The Sports Bookie Blog

Paddy Power has Chelsea as favourites to win 2010/11 EPL title

July 14th, 2010

The latest English Premier League 2010/11 Outright Betting odds from Paddy Power have Chelsea as favourites to defend the title that they won last season.

Manchester United are second favourites despite a very quiet close season so far, and it’s the spending power of cross-town rivals Manchester City that has pushed the “citizens” into third spot despite only finishing 5th last season.

Arsenal are fourth favourites at 8.00 (7/1) with the bookmakers obviously still doubtful as to where the playing future of captain Cesc Fabregas lies, and as I think that Fabregas will be at Arsenal for this season at least – this price appeals.

Liverpool are in 5th after the departure of manager Rafa Benitez and the appointment of Roy Hodgson at a price of 13.00 (12/1) and that could represent a useful wager if Hodgson can hold on to his key players in Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

Tottenham are not fancied at all this season, despite finishing 4th last season, with Spurs dropping to 6th in favourtism, with the general thinking that the inaugural season in the Champions League might distract the North London side from domestic duties.

Full list of odds of the top eight teams from 2009/10 – with their position and points from last season in brackets.

2.62 Chelsea  (Champions in 2009/10 with 86 points)
3.25 Man Utd (Runners-up – 85 points)
6.00 Man City (5th place – 67 points)
8.00 Arsenal  (3rd place – 75 points)
13.00 Liverpool (7th place – 63 points)
34.00 Tottenham (4th place – 70 points)
34.00 Aston Villa (6th place – 64 points)
201.00 Everton  (8th place – 61 points)

Check out all the betting odds at Paddy Power

Spain favourites to reign at World Cup

July 8th, 2010

Spain are the favourites to win the World Cup after they defeated Germany 1-0 in their semi-final clash on Wednesday night. The Spanish side will face Holland at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Both sides are looking to win the World Cup for the first time, and so it’s likely to be a tight and cagey encounter.

Spain looked very comfortable against Germany and it’s no surprise to see them trading as shorter-priced favourites but it’s going to be a close match.

Spain can be backed at 11/10 (2.10) at Bet365 to win the match in 90 minutes, with Holland priced at 14/5 (3.80) at BetVictor, and the draw 23/10 (3.30) at Bovada Sportsbook

World Cup Semi-final : Betting Pick : Uruguay v Holland

July 6th, 2010

Holland face Uruguay in the opening semi-final with the Dutch buoyant after a superb fightback from 1-0 down at half-time saw them knock favourites Brazil out of the tournament.

World Cup BettingIt’s been good and bad news for Holland during the build-up to this game with Joris Mathijsen and Robin van Persie declared fit, while Gregory van der Wiel and Nigel de Jong will have to miss out through suspension.

Uruguay have selection issues of their own with Nicolas Lodeiro, Jorge Fucile and, most crucially, Luis Suarez all suspended. The potential loss to injury of captain and defensive lynchpin Diego Lugano would also provide a massive blow for Oscar Tabarez’s men. 

Holland are rightly favourites at 4/6 to win the match but they should be made to work for the victory and a one-goal Dutch success looks like the likely outcome.

Bert van Marwijk’s men have won four of their five games at this World Cup by only a one-goal margin (against Japan, Cameroon, Slovakia and Brazil) so the 5/1 for a 1-0 win and 17/2 for a 2-1 win look worth an interest. 

Betting Pick : Uruguay 1-2 Holland

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams win singles titles at Wimbledon

July 4th, 2010

A spellbinding display of brutal hitting and raw speed from Rafael Nadal secured the Spaniard his second Wimbledon title with a straight sets victory over Tomas Berdych. 

Nadal, who has not lost at Wimbledon since the 2007 final, nullified the 1.95m Czech’s biggest weapons to storm to an eighth career grand slam and open up a big lead at the top of the world rankings.  

The 6-3 7-5 6-4 win completed a second French Open-Wimbledon double in three years for Nadal and took two hours and 13 minutes.

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Serena Williams again showed the gap between herself and the rest of the field when she retained her Wimbledon singles crown with a crushing 6-3 6-2 win over Russia’s Vera Zvonareva.

The victory, her fourth at the All England Club which took just 67 minutes, meant Williams overtook Billie Jean King with 13 grand slam singles titles to go sixth in the all-time list.

Brazil bomb out – providing Dutch delight for some punters !

July 3rd, 2010

The Betfair World Cup winner market has lost its short-priced favourite as Brazil crashed out at the quarter-final stages at the hands of the Netherlands.

Robinho opened the scoring after being matched at 10.00 and it all looked like plain sailing for Dunga’s troops who traded at just 1.23 to win on the match odds market.

An uncharacteristic mistake from the normally reliable Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar gifted the Orange an equaliser before a Wesley Sneijder header from a corner shocked football fans and punters alike and proved enough to see the outsiders through, a task made easier after Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo was sent off for a stamp on Arjen Robben shortly after the second goal.

The Netherlands were matched at a high of 48.00 on the match odds market sfter fgallnig behind, and at 9.40 on the “to qualify” market ; while Sneijder was matched at 19.0 to be the match’s last scorer.

The Netherlands share favouritism with Spain to go all the way, at odds of 3.40, though backers of Brazil’s victors may consider themselves to be in a better position given that Spain still need to beat Paraguay if they are to make the final four.

Check out all the betting Exchange odds at Betfair

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