There’s very little football to bet on this weekend as international friendlies replace the elite domestic football. I’m never a fan of betting on friendlies so I will be looking around the lower leagues for some worthy bets and I will also look at other events on this weekend that might be worth a flutter.
All odds were taken from Bet365 on 22/03/2018.
English Lower Leagues
As there are no Premier League or Championship games this weekend I start in League One. Wigan to win away at Bury (8/13) looks like a banker as Bury sit bottom of the league and Wigan challenge for the title. The away team have won their last 2 games on the road and can make it 3 this weekend.
In League Two Coventry can beat Grimsby Town at home (8/11). They are currently 7th in the league and their home record speaks for itself, since 25th November 2018 they have lost 1, drawn 2 and won 8 in all competitions. Grimsby on the other hand are one place above relegation and have lost 7 of their last 8 away games and have not won in the league since December.
There’s also a few games in the Vanarama National League if your looking for some extra games. Tranmere at home to Eastleigh (2/5) and Sutton at home to Chester (2/5) look like comfortable home wins.
How about the Croatian First League? There is a close game towards the bottom of the league but Istra 1961 have taken only 4 points away from home all season so I’m going for a Zapresic home win (5/6).
Finally, the Dutch 2nd Division usually brings a lot of goals. Telstar are 4th in the league and have scored 38 goals in 15 home games. They play at home to Waalwijk who sit second from bottom and have only managing 5 points from 14 away games, conceding 29 goals along the way. A Telstar win (8/13) looks like a given but you could try and boost the odds with a handicap in Telstar’s favour or just bet on the number of goals.
Fight night lands at the O2 in London with Dillian Whyte headlining against Lucas Browne as both fighters try to stake their claim on a world title shot. I’ve gone for a Dillian Whyte points victory (5/4) but in truth both fighters are capable of ending this fight in one punch. Whyte seems more mature in the build and is at least acting like he knows what he needs to do to win. He may try and avoid a street brawl and simply outbox his opponent for 12 rounds.
For a full write up of the headline fight and a selection of the undercard go to the full article here.
The seasons kicks off in Australia and although the first race can be hard to call I’m going to give it a go. Winter testing is usually very misleading as the public doesn’t get full information on fuel loads and set ups so it’s hard to get comparable times.
You were probably hoping for something else but it’s hard to look past Hamilton and Mercedes. Mercedes are the only known quantity, you know how good they are but we won’t know how Red Bull and Ferrari match up untill qualifying. If Mercedes do end up being dominant this season then this will probably be the best odds you get on Hamilton to win all season (1/1).
If your looking for some better odds then I think this is Daniel Ricciardo’s season as long as Red Bull give him a car to compete. He’s ready to put on a show in front of his home fans and a podium (6/5) is on the cards and you never know he could get a shock win (15/2).
(After incurring a 3 place grid penalty in practice two the odds on a podium increased to (9/4). A win is now (11/1).)
Further down the grid, I fancy one of the Toro Rosso to score some points in the opening race. It’s going to be tough but there’s usually a few safety cars in Melbourne and reliability hinders drivers early in the season. Both Gasly and Hartley are 6/1 to get a points finish.
For a full write up of the first race of the season go to the full article here.