Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including whether Leicester City can actually achieve the impossible this season.
1. Brilliant Foxes now 9/4 for title glory
For a brief time over the weekend Leicester were outright favourites to win the Premier League title. From 5000/1 on the eve of the season, the Foxes were in to 6/4 following their emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester City. It was as good a performance as you’re likely to see from any team and extended the club’s amazing run under Claudio Ranieri – they have lost only two of 25 games and are five points clear going into next weekend’s showdown with Arsenal. Leicester have proved beyond any doubt that they are good enough, but this is new territory for their players and the question now is can they hold their nerve? Arsenal’s win at Bournemouth on Sunday means both they and Leicester can be backed at 9/4. City, who face Tottenham next Sunday, are now at 7/2, while Spurs are 5/1 fourth favourites. We haven’t seen a title race like this in a generation.
2. Back Reds to beat soft-centred City at Wembley
Prices are already available for the Capital One Cup final at the end of the month and Liverpool look well worth backing at 13/5 with 888sport – despite their late collapse against Sunderland on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp has masterminded a dismantling of City already this season and his players will be confident they can get another result against Manuel Pellegrini’s faltering side. City have kept alive their title hopes by bullying the teams in the bottom half, but they have not managed a single victory against any of their rivals in the top six, Southampton being their loftiest victims. Tottenham and Leicester have each ripped apart their lightweight midfield in the same manner as Liverpool did in November, while an injury list which currently includes Kevin De Bruyne, Jesus Navas, Samir Nasri, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala hardly helps.
3. Victorious England 5/4 for 6 Nations crown
What a start it has been to the RBS Six Nations, with three closely fought matches ending with two narrow victories for the favourites and a thrilling draw between Ireland and Wales, which may well end up suiting neither side. England went into the tournament as 7/4 favourites, but their 15-9 Calcutta Cup win over Scotland at Murrayfield coupled with the 16-16 draw in Dublin means that they have been pushed in to 5/4 with Coral ahead of their visit to Italy next weekend. Wales are now 9/4 with Paddy Power (from 3/1) with the Irish now at 11/2 with the same firm. France may have beaten Italy in Paris, but they won few friends with the manner of their 2 point victory and they’ve drifted to 8/1 with Betfred.
4. Super League begins with Rhinos upset
The 2016 Super League season got under way last week and began with an early upset, as treble-winners Leeds were beaten at home by Warrington. As a consequence the Rhinos drifted from 3/1 to 5/1 with Paddy Power in the Grand Final Winner betting, with Wigan remaining the 11/4 favourites after their narrow home win over Catalans Dragons. St Helens are unmoved at 7/2 after a comfortable win over Huddersfield, with Warrington the big movers, shortening from 15/2 to best price 5/1 with 888sport. Leeds will be expected to get their challenge back on track at Widnes on Sunday but the pick of this week’s action is on Friday, as Wigan visit Huddersfield.
5. Willett and Sullivan highlight Europe’s strength
There was a thrilling finish to the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday, as Danny Willett held his nerve to see off the challenges of both Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Andy Sullivan to claim his fourth European Tour title. After back-to-back 65s on Friday and Saturday he put together a solid round of 69 to win by a single stroke, as more established stars Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson made late surges up the leaderboard. The emergence of Willett and Sullivan and the improved recent form of Cabrera-Bello, Chris Wood and Thorbjorn Olesen underlines the talent Europe has at its disposal in Ryder Cup year – BetVictor make the defending champions 6/4 to win at Hazeltine, while most firms are offering just 11/10.