September 2016 - Latest Sports Betting News
With the football season now well under way, September really starts hotting up with a ton of betting opportunities and great sporting action.
Slovakia vs England - World Cup Qualifier
After their embarassing Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland, England begin their qualification campaign for World Cup 2018 away to Slovakia. New manager Sam Allardyce will be hoping to get off to a positive start against the Slovakia side that drew 0-0 with England in their Euro 2016 group game.
The current outright odds for the match are as follows:
England Evs (Bet365)
Draw 23/10 (Sky Bet)
Slovakia 3/1 (Betfred)
England start the match as favourites, but Slovakia away will be a tricky first assignment for Allardyce and his men, so we don't recommend betting anything large on England at this stage.
Man United vs Man City - The Manchester derby!
United take on City in the Manchester Derby on Sept 10th, after the international break. This will be a massive game, with both sides having started the season well with 3 wins out of 3 for each. The major news is that Sergio Aguero will probably be banned for the match, meaning United should start out as slight favourites:
Man United 11/8 (William Hill)
Draw 12/5 (Bet365)
Man City 23/10 (Ladbrokes)
This looks set to be a great battle between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, one which even this early on could ultimately have a say in who ends up winning the title at the end of the season.
Return of the Champions League
The Champions League returns with 4 English clubs involved including the debut for Leicester City and the qualification of Tottenham Hotspur for the first time since 2010/11. This really adds a lot of interest compared to usual and UK fans also have the added bonus of Celtic being involved - the Brendan Rodgers managed team have been drawn in the 'group of death' with Barcelona, Man City and Monchengladbach.
The outright odds for the Champions League are as follows:
Barcelona 7/2 (Betfred)
Bayern Munich 4/1 (Bet365)
Real Madrid 11/2 (Ladbrokes)
Juventus 12/1 (Stan James)
Man City 12/1 (SkyBet)
Atletico 15/1 (888Sport)
PSG 16/1 (Coral)
Borussia Dortmund 20/1 (Betfred)
Arsenal 33/1 (Betfair)
Tottenham 40/1 (Ladbrokes)
Leicester City 50/1 (Bet365)
Sevilla 66/1 (Sportingbet)
Napoli 66/1 (Bet365)
Porto 100/1 (888Sport)
Celtic 500/1 (Coral)
Barcelona and the usual suspects dominate the favourites list and who are we to argue. Leicester are available at a rather disappointing 50/1, with the bookies taking no chances after last season's 5000/1 Premier League surprise.
Boxing - Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook
This is a massive fight for boxing fans, which will be shown live on Sky Box Office in the UK. Golovkin is widely recognised as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world and is unbeaten with 35 wins and 32 KOs. He usually gets a KO and is probably one of the biggest hitters in the boxing business.
Kell Brook takes on the challenge, going up two weights to face a massive challenge. Brook is currently unbeaten, but with the weight disadvantage he will start the fight very much as the underdog and we don't see him having enough power to trouble Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin. The odds for the fight show that the bookies clearly think the same:
Gennady Golovkin 1/6 (Coral)
Kell Brook 5/1 (Bet365)
Draw 28/1 (Ladbrokes)
If Brook were to pull off a win, it would probably be the biggest upset by a British boxer in the last 10-20 years, so the odds are stacked against him. Most likely is that he will find Golovkin too big and too strong and suffer a mid-rounds KO defeat.
Tennis - US Open 2016
After Andy Murray's exciting Wimbledon 2016 success, the players take to the hard courts for the next major tournament - the US Open 2016 in New York.
Current odds for the mens singles are as follows:
Novak Djokovic 5/6 (Paddy Power)
Andy Murray 3/1 (Stan James)
Stan Wawrinka 16/1 (Bet365)
Milos Raonic 18/1 (Paddy Power)
Rafael Nadal 22/1 (SkyBet)
Kei Nishikori 28/1 (Sportingbet)
Nick Kyrgios 50/1 (Coral)
The bookies have again made this a two-horse race between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray and it's hard to see past that on current form, with both men looking a cut above most on the circuit right now.
Roger Federer is on a break now until 2017 after injury and is possibly rumoured to retire. You can expect Djokovic to be back very motivated after his surprise early exit from Wimbledon. Murray is on a roll right now and could do well here if he can build on the momentum of his Wimbledon win.