Betting News – 5 Talking Points

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

Champions-League-TrophyAfter 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

European Championship TrophyEuro 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

League-1-TrophyIt’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

england-rugbyAfter 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

European-Union-BettingWith 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.