The Pools – Derby v QPR Offer

It’s Derby v QPR in the Championship on Monday night, and The Pools are getting in on the action! Place £5.00 on three or more goals in the match at boosted odds of 6/5 and qualify for a £5.00 free bet if you bet a further £20.00 on selected events. Translated into matched betting terms, this gives us a profit of £5.85, and here’s how…

Price boost

To qualify for the two ‘Bet £20, Get £5’ offers, we need to place a bet of £5.00+ on Three or more goals scored in the match at boosted odds of 2.20 (6/5).

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

Either exchange works for this offer

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 £4.95…

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Place £5.00 on ‘Three or more goals scored in the match’ @ 2.20 = Potential profit of £6.00

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Lay £4.95 on ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ @ 2.24 = Potential liability of £6.13


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

OutcomeThe PoolsBetfairProfit/Loss
3 or more goals+ £6.00– £6.13£0.13 loss
2 or less goals– £5.00+ £4.85£0.15 loss

So, no matter the outcome, we’ll make a maximum loss of £0.15 in qualifying for our two ‘Bet £20, Get £5’ offers.

Qualifying bets

Please see my qualifying bets guide if you’d like more information about them and how they work.

To qualify for the 2 x £5.00 free bets, we must bet £20.00 on both any European football match and any horse racing market on Monday 29th November 2021 at minimum odds of 1.20 (1/5).

Either exchange works for this offer

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

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Aim to lose no more than £1.00 on each of our qualifying bets

So, we’ll lose a total of around £2.00 in qualifying for our £10.00 in free bets.

Free bets

Our 2 x £5.00 free bets will be credited by midday the day following bet settlement and valid for 7 days.

Using straightforward matched betting, we should convert our free bets into 80% cash, so £8.00. Considering our total expected qualifying loss of £2.00 and our price boost maximum loss of £0.15, this provides us with an overall profit of £5.85 on this The Pools offer!

* QPR won the match 2-1, resulting in £5.87 profit on this The Pools offer. *

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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.