We review all of the latest betting news and highlight five things for you to consider, including another youngster to be reckoned with in the golfing world.
1. An announces arrival in style
It seems certain we will be hearing more about Byeong-hun An in the coming years if his stunning performance at Wentworth is anything to go by. The 23-year-old Korean beat the course record by two shots to win the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event, and move into the world’s top 60 in the process. An, the youngest ever winner of the US Amateur title as a 17-year-old in 2009, underlined his huge potential with a closing round of 65 for a six-shot win in Surrey, to fill his own and the bookies’ coffers.
2. Klopp for the Kop
Liverpool’s shambolic end to the Premier League season has left many of their fans calling for a change of management and has led to a run of bets on Jurgen Klopp being named as their next boss. The German, along with Carlo Ancelotti, is likely to be one of the two hot managerial properties on the market this summer and having confirmed his desire to go straight into a new role without a break, he will inevitably be linked with any high profile vacancies. Brendan Rodgers remains in post of course, but a sixth place finish is not a good follow-up to last year’s runners-up spot. Klopp is just 5/4 with Sky Bet at the time of writing, but can still be backed at 2/1 with BetVictor and Paddy Power.
3. Bookies split on Premiership final
The Aviva Premiership Grand Final takes place at Twickenham next weekend and the bookies are divided on whether Bath or Saracens are the title favourites following their respective semi-final wins over Leicester and Northampton. Both teams can be backed at even money to lift the trophy, Bath with Bet365 and Ladbrokes and Saracens with BetVictor, Coral and William Hill. Bath finished seven points clear of Sarries in the final Premiership table, but the two meetings between the sides will leave you none the wiser, as they produced an aggregate score of 45-45 – both teams winning their home games by 10 points.
4. Cook back to his best for England
Sunday was a good day for England’s batsmen in the first Test against New Zealand, with Alastair Cook ending the day on 153 not out and Ben Stokes smashing the fastest Lord’s century in the five-day format, just a few hours after Bet365 had pushed England out to a top price of 15/4 to win the Ashes. There was no such luck for our selection for Top England Batsman, however, with Gary Ballance contributing just a single run across the two innings. Fortunately there is still time for us to save face, with 12/1 tip Kane Williamson still in with a chance of being named Man of the Match following his first innings century.
5. Busy summer ahead in Manchester
Chelsea are the 13/8 favourites with Coral for next season’s Premier League title, but it promises to be an interesting summer in Manchester with both City and United primed to spend big. City have been released from their FFP restrictions and are set to go for three or four high profile signings to replace the likes of Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko. Paul Pogba heads their shopping list. United splashed the cash last summer and after posting huge turnover will do so again following two seasons without a trophy. At the moment City are 3/1 with Coral and Sky Bet for a third title in five years, with United available at 5s with Betfred and Ladbrokes. Both prices could shorten as a busy summer of transfer dealings unfolds.