Tue, Jul 7, 2:27pm by Kevin Pitstock
The betting on the first Ashes Test of 2009 has well and truly started. I have checked out all of the major sportsbooks in Australia and it looks like Sportsbet are offering the best deals of Aussie bettors. They have a host of betting options available for us to bet on. I will take you through a few of the best bets for the first Ashes Test of 2009.
Who is going to win the first Ashes Test? I think Australia will burst out of the gates and smash the poms to get off to a flying start. Once this happens the betting for the rest of the series will be greatly affected. You will find that Australia will shorten considerably in a number of different betting markets for the rest of the series.
For the first game you can get some great odds because there is still a fair bit of uncertainty surrounding both teams. How are they going to perform and who is likely to excel?
If it doesn’t rain during the first test are there aren’t any delays I predict that the Aussies are a sure thing. Sportsbet have them at generous odds of $2.80. England are at $3.10 and the draw is firm at $2.65.
I can guarantee that this is the best odds that you will get on Australia for the rest of the series. Get on them now so you don’t regret it later.
All of the sportsbooks that you can see in the table on the right hand side have extensive betting coverage on the first test of the Ashes. Sportsbet are the ones we recommend due to the sheer amount of options and quick updates.
The two most popular types of bets are on the highest bat for each team and the leading wicket takers. Phillip Hughes has come into the side and punters are keen to get on him. He is the 2nd favourite behind Ricky Ponting to be the highest scorer in the 1st Innings. he is paying $5.25 on Sportsbet and they have Ponting at $4.50.
For the England side Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss are the two favourites. I don’t think England will perform well so it is hard to pick who will be their leading scorer. I think someone lower down the order will be their top scorer but that remains to be seen. Bet with caution on this one.
Betting on the man of the match also proves popular among punters. There are a number of players that are favourite at 13/1. These odds are pretty solid but can be a hard one to pick. As always Ricky Ponting is at the top of the pecking order. He is ever reliable and always a solid bet. I predict that he will have yet another solid series.
There are also a number of head to head bets that you can make on Sportsbet. These work similar to the golf bets that you can make. All you have to do is choose which player will score the most runs. For most bets of this type you will be provided odds at around the $1.85-$1.95 mark.
Sportsbet is Australia’s largest bookmaker. For new accounts from Australian Gambling you can get a $50 free bet when you sign up. Just visit Sportsbet to find out all the details.
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