Our weekly review of the latest betting news, with five things for you to consider – including Louis Oosthuizen’s tumbling odds for The Open at St Andrews next month.
1. Oosthuizen cut for St Andrews double
Louis Oosthuizen’s impressive performance at the US Open has caused a flurry of bets on him to win The Open at St Andrew’s next month. The South African won by a huge seven shots the last time the Open was played over the Old Course and while he has had numerous injury problems in the intervening years he remains an outstanding player when he’s in his best shape. That certainly looks to be the case now, so if you fancy him for a repeat St Andrews success then consider backing him soon. Bet365 and Coral are still offering 40/1, but it’s possible he’ll go off at 33/1 or even 28s.
2. Moore merrier after Pools takeover
You probably missed it, but Sky Bet League 2 club Hartlepool United announced new ownership on Friday evening. More details will be revealed in the coming days but the early rumours suggest that manager Ronnie Moore will be given a competitive budget for the forthcoming campaign. Moore, who led Rotherham to back-to-back promotions a decade ago before going on to do a decent job at Tranmere, saved Pools from near certain relegation last season and can continue to restore his reputation by leading a strong challenge next season. Moore has already made some astute signings and with new funds he can build a good squad at Victoria Park. Bet365 and William Hill are both offering 40/1 on Hartlepool to win the division (1/4 odds 1,2,3 for each-way bets), or you can get 8/1 with Bet365, Ladbrokes and William Hill on them to be promoted. Both prices are likely to shorten in the coming weeks.
3. 11/8 Djokovic still the pick for Wimbledon
We didn’t learn anything new from Andy Murray’s win at Queen’s, after all he has been playing well for the past few months and his fourth title at this grass court event is merely a continuation of the form he displayed through the clay court season. It’s debatable, therefore, whether or not he has strengthened his position to win Wimbledon. However, his odds for a second win in three years at SW19 have shortened, from a best price of 3/1 on Sunday morning to 11/4 with most firms. To accommodate this, Novak Djokovic’s price has eased and he can now be backed at 11/8 with Sky Bet and BetVictor. Beating Gilles Muller and Kevin Anderson in best-of-three is one thing, but taking out the world no.1 over five sets is another and Djokovic has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the pair, the exception being that Wimbledon final in 2013. If the prices were correct on Sunday morning, the 11/8 is worth taking.
4. Pick Portugal over dreary England
England’s victory over Sweden at the European U21 Championship has led the bookmakers to reinstate them as second favourites to win the tournament, but there can’t be any value in a best price of 5/1 with Sky Bet and Paddy Power. England, who were fortunate to beat the Swedes in a tepid encounter, were outplayed by the brilliant Portuguese midfield pairing of William Carvalho and Bernardo Silva in their opening game. However Portugal, who have a point more than Gareth Southgate’s men following their draw with Italy, are a bigger price in the outright betting at a stand-out 11/2 with Sky Bet.
5. Cooper odds tumbling in Labour betting
Andy Burnham remains the favourite to win the Labour Party leadership election, but Yvette Cooper’s odds have been tumbling since the four candidates were confirmed last Monday. Some unconvincing media performances by Liz Kendall have seen her odds eased, while Jeremy Corbyn, who reached the nominations target with on minutes to spare on Monday lunchtime, was always likely to be the outsider. Cooper, the Shadow Foreign Secretary and former Shadow Home Secretary, served in Gordon Brown’s cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. She was a 10/3 shot before the contenders were confirmed, but a sustained bet has seen her cut to a best price of 7/4 with Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and William Hill.