Strictly Betting: Odds say James won't save himself a third time

Strictly contestant David James
James is odds-on to leave this weekend

With only one more sleep until the third round of Strictly, Max Liu discusses the odds on David James to leave the show on Sunday...

"Bettors think James' most likely dance off opponent this weekend will be BBC presenter Mike Bushell who is 4/15.2 for elimination."

Twice David James has saved himself from elimination on Strictly but this weekend bettors expect the former England goalkeeper's luck to run out when it comes to the series' third elimination.

James is 40/851.46 favourite on the Betfair Exchange to leave this Sunday. The only crumb of comfort for James is that he was expected to go last weekend, only for Anneka Rice to deliver an even worse performance and offer James the chance of survival which, unlike some of the shots that came his way during his chequered football career, he grasped.

Survival can become a habit on Strictly and, if dance offs are the penalty shootouts of reality TV, then James has been having more luck than he did at Euro 2004 (when England lost 6-5 to Portugal on pens and James saved precisely none). In the first elimination, he saw off James Cracknell, followed by Rice the next week, so can James cling on for a third time?

Bettors think his most likely opponent this weekend will be BBC presenter Mike Bushell who is 4/15.2 for elimination. Interestingly, that's about the price Rice traded at in the days leading up to her elimination.

Fletcher is hot favourite to win the Glitter Ball

Kelvin Fletcher 956.jpg

At the other end of the leaderboard, Kelvin Fletcher continues to be a hit with the judges and viewers and after his two tens last week, he's the big 6/42.52 favourite for the Glitter Ball trophy ahead of Karim Zeroual at 4/14.9.

Fletcher hit the front when he electrified week one, after coming into the show as a last minute substitute. Bettors are increasingly convinced that he could be a post to post winner and, if he's the highest scorer in week four, that position will be cemented.

Where, though, are the women in all this? Emma Barton is 13/82.64 to be top female, although it's been Michelle Visage 7/42.74 who's arguably captured viewers' imagination most so far. Ex-footballer Alex Scott, who was a onetime pre-series favourite for the prize over all, is 5/15.8.

Strictly is on BBC1 from 18:50 on Saturday.

Discover the latest articles

Read past articles