The May calendar is jammed with sporting events from every professional league, with the exception of the NFL.
The bulk of Round 6 of the AFL season is on the final two days of April, but Sunday, May 1 will have three key games. The Lions will host the Swans at The Gabba and for the Lions, the game represents an opportunity to move up the ladder, whilst the Swans might view the game as a walkover, which experience has shown to be a perilous attitude. Sportsbet has the Swans at $1.16 and the Lions at $4.75.
The Carlton Blues and the Essendon Bombers get together at MCG in a game from the bottom of the ladder that has implications for coaches and their lists. With two rounds between now and the game, Sportsbet has the Blues at $1.40 and the Bombers at $2.90, even though the Blues are winless after four games, whilst the Bombers took one from the Demons.
West Coast Eagles and Collingwood Tigers will make Perth the place to be. The Eagles currently occupy the fifth rung going into Round 4, but they have won the same number of games as have number one through four and have 12 points, which is true of the top eight. The Tigers will want to prove that they can play well against a top-tier team. Punting on this game? – The Eagles at $1.17 seem to be the pick.
Rounds 7 through 10 should make the rest of the month interesting.
Over in the NRL, the last game of Round 9 kicks off the month of May when the Cronulla Sharks try to show they have the creds to match up with the number one Brisbane Broncos. Shark Park will be full of frenzied supporters for this key mid-season contest.
By the time May is over, Round 13 will be done and there should be a clear picture of how the finals might set up, with games betwixt teams on the bubble certain to provide plenty of rugby entertainment value, and more than a few excellent punting opportunities.
Soccer fans who follow the British Premier League will have a choice of 10 matches on May 7 and May 15. Manchester City v Arsenal will hopefully deliver on expectations on May 7. At the time of this writing, there are only a few markets for this match, but as the game gets closer, expect to find well over 100. Manchester is currently in third position, just one spot ahead of Arsenal. The two teams are currently tied at 60 points.
A-League punters will have the Grand Final on May 1. It is down to four teams at present, with Adelaide United v Melbourne City in one match for the right to play the winner of the WS Wanderers v. Brisbane Roar match.
Thoroughbred racing in Australia has moved on from Randwick and will concentrate on Doomben and Morphettville. The Australasian Oaks and the Robert Sangster Stakes are the major Group 1 races on May 7 in the week prior to the SA Derby on May 14. Meanwhile, it will be the BTC Cup at Doomben, followed on the 21 by the Doomben Cup and Morphettville’s last G1, the Goodwood Handicap. The final week of the month features the prestigious Doomben 10000.
Thoroughbred punters will also turn their eyes to the U.S. as two of the three most significant events in American racing, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes will set the stage for a possible repeat of American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown from 2015.
Two of the States’ four major sports, the NBA and the NHL are staging playoff series to determine champions to be crowned in June. Major League Baseball will be moving into its second month as teams that struggled mightily to improve over the offseason test their mettles against the well-ensconced teams that represent Baseball Royalty.
The PGA Tour, now that the Masters is out of the way, goes into May with a lead up to the season’s second Major, the U.S. Open. The Zurich Classic finishes out the month of April and ends May 1. Then, it is the Wells Fargo Championship, followed by the even many players consider as the Fifth Major, the Players Championship. A young Adam Scott won in 2004 and Jason Day would love to add a Players to his resume.
Near the end of the month and spilling into the first week of June, tennis fans will find the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, the French Open, being played in Paris. A key element of the tournament will be to see if Novak Djokovic can back his Australian Open win and keep his hopes of a calendar year Grand Slam alive.
Punters who favour Motorsports have a full plate in May. The 2016 Russian Grand Prix on May 1 leads things off. There is also motorcycle racing and another F1 race, the Spanish Grand Prix. The Monaco Grand Prix, perhaps the Crown Jewel of F1 racing, will be on the 29th and will share the day with the Indianapolis 500.
Many other sports have significant events in May, including triathlon, weightlifting, wrestling, boxing, along with even archery and badminton, so there will be thousands upon thousands of markets for punters to mull over.