Our weekly review of the latest betting news, with five things for you to consider – including Stan Wawrinka’s odds for Wimbledon after his win at Roland Garros.
1. Bookies split on whether Tiger can bounce back
Back in February Tiger Woods hit a new low with a round of 82 at the Phoenix Open, which was the worst of his professional career. On Saturday at the Memorial Tournament – an event he has won five times – he cut a forlorn figure as he shot a woeful 85. The feeling lingers that the former world no. 1 will one day be back as a contender, but Saturday’s wretched round has led several firms to raise his odds for the forthcoming US Open. The market for that tournament, which begins a week on Thursday, makes for fascinating reading with Tiger’s price ranging from 16/1 with William Hill all the way up to 50s with Sky Bet, taking in all points in between. Meanwhile, he is 7/4 with Coral to ever win another Major tournament.
2. Messi and Co head Copa America betting
The European football season continues next weekend with another round of Euro 2016 qualifiers, but a more interesting betting proposition is the Copa America, which gets under way on Thursday in Chile. Chile’s neighbours Argentina have the strongest squad, with Lionel Messi fresh from winning his fourth Champions League title and Sergio Aguero, scorer of a hat-trick against Bolivia on Saturday, in outstanding form and they are the 9/4 favourites. However, it is worth noting that Argentina haven’t lifted the trophy since 1993. By contrast, Brazil have won four of the last six editions and are second favourites at best odds of 10/3 with Bet365, but they will need Neymar to drag them through to glory as they lack significant quality elsewhere in the squad. Defending champions Uruguay have split opinions among the bookies – they are available at odds of just 8/1 with Ladbrokes, but Bet365 clearly don’t believe they can cope without the banned Luis Suarez and have them at 16s. Meanwhile, Colombia shone at last summer’s World Cup and look attractive at 6/1 with Paddy Power. With James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Jackson Martinez and Carlos Bacca, they have plenty of goals in them.
Barca 7/2 to repeat Champions League success
Barcelona’s superb win over Juventus on Saturday night completed their domestic and European treble, thanks in no small part to their incredible attacking trident of Messi, Suarez and Neymar. None of those three will be going anywhere this summer and there’s no reason to suspect that the continent’s other top clubs will find them any easier to handle next season. To underline how devastating they were, Neymar and Messi shared the tournament’s top scorer prize with Cristiano Ronaldo with 10 goals each, while Suarez chipped in with seven to share fifth place. Barca are already the favourites for next season’s Champions League, as short as 2/1 in places, while both Bet365 and Ladbrokes are offering odds of 7/2. That price will surely come under pressure.
Wawrinka cut after French Open shock
Stanislas Wawrinka has been cut for next month’s Wimbledon Championship after his remarkable French Open victory over Novak Djokovic, which denied the world number one a career Grand Slam. Wawrinka was a 25/1 shot for Wimbledon on Sunday morning, before he added the Roland Garros crown to the Australian Open title he won 18 months ago, but is now no bigger than 14/1 with Bet365. Djokovic had been cut to best price 5/4 (Sky Bet) to defend his Wimbledon crown following his successive wins over Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray and his position in the market is unchanged despite his defeat to Wawrinka. Murray’s fine claycourt season – the best of his career – has caused his odds for the third Grand Slam of the year to be trimmed and the Scot is now a best price of 7/2 with Ladbrokes. Moving in the opposite direction is Nadal, who was in single figures last week but can now be backed at best odds of 16/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral.
Debutant Voges shines in Ashes warm-up
England were beginning to shorten for next month’s Ashes series after their victory in the first Test against New Zealand and were in to 11/4 in places on the back of a fine performance from skipper Alastair Cook and some positive displays elsewhere in the side. However, their subsequent defeat in the second Test has caused the market to reset itself and Cook’s men are now back out to 7/2 pretty much across the board to beat the Aussies. Australia, who were briefly available at 4/9, are now priced between 1/3 and 2/5 for the five match series. They are currently warming up with two Tests in the West Indies, where they won the first by a convincing nine-wicket margin. Adam Voges top scored on his Test debut with an unbeaten 130 – the 35-year-old is a 10/1 chance with BetVictor to be their leading Ashes batsman, with Steven Smith the favourite (5/2 with Coral).