Is This One of the Biggest Sports Betting Weeks of the Year?
When you think about big betting weeks, you tend to think about the Cheltenham Festival, World Cup football tournaments, the Grand National meeting at Aintree or perhaps the FA Cup Final weekend. However, this coming week is arguably one of the most exciting for sports betting punters due to two big events. The start of the PDC Premier League Darts tournament on Thursday 1st February and then on Sunday 4th February, kicking off at 11.30pm UK time, is Superbowl LII from Minneapolis.
Of course, you need to join a top bookmaking site to enjoy all this fantastic betting and there’s no site we’d recommend more at present than Coral. Not only does the site offer outstanding betting on Premier League Darts over the coming months, but there is a wealth of great bets available on Superbowl LII too. Furthermore, you can sign up with the fantastic Coral Vegas no deposit bonus offer and still access the sports betting site through your single Coral account.
Let’s now preview both of these massive events taking place this week, as well as taking a look at some of the top bets available on each that are worth considering backing.
Thursday 1st February – Premier League Darts
This Thursday sees the start of the Premier League Darts, sixteen weeks of top quality action featuring ten of the best PDC players playing off at many different venues across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and for the first time, Germany.
The full schedule of venues for the next 16 weeks is as follows:
- Night One – 1st February – 3Arena, Dublin
- Night Two – 8th February – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
- Night Three – 15th February – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
- Night Four – 22nd February – Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin
- Night Five – 1st March – Westpoint Arena, Exeter
- Night Six – 8th March – First Direct Arena, Leeds
- Night Seven – 15th March – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
- Night Eight – 22nd March – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
- Night Nine – 29th March – SSE Arena, Belfast – Judgement Night
- Night Ten – 5th April – Echo Arena, Liverpool
- Night Eleven – 12th April – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
- Night Twelve – 19th April – Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam
- Night Thirteen – 27th April – Manchester Arena, Manchester
- Night Fourteen – 3rd May – Arena, Birmingham
- Night Fifteen – 10th May – BHGE Arena, Aberdeen
- Night Sixteen – 17th May – The 02, London – Playoffs
The ten players taking part are outlined below together with the outright betting on who will win the event in May in the playoffs at the 02 in London.
- Michael van Gerwen 8/11 favourite
- Rob Cross 7/2
- Gary Anderson 11/2
- Peter Wright 8/1
- Daryl Gurney & Raymond van Barneveld 40/1
- Michael Smith & Mensur Suljovic 50/1
- Gerwyn Price 100/1
- Simon Whitlock 200/1
On Thursday, the first night of action kicks off with the following five games featuring all ten of the players (odds provided by Coral):
- 15pm – Mensur Suljovic (10/11) v Simon Whilock (21/10) – 10/3 the draw
- 50pm – Gary Anderson (8/13) v Michael Smith (3/1) – 4/1 the draw
- 30pm – Daryl Gurney (13/8) v Raymond van Barneveld (5/4) – 3/1 the draw
- 10pm – Michael van Gerwen (8/13) v Rob Cross (3/1) – 4/1 the draw
- 50pm – Peter Wright (8/13) v Gerwyn Price (3/1) – 4/1 the draw
Coral are offering a massive choice of pre-event and In-Play betting on the PDC Premier League darts from 1st February until the playoffs on the 17th May, so remember to tune in every Thursday for all the latest betting on this massive annual darts event.
Sunday 4th February – Superbowl LII
Kicking off at 11.30pm on Sunday night is Superbowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. The game is live on Sky Sports and also on the BBC on free-to-air TV. Fans will not only be treated to a fantastic spectacle of American football, the pinnacle of the season, but also the National Anthem will be sung by Pink, and the half-time show will feature Justin Timberlake too.
Here’s how the two teams reached the Superbowl based on their regular season record and performances in the playoffs:
New England Patriots
- 1st in AFC East (13-3 record) – Seeded 1st in AFC Playoffs
- Wildcard Round – Bye
- Divisional Playoff – v Tennessee Titans (won 35-14)
- AFC Championship – v Jacksonville Jaguars (won 24-20)
Key Players for the Patriots:
- Tom Brady (Quarterback) – The Greatest of All Time according to many, Brady has won a total of five superbowl rings already in his incredible career and is a hot favourite to make it six. His arm and intelligence with the ball is key to the Patriots dominance. If Brady plays well, the Patriots should win. If the Eagles can pressure him and make Brady use his feet, then the Eagles have a great chance of an upset victory.
- Rob Gronkowski (Tight End) – Gronkowski was knocked out of the AFC Championship game with concussion but will be back for Superbowl LII. He is key to the Patriots offense due to his huge size, great hands and an almost telepathic relationship with Brady. The Eagles will have devised ways to try and stop him being effective. However most teams do that to little effect.
- Nate Solder (Left Tackle) – Solder won’t be one of the eye-catching players in the Superbowl, but as left tackle, it is his job to protect Brady’s blind side. With the Eagles defence likely to bring huge pressure, it will be up to Solder and the New England offensive line to give Brady protection and not allow the Eagles to collapse the pocket to pressure the quarterback. If Solder and co can do this, New England’s chances of victory soar.
- 1st in NFC East (13-3 record) – Seeded 1st in NFC Playoffs
- Wildcard Round – Bye
- Divisional Playoff – v Atlanta Falcons (won 15-10)
- NFC Championship – v Minnesota Vikings (won 38-7)
Key Players for the Eagles:
- Nick Foles (Quarterback) – With first-choice quarterback Carson Wentz going down with a season ending injury on Week 14 of the regular season, many felt the Eagles chances of Superbowl success ended there and then. However, nobody told Nick Foles that. The back-up has come in and did a steady job against the Falcons but then produced a superb performance against the much-fancied Vikings to lift the Eagles to victory. On his day, Foles can produce plenty of big plays and points against almost any defence. He may need to against the Patriots.
- Fletcher Cox (Defensive Tackle) – Cox will not be a name on everybody’s lips going into the game but the Eagles defense is going to need to pressure Brady in order to ruffle the supremely talented quarterback. A solid pass rush will be led by Cox, a huge defensive tackle who has enjoyed a great season. He’ll need his best game of the year though against a Pats offensive line who will have schemed to stop him in his tracks.
- Malcolm Jenkins (Safety) – Along with Rodney McLeod, Malcolm Jenkins is one of the best pass-defense players in the NFL. The pair will have to be sharp against what is a technically sound Patriots receiver corps. Jenkins has a knack for making key interceptions here and it may be his ability to do precisely that at key points in the game that could swing the game the Eagles way.
Our Top Bets for Superbowl LII
- Outright Winner
This game for me hinges on whether the Eagles superb defence can muster enough pressure on Tom Brady to ruffle the New England play-caller. If they can, then I strongly fancy the Eagles to win this because the Patriots defensive scheme usually takes away their opponents main threat. The Eagles don’t have a single main threat, but they have instead a well-balanced offense with many different options available to them. That I believe is much harder for the New England defense to scheme against.
The problem is that Tom Brady can outscore any quarterback, and if he is given time, that is precisely what he will do. Hence, the pressure on the Eagles defence to get to Brady and get him moving out of the pocket. They do that, as I think they will, the Eagles will win the Superbowl. Back the Eagles to win with the Patriots a (-4.5) handicap at 19/20 with Coral.
- Anytime Touchdown scorers
I feel there are two excellent tight end options here for both teams in the anytime touchdown market so I’d back both the following:
- Rob Gronkowski to score anytime – Evens
- Zach Ertz to score anytime – 7/5