Wenbo's a winner! 125/1 pick is our weekend hotshot

Weekend winners and losers: Liang Wenbo's English Open victory makes him this weekend's big winner while Aitor Karanka is one of the losers.

Wenbo's a winner! 125/1 pick is our weekend hotshot


Liang Wenbo beat Judd Trump in the English Open final on Sunday to win his first UK rankings title. At a pre-tournament price of 125/1 with Coral he easily makes our list of the biggest winners of the weekend.

Unsurprisingly it appears many hadn't backed the Chinese player to scoop the £70,000 prize money. But some did start to back him as he neared the final to give themselves their own tidy little profit.

While a Chinese player was victorious in Britain, a British player won in China thanks to Andy Murray winning the Shanghai Masters. The win gives Murray a chance to beat Novak Djokovic to the world number one spot by the end of the year, a feat which looked unachievable following Djokovic's win at the Australian and French Open. Beating Djokovic to the top spot could in turn lead to him being crowned Sports Personality of the Year, a market where he is currently the favourite.

In the Premier League, Mark Hughes has dropped out of the running to be the next manager to leave after his Stoke City side beat Sunderland. The result has put further pressure on Black Cats boss David Moyes, who remains the favourite to go.

We're moving away from sport and on to the dance floor for our next big winner. Ore Oduba jived his way to the biggest score of the series so far on Strictly Come Dancing with 39 points, one point short of the maximum. As a result the overwhelmed Ore has shortened from 11/1 to 7/2 to win the show but is still some way off 11/10 favourite Danny Mac, who can't put a foot wrong.


Our losers list revolves around the football this weekend as some disappointing results could prove costly.

Middlesbrough's home defeat to Watford prompted a surge in bets for Aitor Karanka to be the first manager to leave as he shortened to 7/2 from 20/1.

After finally announcing Mike Phelan as their permanent manager, Hull put in a dismal display as they were thumped 6-1 by Bournemouth. Despite the optimism surrounding Phelan's appointment, the Tigers are now 8/11 for relegation.

Sergio Aguero has to go down as one of the biggest losers after he seemed to have ruined a few people's accumulators with his penalty miss. His latest spot-kick mishap was his eighth miss for club and country this season. Despite the poor strike rate from the spot he still remains favourite to be top goalscorer.

Sticking with Strictly and while Ore impressed, Anastacia Newkirk didn't. The singer was placed in the bottom two but was saved by the judges despite a poor showing in the dance off as Naga Munchetty exited the show. After starting at 10/1 to win Strictly, she is now as big as 200/1 and looks likely to be the next to go.

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