January 2017 - Latest Sports Betting News
As we all nurse our New Year's hangovers, the sports events continue apace in January with loads of good stuff for sports and betting fans.
FA Cup 3rd Round
The FA Cup 3rd Round is one of those staples of January where the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition and the lower division teams dream of a big upset. There are a number of tasty looking ties that could provide us with the shocks we are looking for. Some notable ties include:
Man Utd vs Reading
Preston NE vs Arsenal
Liverpool vs Plymouth
Chelsea vs Peterborough
Tottenham vs Aston Villa
Hopefully there might be a few upsets from those ties and they will provide plenty of interesting betting opportunities.
League Cup Semi Finals
The League Cup reaches it's Semi Finals stage in January with two legs to decide who reaches the final. The ties are:
Man Utd vs Hull City
Southampton vs Liverpool
The outright odds for the League Cup winner are now as follows:
Man Utd 6/5 (Bet365)
Liverpool 6/4 (Betfred)
Southampton 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Hull City 16/1 (Sportingbet)
Man United are the slight favourites due to their easier tie against Hull City. United are arguably just out of the title race for this season, so the League Cup could represent a big chance for them to get some silverware. Liverpool are looking great under Klopp though and have the added bonus of no European football to distract them.
Premier League Title Race
The title race is in full swing, with Chelsea currently sitting atop the table and looking strong in defence and attack under new manager Conte. Of the chasing pack, Klopp's Liverpool look very strong, whilst City under Pep are flattering to deceive right now with some real defensive struggles.
The current outright odds are:
Man City 2/1 (Bet365)
Chelsea 2/1 (Betfred)
Liverpool 10/3 (William Hill)
Arsenal 8/1 (Paddy Power)
Tottenham 25/1 (Coral)
Man Utd 50/1 (Bet365)
Chelsea have shot to favouritism with a recent run of wins and look like they will now take some catching if they can keep Diego Costa and Hazard fit.
Boxing - James DeGale vs Badou Jack
James DeGale fights in America for the chance to add the WBC belt to his IBF Super Middleweight title. This is going to be a close fight between two closely matched fighters, though we just shade with the slightly more skilled DeGale. the outright odds are:
James DeGale 2/5 (Coral)
Badou Jack 12/5 (Bet365)
Draw 25/1 (Betfred)
Looking at the odds, the bookies see DeGale as a clear favourite, whereas we think this will be really close, so there is definitely some value in Badou Jack at odds of 12/5. If DeGale can win the fight, then it sets up potentially a really big rematch with previous foe George Groves.