Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including Tottenham creeping into the most open Premier League title race in years.
1. Spurs into single figures after title rivals slip up
After Manchester City and Arsenal both dropped points over the weekend, Tottenham’s title odds have dipped into single figures. Spurs, who were 150/1 to win the title at the start of the season and out to 200/1 in late October, were 3-1 winners at Selhurst Park on Saturday to move to within two points of City and their North London rivals, and five points behind leaders Leicester. Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea means that City end the weekend as favourites at best odds of 5/4 with Bet365, with the Gunners now at 15/8 at Coral and BetVictor. Leicester are best price 9/1 with Ladbrokes, with Manchester United out from 20/1 to 50/1 with Coral after their dismal defeat to Southampton at Old Trafford.
2. Norwich vulnerable after Carrow Road collapse
At the other end of the table, Norwich are in deeper peril after their 5-4 defeat to Liverpool at Carrow Road, having led 3-1 in the second half. Since winning back to back games against Aston Villa and Southampton at New Year, the Canaries have suffered four straight defeats and have conceded 14 goals in the process. With a game against the in-form Tottenham next up, there’s a good chance their current best relegation odds of 2/1 with Boylesports will go shorter. Newcastle and Sunderland both visit Norfolk in April and Norwich will need to get some distance between themselves and the bottom three before they face Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton in their final three games.
3. Saracens 2/1 favourites for Euro glory
Saracens are the 2/1 favourites (Bet365) for the European Champions Cup after English teams dominated the pool stages to claim five places in the quarter-finals. Saracens, Leicester, Wasps and Exeter all won their sections, with the first 3 securing home advantage in the last eight. Sarries, who lead the Premiership with eight wins from nine games, will be at home to Northampton when the competition resumes in April, making out-of-sorts Saints the outsiders for European success at 25/1. Leicester, who host Stade Francais, are a 6/1 chance with Wasps and Exeter 12/1 and 22/1 respectively ahead of their meeting at the Ricoh Arena. Racing Metro are the pick of the three French sides left in the tournament at 7/2, thanks to having home advantage when they take on Toulon (11/2 with Stan James), who have lifted the trophy for the last three seasons.
4. 5/4 Toffees can book Wembley place
Everton may have Everton may have suffered a disappointing defeat to Swansea on Sunday, but they are a tempting bet at 5/4 with Coral to qualify for the Capital One Cup Final when they travel to Manchester City on Wednesday night defending a 2-1 first leg lead. Roberto Martinez established a blueprint for this cup tie when Everton went to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League a fortnight ago and defended stoically for a goalless draw. It was a match in which they were rarely threatened or threatening and it’s worth noting that only three teams have conceded fewer goals away from home than Everton this season. And if need be, the Toffees certainly have a goal in them against a City defence which after three successive clean sheets looked fragile once again at West Ham.
5. Fowler holds off world’s best for Abu Dhabi win
Rickie Fowler has been backed for the Masters at Augusta in April after his victory at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Sunday. A brilliant round of 65 thrust the American into contention on Saturday and he held on to win despite a wobble on the 7th, where a double-bogey threatened to derail his push for victory. Fowler has yet to win a major, but he finished in the top five at each of them in 2014 and was 12th at Augusta last year. In Abu Dhabi he held off the challenges of three other members of the world’s top six and that first major cannot be too far away. Coral offer the best odds for Augusta at 22/1.