Hi everyone, I hope like me you are refreshed and ready for a great year of sports betting.
My first big sporting rendezvous for the year will be the Six Nations Rugby which gets going next weekend. Defending Champions, Ireland, are 15/20 favourites at World Sports Betting with England 3/1. I have had a good look at the fixtures and the crucial one appears to be Ireland v England in the first week and while I don’t see myself climbing into Ireland at current prices, I think they are worthy favourites.
Super Rugby is now just weeks away and here we have the Crusaders as 57/20 favourites and the top 4 in the betting are all New Zealand sides with the Lions, South Africa’s top priced team at 8/1. Personally I think the Lions are going to battle this season and I actually quite like the look of the Sharks to win the South African Conference at 6/1.
The Cricket World Cup gets going in England and Wales at the end of May and the home team are favourites to win it at 22/10. India are currently playing some excellent cricket and were this event being held anywhere else they would probably be favourites and I do find the 3/1 about their chances tempting. South Africa are priced at 11/2 to finally break their World Cup drought, but I don’t see this happening.
The 20th of September sees the start of Rugby World Cup 2019. It seems like far more than 4 years since the last World Cup and I cannot wait for the action to begin. New Zealand are currently the 11/10 favourites with Ireland at 33/10 and you can get 17/2 about the Springboks chances. The more I look at the teams, the more I fancy the Irish who just seem to be playing with so much skill at club level and the depth which has been a problem for them in the past is certainly no longer a factor.
I am going to be adding the 33/10 Ireland to a number of multiples and I am hoping to head into the World Cup with Ireland as my big winners. They will have a likely quarter-final against the Boks, but I think they will be up for that.
Have a great 2019 and I look forward to having you join me on my punting journey.
This article was written for the CitiGaming supplement of the Citizen Newspaper and was published on the 24th of January 2019.