When Lovie Smith took charge of the Chicago Bears in 2004 his first goal was to beat bitter rivals the Green Bay Packers – something he did in his first game.
The sides meet again this week in their conference championship game and are pretty evenly matched, meaning there are some enticing odds for anyone looking to have a Super Bowl XLV bet.
A Super Bowl XLV bet on the Packers to make it through to the Super Bowl in a handicap bet would give you odds of 10/11, while a Super Bowl XLV bet on the Bears in the same market would also give you odds of 10/11 – it’s that finely poised.
The good news is that if you do fancy a Super Bowl XLV bet then you can take advantage of a free bet worth £25 thanks to Ladbrokes and really cash in.
Bears coach Smith also welcomes the tight semi-final and can’t wait for the challenge of the Packers.
He said: “To have to beat the Packers to get to the Super Bowl – our ultimate goal – is the way it should be. We embrace that.”
Putting some money on the Bears to triumph could certainly be worth a Super Bowl XLV bet. Since Smith took charge the sides have played each other 14 times, with the bears winning eight of the encounters.
Things are even tighter this season – as reflected by the fact that a free £25 Super Bowl XLV bet on either side winning in the handicap market would pay out a very tidy £48 – with each side winning one of their two regular season encounters.
It promises to be a brilliant conference championship game with plenty of chances to make some money with a Super Bowl XLV bet.
A £25 stake on the Bears to win outright would return £68. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.