Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including an interesting angle for betting on the Masters at Augusta this week.
1. Draw specialists Sunderland up next for 4/11 Foxes
Leicester are one step closer to the Premier League title after their 1-0 win over Southampton on Sunday, which edged them seven points clear of Tottenham with six games remaining. Claudio Ranieri’s side, who have won five of their last six matches 1-0, are a best price of 4/11 for the title with Ladbrokes ahead of next Sunday’s trip to Sunderland, which is followed by Tottenham’s tricky home game against Manchester United in another huge weekend of games at both ends of the table. Sunderland have been sinking further into relegation trouble despite losing only one of their last seven games, thanks to a run of four successive draws, but they have been showing some fight and could make things awkward for the Foxes. Another draw for Sunderland could offer Spurs, at 6/1 for the title with Coral, a glimmer of hope.
2. Dustin looking to extend run of flying starts
Dustin Johnson, who has produced some strong performances in the big events in recent years without being able to claim a first major title, is worth serious consideration in the Masters First Round Leader betting at 22/1 with Ladbrokes (1/4 odds, 5 places). The 31-year-old made a flying start in each of last season’s four biggest tournaments, holding the outright lead after day 1 at both the Open and the PGA Championship, sharing the lead at the US Open and ending the Thursday tied for 12th place at Augusta, where he went on to share sixth place 12 months ago.
3. Trump cut for Crucible after China success
Judd Trump warmed up for the snooker World Championship in fine style with a convincing 10-4 victory over Ricky Walden in the final of the China Open on Sunday. The world no. 7, who also won in Beijing in 2011, is just a fortnight away from his seventh appearance at the Crucible in Sheffield, where he has reached at least the quarter-finals in four of the last five years. Ronnie O’Sullivan is the 15/8 favourite with Paddy Power, but Trump has been cut across the board and is now a best price of 7/1 with BetVictor as he goes in search of his first world title. Walden, who has lost back-to-back finals after also being beaten 10-6 by Mark Allen in the final of the Players Tour Championship, is an interesting outsider at 50/1 with Bet365 and BetVictor, with several firms offering 33s. Walden was a semi-finalist in Sheffield three years ago.
4. Joshua fancied to take Martin’s belt
Anthony Joshua is a firm favourite as he headlines a major night of boxing on Sky Box Office next Saturday. The 2012 Olympic champion is a best price of just 1/5 (William Hill) as he bids to take Charles Martin’s IBF heavyweight title. Both men are unbeaten in their professional careers, with Joshua winning all 15 of his fights and Martin 23 of his 24, with one draw. The pair are ranked 8th and 9th in the heavyweight division by The Ring magazine, with Joshua, who enjoys a slight height and reach advantage, placed higher. Joshua has won all 15 of his fights by KO and is just 3/10 with Ladbrokes to maintain that record, but if you think the betting is skewed by patriotism you might fancy backing Martin to win by KO at 13/2 with Coral, compared to 9/2 with Ladbrokes.
5. Atleti look to follow Real’s lead at Camp Nou
Barcelona had their wings clipped by Real Madrid on Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s late winner ending their 24-match unbeaten run in La Liga. On Tuesday Barca will face more stubborn opposition from the capital as Atletico Madrid visit for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, with Barcelona a best price of just 1/2 (Coral) to gain an advantage. Diego Simeone’s side were the last team to prevent Barcelona from winning at home in the Champions League, when they held them to a 1-1 draw at this stage two years ago before completing a famous 2-1 aggregate win. Don’t rule out a repeat from a side which boasts perhaps the best defensive organisation on the continent with just 18 goals conceded in 39 league and European games this season. Atletico can be backed at a stand-out price of 3/1 with Sky Bet ‘to qualify’.