Our weekly review of the latest betting news, with five things for you to consider.
1. Djokovic shortens for US Open
After seeing off the challenge of the great Roger Federer in a superb final to win his third Wimbledon title, Novak Djokovic is being well supported to win the fourth major of the year at Flushing Meadows in September. Djokovic, who won his only US Open title to date in 2011 and who has been beaten in a further four finals, could be backed at 6/4 a week ago but is now available at 5/4 across the board and it could go shorter yet. Andy Murray, the 2012 winner, is a 4/1 chance (general), Federer is available at 7/1 with Ladbrokes, Stan Wawrinka is 14/1 with Sky Bet and defending champion Marin Cilic is a 28/1 shot with Coral as he looks for a repeat of his shock win last year.
2. Murray’s record the key to Davis Cup tie
Staying with tennis, Queen’s Club will host the Davis Cup clash between Great Britain and France next weekend with the hosts attempting to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1981. The venue was chosen in order to give the British team led by Andy Murray the best possible chance, with Murray having won all four of his previous meetings with France number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on turf. The surface also gives James Ward an opportunity to make an impact, after he reached the third round at Wimbledon last week. Sky Bet are offering Evens for Great Britain to win the tie (odds-on elsewhere).
3. Schweinsteiger boosts United’s title bid
The signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger may well prove to be a master stroke for Manchester United, with the German World Cup winner appearing to be just what Louis Van Gaal’s side were missing last season. United could still use a reliable goalscorer to replace the departing Robin Van Persie together with another centre half, but Schweinsteiger will make them much stronger in terms of retaining possession. After a slow start last season when they won just 3 of their first 10 games, they collected only 4 points fewer than champions Chelsea for the remainder of the campaign. With little to choose between the top four clubs, they could be the value in the title betting at the stand-out odds 6/1 currently being offered by Coral.
4. Aggressive England 21/20 for Ashes glory
England are now the 21/20 favourites (Stan James) to win the Ashes after dominating Australia in the first of five matches in Cardiff. Alastair Cook’s men were 4/1 before the series opener, but batted with aggression and bowled intelligently to earn a commanding victory, maintaining the momentum from their recent limited overs series against New Zealand. Australia struggled to get to grips with a slow Cardiff wicket, but with such talent in their batting line-up they are sure to have their moments as the series develops. They will retain plenty of support and Sky Bet‘s odds of 15/8 could prove popular. The second match begins at Lord’s on Thursday and England are best price 15/8 to win it, with Australia at 9/5 (both Bet365).
5. Fowler odds shrink after Scottish Open success
Rickie Fowler is the big mover in the betting for this week’s Open Championship at St Andrew’s after his fine performance at the Scottish Open, where he secured a one-shot victory on Sunday after a fourth successive sub-70 round. The event is seen as the perfect rehearsal for the Open and Fowler, a 33/1 chance last Thursday, has been backed in to a top price of 22/1 with Coral and it’s worth remembering that Phil Mickelson achieved a Scottish Open/Open double two years ago. Jordan Spieth, who shot a career-best 61 at the John Deere Classic on Saturday, is the market leader and is now in to just 6/1 to follow up his victories at the Masters and the US Open with a third major title in succession. Sky Bet and Paddy Power are paying seven places for each-way bets on this event and others may follow suit.