The Pools – Arsenal v Aston Villa Offer

It’s Arsenal v Aston Villa in the Premier League on Friday night and The Pools are getting in on the action! Place £5.00 on Arsenal to score first at boosted odds of evens and qualify for a £5.00 free bet if you bet a further £20.00 on the Premier League this weekend. Translated into matched betting terms, this gives us a guaranteed profit of £3.38 and here’s how…

Price boost

In order to qualify for the ‘Bet £20, Get £5’ offer, we need to place a bet of £5.00+ on Arsenal to score first against Aston Villa at boosted odds of 2.00 (evens).

For a walkthrough of how to lay price boosts, please see my price boosts guide.

Smarkets works best for this offer

Smarkets’ low commission rate of 2% makes them the best option for this offer.

They often have less liquidity than Betfair, but for this offer, that’s okay. We can go ahead and maximise our profits.

  • 0% commission for 60 days

We can calculate our lay stake using my Matched Betting Calculator

Select bet type

Back Bet (Bookie)


Lay Bet (Betting Exchange)

Min £
Max £
Lay stake required: £
If back (bookie) bet wins
= £
If lay (exchange) bet wins
= £
Total profit: £

As you can see, the calculator tells us that our lay stake should be £5.49…

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Place £5.00 on ‘Arsenal to score first’ @ 2.00 = Potential profit of £5.00

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Lay £5.49 on ‘First team to score – Arsenal’ @ 1.84 = Potential liability of £4.61


Let’s have a look at our profit/loss for the two potential outcomes…

OutcomeThe PoolsSmarketsProfit/Loss
Arsenal score first+ £5.00– £4.61£0.39 profit
Arsenal don’t score first– £5.00+ £5.38£0.38 profit

So, no matter the outcome, we’ll make a guaranteed profit of £0.38 in qualifying for our ‘Bet £20, Get £5’ offer.

Qualifying bet

If you’d like more information about qualifying bets and how they work, please see my qualifying bets guide.

To qualify for the £5.00 free bet, we must bet £20.00 on a Premier League match taking place up to and including Sunday 24th October 2021 at minimum odds of 1.20 (1/5).

Either exchange works for this offer

Betfair and Smarkets are both great options for this offer. If you’ve not used one of them, now is a great time to give them a try.

  • 2% commission for all new signups
  • 0% commission for 60 days

We can calculate our lay stakes using my Matched Betting Calculator.

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Aim to lose no more than £1.00 on our qualifying bet

Free bet

Our £5.00 free bet will be credited by midday the day following bet settlement and will be valid for 7 days.

Using straightforward matched betting, we should be able to convert our free bet into 80% cash, so £4.00. If we take into account our expected qualifying loss of £1.00 and our price boost minimum profit of £0.38, this gives us an overall guaranteed profit of £3.38 on this The Pools offer!

* Arsenal scored first, resulting in a profit of £3.39 on this The Pools offer. *

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Matt Kirman - Matched Betting Blogger

Matt KirmanMatched Betting Blogger

Since 2014, I’ve blogged over £60,000 worth of profit, and made it my mission to make matched betting accessible to everyone.