Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including England’s chances of wrapping up a 3-0 series win against South Africa.
1. United 7 points off the top after Anfield win
They may have been widely ridiculed this season, but after their 1-0 win at Anfield on Sunday is it unthinkable that Manchester United could end the season as champions? It’s certainly unlikely, given that they have four teams to overhaul rather than just one or two, but with 16 games remaining and their next two matches both at Old Trafford, they are just 7 points behind Arsenal and Leicester. Their title odds peaked at 40/1 just after Christmas, but United are now a best price of 22/1 with Paddy Power. Neighbours Manchester City were 11/8 favourites going into the weekend, but their 4-0 win over Palace coupled with Arsenal’s failure to win at Stoke has seen them trimmed to a best price of 11/10 with BetVictor. The Gunners have been pushed out to 13/8 with Coral ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Chelsea at the Emirates, while second placed Leicester are 16/1 with Bet365.
2. Crucible odds tumble despite Ronnie’s concerns
After a scintillating return to action at the Masters, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s snooker World Championship odds are tumbling. The Rocket described himself as “embarrassed” by the standard of his play in his 6-3 win over world champion Stuart Bingham in their semi-final. But despite, by his own admission, over-hitting balls by “two or three feet” he remains comfortably the best player in the game, as he demonstrated in Sunday’s Final by sweeping Barry Hawkins aside to win 10-1. Since his quarter-final loss to Bingham at the Crucible last year, O’Sullivan has taken an eight-month break, but it does not seem to have taken the edge off his game. From best odds of 5/1 in December, the five-time world champion has now been backed in to best price 3/1 with Ladbrokes.
3. Upsets on the cards in FA Cup replays
There are a host of FA Cup third-round replays taking place in midweek and there is plenty of potential for an upset or two. With Liverpool’s injury crisis easing, Exeter have almost certainly missed their chance for a major scalp, but after beating Championship leaders Boro on Saturday, Bristol City will fancy their chances of getting the job done at the second time of asking against West Brom. Like Exeter, the Robins conceded a late equaliser for a 2-2 draw in the initial tie. It wasn’t the best of weekends for the Baggies, with both Bournemouth and Newcastle gaining ground and that may affect their focus on the Cup. City are 29/10 with BetVictor. Also appealing are Northampton at 3/1 with BetVictor as they visit MK Dons, looking for a 14th win in 17 games in all competitions, while Eastleigh of the National League have plenty of league experience in their squad and a good away record and could easily pile more misery on Bolton – they are 15/4 with Bet365 to beat the Championship side.
4. England a bet against demoralised South Africa
A devastating spell of pace bowling from Stuart Broad helped England to sweep South Africa aside in the third Test match in Johannesburg and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and Alastair Cook’s men should be backed to win the fourth and final Test, which gets under way at Centurion on Friday. Bet365 offer odds of 11/8 that England complete a 3-0 series win and with SA’s players desperately short on confidence after successive poor series against India and England, that looks a decent price. England’s tour has been lit up by several outstanding individual performances, among them from Ben Stokes, Joe Root and now Broad and they go to Pretoria on a high and with Broad confirmed as the world’s no.1 bowler.
5. Controversial Trump cut for White House
For Donald Trump there is conclusive proof that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Over the last few months the 69-year-old billionaire has been involved in numerous controversies, yet in spite of attracting condemnation from across the world his support among Republican voters has been strengthened and he is now the favourite to secure his party’s nomination for November’s presidential election. That would mean a likely showdown with Hillary Clinton, who is the 10/11 favourite to be elected the next US President. Having once been the First Lady, Clinton now hopes to be the first woman in the Oval Office but she faces a fascinating contest against the outspoken Trump, whose odds have been cut from 8/1 to a best price of 4/1 with Ladbrokes – the more people he offends, the more his price is shortening.