February sport preview
Get ready for February – a sports-filled month that is loaded with top events and great betting opportunities at the incomparable Home of Betting, www.williamhill.com.
The months “kicks” off to a great start with the most watched event of the year – the NFL Super Bowl, pitting the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks, out to become the first NFL in more than 10 years to win two titles in a row. Quarterback Tom Brady leads the Pats’ offense as they meet Seattle’s solid defensive team. Super Bowl XLIX, which takes place on February 1 in Phoenix, is certain to be legendary.
From American football to “real” football, February features fantastic football betting on William Hill, with the Champions League’s return and some greatly anticipated matches. Manchester City will meet Barcelona, and the tension will be sky-high, while Arsenal faces Monaco and PSG meets Chelsea. Chelsea, Arsenal, and Man City are all vying for a place in the quarterfinals, so this will be a month to remember. To
Horseracing fans can look ahead to a slew of pre-Cheltenham events, as excitement builds to that all-important racing festival. On Saturday 7 February, all eyes will be on the Betfair Hurdle, while the Hennessey Gold Cup is the attention-getter the following day. The Hennessey event, which takes place at Leopardstown with prize money of €150,000, will be a huge test for Willie Mullins runners Boston Bob and On His Own, as the great trainer goes for his tenth victory in the exciting Gold Cup race.
February sees the restart button pressed for the Super League season, where St Helens will do what they can to defend their Grand Final title and come out on top for the seventh time. The team could do no wrong in the past, and they once again look unstoppable and in prime condition, making for rough going for other hopeful teams in the league.
Six Nations rugby returns in all its glory in February and, with it, all the suspense and thrills that people have come to expect from these matches. Ireland will do what it takes to hold onto their title as they go up against Italy on 7 February. First, however, England and Wales will face off at Millennium Stadium for another super match-up, during which Wales will try to erase the memory of their painful loss to England last year.
Last but definitely not least, the Cricket World Cup gets going in Australia, with the side from India trying to hold onto their title. No one expects it to be smooth sailing for India, as South Africa and Australia have teams that look threatening. This year, England will be competing with a new captain at the helm, and Eoin Morgan will be hoping to pilot the team to their first World Cup victory.
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FA Cup: Arsenal Are Favourites To Retain Trophy
“Arsene Wenger has said that his side are amongst the favourites and we put them right at the top of the list,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
FA Cup winner: 9/4 Arsenal; 11/4 Manchester United; 11/2 Liverpool; 9/1 West Ham; 12/1 Stoke; 20/1 Aston Villa; 20/1 Crystal Palace; 20/1 West Brom; 25/1 Derby; 33/1 Leicester; 33/1 Sunderland; 50/1 Blackburn; 50/1 Middlesbrough; 80/1 Fulham; 80/1 Reading; 125/1 Bradford; 125/1 Sheffield United; 150/1 Bolton; 200/1 Preston; 750/1 Cambridgehttp://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/e/6029906/English-FA-Cup-2014+15---Outright.html
Redknapp 5/4 To Leave Before Next QPR Match
Harry Redknapp is a 5/4 shot with William Hill to have left QPR before their next match – against Stoke at the end of the month.
His side are 4/6 joint second favourites for relegation with Leicester and just behind Burnley (4/7) at the head of the betting.
“There seemed to be plenty of speculation that a defeat against Manchester United would have resulted in Harry Redknapp’s departure, however, we think that he will just about stay in his role for the Stoke match,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
At the top of the table, Chelsea are 2/5 after their convincing win over Swansea put them five points clear of Manchester City. Manuel Pelligrini’s side are 5/2 for the title.
Premier League winner: 2/5 Chelsea; 5/2 Manchester City; 33/1 Manchester United; 80/1 Arsenal; 150/1 Southampton; 400/1 Liverpool; 400/1 Tottenham
Premier League relegation: 4/7 Burnley; 4/6 Leicester; 4/6 QPR; 7/4 Hull; 5/2 Aston Villa; 11/4 Crystal Palace; 11/4 Sunderland; 4/1 West Brom; 25/1 Everton; 33/1 Newcastle; 100/1 Stoke
Will Harry Redknapp have left QPR before their next game (Stoke, Jan 31st): 5/4 yes; 4/7 no
Premier League Top Four And Scorer Updates
Despite differing fortunes on Sunday, Manchester United and Arsenal are both odds on (1/2) to finish in the top four. Southampton are 5/4 with Liverpool 5/1.
After Alexis Sanchez scored two in Arsenal’s victory over Stoke, William Hill cut his price of finishing as the season’s top scorer from 10/1 to 7/1 making him the clear third favourite behind Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero.
Top four finish: 1/2 Arsenal; 1/2 Manchester United; 5/4 Southampton; 5/1 Liverpool; 11/2 Tottenham; 25/1 West Ham; 80/1 Swansea; 100/1 Newcastle; 150/1 Everton
Top goalscorer: 8/11 Diego Costa; 7/4 Sergio Aguero; 7/1 Alexis Sanchez; 14/1 Charlie Auston; 33/1 Harry Kane; 33/1 Robin van Persie; 33/1 Wilfried Bony; 40/1 Wayne Rooney; 50/1 Graziano Pelle; 66/1 BAR