Our weekly review of the latest betting news, including punters piling on France to win Euro 2016 and Manchester United to win next season’s Premier League.
1. Fitzpatrick shows his star quality with Nordea win
Three years after winning the Silver Medal at the Open, Matthew Fitzpatrick has been cut for this year’s tournament after his victory at the Nordea Masters on Sunday. The 21-year-old, who also won the British Masters last year, is arguably the European Tour’s brightest young prospect – since finishing 44th as an amateur at Muirfield in 2013 the fresh-faced Sheffield star has continued to build his reputation, including a top 10 place at the Masters in April. He remains a 66/1 shot at Coral and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest he can go close at Royal Troon next month.
2. Djokovic still on course for ‘Golden Slam’
With his victory over Andy Murray on Sunday, Novak Djokovic wrote himself into the record books by becoming only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time and the first since Rod Laver in 1969. Now the Serb has his sights firmly set on replicating Steffi Graf’s unique 1984 achievement by winning the Golden Slam – all four majors plus the Olympic gold in the same year. The world no. 1, who had lost his previous three French Open finals, is now just a 2/1 chance with Bet365 to win both a fourth Wimbledon title and a third at the US Open, while he is 5/6 with Sky Bet to claim gold in Rio.
3. Muguruza odds tumble after Paris success
The pre-tournament 16/1 shot Garbine Muguruza beat Serena Williams in straight sets in Saturday’s final at Roland Garros to earn her first Grand Slam title at the age of 22. Muguruza is now being well backed for next month’s Wimbledon championships having lost 6-4 6-4 to Williams in last year’s final. Prior to the French Open, she was a 16/1 shot with Betfred to go all the way at Wimbledon, but she has now been cut to odds of 6/1 across the board, with Serena eased out to 7/4 with BetVictor. The 2011 and 2014 champion Petra Kvitova is 7/1 with Paddy Power, while two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka is 10/1 with Coral.
4. Favourites France pose threat from the flanks
Punters continue to get behind hosts France to win Euro 2016, with many believing that this is the best French side since the one that won the World Cup in 1998. However now, as then, their big weakness looks to be at centre forward in the absence of Karim Benzema. If they are to go all the way it could be that their main goal threat comes from the flanks, where Anthony Martial and Antoine Griezmann are the likely starters. After his stellar season for Atletico, Griezmann is a short price for the Golden Boot, but this could be the ideal platform for Martial to show that he is more than just a player with great potential, just as Thierry Henry did 18 years ago. Paddy Power offer 66/1 on France/Martial in the Winner/Top Goalscorer double market.
5. Money pours in for Mourinho’s Reds
Just as France continue to attract the bulk of the money in the Euro 2016 betting, there has been sustained support for Man United to win next season’s Premier League following the appointment of Jose Mourinho and the mooted capture of perennial title winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Two weeks ago four bookmakers were offering odds of 6/1 that Mourinho would claim his fourth Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford, but they have now been backed in to 9/2 with most firms, with only William Hill now quoting 5/1. It’s a remarkable move when you consider that they have finished 22, 17 and 15 points behind the champions in the last three seasons, twice failing to qualify for the Champions League, and have so far been inactive in the transfer market. By contrast, having signed Grant Xhaka and set up a potential deal for Jamie Vardy to cure two of their longstanding problems, last season’s runners-up Arsenal currently look a better proposition at 6/1 with Sky Bet.