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2018 Commonwealth Games Week 2: Aussie Medal Hopes

Thu, Apr 12, 9:09am by Staff Writer

The 21st Commonwealth Games concludes on Sunday afternoon with plenty of action still to come between now and the closing ceremony.

There are gold medals to be decided in netball, rugby 7s, hockey, basketball, beach volleyball, diving and athletics.

The Australian Diamonds netball team has had a commanding tournament thus far, beating all before them. Traditional rival New Zealand has already lost twice in preliminary play but will most likely taken on the Diamonds in a semi-final on Saturday before Sunday’s final against either England or Jamaica.

The Diamonds will be short priced favourites to beat either of those teams, but backing them at the $1.90 handicap would be the way to go if you’re looking for some extra value.

The same goes for the mens and womens basketball, with the Boomers and Opals both entering the semi-finals undefeated.

The Boomers take on Scotland in the semi finals on Saturday and start as 30.5-point favourites. Their most likely opponent is New Zealand, who will be 26.5-point favourites against Canada. The likely gold medal match will be tremendous viewing, with the two sides evenly matched. The Boomers are paying $1.04 with the Kiwis at $5 and after their close group match, it wouldn’t be wise to discount the Kiwis.

The Opals are $1.01 to win the gold medal and shouldn’t face any problems against New Zealand or Canada in their finals matches. Backing the Opals at the line, particularly in their gold medal match should prove lucrative.

The rugby 7s competition kicks off on Friday, with the Australian women favoured to win the gold at $1.72 ahead of New Zealand at $2. The Australians are deserved favourites and should win gold in front of their home fans at Robina.

The mens competition is much more evenly poised, with South Africa leading the market at $2 ahead of Fiji at $4 and New Zealand at 5. The Australian 7s team is fourth in the line of betting at $10 and will need a stroke of luck to win gold, but are very much in the frame for a bronze medal.

The Kookaburras have won every Commonwealth Games gold on offer since hockey was included in the games and should sweep past any opponent in the medal rounds.

In the beach volleyball, the Canadian women are priced as $1.57 favourites ahead of Australia at $2.50. Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy a great chance of winning gold, going undefeated in the preliminary round and easily beating Rwanda in the quarter finals.

The athletics schedule is a big feature in the final days of the Games, with Aussies Kurtis Marschall a great chance to win the mens Pole Vault at $1.83 ahead of Canadian Shawnacy Barber at $2.20.

In the mens mountain bike on Thursday, Aussie Daniel McConnell is a lively dark horse at $4, behind New Zealanders Samuel Gaze ($2.75) and Anton Cooper ($3) in an open field.

Suggested Bet: Australia to win womens beach volleyball at $2.50

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