Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg 5/6 with PaddyPower for another poll-topping performance in Thursday's live election debate to be held on Sky News at 20:00.
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Having taken the country, and his rivals, by surprise by winning the first debate the bookies are taking no chances with Clegg for the second debate on Thursday, installing the Lib Dem leader the odds on favourite having been 7/4 second favourite for the opening programme a week ago.
However it is unlikely Clegg can pull off such a stellar performance twice in a row and Paddy Power make him the only leader unlikely to improve on his first debate polling. Clegg is 7/4 to improve on his winning performance of 51% from ICM whilst both Cameron and Clegg, with much room for improvement, are both odds-on to raise their game in the eyes of the viewers.
Can Cam Turn It Around?
Having been favourite to win the first debate at 10/11, Cameron is now 6/5 to up his game and come out on top second time round whilst Gordon Brown, having been deserted by punters in the ITV debate, is out at 8/1. Paddypower will once again be betting in-running on the debate winner during the show, with punters able to react to the scrolling worms to judge each leader’s performance.
Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, told Bettingpro:
“Having been the star of the show in the first election debate last week punters are backing Clegg to either pull off a repeat performance or for the Lib Dem bandwagon to roll on long enough to keep Clegg’s star in the ascendancy whatever happens on the Sky stage.”
Cliché Bingo Betting
Gordon Brown was falling over himself to flatter Nick Clegg in the first debate, several times saying “I agree Nick” during the show. But will the PM be quite so gracious in the Sky debate now that the Lib Dems have emerged as a genuine force in the forthcoming Election?
Paddypower offer 11/10 that Brown does not again say “I agree Nick” whilst it’s 4/1 he says it once and 5/1 twice. Should Brown decide a Lib-Lab pact could be the way forward the firm offers 4/1 he says the phrase five times or more.
With the debate also focusing on foreign policies Paddypoer bets on the first country to be mentioned with Afghanistan the 5/4 favourite followed by Iraq at 4/1 and Iceland at 5/1.
The only betting market Gordon Brown is favourite to win is the race to see which leader can be the first to reference the volcanic cloud that’s been hanging over the country for the last week. Brown is 11/10 to mention the volcano first followed by Cameron at 2/1 and Clegg at 9/4
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