Our weekly review of the latest betting news, including Atletico Madrid’s odds of beating their city rivals in this Saturday’s Champions League Final at the San Siro.
1. Punters sure to back Mourinho
Jose Mourinho’s imminent appointment as Manchester United’s new manager sets up the fascinating prospect of the three-time Premier League winner operating in the same city as Pep Guardiola next season, but it was hardly a closely guarded secret and has already been priced into the title betting by the bookies. United may have won the FA Cup on Saturday, but by that time Louis van Gaal’s fate had already been sealed following his failure to take the club back into the Champions League. Manchester City remain title favourites at best odds of 15/8 with Coral, but United’s price of 6/1 at Paddy Power will appeal to plenty given Mourinho’s reputation for making an instant impact.
2. Willett primed for more Majors
Danny Willett sprang a huge surprise at Augusta in April, but he was back in excellent form at the Irish Open last week and looks like one to follow for the remaining three majors of the season. The Yorkshireman has been growing in stature in recent years and the way he took his Masters triumph in his stride is evidence of his winning mentality. It’s certainly questionable whether he should be as big as 40/1 with BetVictor for next month’s US Open or whether, as the winner of 3 tournaments in 10 months, he should be priced at 28/1 with Paddy Power to win at Troon in July.
3. Stick with Atletico for Euro glory
Earlier in the season we suggested that Atletico Madrid were a wise bet at 14/1 to win the Champions League and we stuck with them even when they were drawn to face Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the semi-finals. Next weekend they will face their city rivals Real in the final for the second time in three years and having come so close to winning last time there is a real sense that they have unfinished business, much like when Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 final after their defeat to Chelsea on penalties in 2012. Real are as short as 6/4 in the match betting with some bookies, so Ladbrokes‘ price of 11/5 that Atletico get their revenge is very appealing.
4. Blades can finally reward backers
Many football punters are already eager to place their ante-post accas for the 2016/17 season and as favourites for the League One title Sheffield United are sure to figure prominently, as they have for the past few years. Unlike in recent seasons under the relentlessly positive, yet hapless stewardship of Nigel Adkins, the Blades may have a very real chance of landing the bet for their many backers. The appointment of Chris Wilder as manager looks a shrewd bit of business. Wilder has improved the fortunes of all of his previous clubs, including leading our pre-season 16/1 tip Northampton to the League Two title with several games to spare last season.
5. Chiefs 7/2 to end Sarries double dreams
Saracens are hot favourites to complete a league and European double after battering Leicester Tigers into submission in their Aviva Premiership semi-final on Saturday. All the damage was done in the first half as last week’s Champions Cup winners scored 31 points without reply, rendering the Tigers’ stronger second half display irrelevant. Saracens will now face Exeter in next Saturday’s Twickenham final after the Devon club beat Wasps to reach their first Premiership final. Mark McCall’s side are best price of 2/7 with BetVictor in the match betting, while Exeter can be backed at best odds of 7/2 with Paddy Power and the draw 25/1 at Betfred.