Andy Murray warmed up perfectly for Wimbledon, landing his fourth Queen’s Club title in impressive fashion last weekend and the British number one is bet365’s 5/2 second favourite to clinch his second All England Club crown.
Bookmakers appear to think that only three players – Murray, Roger Federer and Novaj Djokovic – have a realistic hope of success with Stan Wawrinka a lengthy 16/1 shot at bet365 despite his French Open victory.
Federer is a far skinnier 6/1 (Stan James) but the man they all have to beat is BetVictor’s 11/8 market leader Djokovic.
Even illness couldn’t prevent Serena Williams winning the French Open a few weeks ago and it’s perhaps not surprising to see the American – widely regarded as the women’s game’s greatest ever player – heading the Wimbledon betting at just 15/8 with Skybet.
Petra Kvitova emerged triumphant last year after Williams was stunned by Alize Cornet in the third round and the defending champion has been well backed at 4s (BetVictor) to retain her crown.
William Hill meanwhile are offering punters a series of special markets. They go even money about any player being asked to change clothing that doesn’t comply with the All England Club rules and it’s 33/1 for the caterers at SW19 to run out of Champagne or strawberries.
England’s women came from behind against Norway on Monday to register their first ever World Cup knockout phase win and Mark Sampson’s side now face a tricky showdown with tournament hosts Canada in the last eight on Sunday.
Bookies think they’re up against it in Vancouver, where the Canadians command 7/5 favouritism via Ladbrokes and England are Paddy Power’s 12/5 outsiders.
Only a wonder strike from Manchester City full-back Lucy Bronze separated the teams in the Lionesses’ cagey second-round clash and punters expecting another close encounter might be tempted by bet365’s 9/4 about it finishing all-square after 90 minutes.
Buoyed by their success over the Norwegians, Sampson’s troops are a 7/2 chance at Stan James to edge it by a one-goal margin, BetVictor quote 12/1 for another 2-1 triumph and it’s 11/10 with Skybet for England to qualify for the semi-final by any means.
The Copa America reaches the quarter-final stage this weekend and the eye-catching tie of the round comes in the early hours of Saturday morning, when Argentina meet Colombia.
Gerardo Martino’s charges are odds-on at 9/10 via Stan James while their opponents are as high as 19/5 (BetVictor) to book a place in the last four.
It’s likely to be tighter than those odds suggest though and it would be no surprise to see the Colombians force the contest into extra-time (23/10, Ladbrokes).
More accurately, betway go 6/1 about a 1-1 scoreline, it’s 15/4 at Winner.com to be level at the end of each half and in the first scorer betting nobody will be surprised to see Lionel Messi out in front at 16/5 with Paddy Power.
In Saturday’s clash Brazil look a touch too risky a proposition at 3/4 (Skybet) as they take on gritty Paraguay (9/2, bet365) and the value could be in backing latter at 14/5 in betway’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
Also at the quarter-final mark is the Rugby League Challenge Cup and in tomorrow’s (Friday) clash Leeds (4/7, BetVictor) should have the measure of Hull at the KC Stadium.
The Rhinos also get the nod in William Hill’s handicaps, where they have a four-point deficit to overhaul.
On Saturday, Warrington are evens courtesy of bet365 to defeat Championship outfit Leigh by more than 18 points and hosts St Helens are the value at Langtree Park on Sunday, where they’re 10/11 (BetVictor) to cover visitors Widnes’ 16-point start.
Jordan Spieth captured his second major of 2015 last weekend as he secured the US Open at Chambers Bay and the 21-year-old Texan is now 33/1 with Stan James to make it a clean sweep by landing all four this year.
The Open is the youngster’s next target and his odds have contracted to 13/2 at betway following his success a week ago.
Rory McIlroy, however, remains the favourite at St Andrews, at odds of 9/2 (Skybet).
Finally, there’s a huge night of boxing at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday.
Unbeaten super-middleweight Rocky Fielding is on offer at 1/3 via William Hill to overcome Brian Vera and BetVictor quote the scouse prospect at 6/4 to end the bout inside the distance.
In the same weight category, meanwhile, Callum Smith is just 4/7 (Paddy Power) to stop Christopher Rebrasse.
Bet of the week: Double on Novak Djokovic & Serena Williams to win Wimbledon titles – 11/2 (BetVictor).
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