2020 Starts with a Raft of Exciting Sporting Action

By Martin Green05 January 2020
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Carabao Cup

Football fans can look forward to a Manchester derby in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Tuesday evening. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd side host defending champions Man City for a first leg clash at Old Trafford and it promises to be a thrilling encounter. The Red Devils picked up a surprise win over Man City when they last met, and they have the pace to really hurt Pep Guardiola’s men on the break. It will be fascinating to see how Guardiola responds. Both teams to score looks interesting at 3/4 with Bet365, as City have only kept one clean sheet in their last five games. The following day sees Aston Villa visit the King Power Stadium to take on high-flying Leicester, and the Foxes are heavy favourites to secure victory after enjoying a strong campaign thus far. Leicester to win and under 3.5 goals looks tempting at 13/10 with Betway.

ATP Cup

Tennis fans can bet on ATP Cup matches all week as the tournament runs across Australia until the final on Sunday. There have been poignant scenes as homegrown star Nick Kyrgios and others raise money to help rebuild the country following the devastating bushfires that have raged through Australia. On the court the Aussies have made a winning start too and they sit top of Group F with a 2-0 record, so they look like going deep into the tournament. Heavyweights Spain and Serbia are also going strong, along with France and Russia. Spain are still the 2/1 favourites to win it, but Australia are now 5/1 second favourites and that has been a popular selection among punters.

NFL Playoffs

Just eight teams are left standing in the NFL playoffs and they will lock horns for the divisional round on Saturday and Sunday. One highlight sees Super Bowl favourites Baltimore Ravens – who finished the regular season with the best record in the league – host Tennessee Titans, who just vanquished defending champions New England Patriots. The Ravens are just 2/9 to win it on the moneyline, but you can find even money at William Hill on Baltimore -10, while over 48 points is priced at 10/11. The Ravens are 9/4 to win the Super Bowl with Ladbrokes, and the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are both priced at 4/1.

The Masters

World number two Ronnie O’Sullivan recently dropped a bombshell when he pulled out of the Masters for “personal reasons”. The five-time world champion was beaten 6-4 in the UK Championship round of 16, with Ding going on to win the tournament. O’Sullivan lost 10-4 in last year’s Masters final to Judd Trump, who will be the hot favourite when the event starts on Sunday. The tournament features the top 16 players in the world, so number 17 Ali Carter has replaced O’Sullivan. Betfair has a market leading 13/5 on Trump winning the Masters again, with Neil Robertson priced at 9/2, Mark Selby at 7/1, Mark Allen at 11/1 and Ding at 12/1.

Premier League

The big Friday night game sees Sheff Utd host West Ham at Bramall Lane. The Blades have just suffered consecutive defeats against Man City and Liverpool, and they will be desperate to return to winning ways. However, West Ham have just appointed David Moyes as their new manager and he began his reign by presiding over a 4-0 thumping of Bournemouth. Both teams to score might be a good option at 10/11 with Bet365 in that game. League leaders Liverpool travel to London to take on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side on Saturday. Harry Kane is out for Spurs, who have a poor record against the Reds, so a Liverpool win looks good at 8/11 with Betway. Watford draw no bet is priced at evens with William Hill for their game against Bournemouth, and that looks like a great shout.