The Most Popular Bets of the Week
This week's top bets to consider
Here at Compare Betting Sites we like to keep our finger on the pulse with all things betting. Whilst finding the most suitable betting site is important, so is knowing what to bet on when you’ve signed up and claimed your freebet! Today, we take a look at some of the most popular bets being placed right now, from football to politics and reality TV. And of course, no preview would be complete without the latest odds courtesy of our panel of betting partners.
Is football coming home?
On Thursday evening England celebrated their 1,000th international football match with a comprehensive 7-0 win over Montenegro at Wembley. As that win secured the Three Lions’ place in next summer’s European Championships, we have since seen a flurry of bets on England to win Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate led England to the semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and now football fans across the nation believe the 54-year wait for a major tournament triumph will end next summer. England are now commonly available as 9/2 second-favourites to win Euro 2020 with only world champions, France, ahead of them in the market at 4/1. France also sealed their place in next summer’s tournament on Thursday evening having laboured to a 2-1 comeback win over Moldova. However, if Les Bleus are to claim a third European Championship title, they’ll need to improve considerably on the form shown in qualification.
England and France are two of ten teams to have qualified for next summer’s Euros, alongside Spain, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic. The other home nations will also hope to join them. Wales will qualify by beating both Azerbaijan and Hungary this coming week. Northern Ireland will have to cause a huge upset if they are to progress from a group that includes both Germany and the Netherlands. Stoke City-bound, Michael O’Neill, will hope to bow out as Northern Ireland boss by reaching a second successive European Championship tournament. If Northern Ireland fail to oust either Germany or the Netherlands, they will at least have a play-off place to fall back on. Scotland have also booked a place in the play-offs by virtue of their UEFA Nations League performance. If Scotland are to progress beyond the play-offs, they will need to improve on a dismal qualification campaign that currently sees them languishing below Belgium, Russia and Cyprus in Group I.
Michael O’Neill’s pending move to Stoke City is not the only managerial change in the Sky Bet Championship. Cardiff City manager, Neil Warnock, has left the Welsh club by mutual consent. The Bluebirds’ Severnside derby loss to Bristol City at the Cardiff City Stadium was the final straw for many and it is hoped that a change of manager will help transform their stagnating season.
After chairman, Mehmet Dalman, claimed that Warnock’s successor would be named within 72 hours it seemed to be a two-way fight between Charlton Athletic boss, Lee Bowyer and former Millwall manager, Neil Harris. Whilst Harris remains the bookies’ 8/11 favourite, Mark Hughes has emerged as a real contender for the Cardiff City job. The former Wales manager has been cut from 25/1 to 13/8 in little over 24 hours. If a new boss is not appointed during the international break then central defender, Sol Bamba, could take temporary charge. Bamba is currently 25/1 to be named as the Bluebirds’ boss on a permanent basis.
After 50 years in football, Neil Warnock was due to retire this summer and after his Cardiff City tenure ended prematurely Warnock could be set for one more job. Warnock is as short as 6/1 with several bookmakers to take the vacant manager’s job at Hearts. If you fancy Warnock to switch Cardiff for Edinburgh then head on over to BetVictor and take advantage of their unmatched price of 10/1 on offer.
In the Premier League, Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, is the bookies’ favourite to be the next manager to leave his post. However, the smart money seems to be on Arsenal boss, Unai Emery. The Gunners are winless in their last four league games and just 12 games in Arsenal are already eight points adrift of the top four. Emery received the dreaded public vote of confidence earlier this week and is currently available at 9/2 with both Betfair and Paddy Power to be the next manager to leave.
If Emery is moved on then former Chelsea and Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, will be the overwhelming favourite to replace him. Mourinho has been linked to the vacancy at Bayern Munich but he’s publicly expressed his desire to get back in to English football. The odds on Arsenal being Mourinho’s next job is a rather tempting 9/4.
PFA Player of the Year update
Inevitably, the PFA Player of the Year odds are dominated by players from Liverpool and Manchester City. Nine of the top ten players in this market ply their trade at one of last season’s top two clubs. However, the one exception could offer the best value of all. Leicester City forward, Jamie Vardy, has been a revelation since Brendan Rogers arrived at the King Power and is currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 11 goals already this season. At an incredibly generous 16/1 with Unibet and William Hill it won’t be just Jamie Vardy having a party if he’s crowned PFA Player of the Year.
At 4/1, Vardy is also now the bookies’ favourite to win the 2019/20 Premier League Golden Boot. There is some incredible value available in this market, especially when you consider that each-way bets are still paying out four places with most bookmakers.
BetVictor are just one bookmaker paying out for the top four scorers and are offering competitive prices on several leading marksmen. Players to consider for the Golden Boot include:
Mohamed Salah - 7/1
Harry Kane – 7/1
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8/1
Sadio Mane – 10/1
Marcus Rashford – 33/1
Top-class heavyweight boxing returns
In the coming weeks we are set to be treated to not one but two world heavyweight title fights. First up Deontay Wilder will go head-to-head with Luis Ortiz in Las Vegas on November 23rd. Despite winning their first meeting in March 2018, WBC king, Wilder, had to overcome a mid-fight scare and is determined to win in a more convincing fashion this time around. Ortiz is now the wrong side of 40 and the ageing Cuban is probably now past his best. Wilder can be backed at 1/3 with most bookmakers to win by stoppage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
If he comes through the Ortiz fight unscathed then Deontay Wilder will look forward to a rematch with Tyson Fury in early 2020. The two heavyweight giants battled to a thrilling draw last December and the rematch will be one of the boxing highlights of next year. At 4/5 with Betway, Tyson Fury is the bookies’ favourite to win the rematch whilst Wilder’s odds of 5/4 with Betfair and Paddy Power will be slashed if he impresses against Ortiz.
A fortnight on from Wilder versus Ortiz and the boxing world will descend on the Middle East for Anthony Joshua’s highly-anticipated rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr in Saudi Arabia. 12/1 underdog, Ruiz, caused a seismic shock earlier this year, defeating Anthony Joshua to become heavyweight champion of the world. Now, AJ is out to reclaim his belts knowing that it’s a long road back should he suffer another defeat.
The bookies have installed Joshua as the odds-on favourite with the 2/5 available via Betfred currently the best around. Ruiz is commonly available at 12/5. After the fireworks in their first fight, it would take a brave (or foolish) man to bet against a knockout. Black Type are offering 3/4 on an AJ stoppage or 3/1 for Ruiz to win by KO.
Sports Personality of the Year – each-way value
After a stellar summer that saw famous displays in both the Cricket World Cup and the Ashes, Ben Stokes is the overwhelming favourite to win the Sports Personality of the Year award. However, a quick check of the each-way betting will show unbelievable value elsewhere. Lewis Hamilton has enjoyed a fine 2019, claiming a sixth Formula One world title. Only Michael Schumacher now stands above Hamilton on the all-time list with seven world titles yet Hamilton is a huge 20/1 with Ladbrokes to win the SPOTY award. Hamilton is unlikely to beat Stokes to the award but could easily claim a top three spot. Each-way places pay 1/5 odds with Ladbrokes.
Away from sports betting, there are several markets gaining plenty of interest. The latest goings-on in the worlds of politics and reality TV could attract unprecedented support in the coming months. Below are just a few markets to consider as well as odds on all the leading players in each respective market.
General Election update
The number one story with all media outlets for the next month will be the UK’s General Election. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are set to go head-to-head in the battle to be at 10 Downing Street for Christmas and with each passing day we’re seeing bets on the Election race gain momentum.
Johnson and the Tories received a boost this week after Nigel Farage announced his Brexit Party will not contest any of the 317 seats won by the Conservatives in the 2017 General Election. The Tories are now 1/14 with Betfred to win the most seats whilst Labour have drifted out to 12/1 with Unibet. Alternatively, the Conservatives are 4/7 to claim an overall majority compared to Labour’s 33/1. No overall majority is priced at 7/4.
I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! line up revealed
Ten unwitting celebrities will go into the jungle this weekend as the 2019 edition of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! gets underway. Former Arsenal and England footballer, Ian Wright, has been installed as the bookies’ 5/2 favourite to be crowned King of the Jungle, closely followed by former international rugby player, James Haskell at 5/1. The group may include two pop stars, three radio presenters, a stand-up comedian and an actress but this year’s biggest draw is undoubtedly Olympian and reality TV star, Caitlyn Jenner.
Jenner is reputedly the highest-paid celebrity in the show’s history and will bring a whole new audience to the popular show. The father of the Kardashian/Jenner reality stars is 10/1 to win.
I’m A Celebrity outright odds (courtesy of Betfred)
Ian Wright – 5/2
James Haskell – 5/1
Roman Kemp – 6/1
Jacqueline Jossa – 7/1
Caitlyn Jenner – 10/1
Kate Garraway – 12/1
Andrew Maxwell – 20/1
Nadine Coyle – 20/1
Myles Stephenson – 20/1
Adele Roberts – 25/1
Celebrity X Factor
Keeping with reality TV, this year we’ve seen the first ever celebrity edition of the X Factor. The contestants are battling it out to win a professional recording contract and it is reality TV star, Megan McKenna, that is the overwhelming favourite to claim the inaugural Celebrity X Factor crown. Performing a repertoire of her own songs, the former TOWIE star and budding singer/songwriter is just 2/5 with several bookmakers.
Social media influencers and identical twins, Max and Harvey Mills, are Megan McKenna’s nearest challengers and are currently 11/2 at Betfred and BoyleSports. Girl group, V5, Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan of The Chase fame and former footballer and Hollywood star, Vinnie Jones, are all still in the running to be crowned X Factor champion.
Celebrity X Factor outright odds (courtesy of Coral)
Megan McKenna – 2/5
Max and Harvey – 5/1
V5 – 10/1
Jenny Ryan – 16/1
Vinnie Jones – 16/1
Try Star – 25/1
Kevin McHale – 25/1
No Love Lost – 33/1
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