October 2016 - Latest Sports Betting News
October looks to be another very exciting month for sports and betting fans, with tons of big events to keep everyone interested.
World Cup Qualifiers
With the embarassing exit of Sam Allardyce from his post as England manager, Gareth Southgate takes charge of England for the next 4 games, including the upcoming world cup qualifiers at home to Malta on Saturday 8th October and away to Slovenia on Tuesday 11th October.
England are 1/40 (Paddy Power) odds-on favourites for the Malta match despite their managerial woes and should have no problems getting a win there. The away match with Slovenia is a more tricky test and should provide us with a bigger clue as to how Southgate is going to fare in the England post.
There are tons of other international World Cup Qualifiers from the 6th to the 11th October, with all the home nations in action, see our sports events list for more details of the fixtures.
The Champions League continues apace in October with all teams having played 2 games in September. Man City suffered a little setback with the draw away at Celtic and now face their biggest test, going to the Nou Camp to play Barcelona on the 19th October.
The other home nation teams are all going along quite nicely, with Leicester topping their group with 2 wins, Arsenal and Man City on 4 points in their groups and Spurs also sitting 2nd on 3 points, so as it stands all the English teams would get through to the knockout stages.
The current outright odds for the Champions League are as follows:
Barcelona 3/1 (Bet365)
Bayern Munich 4/1 (Sky Bet)
Real Madrid 6/1 (Ladbrokes)
Man City 10/1 (Paddy Power)
Juventus 12/1 (Bet365)
Atletico 12/1 (Betfred)
Borussia Dortmund 20/1 (888Sport)
PSG 22/1 (Bet365)
Arsenal 28/1 (Sky Bet)
Napoli 40/1 (Ladbrokes)
Tottenham 50/1 (Bet365)
Leicester City 50/1 (Sky Bet)
Sevilla 80/1 (Bet365)
Porto 100/1 (888Sport)
Celtic 2500/1 (Sportingbet)
Barcelona have come in slightly from 7/2 to 3/1 after two wins in the group stages and who could argue really with their strike force of Messi, Suarez and Neymar striking fear into the rest of Europe. Man City have come in slightly to 10/1 but that dodgy defence reared it's ugly head in the 3-3 draw with Celtic, so we urge caution at that price.
Leicester are ticking along nicely, topping their group and can still be got at 50/1 which hasn't changed since the start of the season.
Thursday night's have been interesting again this season, with home interest from Man United and Southampton, plus plucky Irish minnows Dundalk making history by getting to the group stage and actually doing pretty well.
United haven't performed well in their two matches so far, losing 1-0 away at Feyenoord and beating Zorya from Ukraine by only a 1-0 margin at home in a fairly dull game. United are not showing any great motivation for this competition but that may change if they get through a few more rounds.
The current outright odds for the Europa League are as follows:
Man Utd 6/1 (Bet365)
Roma 12/1 (Bet365)
Villareal 16/1 (Betfred)
Athletic Bilbao 20/1 (Ladbrokes)
Schalke 04 20/1 (Bet365)
Zenit 20/1 (Bet365)
Shakhtar 25/1 (Bet365)
Southampton 25/1 (Betfred)
Ajax 40/1 (Bet365)
Inter Milan 50/1 (888Sport)
There are some tempting odds in the outright betting, but it really is down to which clubs want to win it and which clubs are content to play their reserves and prioritise their home league competition. Inter look great on paper at 50/1 but haven't really put much effort in and sit bottom of their group after 2 defeats.
Therefore we'd advise picking teams like Zenit (20/1) and Shakhtar (25/1) - teams who will prioritise this competition and who are no slouches at this level, with significant backing from their wealthy owners.