10 Key Betting Predictions for 2018
A look at the 10 biggest betting predictions on the 2018 calendar.
1) The Socceroos’ Russian adventure
From Russia without much love we think here at Oddschecker. Australia was drawn against three footballing powers residing within the top 12 of the world rankings.
However, that’s just the role that lifts the Aussies to their peak performance. While France is a prohibitive favourite to land the honours, a compact defensive performance from the Aussies with a coach in the hot seat could snag the results necessary to progress to the next round. After that, it’s anyone’s guess.
Tip: Group Qualification (Yes) – Australia
2) The Winx legacy continues
With a magnificent 3rd Cox plate victory in 2017, Winx may be looking to make that a record breaking 4th in 2018. The mare has pundits talking of a potential Melbourne Cup appearance as well! Surely not!
Having already amassed over $15m in prize money, Winx has shown no signs of letting up on the competition. With wise rest periods being slotted into her season, who knows how long the Winx legacy could continue.
Tip: Cox Plate Winner – Winx
3) The Patriots vs. the World
It would be a shock to see anyone but the Patriots make the Superbowl from the AFC. The team is a well-oiled machine that now has home field advantage through the playoffs.
Tom Brady is sitting pretty with five Superbowl rings at the moment. He has the opportunity to add number six. If last year's victory wasn’t enough to prove he’s the GOAT, a win this year would surely do the trick.
The best-valued team from the NFC would have to be the Saints. Against a tough schedule, with a well-balanced offense and an opportunistic defence, these Saints are for real. Keep an eye on them to meet the Patriots in the Superbowl. That would be a star-studded contest.
Tip: Superbowl LII – New England Patriots
Tip: Superbowl LII – New Orleans Saints
4) One more ride on the Fed Express
302 weeks at the top spot (237 consecutive), 8 Wimbledon titles, 5 Australian Open titles, a French Open title, 5 US Open title has Federer firmly entrenched as the GOAT.
This is likely going to be Federer’s final year on the tour as he turns 37 in August.
Federer is the Aus Open favourite, which is a surprise for any 36-year old, but it makes sense. He seems to grow from strength to strength while the competition wavers behind him.
Tip: Australian Open Champion – Roger Federer
5) 2018 NRL Season
The Seemingly salary uncapped Roosters, Thurston’s last rodeo with the Cowboys, the Storm’s attempt to be the first team to achieve back-to-back titles since 1992-1993... This season has a lot of storylines throughout.
The Panthers are primed for a big bounce back season. They lacked experience in big games and were hurt by Moylan’s negative effect on team chemistry. They let their fans down last year; expect big things from the Panthers in 2018.
Tip: NRL Premiers – Penrith Panthers
6) Jetting from Worst to First
Don’t look now but Sydney F.C is running away with the A-League title, or so you would believe.
Football connoisseurs would know that Sydney is not necessarily unbeatable. The recent fixture between Sydney and Newcastle proved as much. I’m sorry Sydney fans but its true. Newcastle’s rise from wooden spooners to title contenders is the stuff legends are made of. Newcastle's wise player acquisitions (such as Dimi Petratos) and a fundamental change in their playing style has elevated them to brilliant levels.
Tip: A League Champions – Newcastle Jets
7) The King’s Cavaliers
LeBron and co are putting together a great run in the regular season thus far. However, that all means squat if they don’t topple their cross-country rivals, the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors are firm favourites to win the NBA Championship, but LeBron has been slowly putting some talented pieces around him.
With the Cavs extremely likely to come out of the East, it’s hard to pass up the value on them winning it all. One Injury to a member of Golden State’s lineup could be all it takes. With the cool head of Dwyane Wade and talented surrounding pieces in Rose, Love and now IT. The bookies have made a mistake with this price (currently $6.50).
Tip: NBA Champions – Cleveland Cavaliers
8) Conor McGregor’s comeback bout
Eventually McGregor will fight again… right? McGregor has taken an extended lay-off from mixed martial arts and needs to return to defend his crown.
McGregor will likely attempt to defend his belt once. If he holds, it wouldn’t surprise us to see McGregor leaving on a high and retiring after making a lot of money off the Mayweather fight.
Tony Ferguson or Khabib Nurmagomedov will be waiting for Conor, depending on when he returns. Both these fighters are legit and could cause Conor a world of pain if he isn’t totally focused.
Tip: Conor McGregor wins MMA comeback fight
9) Rebirth of the Wallabies
We saw glimpses of the Wallabies’ best in 2017, and now we’re expecting them to unleash their full arsenal in 2018.
The Australian’s bring with them tremendous value for the Rugby Championship with long odds for them to usurp the normally dominant All Blacks.
With drama and off-field distractions dominating 2017, this is the perfect storm for a significant turnaround and reaffirming their status as one of the world’s elite.
Tip: Rugby Championship 2018 – Australia
10) Betting on Bitcoin
Sportsbet have a market that is so 2018 it hurts. The market is ‘The end of 2018 Bitcoin Value’.
The bookmaker is expecting the value to be in the same range as it is now $20,001 to $30,000 being priced at $3.40. $15,001 to $20,000 is priced at $4 with a price crash to $5,000 or lower coming in at the $4.50 mark.
Safe to say without any clear favourites, it’s anyone guess where it’ll end up.