Olympic Specials

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012

On your marks… Get set… Go!

113 is the magic number. That’s right folks, there are just 113 days to go before the start of London 2012, the most amazing sporting event ever to take place in your back yard. 113 is also the phone number of the Iranian intelligence agency, should you ever be stuck in down-town Tehran and find yourself with some useful ‘information’. But what about betting intelligence? Is there any value to be found at this stage?

Bluesq are offering prices on all the major athletics events at the moment, as well as a market on just how many golds that scamp Usain Bolt will win.

Ladbrokes offer markets on the mens’ and womens’ tennis competitions, as well as some cycling odds. Our view however, is that to back anyone at this stage for any individual event is complete craziness, given how far away from race day we are. Unless the price is ludicrous value (Bolt not at odds-on for example), we advise you to keep cash in your wallet for better days ahead.

It is in the medal markets where we are interested however. With Clive Woodward in charge, Team GB will be well-prepared to say the least, with every single aspect of their performance no doubt diligently planned in advance. We like the 6/5 (Ladbrokes) on them being the top-medalling European nation.

Surprisingly, Paddy Power has yet to really roll out their Olympics markets. Their top offering right now is the option to bet on Irish boxing hopefuls (insert your own punchlines), but expect the usual PP madness between now and July.

Betfair’s most prominent market at this stage, is the chance to bet on how many golds Team GB will net. Having snagged 19 in Beijing, surely the chances of 23-25 are smaller than the 5.5 available with the ‘Fair. Get right on it!!!

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