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Five Talking Points

February 9th, 2015

1. Spurs cut for top four finish

Tottenham are the major movers in the Premier League Top 4 Finish betting after they came from behind to beat Arsenal on Saturday. Harry Kane's double strike - which took his tally for the season to 22 in all competitions - moved Spurs back above their North London rivals and they finished the weekend in fifth place, a point behind Manchester United. Only Southampton have matched their points tally over the last five games and Spurs, who were a 6/1 chance on February 3rd, are now a best price of 7/2 (BetVictor & Coral) to finish in the top four.

2. Wiesberger falls short again

Few European Tour players have caught the eye quite like Berndt Wiesberger in the early part of 2015, but despite going close four times the Austrian has been unable to add to the two titles he won in 2012. Since building his confidence with a top 20 finish at last year's World Tour Championship, Wiesberger has finished sixth, third, fourth and second in his four events. On this evidence, a third career title can't be far away.

3. Selby hits form at right time

Mark Selby defeated the in-form Shaun Murphy in the final of the German Masters on Sunday to claim his first title since winning the World Championship for the first time last spring. Selby's victory also moved him back to the top of the world rankings and will be a welcome boost as he prepares to defend his Crucible title in a couple of months' time. Selby is fourth favourite, at a best price of 8/1 (Bet365), while Murphy is no bigger than 10/1 (Ladbrokes) having been a 25/1 chance just three weeks ago.

4. Leicester odds set to shrink

Leicester remain bottom of the Premier League following their defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday and even though reports suggest performances have been better than their results, things are only going to get harder for the Foxes. Four of their next five league games are away at Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City and Tottenham, meaning their current odds of 9/4 (Sky Bet & Coral) to finish bottom are likely to shorten.

5. Cardiff win gives England the edge

England's fine performance in Wales on Friday night certainly made a big impression on punters, with the bookmakers forced to cut Stuart Lancaster's side from 2/1 to best odds of just 11/10 (Coral) to win this year's 6 Nations title. Ireland, who scored a comfortable victory over Italy in Rome, remain a 2/1 chance with Stan James. Beating Wales was a huge step towards the title for England, who host Italy next while Ireland have a tougher assignment at home to France, before the two title favourites meet in Dublin in week three. England's other games are all at Twickenham, while Ireland must visit Wales in week four.

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