Betting Week in Review: Wimbledon & Euro 2020 Features
Wimbledon started last week, and as always, produced a few surprises. Britain has a new hero, teenage wildcard entry Emma Raducanu who defied the odds to make it through for a ‘Manic Monday’ fourth-round clash against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Court One. In the Euros, two wins for England have put them into the competition’s semi-finals for the first time since 1996.
Raducanu: A New Star is Born at Wimbledon
The world’s most prestigious tennis tournament Wimbledon started last week, providing operators with another lucrative revenue stream. Betting on Wimbledon has never been more widespread, and with shock results just about guaranteed, it’s a popular market with casual bettors.
The star of the tournament so far is one of our own, eighteen-year-old Emma Raducanu. Ranked a lowly 338th, the youngster only finished her A-levels last week and is yet to receive her results. Coached by Andy Murry’s father-in-law, Raducanu saw off Vitalia Diatchenko on her Wimbledon debut, winning the match 2-0. Raducanu was priced @ 61/50, compared to the 69/100 on offer for Diatchenko.
Much tougher opposition awaited the youngster in the second round, a clash with former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova. Such was the supposed gulf in class between the two; Vondrousova was odds on @ 33/100, with Raducanu, an outsider @ 12/5.
On court 12, Vondrousova, the world number 41, looked in control and held her opening service game. Then, however, she looked shocked as the youngster won five games on the bounce to go a double break up.
After losing the first set, a more composed Vondrousova put the pressure on the wildcard entry and went three games ahead. However, the Brit fought back, twice breaking serve. The home crowd erupted into applause when Vondrousova sent a forehand return into the net, meaning Raducanu had been the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon third round since 2002.
She faced the world number 45 Sorana Cirstea in the third round, and once again, Raducanu won in straight sets, taking the match 6-3 7-5. Punters who backed the youngster getting good value @ 81/50, compared to the 51/100 on offer for the losing Romanian.
The Brit will now face Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic on Court One. It will be a clash of debutants at this stage as her opponent has never reached this far in a Grand Slam tournament. Not surprisingly, the bookies are taking a much more cautious approach to this one, pricing Raducanu @ 21/20 with Tomljanovic available @ 4/5.
There are no Brits left in the men’s singles after Andy Murray and Cameron Norrie failed to reach the quarters. Andy Murray, playing his second tournament in three months after an injury, lost in straight sets against 10th seed Denis Shapovalov. Fellow Brit Cameron Norrie lost 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4 against eight-time champion Roger Federer.
Three Lions Roar Into Semi-Finals in Unpredictable Euros
The bookies have loved the Euros with so many games being almost impossible to predict. Within the last seven days, we have seen Switzerland eliminate the powerful French, England finally beat Germany in a knock-out game, Italy knock out the top-ranked team, and Denmark continued their incredible run by beating the Czech Republic.
It’s no surprise that England is well backed at the bookies, and with potentially two more games left involving England, it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear Irish bookmakers cheering on England.
In Tuesday’s first semi-final, Italy takes on Spain, and the operators have Italy @ 6/4 slight favourites ahead of Spain, who are 2/1. A straight ‘to qualify bet’ is available @7/10 for Italy and 21/20 for Spain.
With goals likely, the first goalscorer market is a popular bet. Ciro Immobile leads the betting @ 5/1 (7/4 anytime), Alvaro Morata is 11/2 (2/1 anytime) and Andrea Belotti available @ 6/1 (11/5 anytime).
England takes on Denmark on Wednesday, looking to qualify for their first final since 1966. The bookmakers fancy England @ 8/11 with the Danes 17/4 and the draw 13/5. The operators fancy the game will be decided in normal time, with 1/9 against the game being decided by extra time or penalties.
Harry Kane is the likeliest to open the scoring, according to bookies at 3/1 (21/20 anytime). Seven other England players are priced lower than Denmark’s lowest-priced player. Kasper Dolberg, who is 9/1 to score first and 7/2 to score anytime.
Italy v Spain is on BBC One on Tuesday with kick-off at 8 pm. England v Denmark is on ITV on Wednesday; kick-off is also at 8 pm.