May 2016 - Latest Sports Betting News
May brings the domestic football season to a climax as most leagues around Europe finish and the trophies are handed out. This month brings a lot of opportunities for betting punters to try and make a profit.
Champions League Final - Real vs Atletico
An exciting Champions League season comes to a climax on 28th May in Milan, with Real Madrid facing Atletico Madrid in the final.
Real Madrid dispatched with Man City fairly comfortably, in a disappointing tie over the two legs where City rarely threatened and showed they still have work to do to get beyond the semi-final stage. Atletico played a masterful game against Bayern Munich, hitting them with a perfect counter-atacking style and will pose a lot of problems for city rivals Real.
Current odds for the Champions League final (90 mins) are as follows:
Real Madrid 6/4 (Bet365)
Atletico Madrid 9/4 (Coral)
Draw 11/5 (Paddy Power)
Real Madrid are the slight favourites and carry the obvious firepower of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema. However Atletico have proved masters at nullifying the great teams and hitting them on the break, so Simeone's brand of deep defending and counter-attacking might just pay dividends again. Either way it's going to be an interesting final!
Football - FA Cup Final
Manchester United take on Crystal Palace in a repeat of the 1990 FA Cup Final. Back in those days when the FA Cup final could go to a replay, United won that game 1-0 in a replay with a famous goal from Lee Martin, after a 3-3 draw in the first game.
This old rivaly will be quite fascinating, it's a massive game for both teams, with Louis Van Gaal under massive pressure at United to deliver a trophy and Crystal Palace with nothing else to play for this season.
The current odds are as follows:
Man United 5/6 (William Hill)
Draw 14/5 (Sportingbet)
Crystal Palace 4/1 (Coral)
United are the big favourites to win this game and certainly have the firepower with Martial, Rashford and Rooney. However United have failed to turn up at times this season and if Palace have a good day then that 4/1 could look good value.
Boxing - Amir Khan vs Saul Alvarez
Amir Khan takes his biggest fight to date, going up significantly in weight to take on Mexican figter Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. This is a huge test for Khan, his chin has been shown to be weak at much lighter weights than this and it will be a massive achievement if he can take victory in this fight. It's a huge gamble for Khan, he can only really hope to outbox and outpoint Alvarez as there is sure to be a huge size and power difference on the night.
The current fight odds are:
Saul Alvarez 3/10 (Coral)
Amir Khan 7/2 (Bet365)
Draw 28/1 (Stan James)
As you can see, Alvarez is the massive betting favourite and it might pay to take the slightly better 4/7 at Coral for an Alvarez KO victory. Expect Khan to be running all night in this but we feel he will struggle to keep the stronger man off him for the whole fight and might go down to a mid-rounds KO loss.
Europa League Final - Liverpool vs Sevilla
Liverpool looked great over the two legs of the Semi-Finals when beating Villarreal 3-1 on aggregate. Apart from Villarreal's late sucker punch in the first leg, Liverpool looked comfortably the better side and will go into the final against Sevilla with great confidence that they can take the Europa League trophy and with it qualification for next year's Champions League.
Sevilla are a great cup side and have won the Europa League for the last two year's running, so will be a much tougher proposition than Villarreal. The current odds are as follows:
Liverpool 6/4 (Bet365)
Sevilla 2/1 (Stan James)
Draw 9/4 (Ladbrokes)
The bookies can barely split them, with both teams looking impressive on their way to the final, but we just feel that Liverpool have the momentum, with impressive wins over Dortmund and Man United behind them and the urgings of Klopp on the sidelines we feel they can take the trophy.