With the Premier League champions for the first time ever arriving into the summer with a squad of peak players signed up to long-term deals and a host of exciting young talent, do Liverpool really need a big signing this summer?
For some fans, though, the answer is a resounding yes. Despite their dominant Premier League campaign, the fear is that Liverpool have become a touch too direct in their play. With a midfield often built around high energy athletes as opposed to pure technicians, they can lack a suave pass from the middle. Instead, their threat and penetration comes from the wing backs, with the midfield often doing the ‘hog work’ to keep the side balanced.
Liverpool, then, might be about to make one major signing this summer. With a back-up left-back arriving in the form of Greek international Kostas Tsimikas, the Reds were expected to sign a young back-up for Roberto Firmino and another wide option. While Rhian Brewster looks like fulfilling the need for the former, Ismaila Sarr of Watford is being heavily linked for the wide option.
In the central part of the park, though, the biggest deal to be done looks to be that of Thiago Alcantara. The Spaniard is heavily linked with a switch to Anfield, and is seemingly set on Liverpool as his next club. With Liverpool unlikely to do business unless they lose a midfielder (most likely Gini Wijnaldum to FC Barcelona), though, it could be a quiet and frustrating few weeks for Reds fans.
Given their dominant year last year, it might seem odd to see Liverpool fans unhappy with the clubs off-the-field progress. With a midfield short on creative flow, though, it’s the only signing that Liverpool really need this year. Will they make it, though? This summer has been uncharacteristically slow for a club that is often praised for their administrative quality.
We’ve covered Yankees previously. A yankee is basically a bet that expands on a four fold accumulator where every selection has to win for your bet to be a winner. As opposed to accumulators with a yankee your bet is instead split into various different bets (11 bets from 4 selections -> 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 four-fold.). With a Super Yankee, also known as a Canadian, 5 selections are involved, so as I’m sure you can understand the number of bets increases too. The 5 selections amount to a total of 26 bets. 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-folds plus 1 five-fold.
This is of course a considerable number of bets and so is not as focused financially or in intent as an accumulator. It’s a bet that you could go for perhaps if you’re quietly confident in your selections but at the same time appreciate that they’re not all that likely to ‘realistically’ come up. Personally, I like the ‘edge of your seat’ nature of accumulator bets, even five folds, but it’s understandable of course that some like to see at least some return if they’re ‘close to’ right, rather than 100% on the button. For those punters with that way of thinking, a Lucky 15 is a Canadian aka a Super Yankee is a decent option.
As part of our series covering different types of multiple bets (we’ve covered doubles, trebles and accumulators) it’s time to talk yankees. A yankee is essentially a combination of all of these bets types. It consists of 11 bets: 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a four-fold accumulator and is a popular sports bet, especially in horse racing.
It’s the kind of bet that will appeal to someone who is either having a lucky punt at four selections, or is confident of say two or three of them, but at the same time realises how difficult it is in reality to pull off a four fold accumulator. With a yankee bet even if you don’t tick every box, you can still benefit from two or three wins.
Say for instance that one of your results disappointed, but you gained three winners, well you would still win on four of your eleven bets (three doubles and a treble). For a breakdown of the 11 bets that make up a yankee bet see below:
Yankee Bet Breakdown
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||ab, ac, ad, bc, bd, cd
||abc, abd, acd, bcd
Adding another selection (so 5 instead of 4) makes the bet a super yankee resulting in a total of 26 bets (10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-fold’s and a five-fold accumulator). Add the 5 single bets to that and you have what is known as a Lucky 31 (31 bets in total). With both yankees and super yankees even if you’re a fan of betting on favourites, you stand to make a good return should the wins start rolling in.