Tue, Apr 10, 11:41am by Staff Writer
After an action-packed first week of the 21st Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, competition draws to a conclusion on Sunday, with plenty of events still to be decided.
All eyes will turn to the Netball gold medal match on Sunday afternoon, with Australia huge favourites to win gold.
New Zealand suffered a shock four-goal loss to Malawi in preliminary play, their first loss to the African nation in Silver Ferns history. Jamaica look the team most likely to challenge Australia for gold, with the two teams facing off in the final preliminary match on Thursday night.
Swimming events conclude on Tuesday night with the men’s and women’s 4x100m medley a highlight on the schedule.
Australia is heavily favoured to win the men’s event at $1.33 ahead of England at $3.20. Our women are priced at $1.20 ahead of Canada at $5. Despite there being plenty of upsets in the pool, it is hard to see Australia not claiming both of these medals.
The men’s 1500m freestyle has been an event Australians have traditionally excelled in and star Mack Horton is a $1.17 chance of claiming gold against fellow Aussie Jack McLoughlin at $7 at Sportsbet.
The rugby 7s competition kicks off on Friday afternoon with South Africa the favourites to claim gold at $2 ahead of Olympic champions Fiji at $4. Australia are equal fourth favourites at $10.
The rugby 7s competition is traditionally strong at the Commonwealth James, with many of the competing teams having played in last weekend’s Hong Kong World Series event which was won by Fiji.
The Fijian’s have experience winning gold medals in recent times and we wouldn’t go past them at great odds to do the same at this event.
Australian teams are heavy favourites in both the men’s and women’s basketball. Both teams are littered with NBL and WNBL talent and have dominated the group stages, particularly the Opals.
The men’s marathon on Sunday forms part of the conclusion to the Games and features three Kenyan runners who the market has found difficult to split.
Kenneth Mungara leads betting at $2.50, ahead of Julius Karinga at $3.60 and Nicholas Kamakya at $4. Anything can happen in the marathon event, so it wouldn’t be impossible for an underdog to win the event.
The British Virgin Islands has never won a medal at the Commonwealth Games in their history, but 400m hurdler Kyron McMaster is the $2.25 favourite for gold in the men’s 400m hurdles ahead of Kenya’s Nicholas Bett at $3.75. It would be remarkable if the small island nation were able to claim it’s first gold at these Games.
The men’s and women’s hockey events continue their preliminary rounds throughout the week, with gold medal matches on the weekend.
The Australian teams are both favoured to win gold, although the Hockeyroos did draw 0-0 with New Zealand on Monday night, so it shouldn’t be all one-way traffic when those two teams most likely meet in the final.
Suggested Bet: Fiji to win Men’s Rugby 7s at $4
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