Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including updated FA Cup odds after the Quarter-Final draw.
1. Chelsea the new 3/1 Cup favourites
Chelsea are the new favourites to win the FA Cup after cruising into the quarter-finals with a 5-1 demolition of a young Manchester City side on Sunday. Chelsea, who lifted the trophy the last time that Guus Hiddink was in interim charge of the club, are 3/1 across the board, with Arsenal a 7/2 chance following their frustrating goalless draw with Hull on Saturday. Man United, who visit Shrewsbury in the last 16 on Monday, are 4/1 with Crystal Palace an 8/1 chance. Having beaten Tottenham, the Eagles travel to Reading in the quarter-finals and will be dangerous opposition for anyone if they can get to Wembley for the semis. Everton, who host Chelsea next, are also available at 8/1. Ahead of the third round we suggested backing West Ham at 33/1 and Slaven Bilic’s side are now a best price of 10/1 with Coral after beating Blackburn. They go to either Shrewsbury or Manchester United next and they shouldn’t fear a trip to Old Trafford – the Hammers have the best record in matches between the top eight in the Premier League this season.
2. 6/1 Burnley the form team in Championship scrap
There’s a fascinating battle developing in the Championship, where with Hull and Middlesbrough not in action at the weekend and Brighton thrashed at Cardiff, Burnley took full advantage with a 2-0 win over Rotherham to move into the top two. Just 3 points separate the top four in the division, with the Clarets extending their unbeaten run to nine matches. Boro, who have two games in hand on Burnley but who haven’t won in five, remain the marginal favourites at 7/5 with 888sport, with Hull a 6/4 chance. Burnley, who are now the leading scorers in the divison, are a tempting 6/1 with Bet365. With Derby and Sheffield Wednesday also close, it promises to be a thrilling end of season to determine which clubs will be benefiting from the Premier League’s bumper new TV deal.
3. Suarez the main threat to Gunners’ hopes
Arsenal, who have been eliminated from the Champions League at the last 16 stage for four successive years, are 4/1 with Bet365 to get the better of Barcelona ahead of the first leg at the Emirates on Tuesday. Barca, the 9/4 favourites to win the competition for a sixth time, arrive in London having won 13 of their last 14 matches – a meaningless Copa Del Rey second leg draw with Valencia the only exception. While Lionel Messi will attract plenty of betting interest, punters may well be better off looking to Luis Suarez, scorer of 41 goals in 37 games this season including 12 in the last 7. Suarez is best price 9/2 with Bet365 to open the scoring and a tempting 6/1 with Bet365 to score a brace at the Emirates.
4. Quigg looking to upset Frampton in Manchester
A night of quality boxing on Sky Box Office next Saturday concludes with the eagerly-awaited Super Bantamweight title fight between IBF champion Carl Frampton and WBA belt-holder Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena. Quigg, who retained his WBA title for the sixth time in July with a second-round stoppage of Kiko Martinez (who took Frampton the distance the previous September), is the outsider at 6/4 with Sky Bet but is sure to have plenty of vocal support just a few miles away from his home town of Bury. Frampton, who was unexpectedly put down by Alejandro Gonzalez in July, is the 8/13 favourite. One unbeaten record will go and Quigg appeals at that 6/4.
5. Rocket 2/1 for Crucible after comeback win
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s world championship odds have shortened further after he produced a stunning fightback to defeat Neil Robertson and win his sixth Welsh Open crown on Sunday night. Trailing 5-2 during the first session, O’Sullivan rattled off the next seven frames for a 9-5 victory. It was further proof that the Rocket is back to his best after his eight-month absence from the sport and he’s now a best price of just 2/1 with William Hill to win at the Crucible in a couple of months’ time. Robertson is the 11/2 second favourite, with Judd Trump now out to 8/1 with both Betfair and Coral.