betting analyst Al Dannity breaks down the best in Olympic betting as the games
get under way in London!
Let the games begin.
The 16 day spectacle of sport that’s about to get under way in London offers
some big events for bettors. None come bigger than the showpiece event of the
Olympics, the men’s 100m. Usain Bolt is the defending champion and the man who
has single-handedly re-written the record book on this event. The champ however
is not a sure thing as his training partner Yohan Blake has been far more
impressive in recent events. Outside of the Jamaican duo, the biggest
challenges will come from Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin. Neither of the Americans
however look capable of pushing Bolt or Blake for gold. Winning the 100m takes
unique skill and timing, doing it in back-to-back games takes something
other-worldly. Bolt has the talent to do the unimaginable. Bet on Usain Bolt to
win gold at -143 with Sports Interaction.
Staying with athletics and in any Olympics, you can
usually bank on the host nation to deliver a couple of big performances in
track and field. There are two great value bets on British athletes available.
David ‘Dai’ Greene, the World champion over 400m hurdles is only second
favorite in London. The Welsh athlete will have a huge home advantage and I
like him to take home gold at +275. Mo Farah is poised to be the star of these
games, as favorite in both the 10,000m and the 5,000m. If you pick one event to
bet on Farah, go with the 10,000m. It’s the earlier event and will likely see
Farah at his sharpest as +150 favorite. I favor a parlay here, betting on Farah
to do the double and win gold in both events. Bet on Farah to do the distance
double at +550 and win big with Sports Interaction.
Lastly it would be impossible to discuss the Olympics
without looking at the latest version of the Dream Team. Once again Team USA
sends a roster to the Men’s Basketball tournament that is loaded with talent.
There’s a significant lack of size inside and second favorites Spain, at +500,
will look to target that part of the USA’s game. There’s just one problem with
picking the underdog here; it requires us to ignore what LeBron James did in
the NBA Finals. LeBron played a bigger role for Miami and it won them a
championship. I see him playing a similar position for Team USA and winning
gold yet again.