Our weekly review of the latest betting news, with five things for you to consider, including Great Britain’s odds to win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936.
1. Benteke stands out in Top Scorer betting
Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Christian Benteke from Aston Villa and the Belgian looks an interesting option in the Premier League Top Goalscorer betting at odds of 20/1 with Coral. Whilst it’s true that Benteke has blown hot and cold during his time at Villa Park, his record there has been excellent – 42 goals in 89 league games. That’s a fine return for a young man in a struggling team, with Villa having finished 15th, 15th and 17th in his three seasons at the club. At Anfield he should benefit from the creativity of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino and if Daniel Sturridge can get fit they could make a formidable pairing for the Reds.
2. Top price 50s not big enough for Tiger
After missing the cut at The Open, Tiger Woods has been pushed out to 50/1 by Sky Bet for the fourth and final major of the year, the US PGA Championship, which takes place at Whistling Straits next month. With his world ranking now down in the 200s, Woods had another disaster at St Andrews, where only seven players including the veterans Nick Faldo and Tom Watson fared worse. His aggregate score in the three majors this season is 18-over and if you go further back the statistics are even worse – 49-over in his last eight major tournaments. You don’t win majors with scores like that, or even get close, which means those bookmakers pricing him between 14/1 and 33/1 need a serious rethink. Even that 50/1 looks way too short.
3. Wise recruitment gives Boro advantage
Derby County are 6/1 favourites to win the Sky Bet Championship this season but Middlesbrough’s smart recruitment makes them serious contenders at best odds of 8/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. Boro, who are managed by Jose Mourinho’s former assistant Aitor Karanka, have benefited from that relationship by re-signing defender Tomas Kalas on a second season-long loan and have boosted an already competitive strike force with the addition of Espanyol forward Cristian Stuani. They have also re-signed Stewart Downing, who less than a year ago was earning huge praise for his performances at West Ham, which brought him an England recall last November. Versatile defender Alex Baptiste, who played in the Premier League with Blackpool, is their other new recruit.
4. All Blacks 11/8 as World Cup nears
There are just two months for rugby union fans to wait before the World Cup, which begins with hosts England facing Fiji on Friday September 18th. Holders New Zealand, who alongside Australia and South Africa have won two of the seven previous editions, remain the favourites at a best price of 11/8 with Sky Bet, Coral and William Hill. England are the 9/2 second favourites with Sky Bet and Paddy Power, with the Springboks a 5/1 chance with Bet365. There should be plenty of interest, though, in two teams at bigger prices. Back-to-back Six Nations champions Ireland hold plenty of appeal at 9/1 (Bet365, Sky Bet, William Hill) while Australia are 10/1 with Sky Bet and Paddy Power. That price reflects the fact that the Wallabies have been drawn in Pool A alongside England and Wales, with all fixtures between the three heavyweights taking place at Twickenham and only two of them advancing to the quarter-finals. By contrast, South Africa and New Zealand have straightforward routes to the last eight, while Ireland and France should emerge ahead of Italy.
5. Murray resolve makes GB favourites
Great Britain are the 7/4 favourites (Betfred) to win the Davis Cup after their remarkable victory over previous market leaders France at Queens Club on Sunday. Andy Murray was a set and a break down to Gilles Simon in the fourth rubber and after two tough matches in the previous two days he looked out on his feet. However, he showed incredible determination to force a second set tie-break before going on to win. The British team will now host Australia in their first semi-final since 1981 as they chase a first title since 1936. Australia relied on the veteran Lleyton Hewitt to drag them through from 2-0 down against Kazakhstan and are now 10/3 chances with Sky Bet to win the tournament, alongside Belgium who face Argentina in the other semi-final.