Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including the ever-changing odds in this wide-open Premier League title race.
1. Big week ahead for 9/4 Spurs
After a spirited fightback to beat Swansea at home on Sunday afternoon, a huge week awaits Tottenham as they bid for their first English league title since 1961, with two London derbies in store. First up for Spurs is a trip to West Ham, who are unbeaten in their last 13 home games in all competitions, before Arsenal visit White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime. Arsenal’s defeat at Man United means Tottenham now hold a three-point advantage and remain two points behind leaders Leicester and several bookmakers make the top two equal favourites for the title. Ladbrokes are offering best odds on Leicester of 11/5, while Tottenham can be backed at 9/4 with Bet365.
2. United and Hammers close on 1/6 City
There could also be a dramatic battle on the cards for a top four finish, with City looking more vulnerable following wins for United and West Ham. Nevertheless, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are seen as a sure thing by the bookies, with Paddy Power offering the best odds of just 1/5 (as short as 1/9 elsewhere). If you fancy United to pip them to fourth place after their remarkable win over the Gunners with a very youthful line-up, you can get 4/1 with Ladbrokes or Betfred (3/1 elsewhere). The Manchester rivals meet at the Etihad in three weeks’ time. Meanwhile, West Ham, now just 4 points behind City, are 40/1 with Paddy Power for a top four finish.
3. England 5/6 for Grand Slam glory
England are edging closer to their first 6 Nations triumph in five years after their fightback against Ireland on Saturday evening made it three wins from three under Eddie Jones, although it was far from a wholly convincing performance in their first match at Twickenham since their World Cup failure, with many of the old problems still apparent. William Hill are offering best odds of 4/7 that England go on to win this year’s tournament and they are now odds-on for the Grand Slam at a best price of 5/6 with Ladbrokes. England resume their title bid at Twickenham in a fortnight’s time when they face Wales, who are 17/10 with Bet365 to win their third six nations title in five years.
4. Betting unchanged despite Johnson pledge
A week has passed since Boris Johnson pledged his support to those campaigning for the UK to leave the European Union, but his announcement has had little impact on the betting, despite it being hailed as a major shot in the arm for the proposed Brexit. After an initial shift in the prices last Sunday, the market has settled back to where it was before the London Mayor turned his back on David Cameron and his bid to persuade voters that Britain’s future should lie within the EU. Most firms offer 4/11 that the British public opts to Stay, with Betfred going 9/4 that they decide to Leave.
5. Super Tuesday can spur on Trump
Donald Trump can take a significant step closer to winning the Republican Party’s Presidential nomination in the ‘Super Tuesday’ primaries this week, having moved clear of his rivals in the betting in recent weeks – he’s a 1/4 chance for candidancy, with closest challenger Marco Rubio at 7/2. He’s also just 9/4 with Betfair to become President – to put that in perspective, he was a 250/1 shot when he first announced his intention to run, so while he’s not quite the Leicester City of this race, he is the Tottenham Hotspur. Even Arsenal fans might concede that Tottenham winning the Premier League is a much less troubling prospect.