We all have our club colours and home-town heroes – the guys we bleed for week in, week out, and the individuals who complete for Australian glory on the international stage. But when it comes to putting money down, which teams and players transcend rivalry aniad parochialism to make it onto the betting slip? Which stand-out performers do you trust to do the job time after time after time? These are a few of our favourite teams and players to bet on. Let us know yours by writing in the comment box at the bottom of the page.
Every year since 2007, sections of the AFL media have written off the Cats only to be left red-faced and humbled. You can say what you like about an ageing list and supposed lack of star power; but on the field, Geelong continues to deliver the goods. Now that the fortress that is Kardinia Park can host Premiership games under lights (which means potential home finals as well), it is hard to see the Cats slipping any time soon. So whether it’s a top-four future bet or a make-or-break clash heading into the finals, it’s very rare to not hear the Cats purring come September.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea does not lose at home in the Premier League; that was a fact of life, until Sunderland recently ended one of the great streaks in European football. Heading into the last week of the 2013-14 EPL campaign, the Blues’ home record under Mourinho read: 61 wins, 17 draws, one defeat. Of course, such overwhelming dominance means the Londoners rarely pay over $1.20 when playing on their own patch, but nevertheless they are a fixture in our multi bets (and should be in yours, too).
Has any individual dominated a top-flight sporting event quite like Rafa Nadal has the French Open? The Spaniard has won some eight of the last nine men’s singles titles at Roland Garros; his shock fourth-round loss to Robin Soderling in 2009 remains his only career defeat there. The odds for Nadal on clay are usually shorter than a Shetland pygmy, but he becomes very decent value when the likes of Djokovic, Murray, or Federer occupy the other end. Sports wagers don’t come much surer than this, folks.
However average a bloke Stevie Milne may or may not be, the former St. Kilda star was a revelation on the exotics markets in the latter stages of his career. During the 2011 AFL Premiership season, Milne managed to score the first goal of the game on no less than 11 occasions. To put that figure in context, Saints legend Nick Riewoldt led the comp in that particular stat with a combined total of 13 over the previous three seasons. Milne’s streak was a gold mine for those who were wise to it before his price plummeted.
This is a tale of personal triumph in the face of obscurity. It was a Monday night at the local hole, there were some pony races on at Kenilworth, and so a few clams were collectively wagered on a plucky four-year-old gelding by the name of Captain Romanov to snag a place. The fact the bet came through was incidental, given two factors: the throwback South African commentary, which conjured images of starchy collars and perfectly trimmed moustaches; and because our beloved Captain ran second to his subordinate, Private Doowaley. Not a high profile wager by any stretch, but certainly one of our favourites.
Got any special performers that always seem to fatten your stack? Tell us your favourite sports bets by writing in the comments section below.
Also, have a read of the worst possible sporting wagers you could make – teams which and players who repeatedly fail to get the job done.