10 Key Betting Predictions for 2019
A look at the 10 biggest betting predictions for the 2019 calendar.
Rugby Union World Cup
Japan 2019 promises to be an exciting tournament with hope shared by numerous nations that this could be their year to usurp the All Blacks.
Although the All Blacks are the prohibitive favourites, I don’t believe the value lies with them. The Irish are the class outfit that warrants heavy consideration. Coach Joe Schmidt has addressed the Irish’s issue of depth and the team has worked tirelessly to improve their defence. They even beat the All Blacks their last time out.
Ireland’s coaching edge coupled with their ever-improving young but talented roster will prove to be the deciding factor in a final with New Zealand.
Super Bowl 53
In what has certainly proven to be a topsy-turvy NFL season, Super Bowl 53 is wide open for any team to clinch.
The play must be the Saints. With the road to the Super Bowl going through New Orleans as the 1 seed and familiarity with Super Bowl 53 being played at the Falcons dome, this Saints team is primed to get Drew Brees the ring he deserves.
A smart approach to take, especially with long-term bets is to look for value.
This analysis is simple. It’s mighty difficult to win back-to-back, and the Roosters are short odds to complete this feat. An injury or two could derail their season and it doesn’t seem like a smart investment.
The Rabbitohs need to adjust to life under Bennett, who for the most part may be losing his touch. The Broncos similarly have to work with Seibold and will struggle until they find a long-term halfback.
The Melbourne Storm will be there come September. They return the same weapons on the outside and as long as Munster and Smith are in the purple jerseys, Craig Bellamy will have this team able to match it with anyone. Look for Cameron Smith’s final season to be the lift needed to earn the Storm another premiership.
2019 will result in the Richmond Tigers being crowned champions once more. A cataclysmic collapse at the end of the 2018 campaign saw the Tiger’s dreams of going back-to-back dashed by the upstart Magpies.
This year will see the addition of Tom Lynch joining the star-studded squad including Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt. The firepower and cohesion within the Tigers squad coupled with the nightmare of 2018 will push the Tigers to earn the flag.
We picked him last year with success, as we look to go two in a row and Federer looks to go three in a row at the Australian Open.
Federer has won the last two Australian Opens and the reigning champ is great odds at $6 to continue this magnificent run.
Novak is the prohibitive favourite, which is justifiable given his form. These odds aren’t playable in my book, particularly given Federer’s pedigree in this event.
Take the 37-year old Swiss Maestro to make it three on the trot.
Australian Federal Election
Scott Morrison faces an uphill battle to retain his position as the top dog within parliament. Australia’s Prime Minister saw the coalition receive its worst opinion poll in a decade.
Labor has been able to elevate in the opinion polls based primarily on the petulance of the Liberals continuously ousting one another.
The Labor party has come into 2019 with a full sail and short odds. For the nation to have a change of heart before the likely May election date will be unexpected. Until that point, it seems as though 2019 will mark a change in our nation’s leadership.
Cricket World Cup
It feels like a lifetime ago when Australia lifted the Cricket World Cup. That time is upon us once again.
The Australian’s are flying under the radar this time around. India has given Australia the wake-up call they need as they thoroughly outplayed the Aussies. This will focus the squad and with the impending return of Steve Smith, have the Australian’s extremely motivated to silence the critics.
Look for Australia’s motivation and Steve Smith’s return to spur Australia into producing some stellar cricket.
With a magnificent 4th Cox Plate victory in 2018, Winx is looking to add one more to the trophy cabinet in 2019. The mare has pundits talking of a potential Melbourne Cup appearance as well!
Having already amassed over $23m in prize money, Winx has shown no signs of letting up on the competition. With wise rest periods being slotted into her season, this may very well be the last year in Winx’s illustrious career.
Donald Trump Impeachment
Our good friends at Sportsbet never cease to impress as they hold a market for whether Donald Trump will be impeached within his first term.
For impeachment to occur 218 votes out of a potential 435 would need to be in favour.
To cut a long story short, Trump and his Republican’s currently control the House of Representatives. However, in November this control is expected to switch to the Democrats giving them enough of a headcount to make this impeachment a real thing.
NBA Finals winner
Player transfers have seen 2019 be one of the more unpredictable seasons of the last half-decade.
The Warriors remain too short to back. Their talent is unmatched, but the dysfunction surrounding the team as well as injury concerns indicate that laying the number on Golden State is not a financially sound decision.
The value play and a team that can figure it out in time for the Playoffs is the Boston Celtics. Defensively sound, brilliantly coached and little playoff pedigree in their Eastern Conference contenders put Boston in prime position to face the Warriors in the final.
Boston’s superior depth, schematic advantages and the Warriors’ injury history all come into play giving Boston a great chance to go all the way in the 2018/2019 season.