Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including betting on the rugby union World Cup as we reach the Quarter-Final stage.
1. Impressive Wallabies 7/4 to face All Blacks in final
Australia have really caught the eye at the World Cup, with victories over England and Wales marking them down as the most likely threat to New Zealand’s crown. There was a lot of uncertainty about how well the Wallabies would perform going into the tournament, but they have answered all the questions with two fine performances and they should be much too strong for Scotland in next weekend’s quarter-finals. Given the nature of those two Pool A wins and the power of the All Blacks, it’s easy to argue that the two great rivals will meet in the final, something for which you can get best odds of 7/4 with Coral and Ladbrokes in the Name the Finalists betting.
2. Klopp appointment sparks Liverpool gamble
The appointment of Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool’s new manager has been the major football story of the week and the arrival of the German at Anfield led to a flurry of bets on the Reds in a variety of markets, with optimistic fans believing he is the man to spark a revival after a run of one win in nine matches. Whether the man who took Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final can have an instant impact remains to be seen, but the bookies have trimmed Liverpool to best odds of 5/2 (BetVictor) to finish in the Top 4 on the back of his appointment, while their match odds are shortening for Saturday’s trip to Tottenham.
3. Mowbray has Sky Blues on the up
With no Premier League or Championship football taking place this weekend, the domestic focus fell on League 1, where there were impressive away wins for two clubs who could yet have a big impact on the promotion race. It’s been years since Coventry City mounted a promotion challenge but this season that could change, with manager Tony Mowbray having plenty of experience of fighting at the top end of the table from his days at West Brom. Mowbray’s side have been quietly effective so far and sit in fifth place, three points behind leaders Walsall in what looks to be a wide open division. The Sky Blues have won three of their last four games without conceding and are an interesting proposition at 9/1 with Betfred and Paddy Power. If you prefer a bigger price then consider Peterborough, who have won four of their last six games and have hit five goals twice in that run. They can be inconsistent but they have some talented players and are eight points off the early pace in eighth place. BetVictor are offering odds of 33/1 and paying a quarter odds on three places for each-way bets.
4. Look for each-way value as Wales host Andorra
Wales confirmed what we already knew on Saturday by clinching their place in next summer’s European Championship finals – their first major tournament since 1958. They still have one game left to play, however, and after his recent injury absence Gareth Bale must be a serious contender to sit out Tuesday’s formality against Andorra, with perhaps a celebratory appearance from the bench late on. With that possibility in mind it’s worth checking out Bet365‘s First Goalscorer prices for the game in Cardiff, not least because they are paying a third of the odds each-way. With 7/4 chance Bale dominating the betting, both Hal Robson-Kanu – a likely penalty taker should Bale be rested – and Aaron Ramsey look appealing at odds of 9/2 and 11/2 respectively.
5. England 3/1 to beat Pakistan in UAE
After beating Australia in the summer to regain the Ashes, England will be confident of their chances of a positive outcome from their three-Test series against Pakistan, which gets under way on neutral soil in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. However, Alastair Cook’s men are outsiders for the series, with Pakistan the odds-on favourites at no bigger than 5/6 with Betfred, Coral and Ladbrokes. The two countries are neck-and-neck in the ICC Test rankings and the form of Cook, Joe Root and others certainly gives England a fighting chance. Both BetVictor and Stan James are offering odds of 3/1 that they will prevail, with the latter going 10/1 that England claim a 2-1 series win (as short as 7/1 elsewhere) – both look like decent value bets to us.