July has numerous punting opportunities and the bookmakers are supplying frequent betting promotions, so here is a quick look at what to expect for the month.
The winner of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be decided in France. Even though the Matildas were sent out, they were much better than the Socceroos were in Russia in 2018 and the Matildas are showing every indication of trending upwards.
As of this moment, the FIFA tournament is down to the final eight, but that will not be the case for long, as the last weekend of the current month will determine the semifinalists and those matches will be decided in the early days of July. Europe is representing strongly, with seven of the remaining eight coming from that continent.
The NRL is entering its stretch run and state representative fans have an exciting finale to State of Origin, as the series is tied and headed to Sydney for the decider. The score was close in the first game, won by Queensland in Brisbane, while NSW won decisively in Perth, so the edge would seem to belong to the Blues.
In NRL club play, the unpredictable outcomes continue to confound the best tipsters, and ourselves, too, so if there were ever a code that screamed for using the best betting markets wherever possible, the NRL is that code.
The upsets are not quite as frequent as the AFL enters it run home, but the competition is a tight one. Of the 18 clubs, there are still multiple scenarios that could find as many as 16 clubs vying for eight finals spots.
Admittedly, the chances for some of the lower clubs, such as the two with Melbourne in their names, but a slip by any of the top eight could open some cracks.
Geelong seems to have a grasp on the minor premiership, but their recent loss to Port demonstrates that there are no locks of any sort in the footy code. This is another instance where promo bookmaker bets might prove both useful and financially astute.
Thoroughbred racing on the upper levels is quiet during July, but the metro and country tracks are still holding racing meetings on a daily basis, so racing punters can find plenty of action here at home and internationally as well.
We typically enjoy looking at the motor racing codes, but our two favourites, F1 and Supercars, are proving exceptionally predictable. It is Mercedes in F1 and the Mustangs in Supercars. The two codes make for some easy punts, but skimpy dividends, so we are abandoning both for now.
The 2019 ICC ODI cricket tournament is proving quite lively and as it moves into the final stages, expect the level of drama to be high. It looks to be coming down to Australia, New Zealand, England and India, but some of the other sides are still alive, so there could be some inspirational moments to come to put the lie to our thinking that international competitions are becoming irrelevant.
The last of golf’s four Majors, The Open Championship will find the 148th edition being played at Royal Portrush from July 18 to July 21 in Northern Ireland.
The shift in the schedule has moved The Open to the Major finale, supplanting the U.S. PGA, which we think is a good move.
A win by Rory McIllroy, native to Northern Ireland, would be greeted with euphoria or delirium, possibly both. McIllroy is one of the top contenders, while Jason Day, Adam Scott are down the table, even as both of them have been consistently producing solid golf.
Not to worry, we have not forgotten about The Championships at Wimbledon, still the premier Grand Slam tennis tournament in the world. Judging from the cricket tournament, the All England Tennis Club should be at its lushest and greenest.
It is odd, but welcome, to see Ash Barty’s name on top of the table. Ladbrokes has her quoted at $5, with the redoubtable Serena Williams back $2.50 at $7.50.
Novak Djokovic is the raging favourite for the men, quoted at $2.50, but Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will not surrender the title without a battle.
Lots of betting action means that July might be the opportune time to join Sportsbet but remember to wager responsible and by all means, be sure to use the bookmakers promotions to get that extra edge to keep you in front.