It looks like there will be no end of action to satisfy fans of all sports this summer. Alongside the ‘summer staples’ – Wimbledon, NBA Finals, The Open (golf) – there will also be the added bonus of it being a FIFA World Cup and Ryder Cup year.
Plenty of sport means good news for punters, so here are some betting predictions that offer plenty of value over the coming months:
Belgium to win the World Cup 12/1 Various
Brazil (9/2), Germany (9/2), Spain (6/1), France (6/1) and Argentina (9/1) are all priced ahead of Belgium for the World Cup, but do they deserve to be priced in so far ahead of this brilliant Belgian side? From top to bottom they have a team stuffed with talent, including the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens. Indeed, with De Bruyne, we may actually be looking at a player who could break the Messi/Ronaldo stranglehold on the Balon D’Or. This is a once in a lifetime chance for Belgium and a big chance for punters to cash in.
Rory McIlroy to win The Open Championship 14/1 Various
At the very moment this is being written, Rory McIlroy is challenging for his first Masters title at Augusta and aiming to become one of the few golfers to win a career Grand Slam. However, his best chance of adding to his list of Majors this year might lie on the links course of Carnoustie. McIlroy has a special affiliation with The Open and grew up playing on the links, which is not always suited to the top players in the world. Mcilroy is coming into some good form again, so see if you can pair him up with some of these latest betting offers online.
Serena Williams to win Wimbledon 5/1 Bet365
What more can be said about Serena Williams that hasn’t been said before? Coming back from a year off is never easy, with tennis particularly demanding on the body. Williams has been vocal about her need to get match fit, with age not really being on her side in terms of bouncing back quickly. However, there is plenty of time between now and Wimbledon to get back to full sharpness. It’s quite simple, if Williams if fit, she will win Wimbledon. If she is 75% fit, she’ll still probably win.
Roaring Lion to win the Epsom Derby 14/1 Various
Most of the focus in the run up to the Derby will be put on Aidan O’Brien’s Saxon Warrior, who has been leading the way in the ante-post odds – available around 4/1 – all year. However, Roaring Lion also looks a strong sort, with his only defeat to date coming by just a neck to Saxon Warrior. The race easily could have gone the other way, which makes the 14/1 odds offered for John Gosden’s horse look like a bargain.
USA to win the Ryder Cup at evens Bet Victor
Not the biggest odds, but then again, the Ryder Cup is but a two-horse race. There will, of course, be plenty of backing for Europe (6/5), especially as they have ‘home’ advantage (the 2018 Ryder Cup will be played in Paris), but USA currently have three of the world’s top five ranked players – Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. It will be close – it always is – but those odds for Team USA look very smart.