The T&Cs tell me I need to bet at odds of over 2.0, to get the £25 free bet released, nice and simple. So £25 deposited through Skrill and we're on our way.
Next is to find some decent, and as near identical as possible odds as possible. This will allow us to release the free bet with as small a loss as possible.
Decent match in the odds on the Aston Villa vs Newcastle match. 2.2 at Betfair, 2.1 at Vernons. Not perfect, but it's not a massive stake and the free bet will easily cover the loss in the qualifying bet. £24 on at Betfair for the lay, Aston Villa win and I've lost £28.80, lose and I have £24 - commission. £25 back on Villa at Vernons, win and I have made £27.50, lose and I'll have nothing. So overall I'll be either £1.30 or £1.00 down, but with a £25 free bet with lots of potential.
Bets are on, let's hope for a Newcastle win so I'll have the money in Betfair ready for the free bet.
I'll post again with the result and what I'll do with the free bet.