We highlight five things to consider based upon on last week’s sporting action and the latest betting news.
1. Gunners’ odds slashed as top two slip up
Arsenal are proving to be a popular bet in the Premier League title race after their eighth win in nine league games saw them close the gap on the faltering top two. The Gunners are now seven points behind Chelsea – who have yet to visit the Emirates – and just one adrift of Manchester City in second place. Arsene Wenger’s men were a 50/1 chance before their win over West Ham on Saturday, but they are now 25/1 with SkyBet and Ladbrokes and shortening (just 18/1 with Paddy Power).
2. England 8/11 for 6 Nations glory
Ireland’s defeat to Wales in the RBS 6 Nations on Saturday afternoon has opened the door for England to kick off their World Cup year by taking the title. Stuart Lancaster’s men produced a patchy performance to see off Scotland later in the day, but it was enough to put them in pole position and they are a best price of 8/11 with Paddy Power. Ireland and Wales are still in the mix, but they will need to significantly better England’s margin of victory, assuming all three title contenders win on Saturday.
3. McCoy 5/4 to hit 250
There was no fairytale ending to Tony McCoy’s Cheltenham career as his mount Carlingford Lough came up short in the Gold Cup, but you can still enjoy a punt on the champion jockey over the final six weeks of the National Hunt season. For example, Ladbrokes are offering 10/1 that McCoy will ride the winner of the Grand National, while Betfred go 5/4 that he will reach 250 winners before the season is over – he goes into this week’s racing on 223.
4. Watford appeal at 9/2
After a string of fine performances, Watford are the pick of the bets in an enthralling Skybet Championship title race. The Hornets have won nine of their last 12 league games to join Bournemouth at the top of the table with nine games of the season remaining, but while the Cherries are priced no better than 5/2, Watford are rated fifth favourites at 9/2 with BetVictor, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes After scoring 11 goals in their last four away games they have a good prospect of capitalising on Wigan’s dismal home record on Tuesday.
5. Spieth cut for Masters
Jordan Spieth has produced another eyecatching performance at this weekend’s Valspar Championship and that has prompted several firms to take evasive action in their Masters outright betting, with the first major of the new season a little over three weeks away. Spieth remains a 16/1 chance with SkyBet, but Bet365 have cut his price to 14s with Ladbrokes, Betfred and Coral each making him their 12/1 fourth favourite.