Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including the latest twists in this season’s incredible Premier League title race.
1. Spurs can push on for Premier League glory
It’s advantage North London in the Premier League title race after thrilling victories for Arsenal and Tottenham on Sunday, which moved them both to within two points of Leicester at the top of the table and four points clear of an ailing Manchester City. Arsenal, who have been in jittery form before their 2-1 victory over Leicester, are the 13/8 favourites with Coral and they visit Manchester United next, after the break for the FA Cup fifth round. Tottenham, who have the better goal difference, are 11/4 with Bet365 and next up for Mauricio Pocchetino’s side is a home clash with Swansea. Leicester have overtaken City in the betting and are now a 3/1 chance. They have what is, on paper, the easiest game of the next round of fixtures, as struggling Norwich visit the King Power Stadium. With only three defeats all season and the best defence in the league, Tottenham currently look the pick of the frontrunners, but it will be interesting to see how they manage their Europa League commitments to give themselves the best chance possible of an historic league title.
2. Buoyant Chelsea 6/4 to overcome PSG
It’s been an awful season for Chelsea, with their hopeless title defence being the worst in a generation. But a 5-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday is a timely confidence booster ahead of Tuesday’s visit to Paris St Germain for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. They could have done without John Terry’s hamstring injury to compound the torn cruciate sustained by Kurt Zouma a week earlier, but Diego Costa is back among the goals, Cesc Fabregas is looking much more creative and Willian continues to be their outstanding performer. So there are positives for the Blues and perhaps they shouldn’t be as big as 6/4 with Paddy Power to reach the last eight.
3. 13/2 England can challenge for T20 World Cup
South Africa fought back from 2-0 down to win a tight ODI series 3-2 against England and next up is the T20 World Cup in India. Since the embarrassment of last year’s World Cup in Australia, when England won only two of their six matches, the limited overs side has been reinvented, with their outdated, cautious approach replaced by attack and aggression. The results have been positive, with England plundering some huge scores against New Zealand last summer and making several big scores again in South Africa. If they can transfer that batting form to the 20 over format, they must have a chance of success in India, with the conditions having much less bearing on a few hours than they do over a five-day slog. They can be backed at 13/2 with Bet365 and Betfred to lift the trophy.
4. England go odds-on for 6 Nations title
England are now odds-on to win the 6 Nations for the first time in five years after a convincing win over Italy in Rome on Sunday. Bath centre Jonathan Joseph helped himself to a hat-trick as Eddie Jones’ team made it two wins from two under their new coach and they are now best price 10/11 (Ladbrokes) to win this year’s tournament. With defending champions Ireland losing in Paris and Wales only narrowly beating Scotland in Cardiff, England will be in bullish mood as they prepare to host Ireland in a fortnight’s time, before Wales visit Twickenham for a potentially decisive contest. England are 11/10 with Paddy Power to win both of those games to claim the Triple Crown or 9/4 for the Grand Slam.
5. Can dominant Schwartzel repeat Masters success?
Charl Schwartzel kept up his remarkable record of success in his native South Africa on Sunday when he stormed to an eight-shot victory at the Tshwane Open. He put together a magnificent final round of 63 to earn his 11th European Tour title and his 8th on home soil. He’s a superb player when he’s on song and so often proves to be a class apart when he’s at home in South Africa. That said, he really ought to perform better in the majors, especially when you consider he won the Masters in 2011, a victory which should have been a springboard for greater success. However, having won on two of his last three starts he should be able to return to Augusta in a couple of months’ time in buoyant mood, so don’t rule out a repeat success. His odds are shortening following Sunday’s win, but you can still get 80/1 with Coral (just 40/1 in places).