February 2018 - Latest Sports Betting News
February is a big month for sports betting fans, with the return of the Champions League and Europa League, FA Cup 5th Round action, The Carabao Cup Final and some big Premier League matches. There is also a big fight for boxing fans to look forward to with George Groves taking on Chris Eubank Jnr.
The Champions league action returns in February with some really interesting Last 16 ties, 5 of which involve English clubs.
The draw for the last 16 is as follows:
Juventus vs Tottenham
Basel vs Man City
Porto vs Liverpool
Real Madrid vs PSG
Chelsea vs Barcelona
Bayern Munich vs Besiktas
Sevilla vs Man Utd
Shakhtar vs Roma
The draw is generally good news for the English teams, with mostly winnable ties for the teams involved. The outright odds for the competition are now as follows (correct at 31st Jan):
Man City 10/3 (Bet365)
PSG 5/1 (Bet365)
Bayern Munich 11/2 (Betfair)
Barcelona 13/2 (Ladbrokes)
Real Madrid 8/1 (Coral)
Liverpool 14/1 (Betfred)
Man Utd 14/1 (Betfred)
Juventus 20/1 (Ladbrokes)
Tottenham 25/1 (Betfred)
Chelsea 33/1 (Betfred)
Roma 50/1 (Ladbrokes)
Man City are now the outright favourites but look a little small at odds of 10/3. We quite like the look of Barcelona at 13/2 who are top of La Liga by some distance, odds of 13/2 at Ladbrokes seem too big for the Spanish giants. Of the others, Man Utd and Liverpool have winnable draws so the 14/1 will reduce if they get through to the next round. Tottenham also seem a bit big at 25/1.
Carabao Cup Final
The Carabao Cup Final takes place at the end of February, with Man City taking on Arsenal at Wembley for the first major silverware of the season. Both teams have looked good in their progress through the rounds, though we must fancy City at this stage to get their hands on the trophy.
The current odds to win the match (in 90 mins) are:
Man City 8/13 (Bet365)
Arsenal 3/1 (Coral)
Draw 4/1 (Bet365)
City are the odds-on favourites and we can't argue with that assessment as Arsenal seem to still have a lot of issues this season.
Boxing - George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jnr
There is a huge boxing contest on Saturday 17th February, with long-time rivals George Groves and Chris Eubank Jnr finally meeting up to settle their differences in the ring. This is a big fight for British and World boxing, with Groves the WBA Super Middleweight Champ and Eubank jnr the IBO Champ.
It's really tough to split the two fighters, we'll have a full fight preview nearer the time but for now the outright odds are as follows:
Eubank Jnr 4/7 (Ladbrokes)
Groves 13/8 (Bet365)
Draw 25/1 (Betfred)
We were quite surprised when we saw the odds, with Eubank Jnr being made the favourite and Groves available at a rather meaty 13/8. We recommend betting on Groves at this stage, as he is the more highly regarded WBA Champ who has fought at a higher level than Eubank Jnr and arguably has the bigger punching power. It's going to be close, with Eubank having the edge in speed and workrate, but on current odds the value is definitely with Groves.