Susanna the stand-out pick of the Strictly match bets

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Susanna Reid’s highest score of the series in Blackpool has unsurprisingly seen her shorten in the Strictly Come Dancing betting to win the show, but it is in the series match-up markets where the safer profit can be made on the BBC newsreader.

The result of Susanna’s score of 39 for her Paso Doble is that she is now 2/1 to win Strictly and she clearly has more momentum now than long-term favourite Natalie Gumede, who has drifted to 7/4 for overall victory.

However, few can argue that Susanna hasn’t benefited from some preferential running-order positions, performing in the latter half of the show in five of the last six weeks, with no first-four slots in this period.

This is in contrast to Patrick Robinson, who has not been dealt such a nice hand by Strictly producers, who have given him a first-half performance slot in five of the last seven weeks.

But it is not Patrick that Susanna has been pitted against in the series match-ups, it is Ashley Taylor-Dawson.

The Hollyoaks actor has been a model of consistency throughout the show, but a place in the finals does look unlikely at present.

Susanna is 2/5 to finish higher in the competition than Ashley and this is extremely tough to oppose.

There are two other series match bets that continue to roll along, with show favourite Natalie 1/4 to stay in longer than Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

After a promising start, Sophie’s stock has seemingly shrunk in recent weeks, with her last four dances failing to live up to the score that she was rewarded with on week four of the show.

The final head-to-head is between the two remaining celebrities with the lowest scoring averages throughout the series to this point.

Mark Benton survived the sing-off against Fiona Fullerton in Blackpool, but is unlikely to be offered the same lifeline against any of the remaining acts in the competition. It is 1/5 that Ben Cohen stays in longer than him.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

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