Our weekly review of the latest betting news, including England goalscorer prices for the Euro Championships, plus odds for the upcoming European Referendum.
1. Newly-crowned Real 11/2 for 12th title
After winning the Champions League for an 11th time on Saturday, Real Madrid are 11/2 with Sky Bet to make it a dozen by winning next season’s tournament. Zinedine Zidane’s side were perhaps a little fortunate to beat their city rivals on penalties after a spirited 2nd half fightback from Atletico, but they held firm to avoid a double disappointment after being pipped to the La Liga title by Barcelona. The Spanish champions are favourites in the 2016/17 Champions League betting at 4/1 with Sky Bet, while Atletico are at 16/1 with Bet365 after twice losing the final to Real in three seasons. Carlo Ancelotti, who has won this competition twice as a player and 3 times as a manager with two different clubs, is a 5/1 chance with Coral to lead Bayern Munich to glory after the German club were eliminated in the last four for three successive years during Pep Guardiola’s reign. Guardiola is a stand-out 14/1 with Stan James to claim the trophy in his first season at Man City, with Arsenal 40/1, Spurs 50/1 and Premier League champions Leicester at 100/1 – all with Coral.
2. Record-breaker Rooney 9/2 to top score for England
Euro 2016 now becomes the major focus in football betting and nearly all bookmakers are out with a full range of markets for the tournament. Harry Kane is expected to carry England’s main goal threat and is 16/1 with BetVictor to win the Golden Boot or 23/10 with Paddy Power to be England’s leading scorer in France. However, don’t rule out Wayne Rooney in the latter market, with the England skipper just 2/7 with Sky Bet to start the opening game against Russia. Rooney has impressed in a deeper midfield role towards the end of the season for United, but was back in attack for England against Australia on Friday and scored with a fine finish from outside the area. England’s record scorer looks a worthy alternative to Kane at Coral‘s 9/2.
3. Barnsley double matches Leicester’s feat
It’s been quite a season for teams upsetting the odds and while nobody can upstage Leicester, special mention goes to Barnsley for gaining promotion to the Championship via the play-offs. The Yorkshire club lost 8 straight games in October and November and despite beating Oldham, another loss at Peterborough followed by a draw with Sheffield United saw them sink to the bottom of the League 1 table. At that point they were a 500/1 shot for promotion, but 16 wins from their final 24 matches saw them sneak into the play-offs. On Sunday they completed their remarkable turnaround with a 3-1 win over Millwall at Wembley. Not only that, but it was their 2nd Wembley triumph inside 2 months, following their win in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final. On the same day that they were priced at 500/1 for promotion in early December, they were available at odds of 10/1 to win that competition – or a 5000/1 double.
4. England put on a show before Australia series
After their victory against Wales at Twickenham on Sunday, England jet to the southern hemisphere for a three-match series against Australia, looking to avenge their record home defeat to the Aussies at last year’s World Cup (13-33). But England have won four of the last six meetings and are given a decent chance for the first Test on June 11th, with Eddie Jones’ side at 7/5 with Paddy Power in the match betting. England were without several stars of Saturday’s Premiership final as they scored a convincing 27-13 win over the Welsh, which should mean they travel Down Under in high spirits.
5. Polls show resolute support for Remain
With the referendum to decide the UK’s future within the European Union less than a month away, Ladbrokes offer the best odds of just 1/5 that the public will vote to ‘remain’. Latest statistics from the National Centre for Social Research show that 53% of those surveyed in the most recent polls indicated that they intended to vote Remain, against 47% who said they would vote Leave on June 23rd. The organisation has been studying 6 major polls since September and in that time the figure for Remain has dipped below 50% only once, when it hit 49% on May 12th. That figure reached a peak of 55% five days later and has flitted between 53 and 55 for the past fortnight. Remain has been the firm favourite since the books opened, being cut from 1/3 to 1/7 with most bookmakers as time has gone by. But if you think there will be a dramatic shift in the public mood over the next three weeks, and the polls were certainly misleading before last year’s General Election, then Bet365 offer Leave at 15/4.