Our weekly review of the latest betting news, including the latest Championship odds ahead of the new season, which kicks off at Craven Cottage on Friday night.
1. Foxes under-rated for Wembley curtain-raiser
We will get a first significant sighting of Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford revolution at Wembley next Sunday when United face Leicester in the Community Shield, with the FA Cup winners the odds-on favourites to defeat the Premier League champions, at no better than the 10/11 with Paddy Power. That price doesn’t appear to pay enough respect to the Foxes, who won the title by a whopping 10 points and who have so far lost only N’golo Kante from their league-winning squad. There could be some value in the best odds of 16/5 on offer from Betfred.
2. Newcastle Evens to get off to a flying start
At the end of May, Newcastle United could be backed at 11/4 with Stan James to win this season’s Championship title. That price has long gone, with the Magpies heavily backed – all the way in to 7/4 with most bookmakers and best odds of 15/8 with Paddy Power. Rafa Benitez’s side are the shortest priced favourites there has ever been to win the second tier title, with Norwich next best at 9/1 (generally) and Aston Villa available at 10/1 with William Hill. On Friday Newcastle kick things off with a trip to Fulham, where they are available at Evens with Bet365 and BetVictor to open up their campaign with a win. Don’t be surprised to see that price shorten – particularly if Fulham sell top scorer Ross McCormack this week, with Norwich apparently set to sign the Scottish striker.
3. Federer injury skews US Open betting
The news that Roger Federer will be out for the rest of the season as he recovers from a knee injury has left just two short-priced runners for the year’s final Grand Slam event, with Novak Djokovic now 5/6 favourite with Paddy Power for the US Open title, with Andy Murray 11/4. Stan Wawrinka is the 16/1 third favourite and there are some interesting price discrepancies elsewhere in the field, which could lead to some each-way value if either of the big two slips up. Take, for example, the 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, a semi-finalist last year, who can be backed at 50/1 with Betfred (as short as 25/1 elsewhere). The same firm offer 80/1 on rising star Dominic Thiem (just 33/1 elsewhere). The Austrian reached the last four of the French Open and has taken his tally to seven ATP Tour titles this year, while he has reached the fourth and third rounds in New York over the last two seasons. The 22-year-old has also broken into the world’s top 10 for the first time.
4. Root 5/2 to top score in third Test
After securing a big win in the second Test at Old Trafford, England are a best price of 4/6 with Paddy Power to win the four Test series against Pakistan with the teams tied at 1-1 from the first two matches. Pakistan, who performed so well to edge the opener at Lord’s before being blown away in Manchester, are out to 6/1 with Bet365, while the draw is at 11/4 with Betfred. Joe Root made an enormous contribution to England’s success in the second Test, with his total of 325 runs including a mammoth 254 in the first innings, and the Yorkshireman can be backed at 5/2 with Paddy Power to be the top England scorer again in the third Test at Edgbaston, which gets under way on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports 2.
5. Trump 7/4 as polls offer encouragement
The US Presidential race has a little over three months left to run and the bookmakers still have Hillary Clinton as the strong favourite, at best odds of 4/9 with several firms. However, the most recent polls are showing a more even split among voters, with several predicting a decent lead for Donald Trump. As the mood begins to turn against Clinton, an unpopular figure in many quarters, now could be the time to back the Republican candidate at 7/4 with Bet365. Trump’s price remains on a downwards trend from a 2016 peak of 7/1 in early February.