As we continue our preview of the exciting year ahead, here at Compare Betting Sites we turn our attention to the spring, covering the major sporting events taking place between April and May. With many bookmakers offering ante post odds months in advance, we have included the best betting odds already available.
Every year more money is spent betting on the Grand National than any other sporting event in the UK and it’s not hard to see why! Popular for its sheer excitement and unpredictability, the race is set over a gruelling 4-mile course with 30 fences to tackle. The race serves up plenty of drama, year-on-year and 2019 was no exception. Tiger Roll became the first horse to win consecutive Grand Nationals since Red Rum in 1974. Gordon Elliott’s modern-day superstar will line up at Aintree again this year, aiming for a Grand National hat-trick. No horse has won three Nationals in a row but Tiger Roll is the bookies’ favourite again this year. You can currently back the 2018 and 2019 winner at 6/1 to win again in 2020.
The fact that no horse has won three consecutive Grand Nationals in a row in the race’s near-200-year history is testament to how tough the race is to win. If Tiger Roll fails in his hat-trick bid then who will be first past the post in 2020? Here are the latest Grand National betting odds, courtesy of William Hill:
20/1 - Burrows Saint, Kimberlite Candy, Walk In The Mill
25/1 - Le Breuil, Native River, Magic Of Light, Elegant Escape, Pleasant Company, One For Arthur, De Rasher Counter, Rathvinden, Cadmium
33/1 - Top Ville Ben, Potters Corner, Any Second Now, Definitly Red, Anibale Fly, Truckers Lodge, Alpha Des Obeaux, Give Me A Copper, Borice, Missed Approach, Talkischeap, Yorkhill, Beware the Bear
Burrows Saint and Native River, winners of the 2019 Irish Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup respectively, are likely to be prominent in this year’s National. With betting odds set to change dramatically as we close in the festival, now is the perfect time to get your ante post bets on.
Masters at Augusta
The 84th edition of the Masters will get underway at Augusta in April but the 2020 tournament will be hard-pushed to match the excitement of 2019. After a decade-long struggle both on and off the course, Tiger Woods won a fifth green jacket, much to the delight of golf fans across the world.
Woods will arrive at Augusta as one of the bookies’ favourites to win a sixth Masters. Boosted by his win in the inaugural Zozo Championship on the PGA Tour, Woods is just 10/1 with most bookmakers.
Brooks Koepka was the stand-out player in 2019, finishing in the top ten in all four majors. The 29-year old finished tied-second to Woods at Augusta before going on to claim his fourth major win in the PGA Championship. A first Masters win continues to elude the American but at 9/1 he may be worth a punt in 2020.
It’s also worth noting that many bookmakers pay out on up to 10 places for each-way bets. There is certainly plenty of value to be found at some much bigger prices. Xander Schauffele finished tied-second in last year’s Masters and was also placed in the 2019 US Open yet he is currently priced at a huge 25/1 to win the 2020 Masters at Augusta.
World Snooker Championship
The final ranking event of the World Snooker Tour will get underway on April 18th as Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre hosts the 2020 Betfred World Snooker Championship. 32 of the world’s top players will compete, including defending champion, Judd Trump. World number one, Trump, is the bookies’ favourite to win thanks to a successful season that has seen the Bristol-born 30-year old win the International Championship, World Open and Northern Ireland Open. If you fancy Judd Trump to claim back-to-back world titles then you should get on the 3/1 on offer with most top bookmakers.
According to the bookmakers, Trump’s nearest challenge is likely to come from five-time winner, Ronnie O’Sullivan (5/1), 2019 Champion of Champions winner, Neil Robertson (7/1) and Mark Selby (9/1), world champion in three of the past six years.
US PGA Championship
The Masters in April will offer an early indication of which players could be in with a shot of winning the US PGA Championship. This year’s tournament will be held at San Francisco’s Harding Park where Brooks Koepka will be aiming to win for a third consecutive year. No player has ever claimed a hat-trick of PGA Championship wins, in fact, Koepka and Tiger Woods have won back-to-back titles.
Last year’s runner-up, Dustin Johnson, will hope to go one better this year but his failure to add a second major to the US Open title he won back in 2016 is starting to become a concern for DJ. Since winning the 2016 US Open, Johnson has claimed five top ten major finishes without a win. He did however claim the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship, ahead of Rory McIlroy.
The tournament is wide-open at the moment and therefore even the bookies’ favourites offer incredible value. If you fancy a Koepka three-timer then he can currently be backed at 8/1 with most bookmakers. Koepka tops the betting, ahead of McIlroy (10/1), Johnson (11/1) and Woods (14/1).
FA Cup final
The traditional finale to the domestic football season is the FA Cup final at Wembley. As one of the oldest and most coveted cup competitions in club football, the FA Cup final is likely to feature at least one of the country’s biggest clubs.
Manchester City were comfortable 6-0 winners over Watford in the 2019 final and inevitably Pep Guardiola’s side are right at the top of the betting market for this year’s competition. City have been drawn at home to Championship side, Fulham, in the fourth round this year and are the bookies’ 9/4 favourites to claim a seventh FA Cup. The 2019 beaten finalists, Watford, could host Manchester United at Vicarage Road. Firstly, Watford face a third-round replay away at Tranmere having thrown away a three-goal lead when the sides met earlier this month.
Inevitably, the Premier League’s runaway leaders, Liverpool, are next in the betting and will be well-supported at 5/1 to win a first FA Cup since 2006. The Reds came through a tricky-looking Merseyside derby in round three and now face League One minnows, Shrewsbury Town in round four.
Northampton Town are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition. The fourth-tier side will play Derby County at home in round four but even the most optimistic of Northampton fans may not be tempted by the 2,000/1 odds available for the Cobblers to win the FA Cup.
Rugby Union Champions Cup final
The Champions Cup will always be known by rugby purists at the Heineken Cup. Contested by Europe’s elite club sides, the Champions Cup is now into its 25th season. English Premiership giants, Saracens, have won the Champions Cup in three of the past four seasons and are prominent in the betting once again at 5/1. However, the off-field turmoil surrounding their salary cap scandal will undoubtedly have an effect on the players.
Last year’s beaten finalists, Leinster, are the bookies’ 5/4 favourites, ahead of French giants, Toulouse (4/1). Four-time winners, Leinster, have looked almost unbeatable this season. To date, the 2018 European champions have won all five Champions Cup games and all ten Pro14 games they’ve played this season.
French Open tennis
It’s hardly a surprise to see that Rafael Nadal is the bookies’ odds-on favourite to win this year’s French Open at Roland Garros. The Spanish ‘King of Clay’ has won the French Open 12 times in the past 15 years and is currently ranked number one in the world.
In 2019 Nadal won both the French and US Open titles and guided Spain to Davis Cup success. He is currently priced at 10/11 to win the men’s singles title at Roland Garros. 2016 winner, Novak Djokovic, is next in the betting at 3/1 whilst the other member of the so-called ‘big three’, Roger Federer, is a much-bigger 25/1.
Nadal’s biggest threat in recent years has come from Dominic Thiem. The 26-year old Austrian seems to be the best of the next generation of men's tennis players. Thiem was a losing finalist in the French Open in both 2018 and 2019 and also fell just short against Alexander Zverev in the ATP Finals, despite eliminating Federer and Djokovic in the earlier rounds. It seems a matter of when and not if Dominic Thiem wins a maiden Grand Slam title and the world number five can be backed at 9/2 with Boylesports and William Hill.
Europa League final
English clubs were dominant in European competition last season and provided both Europa League finalists. Chelsea ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over Arsenal in Baku to claim a second title in seven seasons. This year’s tournament looks wide-open with a host of former winners dominating the betting markets.
2017 winners, Manchester United, are the bookies’ favourites at present and can be backed by Coral and Ladbrokes at 13/2 to win the Europa League. United are currently five points adrift of Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification via the Premier League therefore, the Europa League may offer their best chance of rubbing shoulders with Europe’s elite next season.
Next up in the betting are five-time winners, Sevilla. The Spanish giants have a proud history in this competition but were surprisingly eliminated by Slavia Prague in the last-16 last season. Sevilla are currently joint-third in La Liga, five points behind Real Madrid and Barcelona and are 13/2 with most bookmakers.
Having finished third in their respective Champions League groups, Inter Milan and Ajax are next in the betting, each at 8/1. Ajax were surprise Champions League semi-finalists last season but without the departed duo Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, the Dutch giants have failed to reach those same lofty heights.
In contrast, Inter Milan seem to be a team on the up. Former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, is now in charge at the San Siro and thanks to several ex-Premier League stars, Inter Milan are now a serious threat both domestically and in Europe. In Serie A, Inter are just two points adrift of leaders, Juventus, whilst they were edged out by Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage.
Romelu Lukaku now leads the line for Inter and has been joined in Italy by former Manchester United teammate, Alexis Sanchez. As Conte continues his Inter revolution, Ashley Young and Christian Eriksen could bolster his squad during the January transfer window.
Last year’s losing finalists, Arsenal, are next in the betting at 9/1 and like Manchester United, this could offer their best hope of playing Champions League football in 2020/21.
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