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Falling in Love with Love Island – Love Island Betting Winter 2020

Want to Bet on Love Island Winter 2020? Here’s Our Love Island Betting Guide

There are many people who call Love Island trash television – and they have a point. However, no-one can deny its popularity. Everyone has a guilty pleasure, and for many it starts in June and follows the love lives of ridiculously glamorous youngsters on the island of Majorca. But, good news for some of us – there’s now Love Island Winter edition! The youngsters desert Majorca and head to South Africa for a sunnier – and hotter – winter… where temperatures will surely be raised! Now, you can now get even more involved – and we’re not talking about a ménage a trois. You can now find top bookies who offer Love Island betting and special betting offers. As Love Island’s popularity soars, so does the popularity of Love Island betting. Let’s look at everything you need to know about Love Island Winter 2020.

All You Need to Know and More

Where and When

It’s official. The new season of Love Island hits our screen on 8th January 2020. The show is shown every evening – usually at 9pm on ITV2. However, on occasions, it is later, and on occasions, it runs longer than normal. Also, there is one show per week that just shows a catch-up of the week’s action with some unseen footage.

The Location

Love Island Winter isn’t just a fictional place, it’s set in a specially made villa in Cape Town, South Africa. The summer in South Africa is from December all the way through to march, so there will be lots of opportunities for the contestants to get their bikinis and swim trunks on.

The Host

So, what lucky presenter is paid to spend over a month in South Africa, hanging out with lots of good-looking youngsters? The answer is not Caroline Flack… as normal. Former Strictly Come Dancing winner has been on the scene since the mid-2000s. However, apparently her boyfriend and her favourite lamp had a bit of an altercation before Christmas and she got the blame for it. Anyway, she’s stepped aside this time to make way for Laura Whitmore. Ironically, she’s the love interest of the voice-over Iain Sterling, so they can have their very own Love Island together.

Just a quick note to say how sorry we were to learn about Caroline Flack’s passing this weekend. I am a huge Love Island fan and was very upset to learn what happened. As Caroline said, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind”.

Love Island on Social Media

Once the villa doors are open, it’s tough to avoid it on Social Media. If you do want to follow it, then there’s a dedicated Twitter handle  – which is @LoveIsland. Here you’ll get all the most up-to-date news and gossip on the show. Then, once you get to know the contestants and couples, you’ll be able to follow them. You’ll also find the twitter feeds inundated with all sorts of hash tags – #tommyandmolly being a popular one from the summer. Remember though, Social Media is a powerful tool, so use it well.

Love Island Lies

One of the most popular episodes of every season was the famous/infamous Lie Detector episode. Here, all the contestants could compile a list of questions that they want to ask their partner. This could make or break a relationship depending on the outcome. Asking your beau if there’s someone they prefer to you is always a tricky one. This episode often shook up the most seemingly solid of couples and always made a stormy sea when it had previously been plain sailing. However, due to controversy surrounding this and contestants’ mental health, this has now been scrapped.

Being a Winner in Love

So, is there a recipe to become a Love Island winner? How do you get the prize money? Well, the first contestants to enter the villa are not the only ones – as contestants come and go during the weeks in the villa. The initial female contestants then step forward for the guys they fancy and want to couple up with – and there’s always some poor guy who gets no-one. Each week, there are additions to the household, who have to ‘graft’ to win over the contestants. Couples recouple every week, and if there’s an odd number, the one who doesn’t get picked goes home. Generally, the most successful contestants are those who stay together from the first day. If you have managed to graft enough to stay on the island till the end, the public vote for their favourite couple to win the £50,000. One of them then gets the cheque and can either keep the money or split it with their partner.

Getting On Love Island

Interested in being a contestant? Well, it helps if you have a small connection to celebrity – i.e. celebrity friends/family or some kind of past. Obviously, one of the biggest assets is a decent body and good-looking face. A big personality is always helpful too.  However, not everyone is the perfect model. There have been a few successful male applicants – Nathan Massey and Jack Fincham – that haven’t just got on the show, but won it. Not sure that works for the women though…

Love Island Lingo

If you have never watched Love Island, then some of the phrases can be quite confusing…

  • Grafting – working on a girl / boy to couple up
  • Melt – a soft or soppy person
  • Mugged off – Making someone look foolish
  • Pied off – ignored someone’s advances
  • My Type on Paper – the sort of person they would generally go for
  • Doing Bits – obvious really…. Going a bit further than kissing
  • Muggy – Someone taking you for a fool – ‘That was a muggy thing to do’.
  • Salty – could mean sexy, bitchy or aggressive
  • Stick it on him/her – make a move on someone
  • Crack on – move on with someone else
  • Snakey – someone that is underhand
  • Full on Factor 50 – laying it on thick
  • Eggs in one basket – putting all your attention on one person
  • Vibing – getting on well with someone

Betting on Love Island

The Best Love Island Betting Odds

Like any event you bet on, looking at the best odds for Love Island is super important. When the show is on, many bookies will offer great offers and promotions to get you betting on their couples. The bookies will then base their odds on the popularity of the couple and the public perception. To find out who’ll give you the best value, check out Social Media and find out who’s popular, and who’s not. Facebook and Twitter will be heaving with info and opinions. If you want to find a value bet, look to see what the popular opinion is and whose odds give you the best value to reflect that.

Love Island Betting Tips and Strategies?

Because of the comings and goings, it’s not easy to predict. Not only do people leave the villa, but they also enter it mid-show. These people can really shake it all up and throw the previous odds out the window. Generally, the public love a couple that get on well from the start and stay loyal to each other – take Jack and Dani, Cara and Nathan, Kem and Amber. These couples always have a journey, but always stick together. If looking for a good bet, look for a couple that aren’t necessarily given lots of airtime at the beginning. The less time they have on the screen, the higher the odds on them will be. You have to look for a contestant that is likeable. A popular contestant will stay on the island, and the public will like them. Arrogant contestants, argumentative contestants and flaky contestants aren’t liked, so steer clear of those. Looking at the previous winners, the pattern is clear – people either vote for the low key, faithful couple, or the woman that has been treated badly by men but has made it through to the final in a couple – prime example – Amber and Greg – winners of summer 2019.

Types of Love Island Bets

People have been betting on Love Island since it first came back on the scene in 2015. Bookies offered winner markets, as they did on TV shows like X-Factor, BGT and Strictly Come Dancing. However, they have now got even more markets available, such as the week of elimination etc.

Life after Love Island

The Highs

There are many contestants who have used Love Island to further their careers and have done so successfully. Chris Hughes and Kem Cetinay have had their own spin-off show, and Kem went on to star in Dancing on Ice.  He also has had some presenting gigs, where Chris has made regular appearances on ITV Racing, where he is known in the horse racing scene. Wes has been on Dancing on Ice and was part of a Love Island pop group on X-Factor Celebrity – No Love Lost – with Eyal, Zara and Samira. Alex and Olivia got married; Cara and Nathan are getting married and there have been Love Island babies. Jamie and Camilla used it as a platform to further humanitarian work and raise the profiles of charities. Maura is also set to star on Dancing on Ice and has done some presenting as well as her beau, Curtis.

The Lows

Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out so well for all contestants. The show hit the headlines recently because of the suicides of 2 previous contestants – Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis. Although there is no substantial link to the show, there have been accusations that these youngsters are thrown to the wolves and offered no after care. The Love Island spokespersons have insisted that the aftercare is important and the contestants have access to care whenever needed. Last season, none of the couples have remained together, which is the first time there has been no successful relationship to come from a season. Just to add, Love Island suffered a huge blow this weekend (15th Feb 2020) with the premature passing of the beloved host, Caroline Flack.

Previous Winners

YearWinning Couple
Love Island 2019Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea
Love Island 2018Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer
Love Island 2017Kem Cetinay and Amber Davis
Love Island 2016Nathan Massey and Cara De La Hoyde
Love Island 2015Jessica Hayes and Max Morley
Celebrity Love Island 2006Calum Best and Bianca Gascoigne
Celebrity Love Island 2005Fran Cosgrave and Jayne Middlemiss

 

This Year’s Contestants

The Boys

Conor Durman

If his face looks familiar, then it’s because he’s the brother of famous comedian Russel Kane. No, not really, but if Kane was to take a few steroids and hit the sunbed, you’d not be far off the mark! Anyway, he’s actually a 25-year old coffee salesman from Brighton… so we’ll expect a full of beans character then. He believes he’s the perfect Love Islander because he’s been living in Australia for four years. Apparently, that means that he’s grown up and done everything himself – does that include growing those coffee beans? He describes himself as having had “many new and different life experiences”. He also says that he’s had two big relationships, one good, one bad.” However, we’re interested to see how “mature” he is. We just can’t get Russel Kane out of my head, so we’re not holding our breath, sorry! Anyway, his celeb crush is Maya Jama… who? (Apparently, she’s a TV presenter – just googled her!). His New Year’s Resolution is to stop overthinking and do things that make him happy… which apparently going to Oz for four years and entering for Love Island didn’t????

Mike Boateng

OK, so he’s not a celeb, but he has links with the zleb world. His brother was on The Apprentice in 2016 (nope, we don’t remember him either). He also had a short career as a footie player for Sheffield Utd and played alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin (forward for the third-best team in Merseyside). This humble character describes himself as being the perfect Love Islander because of his “charm and character”. He describes himself as “easy to approach” and is hoping that it will make it easy for him “to speak to a girl and connect with her”. Although we’re thinking he might need to do some of the grafting too… His celeb crushes are somewhat more well known (if not a little more cliche) – Rihanna and Beyonce. Indeed, his New Year’s Resolution is to find a serious relationship. Of course, we all know that Love Island is just the place to find long term love…

Callum Jones

OK – so, I can’t find a link for him to the celeb world. Good start. Callum is 23 years old and works as a scaffolder in Manchester. He is a self-described “cheeky chappie” and says he has all the “builder’s banter” (I hope that doesn’t mean shouting out obscenities to good looking women, or he won’t last long). He’s also down to earth (which is tough when you’re a scaffolder we reckon). He says that his celebrity crush is the not so ugly Megan Fox. He says that his ideal woman has long dark hair, is tanned and wear red lipstick. She also has white fingernails (he does know it’s polish yes?) He does like an independent woman though, so maybe he’ll be fighting it out with Mike for Beyonce. His New Year’s Resolution is very specific “new year, new me”. Hmmm, who knows what that means. Obviously couldn’t think of a clever answer for it.

Nas Majeed

He’s an older one – shuffling in at the ripe old age of 23 no less! Nas Majeed is a Sports Science graduate and builder. Maybe he builds gyms? Apparently, he reckons he’s “very different to guys who have been on the show before” we’d love to see how exactly – posing in his shorts with one leg off the floor and his most seductive grin. Nope – looks the same so far! He describes himself as funny (always hard to live up to! NEVER describe yourself as funny!), always himself, caring and considerate. His celeb crush is quite original – Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine in the recent Disney remake of Aladdin). So, will he find himself a woman that will make him a lad in love??? I can feel so many Disney and Aladdin puns coming on, but I’ll stop there before I take it too Jafar… Anyway, his New Year’s Resolution isn’t really one at all, to stay positive. If you aren’t changing anything, it doesn’t count. So, will Nas get his Jas? We’ll see!

Ollie Williams

Here we have a blonde bombshell, and we’re just hoping he has a bit more to say for himself than last year’s Ken doll, Charlie. Ollie is another 23-year-old, but he doesn’t have a job. No, apparently his job in life is to be the heir to the Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall. So, basically living off his mummy and daddy. How appealing.  Well, he might not have a job or smarts, but he has money (or will do when his folks peg it). This hard-working fella describes himself as an Alpha male and is always the “boss of the room”. He sounds utterly delightful. He’s the one that makes all the jokes; he’s an attention seeker and wants to be in the middle of whatever is going on. He also lets people know what he thinks of them. If he is like he says, I’m sure people think highly of him too. His celebrity crush is Lily James – lucky her. I’m sure she’ll be delighted to have him as her Prince Charming. (Sorry, more Disney puns). Furthermore, his New Year’s Resolution is to win Love Island. I hope he realises that you need to win it by attracting someone else… and you can’t pair off with yourself around the fire pit. Still, there’s bound to be a gold digger in there somewhere…

 

The Girls

Shaughna Phillips

Shaughna, 25 is a Democratic Services Officer from London. She describes herself as “chatty, funny and clever” although she thinks that her cleverness will surprise people, who won’t expect it from her. In fact, this brain surgeon wannabe goes so far as to say that “When they hear me speak about certain things they’ll be shocked.” We’re intrigued… and we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt for now. She also says that she likes “to get on with everyone too”. Particularly the men we’d think. Unfortunately, she seems to be a couple of years too late though, as her celebrity crush (take the word celebrity with a pinch of salt…) is 2018 winner Jack Fincham, who she describes as “a bit of me on toast” (yup, very clever)… However, any f*** boys out there better watch out, as her New Year’s Resolution is to stop being nice to them.

Sophie Piper

If her face looks familiar, then it’s because she bears more than a passing resemblance to her big sis, Saturday’s diva Rochelle Humes. However, she’s looking for fame – although through a completely different medium – getting it on on national TV. This 21-year-old lovely is from sunny Essex and currently works as a Medical PA. She believes she’s the perfect Love Islander because she’s very friendly, and she is “looking to find someone, which is the main thing” Is it though? Really? Hmmm… Nothing to do with the fact that she’s a celebrity sibling / familial member (which seems to be a prerequisite on the show now). She’s also “very open to the experience” of getting famous for sunbathing in a luxurious villa in South Africa for weeks. She also says she’s “excited to get in the villa now!” Who wouldn’t be? England’s pretty miserable this time of year! She fancies Anthony Joshua (who knows, his brother might go in…) and she apparently gets so excited watching him fight that she yells “Come on, use your right hook” despite having no clue what that means. Maybe Shaughna can help her along with her incredible intelligence…

Leanne Amaning

Well, Leanne went in for Miss Ghana 2016 (but apparently didn’t win it – so no boasting then). 3 and a bit years on, she’s living in London and working as a Customer Service Advisor – and just 22 years old. So, what can we expect from this African queen? Well, she believes that she is the perfect Love Islander because she’s “fun and wants to find love”. However, she doesn’t think she’s very open so wants Love Island to change her. Will it make her a more open person? Hopefully not too open…that never ends well for Love Island beauty queens! She obviously likes the older, more rugged man, with her crush being Gerard Butler. Poor lass, in our experience, there aren’t any craggy older men on the show, just 20 somethings that shave every orifice of their body! She says her New Year’s Resolution is to stop eating chocolate. Seriously though, we reckon it should be to stop being so darn original with her resolutions!

Eve and Jess Gale

Well, apparently these lovely lasses aren’t even good enough to get their own section. Because obviously, if you’re twins you’re just two halves of a whole right? Apparently so, as they seem to both be Students and VIP Hostesses (whatever that’s code for) from London. Oh yes, and they are 20 (both of them, obviously). In fact, We’d go so far as to say that apparently they are the same person according to their interviews. Both of them are confident (a pre-requisite of getting into a bikini every day on National TV). Jess describes herself also as “fun confident and spontaneous” and Eve says she’s “chilled out and easy-going”. Surprisingly enough (or not) they share the same crush – Anthony Joshua… although does this mean that Sophie Piper is the third twin? (looks-wise we think not). So there will be a three-way fight for him (or a very happy man!) They also share the same new year’s resolution – to become a vegetarian (both climbing on the bandwagon there). Seems like they might both share that brain cell too. Let’s hope one doesn’t get voted out first… or they’ll have split it in two.

Paige Turley

Oh, lookie – another blonde! Paige is 22 (yep, another 22-year-old) singer from West Lothian – although apparently not good enough for X-Factor or The Voice fame… However, her looks apparently trump her vocals as she made it to the famous (or infamous) villa. She describes herself as “naturally flirty” In fact, she says that flirting “feels good”. She’ll be in her element here then. She wants to meet folk outside of her small town, where everyone knows everyone, so has decided South Africa is the obvious place (although it’s not unusual for people to know other people from the villa, let’s be honest!) The girl does have taste though, as her celeb crush is Tom Hardy (a favourite last year if I remember rightly), although there will definitely be no Tom Hardy’s here. Hew New Year’s Resolution is to ease up a bit and use her strong-mindedness in the right way – start the year on a new Paige we guess!

Siannise Fudge

No, it isn’t the name of a Middle Eastern sweet, that’s our tooth tingling 25-year-old Beauty Consultant from Bristol. At 25, let’s hope she’s keeping an open mind about a younger lad. This lady is apparently “sassy and fun” – along with the rest of them. We should be expecting lots of fun on the TV then. She’s also experienced “quite a lot with men”… we’ll just leave that one there. However, she does know what she’s looking for. Unfortunately, though, she seems to be looking for what every other woman in the villa is looking for – a bit of Anthony Joshua’s.. apple. Sounds like his experience is about to get even better! She also likes a bit of 90s Leonardo DiCaprio. However, as there appears to be no time machine handy, that will have to remain just a fantasy. At 25, I reckon she’s a bit too old for him anyway. Her New Year’s Resolution is to put herself first and chase her dreams (with a little help from HG Wells apparently). Love Island seems to be a pretty good start – maybe she could meet someone to marry – and change her name in the process – two birds one stone. Let’s hope she doesn’t fudge her chances!

 

New Contestants:

Connagh Howard

Finley Tapp

Luke Trotman

Luke Mabbot

Wallace Wilson

Demi Jones

Rebecca Gormley

Love Island Betting Odds and Tips Winter 2020

Top CoupleBest Odds
Luke Trotman and Siannise Fudge4/11 at Ladbrokes
Finley Tapp and Paige Turley7/2 at William Hill
Luke Mabbott and Demi Jones8/1 at William Hill
Callum Jones and Molly SmithGONE
Mike Boateng and Priscilla Anyabu200/1 at Ladbrokes
Ched Uzor and Jess Gale66/1 at William Hill
Jamie Clayton and Natalia ZoppaGONE

Our Tip: Luke Trotman and Siannise Fudge – 2/7 at Ladbrokes

 

Top MaleBest Odds
Luke Trotman4/11 at Unibet
Finley Tapp5/2 at Unibet
Luke Mabbott8/1 at Unibet
Callum JonesGONE
Ched Uzor66/1 at Unibet
Mike Boateng100/1 at Unibet

Our Tip: Luke Trotman – 4/11 at Unibet

 

Top Female

Best Odds

Siannise Fudge4/11 at Betfred
Paige Turley 5/2 at Unibet
Demi Jones8/1 at Unibet
Molly SmithGONE
Jess Gale66/1 at Unibet
Priscilla Anyabu100/1 at Unibet
Natalia ZoppaGONE

Our Tip: Siannise Fudge – 4/11 at Unibet