Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including whether Novak Djokovic can go one better than last year’s 3 Major titles.
1. Djokovic 5/1 for Grand Slam
After claiming his sixth Australian Open success on Sunday morning, beating Andy Murray in straight sets, Novak Djokovic is now available at best price 5/1 with Paddy Power to win the three remaining majors this year. The brilliant Serb has now won 11 major honours and while the French Open title still eludes him, with Rafael Nadal’s powers seemingly on the wane, Djokovic is the even money favourite to win at Roland Garros. Having reached the final in Paris in the last two years, it would be no great surprise to see him pick up the title, and so the 5/1 from Paddy’s on the Grand Slam holds some appeal.
2. Konta 80/1 for Wimbledon glory
Murray’s defeat shouldn’t take away from a fortnight of British success Down Under. Johanna Konta’s unexpected run to the semi-final’s, where she lost to the eventual champion Angelique Kerber, was the other major talking point and the question now is how much further the 24- year-old can progress this year. Konta, who has previously played only one match at the French Open, is 200/1 with Stan James for this year’s Roland Garros event, while she is a best price of 80/1 with 10bet for Wimbledon, in from 125/1 a little over a week ago. Meanwhile, Coral make her a 40/1 chance for the US Open, where she reached the 4th round last year, but you can get 125/1 at William Hill.
3. Van Gerwen the favourite for Premier League Darts
Michael Van Gerwen is the 5/4 favourite (general) for the Premier League Darts, which returns to Sky Sports on Thursday evening. The Dutch master has reached the last three finals, but faces stiff competition from title holder and back-to-back world champion Gary Anderson, who is 4/1 with Betfred, while six-time champion Phil Taylor is 7/1 with BetVictor. If you are looking for an outsider then consider Raymond Van Barneveld, who is rated ninth in the 12-man book. A semi-finalist at the World Championship in December, Barney won this title in 2014 before reaching the last four a year ago. Bet365 are offering 28/1 and paying a third of the odds on two places.
4. Spurs the FA Cup pick at 7/1
After Chelsea and Manchester City were drawn to face each other in the FA Cup fifth round, Arsenal are now 4/1 favourites with Coral. The Gunners are of course bidding for a hat-trick of Wembley successes, a run which began with their 3-2 win over Hull in the 2014 final. They beat the Tigers again in the 3rd round last season and have now been drawn to face them at the Emirates once more. Manchester United, City and Chelsea are next in the betting ahead of Tottenham, who continue to go from strength to strength and look a good bet at 7/1 with BetVictor. Spurs have lost only two of their last twenty matches in all competitions.
5. Terry Evens to join Lampard in New York
Following John Terry’s announcement that he is to leave Chelsea in the summer with the intention of continuing his career elsewhere, Ladbrokes have opened a book on his next destination with New York City FC favourites at even-money. A reunion with Frank Lampard is certainly easy to envisage and the New York club are owned by Manchester City, who made a determined effort to sign Terry from Chelsea in the early days after their takeover. Another option in the States is LA Galaxy (4/1) and Terry could be tempted with playing alongside old England colleagues Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole there. New York Red Bulls (8/1) and Fenerbahce (16/1) are outsiders.