Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including the latest British Open odds following an English winner at Augusta.
1. Willett cut for Troon after Masters win
Danny Willett won his first Major championship on Sunday after a spectacular meltdown by 2015 champion Jordan Spieth, who hit a quadruple bogey on the 12th to relinquish the Masters lead that he had held all tournament. Willett was one of five Englishmen to finish in the top 10 positions, with Lee Westwood finishing tied second with Spieth, ahead of Paul Casey (T4), Matthew Fitzpatrick (T7) and Justin Rose (T10). Soren Kjeldsen (T7) and Rory McIlroy (T10) completed a strong European showing at Augusta and now hopes will be high for a ‘home’ winner of the Open at Royal Troon in July. Willett’s Open odds have been trimmed from 66/1 to best price 40/1 with Coral, but Westwood, who has now finished either 2nd or 3rd at six Majors, is still available at 100/1 with Betfred.
2. The Last Samurai installed as 2017 National favourite
We hope you backed our 50/1 Grand National tip, Rule The World, on Saturday morning, and the betting is already open for the big race at Aintree next year. The Last Samurai, this year’s runner-up, was subject to a late gamble into joint-favouritism on Saturday and has been installed as the early favourite for 2017 at 20/1 with Bet365. Don Poli, third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month, is a 25/1 shot (generally), while Rule The World is available at best price 33/1 with BetVictor to become the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back National’s.
3. De Bruyne the key as history favours City
History suggests Man City hold a significant advantage in their Champions League quarter-final tie against PSG after earning a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Paris. Teams who have drawn 2-2 away from home in European competition have progressed on 220 out of 277 previous occasions and City will be fancied to follow suit after Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho got on the scoresheet last week. However, the bookmakers rate the French champions as the better of the two sides and we are left in the unusual position that they are favourites to win in 90 minutes on Tuesday, at a best price of 8/5 with William Hill (City are 9/5 with BetVictor), yet City are favourites to progress at 8/11 with Sky Bet, with PSG at 11/8 with Hills – as a 0-0 or 1-1 would be enough for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. If they are to reach the semi’s, it will probably require another inspirational performance from De Bruyne, so sorely missed during his two-month injury absence. The Belgian is 23/10 with William Hill to score a goal on Tuesday night.
4. Black Cats still alive in relegation scrap
After defeat to Leicester on Sunday, time is running out for Sunderland to preserve their Premier League status, but they have a huge opportunity against Norwich next weekend. The Canaries lost defender Timm Klose – an influential figure over the last few months – to a serious looking knee injury in their 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday and Sunderland can now capitalise on Klose’s absence and change the picture at the foot of the table dramatically. Norwich are currently 2/1 with Betfair to be relegated, but they have played a game more than Sunderland and look vulnerable with games against Arsenal and Manchester United next on their schedule.
5. Hills offer Klitschko at evens for Fury rematch
It was a big week in the world of heavyweight boxing, with Anthony Joshua claiming the IBF belt with a dramatic second round stoppage of Charles Martin, and the announcement of a rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko in Fury’s home city of Manchester on July 9th. The bookmakers cannot separate the two fighters, making them each a 10/11 chance to claim victory at the Manchester Arena. The only exception is William Hill – who currently make Fury their slight favourite at 4/5 and are offering his Ukrainian opponent at even money.