Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including the latest Premier League title odds and betting for Saturday’s big fight.
1. Vardy goes for new record against United
By scoring in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Newcastle, Jamie Vardy equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League matches. It’s a remarkable achievement for the 28-year-old to cap a magnificent four-year rise from obscurity with Halifax to the top of the Premier League scoring charts. Next weekend he has the opportunity to establish a new record for the Premier League era and move within one game of Jimmy Dunne’s all-time record of scoring in 12 successive top flight games in the 1930s. The legendary Stan Mortensen was the last man to score in 11 in-a-row in the 50s. It promises to be some game whatever happens, as new league leaders Leicester take on second placed Manchester United on Saturday evening, in a fixture they won 5-3 last season. Whatever you do, don’t back Vardy before waiting to see what specials bookmakers come up with at the weekend. There should be some attractive offers involving Vardy to score across the industry as bookies compete for your business.
2. Liverpool’s title odds tumble after City rout
After another dramatic weekend, the top five Premier League teams are separated by just five points, with Tottenham’s 4-1 win over West Ham lifting them clear of their London rivals and to within two points of Arsenal, who were beaten at West Brom. However, it is Liverpool, who sit eight points back from new leaders Leicester, who have caught the imagination of punters after their classy 4-1 win against a hapless Manchester City. While City have been pushed out to as big as 7/5 (Paddy Power) in the title betting, Liverpool’s odds have tumbled from 66/1 on Saturday morning to stand-out odds of 25/1 (also Paddy Power) on Sunday evening. Optimism amongst Reds’ supporters is enhanced by the feeling that they have a host of winnable games on the horizon, beginning with a home clash against out-of-sorts Swansea next weekend and taking in two trips to the north east to face struggling Newcastle and Sunderland. If they can get in the mix by winning five or six of their next seven games not only will those odds shorten significantly, but there will be a couple of tasty Anfield occasions in the New Year as Arsenal and Manchester United visit on successive weekends.
3. Sullivan shows maturity in Dubai defeat
Rory McIlroy produced a stunning performance on Sunday to storm through to victory at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the second time he has won the event in four years. While all of the headlines will go to McIlroy, Andy Sullivan’s role in a thrilling closing day’s play should not go unnoticed. It has been a fabulous year for the 28-year-old from Nuneaton, who has picked up his first three European Tour titles and almost a fourth courtesy of a calm and measured display in Dubai. Although he led by three shots in the early stages of the fourth round, he cannot be criticised for letting that lead slip after carding scores of 66, 66, 68 and 68. He kept his head in the face of a relentless charge from McIlroy, and that should stand him in good stead for bigger events next year. He’s now all-but certain to end the year in the world’s top 50, securing a Masters debut next April, while his odds are already shortening for The Open – in from 200/1 to a best of 150/1 with Coral – which may not last, with punters clearly believing his breakthrough year will lead to an even brighter future.
4. All eyes on Murray as Britain go to Ghent
Novak Djokovic’s victory over Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Sunday means that there is only one issue left to be decided in the 2015 tennis season, as Great Britain face Belgium in the final of the Davis Cup. It was far from a good week for Andy Murray at the O2, losing to Nadal and Wawrinka in straight sets, but he will be fully committed to leading his team to their first success in this competition since 1936. Britain are best odds of just 1/3 with Betfred to triumph on the clay, with Belgium 3/1 at Paddy Power. You can watch it live on BBC2, with coverage starting on Friday at 12.15.
5. Klitschko v Fury caps Saturday action
Anthony Crolla landed odds of 5/6 when he defeated Darleys Perez to become the WBA lightweight champion on Saturday night and this weekend it is Tyson Fury’s turn to go for a world title as he takes on Wladimir Klitschko in a much-hyped bout in Dusseldorf. Klitschko’s WBA Super, WBO and IBF belts are on the line in Germany, in a fight which is available on Sky Box Office. The 6ft 6in Ukrainian, who has won 64 of his 67 professional fights, is 12 years Fury’s senior and therefore vastly more experienced and is rated the clear favourite, at best odds of 1/4 with Paddy Power. Fury, who has won all 24 of his bouts, can be backed at 4/1 with BetVictor, or at 13/2 with Bet365 to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification. There are plenty of other markets and specials available, but if you’re expecting some decisive early action it could be worth backing Bet365‘s 8/1 that the fight will last less than 3.5 rounds.