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2017: Another big year for Aussies on the World sporting stage

Sun, Dec 18, 2:31pm by Head Editor

As we enter the final two weeks of the year, we thought it was a perfect time to look ahead to the calendar year of 2017 in the year of Sport from an Australian standpoint.

Tennis

The racquet sport is the perfect place to start our 2017 preview as January is the month when the eyes of the nation are on Melbourne Park for the first Grand Slam of 2017.

Nick Kyrgios is the top ranked Aussie at $34 to win the Open but will the 21-year-old have the crowd on his side?

Tennis’ bad boy was suspended for eight weeks for “not giving his best effort” at October’s Shanghai Masters but the ATP tour said it would reduce the ban to three weeks if the Australian consulted a sports psychologist – which he did.

Novac Djokovic and Andy Murray are equal $2.63 favourites and dominate the market for the Melbourne tournament.

On the women’s side of the draw, world number one ranked Angelique Kerber is $5.00 to win the tournament for the second year in a row. Six-time Australian Open winner Serena Williams is the $3.25 favourite. Aussie Sam Stosur is a rank outsider at $151.

Boxing

In the second month of the year, a match-up that has been 10 years in the making takes place at the picturesque Adelaide Oval between Danny Green and Anthony Mundine.

The worry here is that the fight won’t live up to the massive build up as both men are the wrong side of 40 but nevertheless, Green is $1.55 favourite to get his revenge on Mundine, who’s at $2.40.

They first fought in May of 2006 at the Sydney Football Stadium and Mundine was declared the winner in a unanimous points decision.

Formula 1

The first race of the 2017 F1 season will also be held in the sporting capital of the world, Melbourne, in late March.

West Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished third this season and is $4.50 chance to become the third Australian to win a Formula One Drivers’ Championship next year.

The Red Bull driver is on the third line of betting behind this season’s runner-up, Lewis Hamilton ($2.25) and teammate Max Verstappen ($3.75) who finished fifth this campaign.

Soccer

It is a huge year for the Socceroos. They continue their World Cup qualification process and face a tough battle in the Confederations Cup.

Australia are $1.12 to qualify for their fourth World Cup in a row despite currently sitting third in their group behind Saudi Arabia and Japan. The Aussies are $1.83 favourites for their next match, which is away against Iraq ($3.75) on the 23rd of March.

In June, they tackle heavyweights Germany and Chile in the Confederations Cup. The Socceroos are $17 to win the tournament and $9.00 to beat Germany, the $2.50 tournament favourites, in their opener.

Golf

After finishing the year as world number one, Queenslander Jason Day is currently resting up in a bid to have an even bigger 2017.

Despite his top ranking, the 29-year-old has to play second fiddle to Jordan Speith in US Masters betting, with Speith a $7.50 favourite, ahead of Day ($9.00).

Rory McIlroy is next at $10 and Adam Scott ($17) the next highest placed Aussie. After returning to golf in the Bahamas last month, Tiger Woods, is at $26 to win his 18th major at Augusta.

Cricket

At the time of writing, the Aussies are currently facing Pakistan in the first of three Tests at home, while the English are in the sub-continent taking on India.

Come this time next year though, the two teams will be on Aussie soil, battling it out for Cricket’s oldest and most prestigious trophy – a tiny urn filled with Ashes (well, a replica anyway)

The betting market is pretty even at this early stage as the young Aussie XI could be an entirely different proposition in 12 months time, England’s squad could also have many new faces.

With only one away team winning in the past eight series (England in Australia in 2010/11) the home side always go in as favourites.

With that crucial, home country advantage, Australia is $1.80 favourite to win back the Ashes in the five-match series, which commences at the Gabba in Brisbane on the 23rd of November.

The old enemy is $1.90 to retain the Ashes and $2.70 to win the series, a draw – which would see the Poms retain the urn, is $6.50.

Rugby League

The Rugby League World Cup kicks off on the 27th of October in Melbourne when the Kangaroos host England, coached by the legendary Wayne Bennett.

Bennett has worked wonders for the Broncos, but his England side are at long odds to lift the Rugby League World Cup. The world number one ranked Aussie’s are $1.40 favourite for the tournament ahead of New Zealand ($3.75) with England next at $9.00.

Scotland, France, Lebanon and Ireland are the tournament’s $501 outsiders, to win the December 2 final in Brisbane.

Sailing

Before this year ends though, there is the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race which takes place on Boxing Day every year.

No surprise in this year’s event that Wild Oats XI is a $1.45 favourite to secure line honours for the ninth time. CQS ($4.75), Scallywag ($8.50) and Perpetual Love ($9.50) are the next best with the rest of the field in double figures.

Sportsbet Markets

Mens Australian Open – Tennis

$2.63   N Djokovic

$2.63   A Murray

$13      S Wawrinka

$19      JM Del Potro

$19      M Raonic

$21      R Federer

$26      R Nadal

$26      K Nishikori

$34      N Kyrgios

$51      M Cilic

$67      G Dimitrov

$81      J-W Tsonga

$81      T Berdych

$81      G Monfils

$81      D Thiem

$101    R Bautista-Agut

$101    A Zverev

$101    S Johnson

$101    B Tomic

Womens Australian Open – Tennis

$3.25   S Williams

$5.00   A Kerber

$9.00   S Halep

$10      G Muguruza

$13      P Kvitova

$19      Ka Pliskova

$26      M Keys

$34      A Radwanska

$34      D Cibulkova

$51      C Wozniacki

$51      L Safarova

$51      S Stephens

$51      J Konta

$51      B Bencic

$67      E Makarova

$67      E Bouchard

$67      V Williams

$81      M Puig

$101    C Suarez Navarro

$101    E Svitolina

$101    C Garcia

$101    J Ostapenko

$101    K Mladenovic

$101    S Kuznetsova

$101    A Ivanovic

$101    N Osaka

$101    D Kasatkina

$126    S Lisicki

$126    D Gavrilova

$151    T Bacsinszky

$151    C Vandeweghe

$151    S Stosur

Boxing

$1.55   Danny Green

$2.40   Anthony Mundine

F1

$2.25   L Hamilton

$3.75   M Verstappen

$4.50   D Ricciardo

$8.00   S Vettel

$8.00   V Bottas

$11      F Alonso

$11      P Wehrlein

$21      J Button

$34      K Raikkonen

$41      S Vandoorne

$41      E Ocon

$67      N Hulkenberg

$81      R Grosjean

$101    S Perez

$101    C Sainz Jr

$251    J Palmer

$251    L Stroll

$251    K Magnussen

$251    M Ericsson

$251    D Kvyat

Confederations Cup

$2.50   Germany

$4.00   Portugal

$4.33   Chile

$9.50   Russia

$10      Mexico

$17      Australia

$101    New Zealand

US Masters – Golf

$7.50   Jordan Spieth

$9.00   Jason Day

$10      Rory Mcilroy

$13      Dustin Johnson

$13      Hideki  Matsuyama

$17      Adam Scot

$17      Bubba Watson

$21      Rickie Fowler

$23      Justin Rose

$26      Tiger Woods

$29      Danny Willett

$29      Phil Mickelson

$29      Henrik Stenson

$34      Louis Oosthuizen

The Ashes 2017/2018

$1.72   Australia

$2.70   England

$6.50   Draw

$1.80   Australia to Regain the Ashes

$1.90   England to Retain the Ashes

Rugby League World Cup

$1.40   Australia

$3.75   New Zealand

$9.00   England

$67      Samoa

$101    Tonga

$101    Fiji

$201    PNG

$251    USA

$501    Scotland

$501    France

$501    Lebanon

$501    Ireland

Sydney to Hobart Line Honours 2016

$1.45   Wild Oats XI

$4.75   CQS

$8.50   Scallywag

$9.50   Perpetual Loyal

$26      Black Jack

$51      Beau Geste

$51      Maserati

$81      Giacomo

$101    Local Hero

$101    Ichi Ban (C60)


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