James Buttler finds the betting value in the Love Island villa...

"Then a late entry, enter blonde social media influencer Molly Mae. Apparently, that means she has an Instagram account and doesn't usually wear much. A few heads turned and then on Friday night came the first recoupling. She coupled with the highest profile male and her stay has been short enough for her popularity to remain undetermined."

Being pied off, the wisecracking narrator and surely some skullduggery - Love Island is back on our TVs for the next eight weeks.

Motivation for going on the programme has previous little to do with finding love - it's all about being on the telly. Chances of finding love that will last after the sun has gone down, next to none. Entertainment rating, high. The annoying over-used phrase so far - "it is was it is".

There are betting possibilities too. Last year the early odds-on frontrunners were Dani and Jack who took home the £50,000 prize. This time around there are no obvious early favourites so the value remains in the market as we hit the first weekend in the sun.

The girls

First to walk through the door was air-hostess Amy. The 26-year-old blonde claims to never having had a boyfriend and is looking for "a prince charming to sweep her off her wedges". It begged the question what's wrong with her, but first impressions are that she is disappointingly normal. Her choice of partner makes her a decent play at 2/1 favourite, but it is early days.

Twenty-one-year-old Amber, a "funny, little bit of a diva, a little bit sassy" reckons if a man did the dirty on her, she would ruin his life. A straight-talking Geordie, she had never been rejected. She didn't have to wait long. Could go either way, but not an early star.

Anna is a pharmacist and Instagram model. Aren't we all. The brunette promised "storm Anna" as she entered the villa. The 28-year-old either wants a tall skinny fella or a short, big man. Seems to cover most bases.

Lucie is a blonde bombshell surfer-Barbie who has never had a relationship longer than six months. Surfing and modelling fill her time and she's grabbed plenty of attention and has proved to be refreshingly loyal and straightforward. Every chance of lasting the course. At 2/1 she is joint favourite to end up as top girl. The worry would be her choice of partner and value lays elsewhere.

Yewande is the brainy one. The Irish girl with a degree in biotechnology, has to be the most glamorous scientist on our television screens this summer. Initially quiet and not as brash as the rest she may be a slow-burner.

Then a late entry, enter blonde social media influencer Molly Mae. Apparently, that means she has an Instagram account and doesn't usually wear much. A few heads turned and then on Friday night came the first recoupling. She coupled with the highest profile male and her stay has been short enough for her popularity to remain undetermined. She could be worth a punt at 13/2 to finish as top female.

The boys

Anton is a 24-year-old Scotsman. While they all have muscles bursting out of more muscle, this fella owns a gym and looks like he uses it. His self-confessed wandering eye has already been his undoing. Initially paired with Amy, who he told was his first choice, decided he preferred Lucie before the second advertising break. A guy who rules the roost at home is struggling to be top dog in his new home and is likely to bounce from rejection to disaster before he packs his bags.

My first impressions of Sherif were wrong. The big semi-pro rugby player described himself as a dirty dog, but he's been quite reserved and is in danger of becoming the father of the house and advisor despite being only 20. His initial coupling with Anna only began to smoulder when Anton began to show an interest.

Michael is a tattooed firefighter with a cheeky smile, but again there is more to him too. "I've actually got a brain." he insists. The degree educated Londoner was coupled with Lucie who quickly swapped him. He ended up with Yewande and hasn't had too much screen time since.

Callum from South Wales was cast as the boring one. The 28-year-old made a big play of being old fashioned and romantic, but Amber immediately regretted her choice.

Joe, another Londoner, makes sandwiches for a living and his curly hair caught Lucie's eye. It seemed like love was blossoming until two newcomers to the villa stirred things up. Joe is 2/1 second fav to be top male and he seems immature and unlikely to increase in popularity.

Another Lucie admirer was Tyson Fury's boxing brother, Tommy. The 20-year-old made an instant impact when his early attraction to Lucie saw him pick her as his steal at the pre-arranged fire-pit coupling. It ruffled Joe's feathers and he has sulked ever since.

While Joe could climb out of his slumber and recover popularity, Tommy looks set to be one of the stars of the season. The 20-year-old big man has a soft side. He lists Hannah Montana as his favourite TV show and, if he plays the sensitive card, he could warm a few hearts in voter land. The fact people believe he would be rougher than he actually appears could garner votes and he's the value play for top male at 9/2.

Finally, Curtis is a 23-year-old ballroom dancer with a decent sense of humour and a shoulder to cry on. Amy was his pick at the fire-pit selection steal and the two of them seem well matched and could last the duration. At 7/4 to finish top male he is the shortest priced contestant and on the face of it that is justified. There are plenty of weeks for the charm to become boring.

First recoupling

Amy chose Curtis, Anna went with Sherif, Amber opted for Anton and Yewande stayed loyal to Michael. Lucie, facing a tough choice between Joe and Tommy, picked the former and Molly Mae saved Tommy. No surprise that it was goodbye Callum whose highlights reel would barely register on your retinas. A new boy enters the villa on Sunday.

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