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Betting News – 5 Talking Points

Back United to end derby misery

This weekend will be one of the biggest of the year for the bookmakers, with the Grand National, the Masters and Sunday’s Manchester derby all set to be hugely attractive to punters.

At Old Trafford, United will go in as favourites against City as they look to end a run of three successive home derby defeats and with the way both sides have played over the last few months, Louis Van Gaal’s men should be backed to get the win.

The contrasting performances of the two sides in recent games at Liverpool, where City deservedly lost and United were comfortable winners, can be seen as a good gauge.

Rusty Tiger friendless at Augusta

Tiger Woods has confirmed he will be competing at Augusta which will take some of the spotlight – and some of the pressure – off favourite Rory McIlroy. Woods will draw huge crowds and much of the media coverage as he bids to come back from his latest injury setback and start the climb back into the world’s top 100.

It’s unlikely that after completing just two rounds of competitive golf this year Tiger can challenge for a fifth Green Jacket and since announcing his intention to play his odds have gone out from 45/1 to 50s. A bright start, however, would bring a flood of in-play money.

Paddy Power are offering 6 places for each-way bets on The Masters and they are best odds on Jordan Spieth (10/1), Henrik Stenson (20/1) and Patrick Reed (35/1).

Coral are offering new customers ‘treble odds’ on all players in the Masters here.

McCoy gamble set to continue

We mentioned last week that AP McCoy was an 8/1 chance to win the Grand National on Shutthefrontdoor in his final Aintree appearance and suggested that price could be short-lived, and so it has proved with the favourite now 7/1 across the board.

Further pressure will be applied to that price over the coming days, particularly after McCoy landed odds of 7/1 on Gilgamboa in the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on Sunday. BetVictor are offering 6 places for each-way bets on the National here.

Selby cut for world title defence

The odds on Mark Selby making a successful defence of his snooker World Championship title have been cut following his convincing victory over Gary Wilson in the final of the China Open in Beijing.

With two weeks to go until the Crucible showpiece begins, William Hill have gone 13/2 about Selby, but you can still get 8/1 with Betfred and Coral.

Ronnie O’Sullivan, meanwhile, has been pushed out to 5/2 by most firms having been no bigger than a 7/4 chance at the turn of the year.

Tigers under threat as Rangers head to Villa

Wins for Leicester, QPR and Sunderland this weekend have put the pressure back on Aston Villa in the Premier League relegation battle, but Tim Sherwood’s side have an immediate opportunity to distance themselves from the bottom three if they can beat QPR at Villa Park on Tuesday night.

Whatever the result of that match, it will push Hull City further into trouble following their latest defeat at Swansea, and with another tough away game at Southampton to come, before a visit from Liverpool, the Tigers look too big at 9/5 with Ladbrokes in the relegation betting.