Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including the latest Premier League odds with Chelsea now out of the running.
1. Hot streak sees Vardy’s odds tumble
What an amazing couple of months it has been for Jamie Vardy. Called up by Roy Hodgson after a string of impressive performances for a rejuvenated Leicester side, the 28-year-old on Saturday became only the third player after Ruud van Nistelrooy and Daniel Sturridge to score in eight successive Premier League games. Four years ago Vardy was playing in the Conference North for Halifax and at the start of this season he was a 250/1 chance to be the top Premier League goalscorer. He enters November with 11 goals – four more than any other player – and second in the betting (9/2 BetVictor) behind Sergio Aguero, who has 6 goals and may miss another couple of games with injury.
2. Gunners firing for title challenge
As Chelsea’s inexplicable struggles continue, the bookies see a two-horse race emerging for the Premier League title between favourites Man City and Arsenal, with Man United a distant third at 10/1 with Paddy Power. The Irish firm are also offering the best price about City by quoting even money, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side unconvincing in their win over Norwich on Saturday as they only just held onto top spot. If you ignore the Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, October was a superb month for the Gunners, who recorded five successive league wins and also beat Bayern Munich to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Next up they face Tottenham, before a run of four games against teams in the bottom half of the table prior to their clash with City on the Monday before Christmas. Bet365 and Betfred are offering best odds of 13/8 – beat Spurs and that should shorten significantly over the next six weeks.
3. Darts stars head for Wolves
Wolverhampton Civic Hall hosts the Grand Slam of Darts event from next Saturday and Phil Taylor will be looking for a seventh win in eight editions of this tournament, which brings together players from the PDC and BDO and is live on Sky Sports. However, 2015 has not so far been a vintage year for Taylor, who has seen Michael Van Gerwen emerge as the man to beat. However, neither man has won either of the last two major titles to be contested, with Van Gerwen losing to Robert Thornton in the final of the World Grand Prix before Kim Huybrechts took the European Grand Prix title. Van Gerwen is the 15/8 favourite (Bet365) to triumph in Wolverhampton, with Taylor a 7/2 chance (William Hill). Thornton, whose win in September lifted him to world no.5, is 33/1 (generally).
4. Na beginning to make his mark
It’s been some start to the PGA Tour season for Kevin Na, who has played 12 rounds to a 54-under par total to post results of 2nd, 2nd and 3rd in the first three tournaments. The 32-year-old has long been considered as a player who struggles to get over the line and that is perhaps reflected by his recent near misses (and just one PGA Tour victory to his name), but he’s now up to 21st in the world and could be a value each-way selection for April’s Masters at odds of 125/1 (Bet365). Na has twice finished just outside the top 10 at Augusta in the last 4 years, including a share of 12th last season.
5. Sarries and Tigers make early Premiership running
As the Rugby World Cup has dominated the headlines, the Aviva Premiership has been forced to take a backseat but the season has been progressing quietly and will be centre stage once again next week, when Saracens and Leicester will be looking to continue their 100 per cent starts, having each claimed three wins from three. Both have difficult away ties, however, with Sarries travelling to Northampton and Leicester making the trek to Devon to face Exeter. Defending champions Saracens, who lead the table by one point, are the market leaders in the title betting at 3/1 with Paddy Power, marginally ahead of next week’s opponents Northampton and last year’s beaten finalists Bath, who are both 7/2 with Ladbrokes. It’s been a solid start for Leicester though and in a wide open competition they are the current pick of the bets at 11/2 with Sportingbet.