December is less than a week old and thanks to Amazon Prime’s successful move into the Premier League market, the month has got up and running with a bang. As we look forward to what is potentially one of the most exciting weeks for betting of the year, we at Compare Betting Sites preview various betting markets in the world of sport and beyond that you may want to consider.
Clash on the Dunes
The boxing world descends on the Middle East this weekend as British heavyweight, Anthony Joshua, looks to regain his world titles when he takes on Andy Ruiz Jnr in Saudi Arabia. Joshua was on the wrong end of one of heavyweight boxing’s biggest ever upsets on June 1st and the former WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world champion is out for revenge. Despite defying pre-fight odds of 12/1, Andy Ruiz Jnr claimed a comprehensive win over AJ, knocking the previously unbeaten heavyweight to the canvass on four occasions before the referee waved the fight off in round seven.
Despite Ruiz’s emphatic win at Madison Square Garden, the Mexican heavyweight world champion is the underdog with the bookies again. You can back Ruiz at 21/10 with Betfair to retain his belts whilst challenger, Joshua, is the 9/20 favourite with Marathon Bet.
Given the electric seven rounds we witnessed when these fighters met the first time around in New York City, few expect this bout to go the distance. Ruiz to win by KO is 11/4 with several bookmakers and an AJ knockout is shades of odds-on at 10/11.
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Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jnr are not the only big names in the heavyweight division set to feature in Saudi Arabia. Dillian Whyte is back in action for the first time since defeating Oscar Rivas. Whyte will take on 39-year old Polish heavyweight, Mariusz Wach, at the Diriyah Arena.
Inevitably, Whyte is the overwhelming favourite to defeat a man who has lost each of his last three fights. Therefore, if you want to place a bet on this particular fight, you may want to consider predicting the method of victory or perhaps even round betting. Whyte is 4/11 to win by stoppage with Betfair or Paddy Power whilst he is 3/1 with BetVictor and SpreadEx to win on points.
Wach has five careers losses with three of those defeats by stoppage, however none have been earlier than round eight. The 15/8 being offered by Coral on Whyte to win in any round between six and ten could prove the best bet of the weekend.
The stand-out Premier League fixture of this coming weekend is undoubtedly the meeting of fierce local rivals, Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Visitors, United, earned a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Spurs earlier this week but will make the short trip to their local neighbours as major underdogs to win the game. The Red Devils have a reasonable recent record at City, losing just once in their past four visits but City cannot afford to drop any more points in their quest to win a third consecutive Premier League title.
Match odds (courtesy of InterBet)
Manchester City – 3/10
Draw – 9/2
Manchester United – 9/1
InterBet are also offering excellent odds in the goal scorer markets. With all-time top scorer, Sergio Aguero, unlikely to play for Manchester City, you may want to consider Gabriel Jesus to open the scoring at 10/3. Additionally, you may want back Marcus Rashford to add to the two goals he bagged against Spurs. The England international is 11/4 to score at any time or 10/1 to score first.
Two Premier League managers have been axed within the past week as Unai Emery and Quique Sanchez Flores were relieved of their duties by Arsenal and Watford. However, the pressure continues to build on several other managers, most notably Marco Silva at Everton. Silva is now the bookies’ favourite to become the next Premier League manager to leave his post. Everton slumped to a 5-2 derby defeat at Liverpool earlier this week and with games against Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal to come before Christmas, things could well get whole lot worse for the Toffees in 2019.
Whilst Silva remains the heavy favourite at 4/7 with Coral to become the next manager to leave, several other coaches seem just a few poor results from the sack. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (7/4), Manuel Pellegrini (10/1) and Ralph Hasenhuttl (12/1) are also set for a nervy festive period.
Elsewhere in the Premier League
Thanks to their comprehensive Merseyside derby win, Liverpool go into the weekend with an eight-point lead at the Premier League summit. Up next for the Reds is an away trip at AFC Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s side are currently on a four-game losing run and now could be the perfect time for Liverpool to take on the Cherries. At 1/2 with Betfred, Liverpool could offer excellent value for bettors once again.
Liverpool’s nearest challengers in the title race is currently Leicester City. One of the season’s surprise packages, the Foxes have more points after 15 games (35) than they’d managed in their title-winning campaign of 2015/16. At the weekend Leicester City face a tough away trip at Aston Villa, aiming for an eighth successive league win. Brendan Rodgers’ side boast the league’s meanest defence having conceded just nine league goals so far this season. You can back them to win to nil at Villa Park at 5/2 with Unibet.
This weekend’s Premier League fixtures (odds courtesy of William Hill)
Saturday 7th December
12:30: Everton (5/2) vs Chelsea (21/20) (Draw 27/10)
15:00: AFC Bournemouth (11/2) vs Liverpool (47/100) (Draw 18/5)
15:00: Tottenham Hotspur (38/100) vs Burnley (15/2) (Draw 15/4)
15:00: Watford (13/10) vs Crystal Palace (11/5) (Draw 23/10)
17:30: Manchester City (3/10) vs Manchester United (9/1) (Draw 9/2)
Sunday 8th December
14:00: Aston Villa (10/3) vs Leicester City (3/4) (Draw 3/1)
14:00: Newcastle United (17/10) vs Southampton (17/10) (Draw 11/5)
14:00: Norwich City (19/10) vs Sheffield United (11/8) (Draw 5/2)
16:30: Brighton & Hove Albion (8/5) vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (9/5) (Draw 11/5)
Monday 9th December
20:00: West Ham United (5/2) vs Arsenal (10/11) (Draw 16/5)
The Premier League relegation battle has intensified in recent weeks with Watford and Norwich City at risk of being cut adrift. Whatever happens, three clubs will lose their Premier League status in just six months’ time. Here we look at the sides most likely to replace them by assessing the Sky Bet Championship title race.
At present, both West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United look poised for a return to the top flight. West Brom currently sit on top of the pile with 42 points from 19 games. Leeds United are two points adrift on 40 whilst there is then a five-point gap back to Fulham in third.
Both West Brom and Leeds have won five consecutive league games and meet at the Hawthorns on New Years’ Day in what has been dubbed as a potential title decider.
Sky Bet Championship title odds (courtesy of Unibet)
Leeds United – 17/20
West Bromwich Albion – 37/20
Fulham – 11/1
Euro 2020 and FA Cup draws
The past week has seen two much-anticipated draws take place in the football world. Domestically, Liverpool versus Everton is the highlight of the FA Cup third round draw whilst home nations England and Wales were amongst those to discover their Euro 2020 fate. Here we take a look at some of the stand-out fixtures in both competitions whilst we also check how the latest draws have affected the outright odds.
FA Cup third round
Despite facing a tricky tie at home to local rivals, Everton, Liverpool remain 6/1 second-favourites to lift the FA Cup with most bookmakers. Holders, Manchester City, are commonly available at 3/1 to lift a seventh FA Cup and were handed a favourable third round tie at home to League Two’s Port Vale.
In another intriguing tie, Leeds United’s Premier League credentials will be put to the test when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates. The two sides have met in the third round of the FA Cup three times since 2004. Their most recent meeting, a 1-0 win for Arsenal in 2012, is perhaps best remembered as the game where Thierry Henry scored his final goal for the Gunners.
FA Cup third round draw in full
AFC Bournemouth vs Luton Town
Arsenal vs Leeds United
Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers
Brentford vs Stoke City
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Sheffield Wednesday
Bristol City vs Shrewsbury Town
Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle vs Coventry City or Ipswich Town
Burnley vs Peterborough United
Burton Albion vs Northampton Town
Cardiff City vs Forest Green Rovers or Carlisle United
Charlton Athletic vs West Bromwich Albion
Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace vs Derby County
Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra vs Barnsley
Fleetwood Town vs Portsmouth
Fulham vs Aston Villa
Gillingham vs West Ham United
Leicester City vs Wigan Athletic
Liverpool vs Everton
Manchester City vs Port Vale
Middlesbrough vs Tottenham Hotspur
Millwall vs Newport County
Oxford United vs Exeter City or Hartlepool United
Preston North End vs Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers vs Swansea City
Reading vs Blackpool
Rochdale or Boston United vs Newcastle United
Rotherham United vs Hull City
Sheffield United vs AFC Fylde
Southampton vs Huddersfield Town
Watford vs Tranmere Rovers
Wolves vs Manchester United
World champions, France, were previously the bookies’ favourites to win the European Championships next summer but a less-than-favourable draw caused them to drift in the market. Les Bleus are now a rather tempting 13/2 with several bookmakers. France have been drawn in the ‘group of death’ alongside Euro 2016 winners, Portugal and 2014 World Cup winners, Germany. Portugal (20/1) and Germany (9/1) have also both drifted in the outright market since the draw was made.
In contrast, England, will be pleased to have been drawn in Group D along with both Croatia and Czech Republic. The final Group D place will be occupied by play-off winner C; potentially the Auld Enemy, Scotland.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are now the clear 4/1 favourites with most bookies. But should they top Group D, England will face the runners up from Group F.
Wales are the only other home nation assured of a place at next summer’s tournament and like England they will be quietly confident of progression from their group. the 2016 semi-finalists have been drawn in Group A alongside Italy, Turkey and Switzerland. If Wales can keep both Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey fit then they could be a great bet to top group A at 7/1. Ryan Giggs’ side are currently 150/1 to win the Euro 2020 outright.
Euro 2020 draw
GROUP A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
GROUP B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
GROUP C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, play-off winner D or A
GROUP D: England, Croatia, play-off winner C, Czech Republic
GROUP E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, play-off winner B
GROUP F: Play-off winner A or D, Portugal, France, Germany
General Election update
As the General Election campaign continues, the bookies’ odds seem to be shortening on a Conservative triumph. In the last two weeks the odds of the Tories winning the most seats has drifted from 1/14 to just 1/20 with Betfred who remain best-priced. A Conservative overall majority has been cut from 4/7 to 2/5 in recent weeks.
Despite the bookies slashing their odds on a Conservative triumph, the odds of a Labour win remain relatively unchanged. Unibet were offering the best odds on Labour at 12/1 and are now giving 13/1 on Corbyn’s party.
The major casualty in the betting markets recently have undoubtedly been the Liberal Democrats. Jo Swinson’s party have always been a distant third favourite behind the Conservatives and Labour but SpreadEx’s 300/1 on the Lib Dems to win the most seats is a damning assessment of their campaign to date.
Who will be crowned King/Queen of the jungle?
The 2019 winner of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here will be crowned this Sunday and the pre-competition, favourite, Ian Wright, has left the jungle. Ex footballer, Wright, was installed as Betfred’s 5/2 favourite to be crowned King of the Jungle but he was the fifth celebrity to be voted off the show.
Coronation Street star, Andrew Whyment (Kirk Sutherland), looks nailed on to become the first soap star to win the competition since Charlie Brooks (Eastenders’ Janine Butcher) was crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2012.
If the bookies’ odds are to the believed, there are only three other celebrities still in contention to win this year’s show. Capital FM host, Roman Kemp, remains a solid bet at 4/1 whilst pop star, Nadine Coyle (8/1) and actress, Jacqueline Jossa (11/1) are not without a chance.
I’m A Celebrity odds (courtesy of Betfred)
Andrew Whyment – 1/2
Roman Kemp – 4/1
Nadine Coyle – 8/1
Jacqueline Jossa – 11/1
Caitlyn Jenner – 25/1
Kate Garraway – 33/1
Myles Stephenson – 50/1
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