2016 Olympics Betting Preview

August 3, 2016 by Posted in Betting Tips


The biggest sporting spectacle will kick-off in Brazil this weekend as the 31st Summer Olympics will be the available for sport lovers for the next two weeks. More than 10,000 athletes from a record 206 nations will compete at 32 different venues in Rio de Janeiro, which becomes the first South American city to host the Olympics.

When it comes to final medals tally, the usual contenders are expected to rule the leader board. United States will hope to retain their top position and at odds of $1.10 with Sportsbet they remain the bookies favourite. The Asian powerhouse is sending one of the biggest contingents and will be a huge punt to overcome the Americans at the top of the tally. At odds of $5.00 with Sportsbet they are a solid bet if you are keen on a dark horse.

The biggest disappointment will be Russia who’s struggling to stay afloat in the midst of doping controversies. There was a cloud of suspicion on the participation of Russia but the International Olympic Committee stopped short of banning all of them, however no Russian will participate in the athletics.

The biggest headliner at the games is undoubtedly Usain Bolt. This will be the Jamaican sprinter’s last Olympics and he is looking to add to his six gold medals from the last two games. He’s in line to be the first man to ever win three successive 100m Olympic titles. At odds of $1.65 with Sportsbet, he’s a massive favourite to achieve the incredible feat.

There’s good news from the pool too with Michael Phelps returning to swim at his fifth Olympics. The 31-year-old has already hauled a record 22 medals – 18 of which are gold. He may not be in his prime but Phelps is a great attraction in Rio.

Golf will make a long awaited return at the games while Neymar will hope to carry the hosts’ hopes in football. Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina will vault her way to record books competing at her seventh Olympic games – a feat unmatched by any gymnast thus far.

The threat of the Zika virus may have dampened the participation of certain stars but the Olympic villages are already buzzing with action, as the sport lovers get ready for high adrenaline action. Let the games begin!

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