August 2016 - Latest Sports Betting News
New Premier League Season
After a summer of Euro 2016 action, the Premier League returns on August 13th with many players barely having had a rest since the Euros. This season promises to be one of the most competitive and interesting Premier League seasons for many a year, with so many teams seemingly in contention for the title.
The current outright odds for the title are as follows:
Man City 13/5 (Coral)
Man United 7/2 (Betfred)
Chelsea 13/2 (Coral)
Arsenal 13/2 (Coral)
Liverpool 9/1 (Bet365)
Tottenham 10/1 (Sky Bet)
Leicester 28/1 (Ladbrokes)
Man City are favourites for the title, with the bookies clearly thinking that Pep Guardiola is going to have a huge impact on City and overcome the malaise that seemed to set in towards the end of Manuel Pellegrini's time in charge.
Man United are second favourites, with Jose Mourinho expected to have a big impact and get United back challenging for the title. With signings like Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba expected to arrive shortly, it is likely that United will put up a much better fight this year.
We will be creating a full Premier League preview article in the next couple of days so look out for the article.
New Championship Season
The Championship kicks off a week before the Premier League action and again is one of the most interesting Championship's for a while with some huge clubs relegated last season from the Premier League. It will be interesting to see how traditional Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Newcastle fare after last season's relegations.
The outright Championship title odds are as follows:
Newcastle 19/10 (Sportingbet)
Norwich 10/1 (Coral)
Aston Villa 11/1 (Coral)
Derby 12/1 (Bet365)
Brighton 16/1 (Coral)
Wolves 16/1 (Stan James)
Sheffield Weds 16/1 (Bet365)
The betting market is dominated by the three relegated Premier League clubs. Newcastle start off as big favourites at 19/10 with the next favourite team Norwich way down at 10/1.
Rafa Benitez made a big impact at Newcastle and they probably would have avoided relegation if he'd been brought in a little bit sooner. Therefore it is expected that Newcastle will do well with such a top manager at the helm. The Championship can be a tough league though and Norwich at 10/1 do make appeal as they have a very solid team that just lacked a bit of extra quality for the Premier League.
Look out for our full Championship betting preview.
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.