We have reviewed the latest betting news and highlight five things to consider for the big upcoming sporting events.
1. Lefties lead the way at Augusta
Attention will turn to the first golf major of the year as we enter April and we can expect to hear plenty of talk about the phenomenon of left-handed players winning the Green Jacket, after Bubba Watson made it 6 wins in 12 attempts for left-handers last year. Watson won his second Augusta title to add to Phil Mickelson’s hat-trick and one victory for Mike Weir. The Augusta National course is said to give an edge to left-handers because of the number of right-to-left tee-shots and Mickelson, a 28/1 chance this year, and Watson, the 10/1 second favourite, have taken full advantage. Weir is a 2000/1 shot with Sky Bet (just 500/1 with Ladbrokes and William Hill), but can be backed at 33/1 with BetVictor to finish in the top 20. The Canadian placed in the top 20 at Augusta in five of his 15 visits and finished in 44th place last year.
2. Punters will flock to McCoy
The Grand National is less than two weeks away and Tony McCoy is all set to ride the favourite in what will be his last Aintree appearance before his retirement at the end of April. McCoy will team up with Shutthefrontdoor and the current price of 8/1 is sure to come under pressure as punters flock to what will be a formidable partnership – it’s the biggest betting event of the year anyway, but the swansong of the sport’s dominant figure will send stakes through the roof. If Shutthefrontdoor does go off shorter – and Seabass went off at 11/2 two years ago – then other runners will be pushed out, so if you fancy something else it may be best to bide your time.
3. England a short price to beat Windies
There’s a huge summer ahead for England’s cricketers with a Test series against New Zealand followed by the visit of Australia for the Ashes, but it all begins in two weeks’ time with a three-Test series in the West Indies. Both countries are at a low ebb but it is England who are firm favourites to win the series at best odds of just 8/15 with Betfred and Coral. The hosts are 9/2 with BetVictor and Paddy Power, while Bet365 are offering the draw at a top price of 15/4 – the way both teams are playing this may not be a bad option.
4. Arsenal likely to shorten ahead of Reds clash
After a two-week international break the Premier League returns with a bang next Saturday when Arsenal host Liverpool, with the Gunners looking to cement their place in the top four at the expense of Brendan Rodgers’ side. Arsenal have been in terrific form, while Liverpool had an ill-timed off-day against Manchester United. The bookies are sure to run up big liabilities on either side and will be more eager than ever for a draw, but the latest injury to Daniel Sturridge may just tip this in Arsenal’s favour and the best odds of 10/11 with Betfred could go long before the weekend.
5. Wait for Kane specials
It’s impossible to escape the hype surrounding Harry Kane after his debut goal for England added to the 29 he has scored for Tottenham this season, but don’t rush to back him at 7/2 to score first against Burnley on Sunday. Instead, wait for the day of the match, when the bookmakers will be falling over themselves to offer the best specials on Kane to score first or to score and win, knowing that is the way to win the intense battle for new customers. All the offers will be detailed on this site.