December 2016 - Latest Sports Betting News
December is a great month for sports betting fans as the Champions League group stage reaches it's conclusion and there is a load of Premier League action. In other news, there are no more international breaks until next March!
The Champions League group stages finish on December 6th and 7th with the final group matches. Some of these groups are already decided, but some of the games will still be important to decide who finishes where.
Man City have secured second in their group, Arsenal look likely to be second barring some strange results, Leicester have won their group and Tottenham are the only English team to be knocked out at the group stage.
The current outright odds for the Champions League are as follows:
Barcelona 3/1 (Bet365)
Bayern Munich 19/5 (Ladbrokes)
Real Madrid 11/2 (Betfred)
Atletico Madrid 9/1 (Paddy Power)
Man City 12/1 (Coral)
Juventus 14/1 (Bet365)
Borussia Dortmund 16/1 (Bet365)
PSG 25/1 (Sportingbet)
Arsenal 28/1 (Coral)
Leicester City 40/1 (Sky Bet)
Sevilla 66/1 (Betfred)
Napoli 100/1 (Bet365)
Barcelona remain at 3/1 but have wobbled a little, losing 3-1 to Man City in their 4th group game and also stuttering a little in La Liga. Bayern Munich are also having a little wobble having been defeated by Rostov. Which means both Real and Atletico have come in slightly in the odds, with Atletico now only available at best odds of 9/1.
Among the English teams , Man City remain solid at 12/1 and are probably the best English hope, Arsenal have drifted slightly to 28/1 which might tempt some. Leicester have come in from 50/1 to 40/1 as they breezed through a fairly soft group impressively - though it seems unlikely that they will realistically trouble the favourites.
Boxing - Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina
Anthony Joshua fights on the last big Sky PPV boxing card of the year on Saturday 10th December. He will be fighting Eric Molina, who gave Deontay Wilder a scrap before being KO'd in 9 rounds. It seems unlikely that Molina will prove any threat to Joshua, with the odds reflecting this:
Anthony Joshua 1/25 (Betfred)
Eric Molina 14/1 (Bet365)
Draw 50/1 (Paddy Power)
It seems most likely that Joshua is going to score another knockout, the challenge will be whether or not he can better Wilder's 9th round KO. The rounded group betting is as follows for a Joshua KO:
Joshua Round 1-3 KO/TKO 5/6 (Ladbrokes)
Joshua Round 4-6 KO/TKO 5/2 (Paddy Power)
Joshua Round 7-9 KO/TKO 8/1 (Paddy Power)
Joshua Round 10-12 KO/TKO 25/1 (Bet365)
Molina has had a total of 3 KO losses in his career, with 2 coming in the 1st round, so he could go early. The 9 rounds it took Deontay Wilder to get rid of him recently suggest he has improved since those earlier KOs and may put up some tougher resistance than is initially expected. Therefore we recommend a small stakes punt on Joshua in rounds 4-6 at 5/2 with Paddy Power.
There is a ton of Premier League action for football fans to enjoy over the festive season, with the footballers playing for our entertainment whilst we still enjoy the turkey leftovers on boxing day.
See our December Sports events listings to the right for the big games coming up in December, with maybe the highlight being on New Years Eve when Liverpool take on Man City at Anfield. This might turn out to be a very important game in the title race with both sides sitting together alongside Chelsea at the top end of the table.
The current outright odds for the Premier League are as follows, in what is turning out to be one of the most interesting title races in years:
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)
Man City and Chelsea are currently joint favourites, with Antonio Conte having a huge impact at Chelsea and a big upturn in form since he changed to his preferred 3-5-2 formation which got him success with Juventus.
Liverpool are looking great under Klopp this year and have the big advantage of no European football, which allows their players the most rest and recovery time. The loss of Coutinho will be a big one for them, but they have a good squad and should cope. Arsenal have drifted out to 8/1 after again having a poor November, whilst Tottenham at 25/1 and Man Utd at a huge 50/1 make up the other contenders.