SPORTS BETTING: Betrescue MD Jonathan Shepherd previews the top sporting action this weekend and pulls out a Premier League five fold acca which pays 11/1.
Draws for both Arsenal and Manchester United last weekend left Chelsea with a game in hand on the Champions and a shift in their odds to just 9/10 at Jaxx.com to win the Premier League with their rivals out to 11/4 and 9/2 at Bet365 and Victor Chandler respectively.
Chelsea and United should be in everyone’s accumulators and look decent bets to overcome the bookies handicaps. Stan James chalk up 8/11 on Carlo Ancelotti’s side beating Sunderland by more than one goal whilst Paddy Power’s 13/10 catches the eye for Alex Ferguson’s troops to inflict at least a two goal victory over Burnley.
In tomorrow’s TV games in the top flight, beleagured Liverpool (4/6 Jaxx.com) can give under fire boss Rafa Benitez some respite by picking up three points at Stoke (5/1 Paddy Power) at lunchtime whilst in the evening kick off, Manchester City (6/4 Stan James) can keep Manchester City’s 100% record since Roberto Mancini’s arrival at Goodison Park where Everton are 15/8 (bet365).
On Sunday lunchtime, sixth placed Aston Villa (4/7 Partybets) ought to have too much for struggling West Ham (13/2 888Sports) at Villa Park and in the four o’clock start Arsenal (4/7 888Sport) look to ruin Owen Coyle’s return to Bolton who are as big as 6/1 at Betdaq.co.uk.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Villa are joined in this week’s all Premier League five fold by Spurs (2/7 Betdaq to beat Hull) and Wolves (11/8 Betfred to see off Wigan). The accumulator pays 11/1 at Ladbrokes.com
The Heineken Cup returns tonight with Irish sides Munster (10/3 Partybets) and holders Leinester (9/2 Paddy Power) at the head of the betting to win rugby union’s elite club competition. William Hill offer 9/2 about Toulouse whilst fellow French sides Clermont Auvergne and Biarritz can be backed at 7/1 with Stan James and Betfred. London Irish are the best priced English side at 14/1; totesport.
Expect handicap wins for Cardiff, Munster, Northampton and London Irish in this weekend’s televised ties.
Andy Murray is friendless in the betting to win the forthcoming Australian Open according to Ladbrokes who have pushed the British Number One out to 6/1 from 4/1.
Last year’s runner up and current world number one Roger Federer is totesport’s 3/1 favourite to win the first Grand Slam tournament of the year which gets underway on Monday with reigning champion Rafael Nadal 7/2 at Betdaq. Meanwhile, US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro looks to have a decent each way chance at 5/1 with Bet365.
Ricky Hatton is 5/4 (Ladbrokes) to win a world title in 2010 after announcing his return to the ring. No date or opponent has yet been announced for The Hitman’s comeback fight, although names such as Juan Manuel Marquez and Amir Khan have been touted as potential foes. Bet365 offer 11/10 against Hatton defeating either whilst William Hill make Marquez and Khan odds on favourites at 8/11.
Best single: Wolves to beat Wigan; 11/8 Betfred.com
Best handicap: Man Utd – 2 goals to beat Burnley; 13/10 PaddyPower.com
Best acca: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Spurs, Wolves; 11/1 Ladbrokes.com