Our weekly review of the latest betting news, with five things for you to consider – including odds for the England Lionesses winning their World Cup Semi-Final.
1. Bookies offering Wimbledon value
The fight to secure new business continues apace this week with the start of Wimbledon, with bookmakers coming up with ever more attractive special offers to get customers to open accounts. Coral are offering new customers either 8/1 on Novak Djokovic to retain the title or 12/1 on Andy Murray to win for the second time in three years here and Ladbrokes offer new customers odds of 3/1 on Murray beating Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets in his first round match on Tuesday here, which is a best price of just 1/4 elsewhere. There are certain to be more great deals through the week, just keep an eye on our bookmaker special offers section.
2. England Women can get the better of holders Japan
England Women have reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time and will meet holders Japan in Edmonton at midnight on Wednesday after knocking out hosts Canada in the last eight. England are the outsiders, but they did manage to beat Japan 2-0 in the group stages in the last World Cup in Germany four years ago, so they are certainly not without a good chance of reaching the final, where one of the two pre-tournament favourites the United States and Germany will await. Since losing 1-0 to France in their opening game, England have beaten Mexico, Colombia, Norway and Canada, all by a 2-1 scoreline. They are a tempting best price of 14/5 to win their semi-final with BetVictor, while they are 14/1 with Coral to win 2-1 for the fifth successive match. Japan are 10/1 with BetVictor to win on penalties.
3. Spieth 28/1 for 2015 Grand Slam
In the small hours of last Monday, Jordan Spieth held off the challenge of Dustin Johnson to claim the US Open title to add to his Masters triumph at Augusta two months ago. The supremely talented 21-year-old will head to St Andrews next month as the 6/1 second favourite behind Rory McIlroy to win the Open and remain on course for a calendar grand slam. Several firms are offering betting on how many majors the American will win in 2015, with William Hill quoting 4/11 that he will not add either the Open or US PGA titles to his current tally. Stan James go 11/4 that he will win one more major, while Betfred and Coral both offer 28/1 that he’ll complete the clean sweep.
4. Donald shines at Travelers Championship
At the end of May we mentioned Luke Donald as one to watch for the Open and although he didn’t have the best of times over the first half of June a blistering performance at this week’s Travelers Championship will have filled him with confidence. The former world no.1 has recorded top 5 finishes on two of his last six appearances at the Open Championship and shared 11th place the last time the tournament was played at the Old Course. At a clear best price of 125/1 with Coral he has to be a good each-way selection for the third major of the season (he is just 50/1 with Bet365 and BetVictor).
5. Host of Ashes markets on offer
The Ashes is a little over a week away and as you would expect there are numerous betting opportunities. Coral have gone to town with a host of special markets, including batsman match bets (Alastair Cook 4/6 to outscore Chris Rogers) and total series runs or wickets for several players. We like the look of Bet365‘s top price of 8/1 about Steve Smith to be Player of the Series and Sky Bet‘s 12/1 about Cook and Smith to be the top scorers for their respective teams. Other markets include the total centuries scored, the highest individual score, the ground with the most runs and whether a double century will be scored, which is 6/5 with Paddy Power. The last Ashes double-hundred in England was scored by Nasser Hussain in the first Test of the 1997 series.