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The Beckham-Ancelotti bromance resumes





Every week, bookmaker and former Racing Post chief sports betting writer Mark Worwood tackles one of football’s hottest topics from a punting perspective.



Hindsight is 20/20 but, looking back, it should have been obvious that Paris Saint-Germain was where David Beckham would end up in the French capital after completing his five-year contract with Los Angeles Galaxy.




Beckham turned down lucrative offers from all around the world, including deals from teams in Australia, England and various Middle East countries, to ink a five-month agreement with the French Ligue Un side coached by Carlo Ancelotti.




Ancelotti was the manager of Milan when Beckham, desperate to stay match fit so that he could play for England in its FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in 2009, joined the Italian Serie A giant on loan from Los Angeles.




To say that Ancelotti and Beckham got on well would be an understatement. They spent a lot of time in each other’s company off the pitch, with one famous story leaking out that Ancelotti drove Beckham from Milan to Parma – a round trip of more than 200 kilometres – just so that they could dine together at one of the Italian’s favourite restaurants.




On the pitch, Ancelotti made Beckham work for his money. The biggest name in football – not even Lionel Messi can match the Englishman in the fame stakes – first signed for Milan in December 2008, during Italian Serie A’s winter break. He debuted for the Rossoneri in their 2-2 draw away to Roma in January 2009 and ended the league campaign with 18 starts. Not bad considering that there were only 21 games left when he took the number 32 jersey vacated by Christian Vieri.




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Beckham returned to Milan on loan from Los Angeles at the same stage of the following Italian Serie A season but, by this point, Ancelotti had moved to English Premier League plutocrat Chelsea. Rossoneri legend Leonardo has replaced Ancelotti as the San Siro team’s coach and Beckham made seven league starts and four appearances off the bench.




Bookmakers reacted to Beckham’s announcement that he was joining Paris Saint-Germain for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season by framing a range of special betting markets based around the superstar’s performance.




Punters are able to bet on, among other things, the number of French Ligue Un goals that Beckham scores for Paris Saint-Germain this term and him scoring a goal against Manchester United in this season’s UEFA Champions League tournament, which resumes later this month.




But the Beckham exotics that are of most interest are the ones pertaining to his number of starts in French Ligue Un and the UEFA Champions League this term. Bwin is offering odds of around 10-11 that Beckham starts seven or more league games for Paris Saint-Germain this season and BetVictor is quoting odds of around 4-1 that he starts a UEFA Champions League match for PSG in the same period.




Bwin has probably taken too much notice of Beckham’s Milan statistics under Leonardo and not even notice of his numbers under Ancelotti. If Beckham stays fit – and he is the model professional – then the bromance between him and his boss should see him start at least seven French Ligue Un games for Paris Saint-Germain. PSG has 15 matches remaining.




If one believes that Bwin has made a small error in framing its Beckham market then one must think that BetVictor has made a big one in offering 4-1 about the 37-year-old starting a UEFA Champions League game for Paris Saint-Germain this term. Allow one to explain.




Paris Saint-Germain’s UEFA Champions League tie versus Valencia may roll around too soon for Ancelotti to start Beckham but BetVictor is offering odds of around 4-7 that PSG gets through to the next round. One would have to think that Beckham would stand a very good chance of starting for his new team if it reaches the last eight, yet BetVictor’s market is basically offering punters better than 2-1 that he makes the first 11 in the event that Paris Saint-Germain plays in the quarter-finals. That looks like a rick.





Should we have seen Beckham’s move to Paris Saint-Germain coming? How will he fare in France? Send me your comments.








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