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Berdych beat Federer at Wimbledon – but still an outsider with Ladbrokes

June 30th, 2010

Top UK Bookmaker Ladbrokes make Andy Murray 2/1 (3.00) second favourite to win Wimbledon after he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to reach the semi-finals.

Rafael Nadal who is favourite at 6/5 (2.20) to win the title, will meet Andy Murray in one semi-final on Friday in what bookies expect to be a record-breaking match with up to £5 million expected to be gambled on the contest.

Novak Djokovic claimed a simple win over Yen-Hsun Lu to reach the last four and he can be backed for Wimbledon glory at 9/2 (5.50) ahead of his clash against Tomas Berdych. Berdych beat six-time champion Roger Federer in four sets on Wednesday but is last in the betting at 11/2 (6.50) with Ladbrokes.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: “The Murray versus Rafa match will be massive. The World Cup is playing second fiddle to Murraymania now that England are out of the Cup and the country hasn’t stopped backing Andy for glory all week.

We were beginning to panic before the quarters but now we’re really over-heating. If Murray goes on to win Wimbledon it’ll be the greatest ever day for tennis punters – and undoubtedly one of our worst.”

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England are out of the World Cup – but you can still bet on them!

June 29th, 2010

With England’s latest World Cup failures heading home from another humiliating exit from the Beautiful Game’s top event, Paddy Power are betting on who amongst the manager and players are likely to be put out to pasture.

Who is going to jump from the England Set-up? :
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First and foremost manager Fabio Capello future looks doomed with the odds at just 1/2 (1.50) that Capello has left the post by the time of England’s next match against Hungary on August 11th. Its 6/4 Capello survives.

In a likely clear out of an ageing squad Paddy Power is also taking bets on who will officially announce their retirement from international football before England’s next match against Hungary on August 11th.

35 year old David Beckham, never shy of an impeccably timed media announcement, is the shortest price to call it a day at 4/9 (1.44) followed by 39 year old keeper David James at 4/7. (1.63) Other big names being tipped to retire include Rio Ferdinand and John Terry at 6/1 with Steven Gerrard 10/1.

Finally – a summary of the winning results in the England World cup betting specials at Paddy Power :

Winning Pre-tournament England Bets At The World Cup :
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5/2 England knocked out in the last 16
5/1 Germany to be the team who knocks out England
7/1 England to score none-five goals in the tournament
7/1 Rooney to score no goals at the World Cup
5/4 Gerrard to score one goal at the World Cup
11/8 Defoe to score one goal at the World Cup
20/1 “Bobby Moore” to be the England v Germany first Commentary Cliché used

Perhaps you’d rather forget about the football ?
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Or if you’d rather put the football fiasco behind you altogether … anyone for tennis?

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England’s World Cup chances fade according to bookies.

June 1st, 2010

England’s World Cup odds have drifted to 7/1 from 6/1 with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power following their lacklustre performance against Japan yesterday – with England needing two late own-goals to scrape a 2-1 victory.

England are now joint third best with Argentina behind tournament favourites Spain at 4/1 and Brazil at 5/1.

World Cup Latest Outright Winner Odds

4/1 Spain,
5/1 Brazil,
7/1 Argentina,
7/1 England (From 6/1)
10/1 Holland,
14/1 Italy,
14/1 Germany,
18/1 France

Wayne Rooney is expected to be England’s star man and is a very likely 8/13 to bag 3 or more goals in the tournament and 11/1 third best in the betting to finish top tournament goalscorer behind Spain’s David Villa and Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

 World Cup Golden Boot Latest

8/1 Villa (Spain),
10/1 Messi (Argentina),
11/1 Rooney (England),
12/1 Fabiano (Brazil),
13/1 Torres (Spain),
16/1 Van Persie (Holland),
18/1 Higuain (Argentina),
20/1 Ronaldo (Portugal)

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